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20110181925IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes: a conveyor roller configured to come in contact with a sheet-like medium and to convey the contacted medium in a conveyance direction in which the medium is conveyed; an image pickup device configured to pick up an image of the conveyed medium; a control device configured to control the conveyor roller and the image pickup device; an apparatus main unit that accommodates the conveyor roller, the image pickup device, and the control device; and a state detecting device configured to detect whether the apparatus main unit is in a stationary state in which the apparatus main unit is stationary or in a non-stationary state in which the apparatus main unit is not stationary, wherein the control device is configured to change contents of the control of at least the conveyor roller based on a result of the detection by the state detecting device.07-28-2011
20110188099SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING MACHANISM FOR ADJUSTING OPENING OF SHEET PASSAGEWAY - A scanning apparatus having a mechanism for adjusting an opening of a sheet passageway includes a first assembly, a second assembly and a driving mechanism. The first assembly is moveably disposed. The second assembly is disposed opposite the first assembly. The driving mechanism drives the first assembly to move in a vertical direction to adjust a distance between the first assembly and the second assembly. The driving mechanism includes a horizontally extending portion and a vertically extending portion. The horizontally extending portion is moveable in a horizontal direction. The vertically extending portion, connected to the horizontally extending portion, pushes against the first assembly. The vertically extending portion drives the first assembly to move in the vertical direction in response to the movement of the horizontally extending portion in the horizontal direction.08-04-2011
20080259415DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND RELATED DATA TRANSFER METHOD - A document reading apparatus includes a conveying unit configured to continuously convey a document having a series of sheets along a conveyance path, a reading unit configured to obtain image data by reading a sheet at a predetermined reading position, a storage unit configured to store the image data obtained by the reading unit, and a transfer unit configured to transfer the stored image data to a transfer destination. The transfer satisfies a relationship X+Y≧Z>X, wherein X represents a reading time required for the reading unit to read said sheet, Y represents an interval time between an end of reading said sheet and a beginning of reading a next sheet of the series, and Z represents a transfer time required for the transfer unit to transfer the image data stored in the storage unit to the transfer destination. A related method is also disclosed.10-23-2008
20080259414IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a feeding unit, a conveying unit, a primary stacking unit, a secondary stacking unit, and a path switching unit. The path switching unit switches between a first conveying path including a bend section for normal conveying mode and a second conveying path for reverse conveying mode. In the normal conveying mode, the conveying unit conveys a sheet fed from the feeding unit to the primary stacking unit through the first conveying path. In the reverse conveying mode, the conveying unit conveys a sheet fed from the primary stacking unit to the secondary stacking unit through the second conveying path bypassing the bend section.10-23-2008
20130077138METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR A DOCUMENT CAMERA BASED BOOK SCANNER AND READING MACHINE WITH AN AUTOMATIC PAGE TURNER - Disclosed is a portable scanner for digitizing books. The scanner has a first leaf and a second leaf joined to each other at a hinge. A first support member is attached to the first leaf and a second support member is attached to the second leaf. The support members maintain the first leaf at an angle of less than ninety degrees relative to a surface supporting the first leaf. At least one scanning mechanism is connected to one of the first or second leafs. A page turning mechanism flips each page of a book to be scanned and maintain each page in a secure position.03-28-2013
20130077135TRANSPARENT PLATE FOR PLATEN, DOCUMENT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is a transparent plate for a platen which is used in a document scanning apparatus, including a transparent supporting member, and a transparent protective layer that has a self-repairability and has a surface coefficient of kinetic friction with respect to copy paper of 0.7 or less on the transparent supporting member.03-28-2013
20130077137SHEET-THROUGH DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - A sheet-through document reading apparatus including: a document tray for containing a plurality of documents; a determination unit that determines a length of a document on the document tray; a feed unit that separates and feeds a document on the document tray; a resist convey unit that performs consistency processing on the document fed by the feed unit; a first drive unit that rotationally drives the resist convey unit; a read convey unit that feeds the document subjected to consistency processing by the resist convey unit; a second drive unit that rotationally drives the read convey unit; a reading unit that reads, at a fixed reading position, the document conveyed by the read convey unit; and a control unit for changing a relative conveying velocity between the resist convey unit and the read convey unit on the basis of a result of the determination by the determination unit.03-28-2013
