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1.

Copier/printer exterior part using halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition including recycled polycarbonate and recycled polyethylene terephthalate

      
Application Number 14302633
Grant Number 08865795
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-06-12
First Publication Date 2014-10-02
Grant Date 2014-10-21
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Xin, Minqi
  • Luo, Minghua
  • Li, Wenqiang
  • Gao, Lei
  • Li, Qiang
  • Kitani, Ryuji
  • Saita, Yasuharu

Abstract

A copier/printer exterior part uses a halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition. The halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition includes 5 wt % to 50 wt % of unused polycarbonate, 20 wt % to 63 wt % of recycled polycarbonate, 5 wt % to 35 wt % of recycled polyethylene terephthalate, 0.2 wt % to 2 wt % of a styrene-acrylonitrile-glycidyl methacrylate terpolymer, 5 wt % to 15 wt % of a toughener, 10 wt % to 20 wt % of a flame retardant, 0.1 wt % to 0.8 wt % of a flame-retardant antidrip agent, 0.1 wt % to 1 wt % of an antioxidant, and 0.1 wt % to 2 wt % of a lubricant. The styrene-acrylonitrile-glycidyl methacrylate terpolymer includes 1 wt % to 5 wt % of glycidyl methacrylate and 20 wt % to 33 wt % of acrylonitrile.

IPC Classes  ?

  • C08K 5/521 - Esters of phosphoric acids, e.g. of H3PO4
  • C08L 69/00 - Compositions of polycarbonates; Compositions of derivatives of polycarbonates
  • C08L 67/02 - Polyesters derived from dicarboxylic acids and dihydroxy compounds

2.

Toner, manufacturing method thereof and image forming method

      
Application Number 13963452
Grant Number 08748073
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-09
First Publication Date 2013-12-05
Grant Date 2014-06-10
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nagasawa, Hiroshi
  • Ohmura, Ken

Abstract

3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 5/00 - Recording-members for original recording by exposure e.g. to light, to heat, to electrons; Manufacture thereof; Selection of materials therefor

3.

Intermediate transfer member comprising an inorganic layer, and image forming method and image forming apparatus employing thereof

      
Application Number 13848207
Grant Number 08802336
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-21
First Publication Date 2013-11-14
Grant Date 2014-08-12
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakka, Kenji
  • Maehara, Yuichiro

Abstract

An image forming apparatus may include an electrophotographic photoreceptor and an intermediate transfer member. An image may be formed by primary transferring a toner image held on a surface of an electrophotographic photoreceptor to an intermediate transfer member, and secondary transferring the toner image from the intermediate transfer member to a transferee material. A dispersive component of surface energy of the electrophotographic photoreceptor and a dispersive component of surface energy of the intermediate transfer member may satisfy a relationship of (the dispersive component of surface energy of the electrophotographic photoreceptor)≦(the dispersive component of surface energy of the intermediate transfer member).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 13/01 - Electrographic processes using a charge pattern for multicoloured copies

4.

Image forming apparatus for selecting pages for N-up printing

      
Application Number 13894374
Grant Number 08810848
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-05-14
First Publication Date 2013-10-24
Grant Date 2014-08-19
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakajima, Takeshi
  • Iwase, Tomohiro

Abstract

There is described an image processing apparatus, which makes it possible not only to eliminate the deterioration of the perceptibility, but also to determine the pages being suitable for applying the predetermined image processing. The control section determines specific pages, being suitable for applying a predetermined image processing, based on the attributes detected by the detecting section, so as to apply the predetermined image processing to the specific pages. On the other hand, the control section applies image processing, including a variable power processing, to both the partial image area and the partial character area by employing different magnification factors, so as to generate a size-changed partial image area and a size-changed partial character area, and to arrange both of them into a predetermined imaginary area being smaller than an area of the original image, so as to accommodate them within the predetermined imaginary area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data

5.

Image forming apparatus with control section to control contact pressure between heating member and pressure member and control method thereof

      
Application Number 13845991
Grant Number 09002228
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-18
First Publication Date 2013-10-17
Grant Date 2015-04-07
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakamaki, Tsutomu
  • Yamada, Takashi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus is provided that includes: a heating member that heats a recording sheet; a pressure member that presses the recording sheet between the heating member and the pressure member; an adjustment mechanism that causes the heating member and the pressure member to contact or to separate; and a control section that, at a time of a warm-up operation or an idling operation, based on a predetermined condition, controls the adjustment mechanism so as to cause the heating member and the pressure member to contact at a contact pressure that is lower than a contact pressure between the heating member and the pressure member at a time of image formation or is approximately identical to the contact pressure at a time of image formation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/16 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for transferring a pattern to a second base of a toner pattern, e.g. a powder pattern

6.

Gradation correction device for generating gradation correction data in accordance with density data obtained by reading control strip, and printing system having the same

      
Application Number 13852117
Grant Number 08848248
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-28
First Publication Date 2013-10-10
Grant Date 2014-09-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Kawabe, Toru

Abstract

Disclosed is a gradation correction device in which the control strip has white or light-colored end patches and has at least one reference point at each of both ends of the control strip, which is defined by two straight lines including a fine line drawn on at least a part of a peripheral edge of each end patch except a border between the end patch and an adjacent patch which is adjacent to the end patch, and in which the gradation correction device detects the reference point at each of the both end portions of the control strip in the read image data, and obtains the density data of each patch by specifying a position of each patch in the control strip in the read image data in accordance with the detected reference point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/407 - Control or modification of tonal gradation or of extreme levels, e.g. background level
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • B41J 29/393 - Devices for controlling or analysing the entire machine

7.

Image forming apparatus, image formation control method, and recording medium which stores image control program and is readable by computer

      
Application Number 13857842
Grant Number 08982372
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-04-05
First Publication Date 2013-10-10
Grant Date 2015-03-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Noda, Yoriko

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes an image processing section to process gradation characteristic of the image data based on a tone curve, an image forming section to form an image based on the image data processed by the image processing section; and a control section to control processing in the image processing section. The control section has a function to adjust characteristic of output density relative to input density of image data as the gradation characteristic as a tone curve via a setting screen, saves operational situations at the time of adjustment of the tone curve on the setting screen as a history, and, when the history is designated, reproduces a state at the time of the past adjustment for the tone curve on the setting screen by using the saved operational situations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/40 - Picture signal circuits
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • H04N 1/407 - Control or modification of tonal gradation or of extreme levels, e.g. background level
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit

8.

Control method of feeder and image forming system

      
Application Number 13852263
Grant Number 08764003
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-28
First Publication Date 2013-10-10
Grant Date 2014-07-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Icn. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Oyama, Hiroshi
  • Izumiya, Kenji
  • Kojima, Kiyoto
  • Takahashi, Atsushi

Abstract

When conveying an envelope, a posture of the envelope is corrected by hitting a closed portion of the envelope, which is opposite side of an opened portion of the envelope, against a nip portion between upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers and the envelope is then conveyed with the envelope being nipped by the upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers. The upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers nip the envelope to remove air from the envelope. When setting an envelope mode to control a conveying speed of the envelope based on a coverage rate of an image to be formed on the envelope, the conveying speed of the envelope is controlled by adjusting a rotation speed of the registration rollers based on the coverage rate of the set envelope mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 5/00 - Feeding articles separated from piles; Feeding articles to machines

9.

Image forming system, image forming apparatus, external terminal, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13789715
Grant Number 08896870
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-08
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2014-11-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kobayashi, Minako
  • Komaki, Yoshio
  • Hase, Junichi
  • Yoshimura, Tomonari
  • Tajima, Hiroki
  • Shibuta, Yoshiaki

Abstract

An image forming system comprises an image forming apparatus and an external terminal. The image forming apparatus has a receiving part for receiving operation input information on an operation input into an operation screen from the external terminal, a specifying part for specifying a first program to which an execution instruction is given through the operation screen on the basis of the operation input information, a determination part for determining a second program having the same function as that of the first program as an execution object program on the condition that the second program is installed in the external terminal, and a notification part for notifying the external terminal that the second program is determined as the execution object program. The external terminal executes a processing in accordance with the second program and displays a result of the processing executed in accordance with the second program.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

10.

Mounting structure for bearing member, fixing device, and image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13803338
Grant Number 08942609
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-14
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2015-01-27
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Hata, Masaki

Abstract

A mounting structure for a bearing member comprises the bearing member, bearing a rotary shaft; a frame body that includes a mounting hole; and a plurality of projections, each of the projections being formed at one of three or more positions on at least one of an outer circumferential surface of the bearing member and an inner circumferential surface of the mounting hole, the positions extending radially from a center of the rotary shaft, the bearing member being press fitted into the mounting hole via the projections, each of the projections being formed at a circumferential position having no other projection formed at a position 180° therefrom with respect to the center of the rotary shaft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16C 33/04 - Brasses; Bushes; Linings
  • F16C 35/02 - Rigid support of bearing units; Housings, e.g. caps, covers in the case of sliding-contact bearings
  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • F16C 17/02 - Sliding-contact bearings for exclusively rotary movement for radial load only

11.

Authentication system, electronic apparatus and authentication method

      
Application Number 13851704
Grant Number 09633194
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-27
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2017-04-25
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Suzue, Tadashi

Abstract

Disclosed is an authentication system including: an electronic apparatus; and a remote operating device to remotely operate the electronic apparatus, wherein the electronic apparatus comprises a main controller to control the electronic apparatus and a sub-controller to control the electronic apparatus independently from the main controller; and wherein in case that the remote operating device accesses to the electronic apparatus, after the main controller carries out a first user authentication, the sub-controller carries out a second user authentication.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/40 - User authentication by quorum, i.e. whereby two or more security principals are required
  • G06F 21/31 - User authentication

12.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13846146
Grant Number 08913946
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-18
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2014-12-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sawano, Shigeru
  • Kawai, Masashi
  • Nonoyama, Naoki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus that is orientatable in either a first position or a second position, the second position being different from the first position in inclination with respect to a horizontal plane, comprising: a platform configured to be stacked with a plurality of recording sheets used for image formation; a pickup roller in contact with the recording sheets and configured to pick up the recording sheets one at a time; a pressing member applying pressure to the platform against the pick-up roller; and a pressure changer causing the pressing member to change an amount of the pressure according to whether the image forming apparatus is in the first position or in the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

13.

Image forming apparatus and image forming method

      
Application Number 13846178
Grant Number 08804194
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-18
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2014-08-12
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Saito, Kazuhiro
  • Tanaka, Hideaki
  • Hirata, Katsuyuki
  • Harashima, Takashi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a storage unit, an image processing unit and a control unit. The image processing unit (i) calculates a summed height of a color toner image formed on a sheet by summing up a height of the color toner image on the basis of input image data, (ii) calculates, on the basis of a target value for glossiness stored in the storage unit, a target total height of the color toner image and a clear toner image to realize the target value for glossiness, and (iii) calculates a height of the clear toner image by subtracting the summed height from the target total height. On the basis of the calculated height of the clear toner image, the control unit adjusts the height of the clear toner image formed on the sheet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 1/00 - Methods or arrangements for marking the record carrier in digital fashion
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control

14.