20130077136Media Processing Device and Method of Controlling a Media Processing Device - A media processing device improves the recognition rate of magnetic ink character data from magnetic ink characters printed on a medium. The media processing device 03-28-2013
20090122365DOUBLE-SIDE IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING READING OF ORIGINAL WITH HIGH THROUGHPUT WHILE TAKING IMAGE QUALITY OF READ ORIGINAL INTO ACCOUNT - Whether it is a double-side original mode is determined. When it is the double-side original mode, whether it is two-in-one printing mode is determined. When it is two-in-one printing mode, sequential reading mode is set. When it is not two-in-one printing mode, whether it is double-side printing and two-point stapling mode is determined. When it is double-side printing and two-point stapling mode, sequential reading mode is set. When it is not double-side printing and two-point stapling mode, whether it is booklet mode is determined. When it is booklet mode, alternate reading mode is set. When it is not booklet mode, concurrent reading mode is set.05-14-2009
20090122366IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is supplied which enables print medium to be simply taken out even if an interval between a print processing section and an image reading section is not sufficiently secured. In the image forming apparatus, an image reading section is furnished on the upside of a print processing section; an ejection opening is furnished between the image reading section and the print processing section for ejecting a medium that has been printed; a loading part is furnished between the image reading section and the print processing section and is used for loading the ejected medium. The loading part includes a body part, a movement member that is movable from the body part, and a guide section that guides the movement member to move from the body part along upward slant direction with respect to a horizontal plane.05-14-2009
20100073742SCANNING DEVICE - A scanning device comprising a first image sensor, a second image sensor module and a housing. The first image sensor module has a first image array sensor for scanning information from a first side of media. The second image sensor module is mounted opposite the first image sensor module so that the media can move to a scanning region between the first image sensor module and the second image sensor module. The second image sensor module has a second image array sensor for scanning information from a second side of the media. A housing is attached to the second image sensor module. When the media moves to the scanning region between the first image sensor module and the second image sensor module and exits the scanning region, when the media reenters the scanning region, the media impacts a convex region of the housing that causes the second image sensor module to move with respect to the first image sensor module and to thus provide sufficient separation distance between the second image sensor module and the first image sensor module to allow the media to re-enter the scanning region.03-25-2010
20100033774Variable feeder tray capacity control - The present subject matter relates to methods and systems for feeding sheets or batches of sheets, where a sheet feeder tray capacity level of a sheet feeder table is controllably varied through a hardware or software user interface, allowing a user to selectively set the sheet feeder table capacity level to any desired level according to a user's needs, and resulting in reduced overall batch feeding time and increased productivity as a result of less feeder tray movement during the feeding process. Control of the feeder tray capacity level through a user hardware interface is achieved by using “up” and “down” buttons or other keys on a control panel to adjust the feeder tray capacity level setting. A control panel button can also provide an automatic capacity setting feature. Control of the feeder tray capacity level through a user software interface is achieved by entering the desired feeder tray capacity level setting into a feeder tray capacity level setting box in the software control interface. The sheet feeder tray will be raised or lowered to a capacity level corresponding to the selected setting.02-11-2010
20120262766AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDER AND DOCUMENT FEEDING METHOD - An auto-document feeder includes a first image scanning section configured to scan an image on first side of documents, a paper feeding section configured to feed the documents one by one, from which images are read by the first image scanning section, a paper discharge section which discharges the documents passing through the first image scanning section, plural conveying sections having different paths to reach the first image scanning section and which guide the document from the paper feeding section to the first image scanning section, a gate section which directs the documents fed by the paper feeding section to one of the plural conveying sections, a second image scanning section configured to scan the image on second side of the documents, a double feeding detecting section which positioned between the first image scanning section and the second image scanning section.10-18-2012
20130135697Image Reader, Sheet Feeding Device and Apparatus - A sheet feeding device includes a feeding guide configured to guide a sheet, a separation unit configured to separate the sheet from a plurality of sheets, and a holding portion configured to hold the separation unit. The separation unit may be configured to be removably attached to the holding portion. Further, the holding portion may be configured to move from a first position where the holding portion holds the separation unit in contact with a pressing portion to a second position where the holding portion holds the separation unit away from the pressing portion while remaining connected to the feeding guide. The pressing portion may be configured to press the separation unit toward a feeding roller when the holding portion is in the first position.05-30-2013