Image forming apparatus, operation control method for the same, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13785241
Grant Number 09294642
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-05
First Publication Date 2013-09-26
Grant Date 2016-03-22
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Kaku, Shinya

Abstract

An image forming apparatus being capable of executing a plurality of functions comprises: an entry portion which allows a user to issue a request for using any one of the functions and enter user authority information; a display portion; an authenticator which: requires user authentication via a user authentication screen displayed on the display portion; and judges whether or not the user authority information entered via the entry portion is appropriate for an authorized user for the function; and a function execution controller which executes the function as requested, if the authenticator judges that the user authority information entered via the entry portion is appropriate for an authorized user for the function, wherein the authenticator resets the result of the user authentication if the function execution controller successfully finishes executing the function.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems

15.

Image forming apparatus having exhaust treatment system

      
Application Number 13771111
Grant Number 09037034
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-20
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-05-19
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ikeda, Tomofumi
  • Yoshikawa, Shoichi
  • Matsuura, Kuniya
  • Satou, Masayuki
  • Oshima, Ryo
  • Oomoto, Noboru

Abstract

An image forming apparatus having; a fusing unit that heats and presses a recording medium with an image transferred thereto, thereby fixing the image thereon; a first duct section in which air that contains emissions generated by the fusing unit flows; an ion generation unit provided away from the first duct section to generate ions; a second duct section in which air that contains the ions generated by the ion generation unit flows; a third duct section connected to the first and second duct sections, such that air flows in from the first and second duct sections, whereby the emissions are charged by the ions; a filter unit provided in the third duct section to trap the charged emissions; and a blowing unit that generates air flows from the connections with the first and second duct sections in the third duct section toward the filter unit.

IPC Classes  ?

16.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13779192
Grant Number 08913943
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-27
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2014-12-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakane, Yoshiki
  • Ito, Yohei

Abstract

In an image forming apparatus, a cleaning unit includes: a cleaning blade that scrapes off untransferred toner remaining on an image support; an application brush that contacts the image support on the downstream side in the rotational direction of the image support relative to the cleaning blade, the application brush rotating in a counter direction at a contact position with the image support, thereby scratching off lubricant particles from a solid lubricant provided at its periphery, and supporting and feeding the lubricant particles toward the contact position with the image support; and a moving force providing unit that provides the lubricant being fed by the application brush with an electrical moving force toward the image support, on the upstream side in the rotational direction of the application brush relative to the contact position of the image support and the application brush.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 21/00 - Arrangements not provided for by groups , e.g. cleaning, elimination of residual charge

17.

Server, print job control method for the same, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13788378
Grant Number 09507556
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-07
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2016-11-29
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Nojima, Nobuhiro

Abstract

A server includes a spooler which puts one or more jobs connected to one or more users in a spool queue; a user information receiver which receives from a printing apparatus, user information of a user who is logged on to the printing apparatus; a job search portion which finds one or more jobs connected to the logon user among the one or more jobs waiting in the spool queue, by using the user information received by the user information receiver; and a controller which controls such that the most recent job among the one or more jobs found by the job search portion is transferred to the printing apparatus and further controls, on the basis of one or both of: the job title of the most recent job; and the spool time the most recent job is put into the spool queue.

IPC Classes  ?

18.

Information processing system for starting up a browser, user terminal, information processing device, and non-transitory computer readable recording medium

      
Application Number 13788577
Grant Number 09578084
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-07
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2017-02-21
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakiyama, Daisuke
  • Yamada, Masami
  • Ohshima, Atsushi
  • Teramoto, Keisuke
  • Tamura, Atsushi
  • Hisada, Yukina

Abstract

An information processing system comprises a user terminal and an information processing device. A remote operation screen image for remotely operating the information processing device is displayed with the user terminal so that the information processing device is operated by remote control via the user terminal. The information processing device includes: a screen image controlling part for receiving operation information from the user terminal; a contents determining part for determining if contents accessed by a browser are internal contents of the information processing device when the operation information is a process request requiring start up of the browser; and a browser controlling part for starting up a first browser on the information processing device when the internal contents are to be accessed, and sending a browser start up instruction to cause start up of a second browser installed on the user terminal when external contents are to be accessed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems

19.

Image forming apparatus and method of controlling the same

      
Application Number 13836197
Grant Number 08983332
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-15
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-03-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Horie, Takayuki
  • Hayashi, Hideaki
  • Saito, Masashi
  • Hadano, Hideki
  • Morita, Osamu
  • Yoneda, Satoru

Abstract

An image forming apparatus has an outline surrounded by a casing. The casing has an opening. The image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit configured to fix an image formed on a recording medium, and a control unit. The fixing unit includes a heating fixing member. The control unit is configured to control an opening degree of the opening based on temperature of a surface of or in the vicinity of the heating fixing member, so as to prevent emission of a substance by an air current to outside of the casing through the opening, during an image forming operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 21/20 - Humidity or temperature control

20.

Information device and computer-readable storage medium for computer program

      
Application Number 13837924
Grant Number 10579246
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-15
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2020-03-03
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tomiyasu, Kazuhiro
  • Kurumasa, Yoichi
  • Komaba, Kenichi
  • Hosono, Masao
  • Okada, Takuya

Abstract

An information device having a touch-sensitive panel for displaying an operating screen having a scrolled display region is provided. The information device includes sets of data classified into at least three groups arranged in accordance with a predetermined order; a list display control portion for displaying, in the scrolled display region, a data list in which the sets of data classified into any one of the groups are listed; a scroll control portion for, when the data list is displayed, scrolling through the data list in accordance with touch operation of touching a position in the scrolled display region; and a support display control portion for displaying, in accordance with the touch operation, as pop-up, icons in a manner to appear in the predetermined order on the operating screen along one direction. The icons function as indicators corresponding to groups that are a part of the three groups.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
  • G06F 3/0485 - Scrolling or panning
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer

21.

Image forming apparatus, image forming system, and image forming method for diving and outputting a print job

      
Application Number 13843912
Grant Number 09524135
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-15
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2016-12-20
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Nakamichi, Motoki

Abstract

Provided is an image forming system where a plurality of image forming apparatuses for printing an image on a sheet based on a job, and outputting the image are connected with one another in a communicable manner, including a communication unit to carry out the communication, and a control unit to manage the job, and control the communication unit, where the control unit divides the job for sequentially processing a plurality of steps into a plurality of divided step jobs, executes a former part of the divided step jobs on an image forming apparatus which can execute the former part of the divided step jobs, and reserves a latter part of the divided step jobs on an image forming apparatus which can execute the latter part of the divided step jobs, and is different from the image forming apparatus, thereby enabling efficient execution of the job.

IPC Classes  ?

22.

Instruction input device and recording medium

      
Application Number 13775431
Grant Number 09024897
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-25
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-05-05
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Tanaka, Tomoji

Abstract

An instruction input apparatus comprising: a display being provided with a display screen; an electrostatic touch panel being deposited on the front of the display screen on the display, the touch panel being configured to input instructions to the instruction input apparatus; an approach sensor being configured to detect a user's hand approaching to a part of frame of the touch panel; a coordinate identification portion being configured to identify the coordinate of a contact position at which the user touches on the touch panel; and a controller being configured to, if the approach sensor detects the user's hand approaching to the part of frame of the touch panel, change a contact detectable area of the touch panel so that the contact detectable area will exclude the coordinate of the user's contact position which is identified by the coordinate identification portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 3/044 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means by capacitive means

23.

Image forming system and method of controlling the same

      
Application Number 13783695
Grant Number 08965234
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-04
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-02-24
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ikuta, Katsuyuki
  • Okamoto, Akira
  • Yamamoto, Kenji
  • Futami, Hiroyuki
  • Isobe, Akifumi

Abstract

In a serial tandem image forming system having a plurality of image forming apparatuses, a double-side printing job can be performed in a way according to the needs of users by taking into consideration an adjustment operation. The serial tandem image forming system includes an upstream apparatus 200 and a downstream apparatus 300, as the image forming apparatuses, each of which is capable of forming images on both sides of a sheet. When receiving a double-side printing job while one of the image forming apparatuses is performing the adjustment operation, a control unit 260 displays information on a manipulation display 500 which prompts a user to select whether to immediately start the job by performing a single machine double-side printing process with the other image forming apparatus, or start the job by shifting to a tandem mode and performing a serial double-side printing process after the adjustment operation has finished.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/23 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern involving the combination of more than one step according to groups specially adapted for copying both sides of an original or for copying on both sides of a recording or image-receiving material
  • G03G 15/01 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for producing multicoloured copies
  • G03G 21/16 - Mechanical means for facilitating the maintenance of the apparatus, e.g. modular arrangements

24.

Information processing device using direct data access from cloud storage

      
Application Number 13786741
Grant Number 09130862
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-06
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-09-08
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Iwai, Hidetaka
  • Sugimoto, Hiroaki
  • Yoneda, Shuji
  • Anezaki, Kazuya
  • Maekawa, Takeshi

Abstract

An information processing system comprising a communication terminal and an information processing device that allow communication therebetween. The communication terminal includes: a remote controlling part for acquiring an operation screen image, with which the user makes remote operation of the information processing device; and a cloud service connecting part for connecting to a service providing server providing a cloud service over a network, and acquiring a display screen image for using the cloud service from the service providing server in response to user's instruction, thereby causing the acquired display screen image to be displayed on the display part together with the operation screen image. The remote controlling part sends connecting information for connecting to the service providing server to the information processing device. The remote controlling part switches the display screen image displayed by the cloud service connecting part to the display screen image acquired by the information processing device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

25.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13844059
Grant Number 09042762
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-15
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-05-26
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Satsukawa, Takamitsu

Abstract

An image forming apparatus has an image forming section configured to form an image on a recording sheet, a controller to execute a job, and an adjustment section configured to adjust a density of the image formed on the recording sheet by the image forming section during execution of the job. The controller discharges an inserting sheet onto the recording sheet having the image formed during the execution of the job when a value of the adjustment is larger than a predetermined value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

26.

Image forming apparatus communicable with remote display apparatus

      
Application Number 13786899
Grant Number 09036176
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-06
First Publication Date 2013-09-12
Grant Date 2015-05-19
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Iwamoto, Hiroshi
  • Sawada, Kenichi
  • Kuno, Takatsugu
  • Amiya, Koichi
  • Tanaka, Yusaku
  • Murakami, Hiroshi

Abstract

An MFP (Multifunction Peripheral) receives, from a remote terminal, information on a first operation to request the MFP to execute processing. The MFP transmits, to the remote terminal, information on a screen in accordance with the information on the first operation, and receives, from the remote terminal, a report that a screen in accordance with the transmitted information is displayed on the remote terminal. The MFP receives, from the remote terminal, information on a second operation to request the MFP to execute processing, after receipt of the information on the first operation and before receipt of the report, and decides whether to execute or cancel the processing in accordance with the information on the second operation, depending on the type of the information on the second operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

27.

Display system including relay apparatus and first and second display apparatuses

      
Application Number 13788512
Grant Number 09282207
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-07
First Publication Date 2013-09-12
Grant Date 2016-03-08
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Yamada, Kei

Abstract

When a first remote panel accepts an operation to move a display screen, the first remote panel transmits information on the operation to a relay server. The relay server determines a destination display screen based on the received information, and transmits information on the destination display screen to each of an MFP (Multifunction Peripheral), the first remote panel, and a second remote panel. The relay server transmits data on the destination display screen to each of the first and second remote panels. After transmitting the information on the destination display screen, the relay server receives data on a neighboring screen of the destination display screen from the MFP.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • B29C 39/00 - Shaping by casting, i.e. introducing the moulding material into a mould or between confining surfaces without significant moulding pressure; Apparatus therefor
  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means

28.

Image processing apparatus, method of controlling image processing apparatus, and non-transitory recording medium

      
Application Number 13790051
Grant Number 09319539
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-08
First Publication Date 2013-09-12
Grant Date 2016-04-19
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Yamaguchi, Tomohiro

Abstract

An image processing apparatus includes a display; a document image accepting unit for accepting input of a document image obtained by a scanner; a display control unit for causing a preview image of the document image accepted by the document image accepting unit to be displayed on the display while being moved in a prescribed direction in a sequential manner; an operation accepting unit for accepting an operation of image editing for document images, which are series of document images accepted by the document image accepting unit, including the document image corresponding to the preview image moving on the display; and an editing unit for performing the image editing accepted by the operation accepting unit for the document images.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06T 11/60 - Editing figures and text; Combining figures or text

29.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13766823
Grant Number 09395689
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-14
First Publication Date 2013-08-29
Grant Date 2016-07-19
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Mae, Hideo
  • Ito, Takayuki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus, having: a supply unit that forwards a sheet material; a rotor that feeds the sheet material; a memory unit that has stored therein a masking sound for noise; a derivation unit that derives a current position of the sheet material being fed; a determination unit that determines, on the basis of the current position derived by the derivation unit, whether or not the sheet material being fed has reached a second specified location at a predetermined distance upstream from the first specified location; a decision unit that decides output timing and/or output duration for the masking sound in the memory unit upon an affirmative determination by the determination unit; and a sound output unit that outputs the masking sound in the memory unit in accordance with the output timing and/or the output duration.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G03G 21/20 - Humidity or temperature control

30.

Image forming apparatus for measuring a density of a test image and performing output paper density adjustment based on a result of the measurement

      
Application Number 13765560
Grant Number 08995848
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-12
First Publication Date 2013-08-22
Grant Date 2015-03-31
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Miyazaki, Ken

Abstract

Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including: an image forming unit to form an image on paper fed from the selected feed tray; a density sensor to measure a density of the image formed on the paper; and a control unit to control execution of an output paper density adjustment in accordance with a result obtained by forming a test image on the paper by using the image forming unit and by measuring the density of the test image formed on the paper by using the density sensor, wherein the control unit executes the output paper density adjustment by changing the feed tray for feeding the paper, from the feed tray designated in a print job to the substitute feed tray at a predetermined timing while the print job is executed, regardless of the paper setting information related to the substitute feed tray.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

31.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13762174
Grant Number 08899573
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-07
First Publication Date 2013-08-22
Grant Date 2014-12-02
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Kamata, Yoshihisa

Abstract

An image forming apparatus has a plurality of trays to store an index sheet provided with a tab at a predetermined position of the index sheet, a setting section to set first information concerning the index sheet stored in the tray for each of the plurality of trays, a receiving section to receive second information concerning an insertion of the index sheet in a job, and a controller to control an execution of the job and an operation of feeding the index sheet. The controller automatically selects the tray in the execution of the job based on the first information and the second information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 3/44 - Simultaneously, alternately, or selectively separating articles from two or more piles
  • B65H 5/26 - Duplicate, alternate, selective, or coacting feeds
  • B65H 33/04 - Forming counted batches in delivery pile or stream of articles by inserting marker slips in pile or stream
  • B65H 39/00 - Associating, collating, or gathering articles or webs
  • B65H 7/20 - Controlling associated apparatus
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

32.

Electronic device and power-source device

      
Application Number 13764800
Grant Number 09350188
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-12
First Publication Date 2013-08-22
Grant Date 2016-05-24
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Hasebe, Takashi
  • Hiraguchi, Hiroshi
  • Yamamoto, Mineo
  • Tamura, Tomonobu
  • Tatsumoto, Yuhei

Abstract

Electronic device comprising: processing unit including accepting part accepting processing request from external device and executing process specified by request; secondary battery connected with external power source; and power-source device transitioning to operating state when request is accepted in waiting state, and transitioning to waiting state when processing unit completes executing process, wherein, in waiting state, power supply from external power source to processing unit is stopped and secondary battery supplies power to accepting part, and in operating state, power is supplied from external power source to processing unit. Power-source device includes controller executing first charge control operation to cause external power source to charge secondary battery when, in operating state, voltage of secondary battery is not higher than threshold, and end executing first charge control operation when transitioning to waiting state, controller updating threshold in response to increase in number of times first charge control operation is executed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02J 4/00 - Circuit arrangements for mains or distribution networks not specified as ac or dc
  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

33.

Rotary damper and image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13765791
Grant Number 09002238
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-13
First Publication Date 2013-08-22
Grant Date 2015-04-07
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Miyagawa, Naoki
  • Yoshikawa, Shoichi
  • Oomoto, Noboru
  • Kawai, Naotoshi
  • Yano, So
  • Miyamoto, Takao

Abstract

A plurality of first viscoelastic bodies are disposed in insertion holes of a first rotary member. A plurality of second viscoelastic bodies are disposed in guide holes of a second rotary member. Each of the first and the second viscoelastic bodies has an elastic coefficient changing in accordance with aging due to use. A guide member moves a contact member along the insertion hole and the guide hole. The contact member applies a compressive load to the first viscoelastic body. The aging of the second viscoelastic body due to the compressive load applied thereto moves a position of the first viscoelastic body where the compressive load is received from the contact member toward a farther side from a rotational shaft side.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • F16F 7/104 - Vibration-dampers; Shock-absorbers using inertia effect the inertia member being resiliently mounted
  • F16F 15/124 - Plastics springs, e.g. made of rubber

34.

Image processing apparatus and recording medium

      
Application Number 13759733
Grant Number 09277094
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-05
First Publication Date 2013-08-22
Grant Date 2016-03-01
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Hashimoto, Hideyuki

Abstract

An image processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a processing unit. The acquisition unit is configured to acquire an image. The processing unit is configured to select a format of a file corresponding to the image acquired by the acquisition unit, by analyzing a feature of the image. The processing unit is further configured to create a file for each feature of the image in the selected format.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/40 - Picture signal circuits
  • H04N 1/41 - Bandwidth or redundancy reduction
  • H04N 1/333 - Mode signalling or mode changing; Handshaking therefor
  • G06F 17/22 - Manipulating or registering by use of codes, e.g. in sequence of text characters
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit

35.

Image forming system, image forming apparatus, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13756019
Grant Number 09092704
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-31
First Publication Date 2013-08-15
Grant Date 2015-07-28
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Yoshida, Okihisa

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a storage unit that stores prohibited combination information, a display control unit that displays a user interface screen on a display unit, based on web page data that is received from a web server in the server apparatus, using a web browser that communicates with the web server, a first determination unit that determines, based on the prohibited combination information, whether or not the two or more settings that are prohibited from being combined are included in a plurality of current settings that include a content of change of settings received using the user interface screen, and a storage information control unit that stores a fact that the two or more settings prohibited from being combined are included in the current settings, in predetermined data. The display control unit, via the predetermined data, acquires the fact, and updates the user interface screen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver

36.

Image processing apparatus, method for reshaping threshold matrix, and computer-readable medium

      
Application Number 13759371
Grant Number 08903194
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-05
First Publication Date 2013-08-15
Grant Date 2014-12-02
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Yoshizawa, Masanori

Abstract

An image processing apparatus includes a probability conversion unit, a processor, and a threshold conversion unit. The probability conversion unit receives an initial pattern and converts it into a probability distribution space. The processor performs weighting on a density distribution space indicating a density of pixels determined to be dotted using the probability distribution space, determines pixels to be dotted and an order of the dotting in the weighted density distribution space, updates the probability distribution space until the order for all pixels in the initial pattern is determined, and repeats the determination using the updated probability distribution space. The threshold conversion unit converts the order of dotting into thresholds to obtain a threshold matrix. The probability conversion unit uses a threshold matrix preliminarily created to form a halftone dot as the initial pattern.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • H04N 1/405 - Halftoning, i.e. converting the picture signal of a continuous-tone original into a corresponding signal showing only two levels
  • G06T 3/00 - Geometric image transformation in the plane of the image

37.

Image forming apparatus, method of controlling the same, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13759857
Grant Number 09900450
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-05
First Publication Date 2013-08-15
Grant Date 2018-02-20
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Asai, Shinichi
  • Goto, Jiro
  • Oikawa, Takashi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a processing portion, a storage portion, and a touch pad. The processing portion is adapted to accept input of a value for a prescribed processing condition for an image forming job. The storage portion is adapted to store the value accepted by the processing portion. The touch pad is adapted to accept a touch operation. The processing portion updates the value stored in the storage portion based on a manner of change in touch position resulting from a second touch operation on the touch pad while a first touch operation in a prescribed region of the touch pad continues.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object, an image or a displayed text element, setting a parameter value or selecting a range

38.

Printing device, management device and management method

      
Application Number 13763055
Grant Number 08964206
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-08
First Publication Date 2013-08-15
Grant Date 2015-02-24
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Doui, Takayuki

Abstract

A printing device includes an authentication unit, a job input unit configured to receive input of a print job, a printing processing unit configured to perform printing processing for the print job, and an instruction input unit configured to receive input of an instruction on output of a printed matter of the print job. The printing processing in the printing processing unit is controlled in accordance with an instruction from a user successfully authenticated by the authentication unit. The printing device further includes a proxy registration processing unit capable of setting, for the print job, a user different from an issuer of the print job as a user who instructs output of the printed matter, and causes the printed matter to be output when the instruction on output is made by the user set as the user who instructs output of the printed matter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/00 - Digital computers in general; Data processing equipment in general
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 1/00 - Methods or arrangements for marking the record carrier in digital fashion
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data

39.

Image forming apparatus controlling for glossiness

      
Application Number 13763142
Grant Number 09081343
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-08
First Publication Date 2013-08-15
Grant Date 2015-07-14
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kamoda, Yuji
  • Hirayama, Junya
  • Uetake, Shigeo
  • Natsuhara, Toshiya

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device for heating and pressing a toner image on a recording medium, a non-contact heating device arranged downstream of the fixing device for heating the toner image without coming into contact with the toner image, and a pressure contact device arranged downstream of the non-contact heating device and having a smooth surface. The pressure contact device has first and second arrangement states switched according to the kind of the recording medium. In the first arrangement state, the pressure contact device is arranged so as to make pressure contact with the toner image. In the second arrangement state, the pressure contact device is arranged so as not to make pressure contact with the toner image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

40.