20100053706DETECTION OF OPEN SCANNER LID - A scanning apparatus for scanning an image that includes a transparent plate and a target region having a predetermined optical reflectance. Also included is a movable sensor array, having a home position that is in optical communication with the target region when a lid of the scanning apparatus is closed. A light source illuminates the target region, and a controller analyzes a signal sent from the movable sensor array and subsequently initiating at least one function for the scanning apparatus.03-04-2010
20100110510STORING AND PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECORD MEMBER, POST PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORD MEMBER PROCESSING APPARATUS RESPECTIVELY USING SUCH STORING AND PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECORD MEMBER - A storing and processing apparatus for a record member includes: a record member storing portion that stores therein a record member being transported along the record member transport route; a moving unit that moves up or down the record member storing portion; a positioning and storing portion that temporarily positions and stores the record member; an arranging unit that stocks and arranges record members in the positioning and storing portion; a discharge member that discharges, from a discharge position, the record member existing on the record member transport route or on the positioning and storing portion toward the record member storing portion; a record member type determining unit and, a control unit that drives the moving unit to move up or down the record member storing portion.05-06-2010
20100328739IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - A aspect of the invention is an image scanning apparatus including: a document feeder configured to sequentially feed document sheets stacked in the document feeder; an image scanning unit configured to scan the document sheets fed by the document feeder and to output image data thereof; a memory configured to store therein the image data; a detector configured to detect a failure of feeding the document sheets by the document feeder; a notifier configured to report the feeding failure when the detector detects the feeding failure; and a display unit configured to display the image data stored in the memory, upon detection of the feeding failure.12-30-2010
20130083376IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - An image scanning device includes a scanning unit configured to scan, at a scanning position, an image of a document, a first discharge portion, a second discharge portion, a conveying unit configured to selectively convey the document along a first conveying path from the scanning position to the first discharge portion, and along a second conveying path from the scanning position to the second discharge portion, a driving unit configured to generate a driving force for driving the conveying unit, and a path switching unit configured to receive the driving force generated by the driving unit such that the path switching unit moves between a first position for guiding the document toward the first discharge portion, and a second position for guiding the document toward the second discharge portion.04-04-2013
20120182590AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDER AND DOCUMENT FEEDING METHOD - An auto-document feeder includes a first image scanning section configured to scan an image on first side of a document, a paper feeding section configured to feed one by one the documents, from which images are read by the first image scanning section, a paper discharge section which discharges the document passed through the first image scanning section, plural conveying section which have different paths to reach the first image scanning section and which guide the document from the paper feeding section to the first image scanning section, a gate section which divides the document, which fed by the paper feeding section, to one of the plural conveying sections, a second image scanning section configured to scan the image on second side of a document, a jam detecting section which is located between the first image scanning section and the second image scanning section.07-19-2012
20130070318IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND PAPER TRANSFER METHOD OF THE IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - An image scanning apparatus includes a scanning unit which scans paper, a paper transfer unit which transfers the paper to the scanning unit using a BLDC (Brushless DC) motor, a sensor unit which senses driving information of the BLDC motor, a scan controlling unit which controls operations of the scanning unit, and generates a control command including information regarding a driving direction of the BLDC motor, a driving signal unit which generates a driving signal for controlling the BLDC motor, and a digital controlling unit which controls operations of the driving signal unit in a digital method based on a generated control command, sensed driving information and a digital gain value according to a driving direction of the BLDC motor.03-21-2013
20130050783IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading apparatus and an image reading method are provided by which a top face image and a back face image of a document can both have an improved reading accuracy while simplifying a circuit configuration and providing a higher processing speed. A period within which a reading operation is interrupted is set based on a relation with a free capacity of a buffer memory so as to avoid a period within which the top face image and the back face image of the document are both read.02-28-2013