Toner for electrostatic image development

      
Application Number 13765000
Grant Number 08859178
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-12
First Publication Date 2013-08-15
Grant Date 2014-10-14
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kawamura, Takaki
  • Sugama, Kouji
  • Konno, Hiroyuki
  • Nagasawa, Hiroshi

Abstract

2 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 16 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 15 carbon atoms, m is an integer of 2 or 3, and n is an integer of 1 to 8.

IPC Classes  ?

41.

Remote operation system, image forming apparatus, remote operation apparatus, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13752778
Grant Number 09558434
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-29
First Publication Date 2013-08-15
Grant Date 2017-01-31
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Hase, Junichi
  • Furukawa, Manabu
  • Mishima, Nobuhiro
  • Hashimoto, Masaya
  • Torigoshi, Akihiro

Abstract

A remote operation system comprises an image forming apparatus and a remote operation apparatus. The image forming apparatus has an operation input part including a touch panel and a hardware key and a transmission part for transmitting synthesizable area information indicating a synthesizable area in a candidate screen (first screen) of the remote operation screen to the remote operation apparatus. The first screen is a screen including a touch panel area and a hardware key area, and the synthesizable area is defined in the synthesizable area information as an area not including a hardware key image. The remote operation apparatus generates a second screen by synthesizing an additional image to be added to the first screen into the synthesizable area of the first screen on the basis of the synthesizable area information and displays the second screen on the display part as the remote operation screen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 1/00 - Methods or arrangements for marking the record carrier in digital fashion
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/29 - Reproducing arrangements involving production of an electrostatic intermediate picture
  • H04N 3/10 - Scanning details of television systems; Combination thereof with generation of supply voltages by means not exclusively optical-mechanical
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

42.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13758280
Grant Number 08941845
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-04
First Publication Date 2013-08-08
Grant Date 2015-01-27
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ueda, Tadayuki
  • Sasamoto, Yoshihito
  • Kasamatsu, Toru
  • Nishikawa, Eiji
  • Miyajima, Satoshi
  • Shiki, Takanobu

Abstract

An image forming apparatus which allows a user to freely select a desired image quality is provided. The control unit 60 sets a of registration set value A1 for determining a color registration error suppression level and a dropout set value A2 for determining a dropout occurrence suppression level. Also, the control unit 60 sets a differential circumferential speed which is the difference between the circumferential speed of photoreceptor drums 1Y to 1K and the circumferential speed of an intermediate transfer belt 6 on the basis of the color registration set value A1 and the dropout set value A2. Then, the control unit 60 controls the belt drive motor 61 and the drum drive motor 62 on the basis of the differential circumferential speed which is set.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/40 - Picture signal circuits
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

43.

Display device with touch panel

      
Application Number 13753907
Grant Number 09081432
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-30
First Publication Date 2013-08-08
Grant Date 2015-07-14
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kunioka, Jun
  • Yamahata, Taketoshi
  • Kurohata, Takao
  • Haba, Shoko
  • Nishimura, Ryosuke

Abstract

An MFP (Multi-Functional Peripheral) includes a display device with a touch panel for displaying a variety of information. A plurality of screens including a base screen and a pop-up screen overlapping one another are displayed on the touch panel. The MFP accepts operation on any one of the screens and identifies the user who performs the accepted operation. If the identified user does not have operation authority over the pop-up screen, the MFP does not specify the pop-up screen as a screen serving as a target of the operation but specifies the base screen as a screen serving as a target of the operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems
  • G06F 21/35 - User authentication involving the use of external additional devices, e.g. dongles or smart cards communicating wirelessly
  • G06F 21/60 - Protecting data

44.

Fixing unit and image forming apparatus equipped therewith

      
Application Number 13753972
Grant Number 08903291
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-30
First Publication Date 2013-08-08
Grant Date 2014-12-02
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Maruko, Masami

Abstract

a is retracted from the operating position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

45.

Image forming method

      
Application Number 13756613
Grant Number 08824949
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-01
First Publication Date 2013-08-08
Grant Date 2014-09-02
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shirai, Aya
  • Matsushima, Asao
  • Matsumoto, Yoshiyasu
  • Hiramoto, Ryuichi
  • Amemiya, Taiki
  • Nagase, Tatsuya

Abstract

An image forming method includes: performing a first gloss processing and a second gloss processing. The first gloss processing includes: heating and pressing a processed body which supports a first toner layer containing at least a clear toner [X] onto a first surface of a recording material, while allowing the first toner layer to be closely adhered to a gloss processing belt; and cooling the same. The second gloss processing includes heating and pressing a processed body which supports a second toner layer containing at least a clear toner [Y] onto a second surface of the recording material, while allowing the second toner layer to be closely adhered to the gloss processing belt; and cooling the same. Here, a storage elastic modulus G′ X (150) at 150° C. of the clear toner [X] is lower than a storage elastic modulus G′ Y (150) at 150° C. of the clear toner [Y].

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 8/00 - Layers covering the final reproduction, e.g. for protecting, for writing thereon
  • G03G 9/087 - Binders for toner particles

46.

Image forming system, remote terminal, image forming apparatus, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13752839
Grant Number 10237427
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-29
First Publication Date 2013-08-01
Grant Date 2019-03-19
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Anezaki, Kazuya
  • Sugimoto, Hiroaki
  • Yoneda, Shuji
  • Iwai, Hidetaka
  • Maekawa, Takeshi
  • Hase, Junichi

Abstract

An image forming system comprises an image forming apparatus and a remote operation apparatus. The image forming apparatus comprises a detection part for detecting a state change of a hardware operating member in an operation part of the image forming apparatus and a transmitting part for transmitting screen control information in accordance with the state change detected by the detection part to the remote operation apparatus. The remote operation apparatus comprises a display part for displaying a simulated image representing the detection part of the image forming apparatus, a receiving part for receiving the screen control information, and a display control part for changing a first image which is the simulated image displayed on the display part before the state change into a second image which is the simulated image in which the state change is reflected, in response to a receipt of the screen control information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

47.

Management system, management server, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13743034
Grant Number 08994993
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-16
First Publication Date 2013-08-01
Grant Date 2015-03-31
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Nishiguchi, Tomohiro

Abstract

A management system for managing a management target device includes: a position detection unit configured to detect a position of a user of the management target device; a management server configured to manage Air Tag information relating to the user; and a mobile terminal. The management server includes: a positional information acquisition unit configured to acquire positional information for the position of the user based on a result of the detection by the position detection unit; a generation unit configured to generate the Air Tag information including device-relating information and the positional information of the user; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the Air Tag information to the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal displays an Air Tag image visualizing the device-relating information of the user by superposing the Air Tag image over a portion representing the user within a shot image of scenery around the mobile terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G08B 5/22 - Visible signalling systems, e.g. personal calling systems, remote indication of seats occupied using electromagnetic transmission
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

48.

Method and apparatus for communicating user information using body area network

      
Application Number 13753304
Grant Number 08867079
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-29
First Publication Date 2013-08-01
Grant Date 2014-10-21
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Kishimoto, Kazuhisa

Abstract

There is provided an information processing apparatus including: a body area network communication part that performs communication with a terminal apparatus carried by a user, using a user's human body as a communication channel; a display and operating part having a display part that displays a screen and having, on the display part, an electrode for body area network communication, the screen receiving an operation performed by the user; and a control part that displays on the display part an operation key for allowing information stored in the terminal apparatus to be obtained by the body area network communication, when it is determined at the time of the user touching the electrode that communication between the body area network communication part and the terminal apparatus can be performed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

49.

Apparatus for outputting image, apparatus for inputting image, computer, method for displaying screen, computer-readable storage medium for computer program; and adaptable display device

      
Application Number 13753857
Grant Number 08823963
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-30
First Publication Date 2013-08-01
Grant Date 2014-09-02
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Imaizumi, Shoji
  • Ozawa, Kaitaku
  • Minami, Takeshi
  • Kubo, Hiroaki

Abstract

An apparatus for outputting an image is provided. The apparatus includes a printer; a storage to store screen data on a screen in which a plurality of objects are provided and on which settings regarding a process for printing an image onto paper with the printer are made; an obtaining portion to obtain image data on a target image to be outputted; a display device to display, if a medium to which the target image is outputted is electronic paper, the screen based on the screen data in a manner to hide or not to place an unrelated object which is included in the objects and is not related to the electronic paper; and an output portion to output the image data to the electronic paper based on conditions designated on the screen displayed in such a manner that the unrelated object is hidden or not placed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit

50.

Sheet ejecting device

      
Application Number 13744654
Grant Number 08910934
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-18
First Publication Date 2013-07-25
Grant Date 2014-12-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Yamazaki, Masaru

Abstract

Disclosed is a sheet ejecting device. The sheet ejecting device includes a sheet stacking section; a bumping section; a sheet ejecting section; a mode selecting section; and a control section. The sheet ejecting section includes a pair of sheet clamping members which clamps one sheet or a plurality of overlapped sheets at a sheet clamping position and moves the one sheet or the plurality of overlapped sheets to a sheet stacking position in the sheet stacking section. The mode selecting section allows selection of an operation mode of the pair of sheet clamping members between a normal mode in which speed of the pair of sheet clamping members is a normal speed and a low speed mode in which a speed is lower than the normal speed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 43/00 - Use of control, checking, or safety devices, e.g. automatic devices comprising an element for sensing a variable
  • B65H 29/00 - Delivering or advancing articles from machines; Advancing articles to or into piles
  • B65H 29/14 - Delivering or advancing articles from machines; Advancing articles to or into piles by means of the nip between two, or between two sets of, moving tapes or bands and introducing into a pile
  • B65H 31/10 - Pile receivers with movable end support arranged to recede as pile accumulates the articles being piled one above another and applied at the top of the pile
  • B65H 31/36 - Auxiliary devices for contacting each article with a front stop as it is piled
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

51.

Two-component developer

      
Application Number 13727980
Grant Number 08785100
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-27
First Publication Date 2013-07-25
Grant Date 2014-07-22
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Motani, Hitomi
  • Mine, Tomoko
  • Oshiba, Tomomi

Abstract

The present invention relates to a two-component developer which comprises a toner, and a carrier having a surface of a core material particle coated with a resin having a unit of general formula (1). The present invention provides a two-component developer which has enhanced environmental stability of carrier charging performance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 9/113 - Developers with toner particles characterised by carrier particles having coatings applied thereto

52.