20130088762AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An automatic document feeder includes a transport path member that includes a transport path surface constituting a transport path, and an end portion of which moves in a direction in which it gets away from a feeder body to open the transport path, a support member that is relatively rotatable coaxially with the transport path member, a regulating portion that regulates the relative rotation of the end portion of the transport path member, and an impelling member that impels a portion to be regulated in a direction in which the portion to be regulated contacts the regulating portion, that supports the end portion of the transport path member at a first open position, and that allows the end portion of the transport path member to move to a second open position at which the transport path is opened larger than at the first open position.04-11-2013
20090303555CAMERA PLATEN - Methods and apparatus are disclosed for improving the effectiveness with which a line scan camera may read information presented on the surface of an item, such as a flats mail item having name and/or address information printed thereon which is enclosed or partially covered in transparent and/or semi-transparent material. Some embodiments provide a camera platen having a surface area which promotes a smoothing and/or brushing of material covering the information on the surface of a mail item, thereby reducing wrinkles, angulations or deformities in the covering that might otherwise cause shadows and/or glare that could obscure the information. Smoothing and/or brushing may, for example, be achieved using a platen having surface areas formed of materials having different coefficients of friction.12-10-2009
20130057933SCANNER - A scanner is provided with a main body, hinge, cover member, and plurality of sets of pins and pin holes. The main body includes a transparent plate on the top surface for placing a document. The hinge connects the main body and the cover member. The cover member rotates between an opened and closed state with respect to the main body. The cover member has a bottom surface, which contacts the top surface of the main body when closed. The pins are fanned on either the top surface of the main body or the bottom surface of the cover member, while the pin holes are formed on the opposing surface. The plurality of sets adjusts a positional relationship between the main body and the cover member in the closed state.03-07-2013
20130057932Image Readers - An image reader is provided, which includes a feed tray that has a loading surface and is swingable around a first swing axis parallel to a width direction of a document sheet placed on the feed tray between a first position where the loading surface is directed downward above a housing and a second position where the loading surface is directed upward at an upstream side relative to the housing in the feeding direction, a first opening formed between the housing and the feed tray placed in the second position, the first opening being configured such that an inside of the housing communicates with an outside of the housing therethrough, a second opening formed in a position higher than a power supply unit and lower than the first opening inside the housing, and a communication path through which the first opening communicates with the second opening.03-07-2013
20110013240DOCUMENT FEEDER, IMAGE-SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS - A document feeder includes: a conveyance unit that separates one document from among documents placed on a document tray, and conveys the document; a first width-determining unit that determines a width of one of the documents; a second width-determining unit that determines a width of the conveyed document; a first length-determining unit that determines a length of one of the documents; a second length-determining unit that determines a length of the conveyed document; and a controller that if an inconsistency occurs between the width determined by the first width-determining unit and the width determined by the second width-determining unit, causes a display unit to display an operation guide including first content, and if an inconsistency occurs between the length determined by the first length-determining unit and the length determined by the second length-determining unit, causes the display unit to display an operation guide including second content.01-20-2011
20110013239TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND SCANNING APPARATUS FOR SWITCHING OUTPUT POWERS - A transmission mechanism for switching output powers includes first to fourth transmission gears, first and second power-connecting members and a driving mechanism. The first power-connecting member coaxially disposed between the first and second transmission gears is moved axially, and connects the first and second transmission gears together to transmit power to the second transmission gear. The second power-connecting member coaxially disposed between the third and fourth transmission gears is moved axially and connects the third and fourth transmission gears together to transmit power to the fourth transmission gear. The driving mechanism synchronously drives the first and second power-connecting members to move axially to selectively connect the first transmission gear to the second transmission gear, or connect the third transmission gear to the fourth transmission gear. A scanning apparatus using the transmission mechanism is also disclosed.01-20-2011