Printing system, printing control apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable recording medium stored with printing control program

      
Application Number 13732667
Grant Number 08908211
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-02
First Publication Date 2013-07-25
Grant Date 2014-12-09
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Sakuraba, Tamotsu

Abstract

A printing system includes a terminal apparatus and a printing control apparatus. The terminal apparatus includes a setting unit for setting a printing condition for a document, a generating unit for generating print data containing data of the document, setting data indicating the printing condition, and instruction information instructing to register the printing condition, and a transmitting unit for transmitting the print data. The printing control apparatus includes a storage unit for storing the printing condition and name information specifying the printing condition, a receiving unit for receiving the print data, a recognizing unit for recognizing that the print data contains the instruction information, and a registering unit for causing the printing condition indicated by the setting data to be stored in the storage unit if it is recognized that the print data contains the instruction information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data

53.

Image forming apparatus with partition wall between scanning optical device and photosensitive drum

      
Application Number 13738668
Grant Number 08698868
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-10
First Publication Date 2013-07-25
Grant Date 2014-04-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Hasegawa, Ryo

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a scanning optical device which performs scanning on a photosensitive drum with laser light. The scanning optical device includes a polygon motor unit, an emergence unit and a projecting unit. The polygon motor unit includes a polygon mirror which performs the scanning on the photosensitive drum with the laser light emitted from a light source. The laser light emerges from the emergence unit so that the photosensitive drum is irradiated with the laser light. The projecting unit projects to a first side where the photosensitive drum is disposed from a partition wall. The polygon motor unit is disposed in the projecting unit. The emergence unit is disposed on a second side separated from the first side by the partition wall. A gap is provided between the partition wall and the scanning optical device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 15/14 - Supporting, feeding, or guiding devices; Mountings for web rolls or spindles characterised by being applied to printers having transversely-moving carriages and detached from the carriage
  • B41J 27/00 - Inking apparatus

54.

Image forming apparatus and power control device

      
Application Number 13737060
Grant Number 08811847
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-09
First Publication Date 2013-07-18
Grant Date 2014-08-19
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Aoki, Mikiyuki
  • Masuda, Junichi
  • Kimura, Taku
  • Yokoya, Takahiro

Abstract

An image forming apparatus that forms a color image by overlaying toner images formed on respective first, second, and third photoreceptors, comprising: first, second, and third voltage-applied members respectively facing the first, second, and third photoreceptors; a first AC power supply generating first AC voltage, and superimposing the first AC voltage on first DC voltage to generate first voltage for causing a first electric field between the first voltage-applied member and the first photoreceptor; a second AC power supply generating second AC voltage, and superimposing the second AC voltage on second DC voltage to generate second voltage for causing a second electric field between the second voltage-applied member and the second photoreceptor; and a composite circuit superimposing a composite of the first voltage and the second voltage on third DC voltage, to generate third voltage for causing a third electric field between the third voltage-applied member and the third photoreceptor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G03G 15/02 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for laying down a uniform charge, e.g. for sensitising; Corona discharge devices

55.

Adjusting an image using a print preview of the image on an image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13737556
Grant Number 08839104
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-09
First Publication Date 2013-07-18
Grant Date 2014-09-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Matsuhara, Kenji
  • Tomono, Kazuaki
  • Takahashi, Kenichi
  • Kunioka, Jun

Abstract

An image forming apparatus with a display displaying a preview image of a document with a plurality of pages having text sections in a text data format and illustration sections in an image data format; an illustration section selector which selects one of the illustration sections on any of the pages in the preview image displayed on the display, according to a user operation; a page selector which specifies one of the pages as a destination page to which the selected illustration section is to be transferred, according to a user operation; a realignment portion which transfers the selected illustration section to the destination page selected by the page selector and realigns texts in a text section of the destination page; and a controller which allows the display to display a preview image of the destination page including the texts realigned by the realignment portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06T 11/60 - Editing figures and text; Combining figures or text
  • H04N 1/387 - Composing, repositioning or otherwise modifying originals

56.

Operational display device and method of controlling the same, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13731138
Grant Number 09069392
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-31
First Publication Date 2013-07-11
Grant Date 2015-06-30
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Tanaka, Tomoji

Abstract

An operational display device includes a display portion for displaying an image based on image data including a specific portion, a detection portion for detecting an orientation in which the display portion is held, and a display control unit for controlling a manner of display on the display portion. The display control unit causes an image of the specific portion to be displayed as being zoomed-in and rotated in accordance with an orientation of holding of the display portion when the orientation in which the display portion is held is changed from a first orientation to a second orientation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/033 - Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user; Accessories therefor
  • G09G 5/08 - Cursor circuits
  • G09G 5/00 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object, an image or a displayed text element, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0346 - Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user; Accessories therefor with detection of the device orientation or free movement in a 3D space, e.g. 3D mice, 6-DOF [six degrees of freedom] pointers using gyroscopes, accelerometers or tilt-sensors
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

57.

Image forming apparatus and recording medium

      
Application Number 13732499
Grant Number 09201496
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-02
First Publication Date 2013-07-11
Grant Date 2015-12-01
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Kano, Takahiro

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a display control unit that displays a user interface screen based on web page data that is received from a web server, using a web browser that communicates with the web server within the image forming apparatus, a task monitoring unit that operates independently of the web server, monitors a state of a task on the web server, and acquires status information on the task, a determination unit that determines whether or not the web server is accessible, based on the status information, and a notification unit that, in response to the determination that the web server is inaccessible, notifies an operating user of the fact that the web server is inaccessible by changing a display content of the user interface screen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/177 - Initialisation or configuration control
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06F 11/30 - Monitoring
  • G06F 11/32 - Monitoring with visual indication of the functioning of the machine

58.

Information transmission system and method with multiple user authentication

      
Application Number 13721122
Grant Number 08860977
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-20
First Publication Date 2013-07-04
Grant Date 2014-10-14
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Oki, Makoto

Abstract

An information transmission system includes a first image processing device and a second image processing device. The first image processing device includes a memory for storing information associated with each user. In the information transmission system, an authentication unit authenticates a user. A receiving unit receives an instruction for identifying information to be transmitted to the second image processing device, from information associated with the user authenticated by the authentication unit. A transmission unit transmits the information identified by the instruction received by the receiving unit, from the first image processing device to the second image processing device. The authentication unit authenticates a second user with a first user having been authenticated. The receiving unit receives an instruction for identifying the information from information associated with the first user authenticated and information associated with the second user authenticated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06F 21/30 - Authentication, i.e. establishing the identity or authorisation of security principals
  • G06F 21/31 - User authentication

59.

Two-component developing agent and developing method

      
Application Number 13728074
Grant Number 08765347
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-27
First Publication Date 2013-07-04
Grant Date 2014-07-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakamura, Kosuke
  • Okuyama, Okushi

Abstract

A two-component developing agent includes toner and a carrier including carrier particles. The toner includes a binding resin. The carrier particle includes a porous ferrite core particle and a resin covering layer. The resin covering layer covers the porous ferrite core particle. The resin covering layer includes ferrite particles. An average particle diameter of the ferrite particles ranges from 0.1 to 1.0 μm.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 9/113 - Developers with toner particles characterised by carrier particles having coatings applied thereto

60.

Image forming system and computer readable medium containing program

      
Application Number 13718049
Grant Number 09235370
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-18
First Publication Date 2013-06-27
Grant Date 2016-01-12
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Miyamoto, Yoshio

Abstract

An image forming system includes a plurality of image forming apparatuses, a determining unit, and a control unit. The image forming apparatuses are connected in series in a paper conveyance direction, and include first and second image forming apparatuses. The second image forming apparatus is disposed downstream of the first image forming apparatus in the paper conveyance direction. The determining unit determines whether image data is front-side data or back-side data at a time of duplex printing. The control unit controls the first image forming apparatus to print an image based on the back-side data, and controls the second image forming apparatus to print an image based on the front-side data.

IPC Classes  ?

61.

Developing device and image forming apparatus including same

      
Application Number 13726816
Grant Number 08942602
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-26
First Publication Date 2013-06-27
Grant Date 2015-01-27
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Onoda, Wataru
  • Kato, Tomohiro
  • Yoshida, Tomohisa
  • Suwama, Dai
  • Takada, Hiroaki

Abstract

A developing device having: a guide member creating a guide channel for guiding the developer being fed thereto while being supported on the developer support; and a regulating member regulating the amount of the developer that has passed through the guide channel, the guide member further creates a reflux channel in a gap from an inner surface of the housing, the reflux channel is connected to the guide channel via a communication channel such that the developer regulated by the regulating member returns toward an upstream end of the guide member, the upstream end of the guide member is disposed in a position opposed to the position where the magnetic flux density of the catch pole peaks, and the magnet assembly further includes a feeding pole that is disposed downstream of the catch pole and upstream of the developing pole, so as to be opposed to the guide channel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/08 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for developing using a solid developer, e.g. powder developer

62.

Creating a color conversion table by performing color conversion using a 3D and 1D table after limiting total color material amount

      
Application Number 13713195
Grant Number 08797614
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-13
First Publication Date 2013-06-27
Grant Date 2014-08-05
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Yamaguchi, Takeshi

Abstract

Disclosed are a device, a method, and a storage medium to create a color conversion table. According to one implementation, a color conversion table creating device includes, a color material amount limiting processing section; a first color conversion processing section; a second color conversion processing section; a combining section; a color material amount limiting inverse conversion processing section; and an output value determining section. The color material amount limiting processing section performs color material amount limiting of an input value in the color conversion table. The color material limiting inverse conversion processing section performs inverse conversion of the color material amount limiting after color conversion and combining the CMYK components. The output value determining section sets the inverted CMYK color components as an output value in the color conversion table.

IPC Classes  ?

63.

Sheet processing device and image forming system

      
Application Number 13711732
Grant Number 08894056
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-12
First Publication Date 2013-06-20
Grant Date 2014-11-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Oshima, Keisuke

Abstract

Sheets center-folded by a center-folder are placed on a main saddle. A buffer saddle is provided separately from the main saddle, on an opposite side of the center-folder across the main saddle. The pile of sheets saddle-stitched on the main saddle is placed on the buffer saddle. When viewed from above, the buffer saddle is movable in a direction separating from the main saddle that is a reverse direction to the center-folder, and in a direction orthogonal to the direction separating from the main saddle. A sheet processing device is arranged in the orthogonal direction where the buffer saddle is movable.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 39/00 - Associating, collating, or gathering articles or webs
  • B65H 29/60 - Article switches or diverters diverting the stream into alternative paths
  • B65H 31/30 - Arrangements for removing completed piles
  • B65H 37/04 - Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating devices for performing specified auxiliary operations for securing together articles or webs, e.g. by adhesive, stitching, or stapling
  • B65H 37/06 - Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating devices for performing specified auxiliary operations for folding
  • B65H 39/10 - Associating articles from a single source, e.g. to form a writing pad
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • B65H 45/30 - Folding in combination with creasing, smoothing, or application of adhesive
  • B42C 1/12 - Machines for both collating or gathering and permanently attaching together the sheets or signatures

64.

Image forming apparatus and method

      
Application Number 13711811
Grant Number 08897660
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-12
First Publication Date 2013-06-20
Grant Date 2014-11-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Furukawa, Kunio

Abstract

In an image forming apparatus, a control circuit rotationally drives a development roller at a predetermined rotation speed during a development process, in which the development roller has depression portions and land portions on a circumferential surface. The depression portions and the land portions are oblique grooves in the surface. While the development roller is rotationally driven, the control circuit controls the predetermined rotation speed such that a crossing angle approximates 90°. The crossing angle is formed by a screen line in the electrostatic latent image on the circumferential surface of the latent image support and an area where the land portion of the development roller substantially passes over the circumferential surface of the latent image support.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/08 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for developing using a solid developer, e.g. powder developer

65.

Image forming apparatus and computer readable recording medium storing control program for printing displayed image from portable display terminal

      
Application Number 13711871
Grant Number 08896882
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-12
First Publication Date 2013-06-20
Grant Date 2014-11-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Nakata, Masaki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus of the present invention determines whether or not electronic information on a displayed image on a portable display terminal set on a platen can be received from outside of the image forming apparatus, and generating converted data for printing by receiving said electronic information and converting it into a printable format when it is determined that the electronic information can be received (S118 or S119). Meanwhile, the image forming apparatus generates scanned data for printing by scanning the displayed image on platen when it is determined that the electronic information cannot be received from outside (S121 or S123). The image forming apparatus then prints the displayed image based on either converted data or the read data (S124).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems
  • H04N 1/04 - Scanning arrangements
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/10 - Scanning arrangements using flat picture-bearing surfaces

66.

Method, apparatus, and system for executing a job in cooperation with a server

      
Application Number 13714641
Grant Number 09264460
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-14
First Publication Date 2013-06-20
Grant Date 2016-02-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Kawabata, Hiroyuki

Abstract

An image processing device executing a job in cooperation with a server, comprises: an external terminal connecting part for establishing connection with an external terminal; a server connecting part for conducting a negotiation to execute the job with the server and establishing connection with the server in response to receipt of a request from the external terminal; a transmission part for sending information that is received from the external terminal and addressed to the server after rewriting a source address of the information to an address of the image processing device; a screen image control part for outputting screen image information to the external terminal in response to receipt of the screen image information from the server; and a job execution control part for starting execution of the job with the server in accordance with a control command after receiving the control command from the server.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

67.

Electrophotographic photoreceptor

      
Application Number 13715359
Grant Number 08771910
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-14
First Publication Date 2013-06-20
Grant Date 2014-07-08
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Fujita, Toshiyuki
  • Hayata, Hirofumi

Abstract

Disclosed is an electrophotographic photoreceptor including a conductive supporting body, a photosensitive layer and a protective layer. In the electrophotographic photoreceptor, at least the photosensitive layer and the protective layer are sequentially layered on the conductive supporting body, and the protective layer includes P-type semiconductor particles.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 5/00 - Recording-members for original recording by exposure e.g. to light, to heat, to electrons; Manufacture thereof; Selection of materials therefor

68.

Image forming apparatus and gradation correction method for the same

      
Application Number 13705675
Grant Number 08837001
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-05
First Publication Date 2013-06-13
Grant Date 2014-09-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tanaka, Hideaki
  • Harashima, Takashi
  • Hirata, Katsuyuki
  • Yamanaka, Daiki
  • Saito, Kazuhiro

Abstract

An image forming apparatus and a gradation correction method for the same are provided. An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section that forms a plurality of patch bands in a plurality of positions in a main scanning direction on an image bearing member, each of the plurality of patch bands having a plurality of gradation patches disposed in a sub-scanning direction; a density detection section that detects densities of the plurality of patch bands; and a control section that performs gradation correction based on detection results from the density detection section. The plurality of patch bands differs from each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/405 - Halftoning, i.e. converting the picture signal of a continuous-tone original into a corresponding signal showing only two levels
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control
  • H04N 1/407 - Control or modification of tonal gradation or of extreme levels, e.g. background level
  • H04N 1/04 - Scanning arrangements

69.

Fixing device and image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13689886
Grant Number 08831457
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-30
First Publication Date 2013-06-13
Grant Date 2014-09-09
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Yoshikawa, Hiroyuki
  • Watanabe, Isao
  • Fujimori, Harumitsu

Abstract

A fixing device includes an excitation coil, a fixing member heated by electromagnetic induction by the excitation coil, a magnetic shunt alloy member, a Curie temperature of which is higher than a target fixing temperature, a determiner that determines whether the temperature of a non-sheet passing region of the fixing member is about to reach the Curie temperature, and a power controller that controls power supplied to the excitation coil. Until the determiner determines that the Curie temperature is about to be reached, the power controller performs feedback control to provide power to the excitation coil. When the determiner determines that the Curie temperature is about to be reached, the power controller switches to fixed power control so that a difference between power supplied when the Curie temperature is about to be reached and power supplied after reaching the Curie temperature falls within an allowable range.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

70.

Variable printing system, image forming apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable medium

      
Application Number 13705735
Grant Number 08767230
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-05
First Publication Date 2013-06-13
Grant Date 2014-07-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Otomaru, Tomoko
  • Yamamoto, Kazuto

Abstract

A variable printing system includes: an image forming apparatus including an engine for variable printing; a device communicatively connected to the image forming apparatus; a first control section included in one of the image forming apparatus and the device; and a second control section included in one of the image forming apparatus and the device. The first control section acquires setting information of the engine corresponding to a job instructing variable printing, and performs one of adding the setting information into the job, and storing the setting information in a form of a database. The second control section analyses an output result of a job which has been executed and setting information of the engine corresponding to the job, and instructs the engine, based on a result of the analysis, to change a setting of the engine corresponding to a job to be executed or being executed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/00 - Digital computers in general; Data processing equipment in general
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 1/00 - Methods or arrangements for marking the record carrier in digital fashion

71.

Belt member, fixing device, and image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13706395
Grant Number 08835010
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-06
First Publication Date 2013-06-13
Grant Date 2014-09-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakamoto, Sadaaki
  • Yamaguchi, Go
  • Honya, Akihiro

Abstract

Disclosed are a belt member having high wear resistance and thereby capable of maintaining its initial surface properties for a long period of time and a fixing device provided with, the belt member, and an image forming apparatus. The belt member has a belt shape, and its surface is formed of a cured resin including a structural unit derived from urethane (meth)acrylate (A) having at least three (meth)acryloyloxy groups per molecule, a structural unit derived from a polyfunctional monomer (B) having no urethane bond and having at least three (meth)acryloyloxy groups per molecule, and a structural unit derived from a fluorine-modified acrylate (C). The cured resin contains 18 to 63% by mass of the structural unit derived from the urethane(meth)acrylate (A), 18 to 63% by mass of the structural unit derived from the polyfunctional monomer (B), and 10 to 40% by mass of the structural unit derived from the fluorine-modified acrylate(C).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B32B 27/40 - Layered products essentially comprising synthetic resin comprising polyurethanes
  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • C08G 18/67 - Unsaturated compounds having active hydrogen

72.

Image processing system for performing upper limit management of print volume

      
Application Number 13692283
Grant Number 08937739
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-03
First Publication Date 2013-06-06
Grant Date 2015-01-20
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Yoshida, Hidetaka

Abstract

A server included in an image processing system executes processing including: upon accepting a job issued, before the job is processed by an MFP, specifying a usage amount of the MFP in a case where the job is processed by the MFP, as a usage amount for the job, and reserving the usage amount for the job from the usage amount of the MFP permitted to an issuer of the job; and upon reservation of the usage amount for the job, storing the job in association with the usage amount for the job.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 15/22 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using plotters
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data

73.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13692411
Grant Number 08971745
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-03
First Publication Date 2013-06-06
Grant Date 2015-03-03
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Isobe, Akifumi
  • Futami, Hiroyuki
  • Okamoto, Akira
  • Yamamoto, Kenji
  • Nakamura, Hideki
  • Ikuta, Katsuyuki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes first and second image-forming portions and an intermediate transporting portion. A control unit checks fixing units in the image-forming portions and determines whether or not the fixing unit in the first image-forming portion is a fixing unit for an envelope. If not, the control unit controls a manipulation and display unit to display guidance for urging a user to exchange the first fixing unit. If so, the control unit determines whether or not too fixing unit in the second image-forming portion is a fixing unit for an envelope. If not, the control portion controls a manipulation and display unit to display a guidance for urging a user to exchange the second fixing unit. If both of fixing units in the first and second image-forming portions are fixing units for the envelope, the control unit allows an envelope mode control operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

74.

Fixing device and image forming device

      
Application Number 13685767
Grant Number 08923719
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-27
First Publication Date 2013-06-06
Grant Date 2014-12-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Shimizu, Yosuke

Abstract

Provided is a fixing device comprising: a fixing rotating body; a magnetizing coil; a pressing member forming a fixing nip through which a recording sheet passes; a demagnetizing coil unit set including a pile of demagnetizing coil units each including demagnetizing coils of different sizes, and canceling out part of magnetic flux generated by the magnetizing coil in a non-sheet-passing region; a sheet information acquisition unit acquiring sheet information including information relating to a width of the recording sheet; and an operation control unit controlling each demagnetizing coil according to the width, wherein in each demagnetizing coil unit, the demagnetizing coils are arranged such that a smaller demagnetizing coil is surrounded by a larger demagnetizing coil and the demagnetizing coils are in a same plane extending along a surface of the magnetizing coil, and a combination of sizes of the demagnetizing coils differs among the demagnetizing coil units.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

75.

Image forming method

      
Application Number 13688456
Grant Number 08811879
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-29
First Publication Date 2013-06-06
Grant Date 2014-08-19
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc (Japan)
Inventor
  • Obata, Hiroaki
  • Fujisaki, Natsuko
  • Shibata, Koji
  • Hori, Anju
  • Tamura, Kishio

Abstract

An image forming method that can obtain a high fixing strength and reduce the occurrence of a document offset phenomenon is provided. In the image forming method the polyester resin forming the binder resin of the toner is obtained by condensing and polymerizing a carboxylic component containing at least one compound selected from chemical formula (1), (2) and (3) shown below that is an addition reactant of abietic acid and a carboxylic compound having an unsaturated double bond and an alcohol component, and the content of at least the one compound selected from the chemical formula (1), (2) and (3) in the carboxylic component is 5% by mass or more, and the fixing agent contains an alkylene carbonate which may have a substituent group or an aliphatic alkyl carboxylic acid ester which may have a substituent group.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 11/00 - Selection of substances for use as fixing agents
  • G03G 9/087 - Binders for toner particles

76.

Information processing device, print server, print control system, print control method and computer readable recording medium for applying printing rule to print job

      
Application Number 13683347
Grant Number 08817307
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-21
First Publication Date 2013-05-30
Grant Date 2014-08-26
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Murakawa, Akira

Abstract

An information processing device sends a print job to a print server for applying a printing rule to the print job. The information processing device comprises: a print job generation part for generating the print job; a display part for displaying a printing rule application result showing a result of application by the print server of the printing rule; a manipulation input part for receiving an entry of an instruction as to whether or not to continue a process relating to the print job with the printing rule application result being displayed; and a print job control part for making the process relating to the print job terminate in response to entry of the instruction to refuse continuation of the print job process, while making the print job process continue in response to entry of the instruction to permit the continuation of the print job process.

IPC Classes  ?

77.

Image forming apparatus which maintains the relative positional relationship between the image forming section and the sheet detection section

      
Application Number 13748310
Grant Number 08515330
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-23
First Publication Date 2013-05-30
Grant Date 2013-08-20
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sendo, Hiroshi
  • Omori, Yuichi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming section attached on an apparatus main body, having a forming and writing section that forms and writes an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier based on image information, and a transfer section which transfers a developed image after the electrostatic latent image has been developed, onto a sheet; a sheet conveyance section detachably attached on the apparatus main body, which conveys the sheet to the image forming section; a sheet detection section attached on the apparatus main body, which detects a sheet position conveyed to the image forming section by the sheet conveyance section; and a position correction section which corrects an image writing position for an image in the image forming section based on information of the detected sheet position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G03G 21/00 - Arrangements not provided for by groups , e.g. cleaning, elimination of residual charge

78.

Image forming apparatus and image forming method

      
Application Number 13680366
Grant Number 08982370
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-19
First Publication Date 2013-05-30
Grant Date 2015-03-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Konuma, Shigeo

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit which forms an image based on a JOB; a display operation unit which enables a display and an operation for the JOB; and a control unit which manages the JOB and controls the image forming unit and the display operation unit, wherein the control unit arranges a predetermined number of JOBs on one screen according to a reservation order to be output in the display operation unit, displays a list switched of a page or scrolled by an instructing operation of a user, updates the display of the displayed list, selects the JOB in the displayed list by the instructing operation of the user, executes the instructing operation for the selected JOB, and maintains at least the selected JOB displayed on the screen to be displayed on the screen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

79.

Operation input system and operation input method

      
Application Number 13674295
Grant Number 08957862
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-12
First Publication Date 2013-05-23
Grant Date 2015-02-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Sugimoto, Yasuaki

Abstract

Disclosed is an operation input system including: an operation display device; and a display device, wherein in case that the operation display device receives input of security information, the operation display device sets input keys in the key arrangement on a screen of the display unit and displays the operation window in which the input keys or at least contents of the input keys cannot be visually recognized, and the operation detecting unit receives the operation for the set input keys, and the display device controls display contents of the second display unit so as to display a state in which a virtual image of the input keys is combined with a situation in which an operator operates the display unit in accordance with an image shot by the camera so as to match a position of the virtual image with the set input keys.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/02 - Input arrangements using manually operated switches, e.g. using keyboards or dials
  • G06F 21/31 - User authentication
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures

80.

Square back processing with variable nipping

      
Application Number 13680485
Grant Number 08844919
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-19
First Publication Date 2013-05-23
Grant Date 2014-09-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Motoyoshi, Tomoya

Abstract

A post-processing apparatus includes a folding section configured to nip a sheet using a plurality of rollers to form a fold line for saddle stitching and a control section to control the nipping amount in the folding section. When carrying out square back processing to flatten the spine folded portion of a sheet bundle where a fold line for saddle stitching is formed, the post-processing apparatus allows the nipping amount in the folding section to be smaller than that in the case where the square back processing is not carried out.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 37/06 - Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating devices for performing specified auxiliary operations for folding
  • B65H 39/00 - Associating, collating, or gathering articles or webs
  • B65H 45/30 - Folding in combination with creasing, smoothing, or application of adhesive
  • B65H 45/18 - Oscillating or reciprocating blade folders

81.

Display system provided with first display device and second display device

      
Application Number 13681442
Grant Number 09141269
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-20
First Publication Date 2013-05-23
Grant Date 2015-09-22
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Amiya, Koichi
  • Kuno, Takatsugu
  • Murakami, Hiroshi
  • Tanaka, Yusaku
  • Iwamoto, Hiroshi
  • Sawada, Kenichi

Abstract

A display system includes an image forming device and a mobile communication terminal. In the display system, the mobile communication terminal accepts a flick manipulation to move the screen, and transmits flick information on the accepted flick manipulation to the image forming device. The image forming device decides an area, which is a part of the screen of the mobile communication terminal and in which display is changed when the screen is moving, and sequentially transmits to the mobile communication terminal positional information on the decided area and screen data of the screen before the movement is completed since the movement is started, which is decided based on the flick information in the decided area. The mobile communication terminal displays the screen in the area of the transmitted positional information based on the transmitted screen data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/0485 - Scrolling or panning
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/14 - Digital output to display device
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G09G 5/00 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators

82.

Sheet processing device and image forming system

      
Application Number 13674198
Grant Number 09186861
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-12
First Publication Date 2013-05-16
Grant Date 2015-11-17
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Hattori, Masato

Abstract

In a sheet processing device, a sheet feeder feeds a sheet fed thereinto, by switching to any one of a first direction same as a feed-in direction of a sheet and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. A second sheet processor is arranged in the second direction and performs a process including a center-folding process on the sheet. A first sheet processor is arranged in the first direction and performs a process other than the center-folding process on the sheet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B31F 1/00 - Mechanical deformation without removing material, e.g. in combination with laminating
  • B65H 37/06 - Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating devices for performing specified auxiliary operations for folding
  • B65H 29/60 - Article switches or diverters diverting the stream into alternative paths
  • B65H 31/30 - Arrangements for removing completed piles
  • B65H 37/04 - Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating devices for performing specified auxiliary operations for securing together articles or webs, e.g. by adhesive, stitching, or stapling
  • B65H 39/10 - Associating articles from a single source, e.g. to form a writing pad
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • B65H 45/18 - Oscillating or reciprocating blade folders
  • B42C 1/12 - Machines for both collating or gathering and permanently attaching together the sheets or signatures

83.

Image forming system and control method for the same

      
Application Number 13676479
Grant Number 08994962
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-14
First Publication Date 2013-05-16
Grant Date 2015-03-31
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Honma, Mikimasa

Abstract

An image forming system includes a first image forming apparatus and a second image forming apparatus coupled in tandem to the first image forming apparatus which are assigned differently to print images on respective different regions on a recording sheet. The first image forming apparatus includes two compressing and expanding sections and is configured to receive both image data to be printed by the first image forming apparatus and image data to be printed by the second image forming apparatus. When performing any one process of a compressing process and an expanding process for the image data to be printed by the first image forming apparatus and a compressing process for the image data to be printed by the second image forming apparatus, a compressing and expanding section being used for no process is selected from the two compressing and expanding sections, and assigned to perform the any one process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers

84.

Image forming apparatus having paper deviation compensation function for compensating deviation of paper based on image area determined according to image data for given page of a job and image formable area of image forming unit, and image forming method for same

      
Application Number 13660105
Grant Number 10114326
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-25
First Publication Date 2013-05-09
Grant Date 2018-10-30
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Yamashita, Takashi

Abstract

Image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a paper transport unit, a paper position measuring unit, a deviation compensating unit in preparation to image forming, a control unit for controlling the image formation and the deviation compensation, wherein the control unit includes a function that receives the results measured by the paper position measuring unit and compensates the deviation of the paper in accordance with the measured results, wherein, the control unit shifts the paper toward a predetermined position in the direction across the paper transporting direction and shift the image forming position in the main scanning direction in accordance with the predetermined position of the paper, wherein, the control unit decides the predetermined position so that the image area based on the image forming position being shifted does not go out of the range of the image formable area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

85.

Liquid developer

      
Application Number 13666780
Grant Number 08974996
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-01
First Publication Date 2013-05-09
Grant Date 2015-03-10
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Yoshie, Naoki
  • Hayashi, Kenji
  • Yamada, Chiaki
  • Momotani, Keiko
  • Anno, Masahiro
  • Kubo, Yuya
  • Hotta, Miyuki

Abstract

A liquid developer used for wet-type image forming apparatuses includes toner particles and an insulating liquid, the toner particles include a resin, a pigment, and a pigment dispersant, the pigment includes a pigment having an acid group, and the pigment dispersant is a basic polymer dispersant including units derived from ε-caprolactone.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 9/13 - Developers with toner particles in liquid developer mixtures characterised by polymer components
  • G03G 9/135 - Developers with toner particles in liquid developer mixtures characterised by stabiliser or charge-controlling agents
  • G03G 9/12 - Developers with toner particles in liquid developer mixtures

86.

Power control method, power control device, and image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13667596
Grant Number 08958712
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-02
First Publication Date 2013-05-09
Grant Date 2015-02-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Wakide, Hitoshi

Abstract

A power control method for performing phase control is provided. The method includes generating a zero-crossing signal that indicates a first level if an absolute value of AC voltage is smaller than a predetermined value, and indicates a second level if the absolute value of the AC voltage is larger than the predetermined value; detecting a zero-crossing width and a non-zero-crossing width, the zero-crossing width being a time width for a case where the absolute value of the AC voltage is smaller than the predetermined value, the non-zero-crossing width being a time width for a case where the absolute value is larger than the predetermined value; detecting a frequency and a voltage value of the AC voltage based on the zero-crossing width and the non-zero-crossing width; and performing phase control depending on the frequency and the voltage value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • H02J 3/10 - Constant-current supply systems

87.

Toner for electrostatic image development

      
Application Number 13658435
Grant Number 09268245
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-23
First Publication Date 2013-05-02
Grant Date 2016-02-23
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kouyama, Mikio
  • Ohmura, Ken

Abstract

6.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 9/087 - Binders for toner particles
  • G03G 9/09 - Colouring agents for toner particles
  • G03G 9/13 - Developers with toner particles in liquid developer mixtures characterised by polymer components

88.

User interface provided with display unit for displaying screen

      
Application Number 13659272
Grant Number 09128607
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-24
First Publication Date 2013-05-02
Grant Date 2015-09-08
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Hosono, Masao
  • Kurumasa, Yoichi
  • Komaba, Kenichi
  • Okada, Takuya
  • Tokumoto, Tetsuya
  • Tomiyasu, Kazuhiro

Abstract

A manipulation panel that is a user interface includes a display unit that displays a screen, a touch panel that detects a tap performed to the display unit, and an abnormality detector that detects a situation, in which a message is displayed on the display unit, until the touch panel detects a second tap constituting a double tap since detecting a first tap. Manipulation panel displays a warning message about the situation detected by the abnormality detector on the display unit after the touch panel detects the second tap.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver
  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs

89.

Image forming apparatus with width-wise sheet shifting mechanism

      
Application Number 13659339
Grant Number 08892023
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-24
First Publication Date 2013-05-02
Grant Date 2014-11-18
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kawanago, Yusuke
  • Okubo, Takahiro
  • Matsuo, Masahiro
  • Kawakami, Yoshiteru
  • Motegi, Haruki
  • Yoshimura, Osamu
  • Kawachi, Kunihiro
  • Nonaka, Ken

Abstract

An image forming apparatus acquires an amount of deflection of the transporting sheet from a reference position thereof and calculates a required shift amount of the sheet. It determines whether or not the sheet is shifted frontward. If so, the image forming apparatus acquires a second specified shift value which is determined based on an urging force and the required shift amount using a second correction equation. Alternatively, if the sheet is shifted backward, the image forming apparatus acquires a first specified shift value which is determined based on the urging force and the required shift amount using a first correction equation. The image forming apparatus performs a registration roller shift correction based on the acquired first or second specified shift value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • B65H 7/02 - Controlling article feeding, separating, pile-advancing, or associated apparatus, to take account of incorrect feeding, absence of articles, or presence of faulty articles by feelers or detectors
  • G03G 15/01 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for producing multicoloured copies

90.

Image forming apparatus storing a stylus pen

      
Application Number 13655727
Grant Number 09036168
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-19
First Publication Date 2013-05-02
Grant Date 2015-05-19
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Uchida, Satomi

Abstract

Disclosed is an image forming apparatus provided with an operation panel receiving instructions from a user by touch operations, a stylus pen used to perform the touch operations, and a pen holder holding the stylus pen, the pen holder including an opening for insertion of the stylus pen from outside of the pen holder, and a storage section storing the stylus pen. The storage section includes a first hollow portion with a first bottom and a second hollow portion with a second bottom lower than the first bottom. The stylus pen is stored in the storage section by being inserted through the opening, proceeding along the first bottom to enter the second hollow portion, and slanting, upon a center of gravity of the stylus pen passing a boundary between the first bottom and the second bottom, so that a tip of the stylus pen points downwards.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G09B 7/00 - Electrically-operated teaching apparatus or devices working with questions and answers
  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G09F 3/00 - Labels, tag tickets, or similar identification or indication means; Seals; Postage or like stamps
  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G06F 1/16 - Constructional details or arrangements
  • G06F 3/0354 - Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user; Accessories therefor with detection of 2D relative movements between the device, or an operating part thereof, and a plane or surface, e.g. 2D mice, trackballs, pens or pucks

91.

Screw fall preventing structure

      
Application Number 13658951
Grant Number 08882424
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-24
First Publication Date 2013-05-02
Grant Date 2014-11-11
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Naruse, Kunihiko

Abstract

A screw fall preventing structure prevents a screw from falling out of a unit that is attachable to and removable from a main body of an apparatus. The screw is used for fastening the unit to the main body of the apparatus. The screw fall preventing structure includes: a wire piece having a bent portion fitted around the screw to hold the screw axially rotatably; and a fixing member fixing the wire piece to the unit. When the unit is not fastening by the screw, the screw is elastically supported via the wire piece on the fixing member and the elasticity is given by a portion of the wire between a portion fixed by the fixing member and the bent portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 41/00 - Measures against loss of bolts, nuts, or pins; Measures against unauthorised operation of bolts, nuts, or pins

92.

Fixing device

      
Application Number 13662367
Grant Number 08909084
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-26
First Publication Date 2013-05-02
Grant Date 2014-12-09
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Fujii, Makoto

Abstract

A fixing device is provided that can limit a temperature rise in paper non-contact edge portions with a relatively simple configuration and can make uniform a temperature distribution across a paper feed region. A heating roller includes lamps that respectively heat a center region and a large edge region and a small edge region, a temperature sensor for a heat generating region of the center lamp, a temperature sensor for a heat generating region of the edge-side lamps, and a temperature sensor for a paper non-contact edge portion. The heating roller selects any one of the edge-side lamps based on a detection result from the temperature sensor for the paper non-contact edge portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat

93.

Image formation device

      
Application Number 13653449
Grant Number 08705130
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-17
First Publication Date 2013-04-25
Grant Date 2014-04-22
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Miyazaki, Ken

Abstract

An image formation device includes a printing portion containing a detachable fixer, a fixer identification portion which identifies a type of fixer mounted on the image formation device, a sensor which reads an image printed on a paper by the printing portion, a gamma correction data generating portion which generates gamma correction data by reading a gamma correction chart printed on a paper by the printing portion and stores the generated gamma correction data in a memory medium such that the gamma correction data is associated with a type of the fixer and a type of the paper that are used for printing the gamma correction chart, and printer gamma correction portion which performs printer gamma correction on an image data to be printed based on the gamma correction data stored in the memory medium corresponding to the paper type and the fixer type used for printing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/00 - Digital computers in general; Data processing equipment in general

94.

Display system including first and second display devices

      
Application Number 13655846
Grant Number 09069461
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-19
First Publication Date 2013-04-25
Grant Date 2015-06-30
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Amiya, Koichi
  • Kuno, Takatsugu
  • Iwamoto, Hiroshi
  • Murakami, Hiroshi
  • Tanaka, Yusaku
  • Sawada, Kenichi

Abstract

A display system includes an image forming apparatus for storing screen data and a portable information terminal for displaying a screen based on the screen data stored by the image forming apparatus. The display system accepts flick operation for requesting movement of a screen at the portable communication terminal and transmits flick information concerning the flick operation to the image forming apparatus. The display system successively transmits screen data of screens from the start of movement to completion of movement from the image forming apparatus to the portable communication terminal, based on the flick information. The display system displays a screen based on the transmitted screen data on the portable communication terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 5/00 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators
  • G09G 5/10 - Intensity circuits
  • H04N 7/14 - Systems for two-way working
  • H04B 7/005 - Control of transmission; Equalising
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 3/14 - Digital output to display device
  • G09G 5/34 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators for rolling or scrolling

95.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13651998
Grant Number 08755697
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-15
First Publication Date 2013-04-18
Grant Date 2014-06-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Arai, Hiroyuki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes a carrying unit, a resistance unit, a jam detection unit, a paper detection unit and a control unit. Responding to the jam detection unit detecting that a jam occurring location is outside the resistance unit, the control unit sets a part of the carrying unit, the part including at least the resistance unit, as an accumulation unit where a remaining sheet is accumulated, in accordance with a size of the remaining sheet. The remaining sheet is detected by a paper detection unit when the jam occurs. The control unit releases, among a resistance roller pair and carrying roller pairs of the carrying unit, the rollers of a pair located in the accumulation unit from pressing against each other, and makes the carrying unit carry the remaining sheet to the accumulation unit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

96.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13609385
Grant Number 09056510
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-09-11
First Publication Date 2013-04-18
Grant Date 2015-06-16
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nagao, Shinichi
  • Morita, Shinji

Abstract

An image forming apparatus A includes: a light irradiation device 3 which irradiates laser light; an image carrying body 1 which is exposed to the laser light to form a latent image on the exposed portion; and an abutting member 31 which is fastened to the light irradiation device in abutting contact with a stationary member F for defining a reference position. The abutting member 31 changes in volume due to temperature fluctuation, and the light irradiation device 3 moves with respect to the stationary member F, in an opposite direction to a focal point shift which has taken place along an irradiation direction of the laser light due to the temperature fluctuation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 2/45 - Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed characterised by selective application of radiation to a printing material or impression-transfer material using arrays of radiation sources using light-emitting diode arrays
  • B41J 25/308 - Bodily-movable mechanisms for print heads or carriages movable towards or from paper surface with print gap adjustment mechanisms
  • G03G 15/043 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for exposing, i.e. imagewise exposure by optically projecting the original image on a photoconductive recording material with means for controlling illumination or exposure
  • G03G 21/16 - Mechanical means for facilitating the maintenance of the apparatus, e.g. modular arrangements

97.

Image forming apparatus for storing and linking jobs input thereto

      
Application Number 13650361
Grant Number 09060084
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-12
First Publication Date 2013-04-18
Grant Date 2015-06-16
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Kaminaka, Jumpei

Abstract

Provided is an image forming apparatus. The apparatus includes: a job input unit inputting a job; a job storage storing the job input by the job input unit; a link setting unit linking a new job input from the job input unit and the stored job stored in the job storage, or linking each independent job stored in the job storage; a storage section storing link information indicating the link of jobs set by the ink setting unit; a control section executing predetermined processes based on the link information stored in the storage section; and a print section printing the job.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver

98.

Image processing apparatus, method of controlling image processing apparatus, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13633404
Grant Number 10228843
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-02
First Publication Date 2013-04-11
Grant Date 2019-03-12
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kurumasa, Yoichi
  • Sawada, Kenichi
  • Imamura, Masahiro
  • Tomita, Atsushi
  • Tokumoto, Tetsuya
  • Nishimura, Ryosuke
  • Kuno, Takatsugu

Abstract

An image processing apparatus includes a display for displaying operational information for executing image processing, an operation unit for giving an input instruction in association with a display region appearing on the display, and a controller for controlling the display in accordance with the input instruction on the operation unit. The controller is configured to determine whether an input instruction of a flick operation is given through the operation unit in association with a prescribed display region appearing on the display. If it is determined that the input instruction of the flick operation is given, the controller is configured to enlarge a range of the prescribed display region in which the input instruction is allowed, and to display the enlarged display region on the display.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

99.

Laser scanning optical device

      
Application Number 13573670
Grant Number 09046691
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-03
First Publication Date 2013-04-04
Grant Date 2015-06-02
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Uemura, Hideo
  • Ooki, Makoto
  • Senoo, Wataru

Abstract

In an oblique-incidence optical system, a pair of optical beams are incident from the deflection section on an optically anisotropic common scanning lens. First and second individual scanning lenses are optically anisotropic and on which the one and the other of the pair of optical beams are respectively incident from the common scanning lens. Light sources are arranged such that their respective planes of polarization are symmetrical to each other. The first and second individual scanning lenses are arranged so as to be symmetrical to each other, the common scanning lens has a symmetrical shape in the secondary direction with respect to a plane including its own optical axis, and each of the individual scanning lenses has an asymmetrical shape in the secondary direction with respect to a plane including its own optical axis.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G02B 26/08 - Optical devices or arrangements for the control of light using movable or deformable optical elements for controlling the direction of light
  • G02B 26/12 - Scanning systems using multifaceted mirrors
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G02B 5/30 - Polarising elements
  • G03G 15/043 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for exposing, i.e. imagewise exposure by optically projecting the original image on a photoconductive recording material with means for controlling illumination or exposure

100.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13606870
Grant Number 08805227
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-09-07
First Publication Date 2013-04-04
Grant Date 2014-08-12
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Tamura, Nobuyasu

Abstract

An image forming apparatus including a heating rotating body (first body) and a pressurizing rotating body (second body) disposed in a pressure contact state, and commencing image forming when a temperature of the first body reaches a predetermined temperature lower than a fixing temperature. The apparatus acquires a value indicating a temperature of the second body upon commencement of warm-up, and when the value is below a threshold value, heats the first body until the temperature thereof reaches the fixing temperature while rotating the two bodies at a first speed, and when the value equals or exceeds the threshold value, heats the first body until the temperature thereof reaches the predetermined temperature while rotating the two bodies at a second speed slower than the first speed and further heats the first body until the temperature thereof reaches the fixing temperature while rotating the two bodies at the first speed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
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