20130063793AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF DIVIDING SHEET - According to an embodiment, an automatic document feeder includes a supply tray, a transport path, a plurality of flappers, a plurality of discharge trays, and an erasing unit. The plurality of flappers divides a sheet which is transported from the supply tray toward the plurality of transport destinations. The plurality of discharge trays receives the sheet which is divided and transported in the transport path. The erasing unit is provided between the supply tray and the predetermined reading position in the transport path, and erases color of an image which is formed on a transported sheet using a decolorable colorant.03-14-2013
20130063794SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MULTI-PAGE FEED FOR KEYBOARD SCANNER - A device, system and method for incorporating a multipage feeder into a keyboard scanner to allow continuous and sequential feeding of more than one page into a scanner housed in a computer keyboard. A multipage feeder may be for example integrated into or attachable to and detachable from a single page feeder also included in the keyboard housing.03-14-2013
20090237754Automatic Document Feeder and Image Reading Device - There is provided an automatic document feeder, comprising: a document tray; an output tray; a first rotating body that ejects the document to the output tray; a second rotating body that ejects the document to the output tray; a reversing mechanism that reverses a carrying direction of the document which passed the reading portion to carry again the document to the reading portion; a sinking mechanism that sinks the document into a position between a bottom of a document already stacked on the output tray and a surface of the output tray; and a switching mechanism configured to switch between a first motion of carrying the document to the first rotating body and a second motion of carrying the document to the second rotating body, in accordance with whether the reversing mechanism is activated.09-24-2009
20090237753Office machine with both platform-type scanning mode and feeder-type scanning mode - An office machine with both platform-type scanning mode and feeder-type scanning mode. The office machine includes a reciprocally movable scanning module arranged on upper side of the office machine for scanning documents placed on a platform. The office machine further includes a sheet-feeding path positioned under a bed. The sheet-feeding path has at least one position where the documents passing through the sheet-feeding path can be scanned by the scanning module.09-24-2009
20090237752Front feed document imaging device input tray - The invention claimed is a novel front feed document imaging device input tray which accommodates varying types and widths of media by providing front feed capability in a single tray attachment, and which tray can pivot out of the way of the document path by virtue of torsion springs when the user wishes to alternate media types. The input tray may be locked into position depending upon the user's requirements.09-24-2009
20090231643Scanning device - A scanning device scans both sides of a document. The document is fed between a first image sensor module and a second image sensor module. The second image sensor module is moved with respect to the first image sensor module so that a separation distance between the second image sensor module and the first image sensor module is based on a thickness of the document. A first side of the document is scanned using a first scan line located in the first image sensor module. A second side of the document is scanned using a second scan line located in the second image sensor module. When the document is fed between the first image sensor module and the second image sensor module, the document does not reach the first scan line and the second scan line simultaneously.09-17-2009
20090009829Image reading system and program for reading electronic paper, and image forming apparatus including the image reading system - An image reading system includable in an image forming apparatus includes a document feed tray to contain original documents including either or both of a non-electronic recording medium and an electronic paper that includes a memory and a first communication element, a primary sensor to read the electronic data from the memory of each electronic paper before transfer of the original documents starts, a secondary sensor to sequentially detect the original documents during the transfer thereof and determine a media type of each original document, a transfer unit to transfer the non-electronic recording medium to a scanning position, a transfer controller to control the transfer unit based on the determination result of the secondary sensor, and an optical image reader to optically read an image formed on each non-electronic recording medium at the scanning position.01-08-2009
20120236375IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading device includes an upstream-side conveying unit configured to convey an original; a reading unit configured to read an image of the original conveyed by the upstream-side conveying unit; and a guide unit arranged between the upstream-side conveying unit and the reading unit to guide the original. As seen from a direction parallel to a reading surface of the reading unit and perpendicular to an original conveying direction in a reading position of the reading unit, an original conveying position for applying a conveying force to the original using the upstream-side conveying unit is arranged in a lower side from the reading position in a direction perpendicular to the reading surface of the reading unit, and the guide unit is configured such that the original passing through the original conveying position is guided to an upper direction.09-20-2012
20110279875SCANNER WITH AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDER - The present invention relates to a scanner with auto document feeder including a housing, an auto document feeder and a connecting mechanism for connecting the housing and the auto document feeder. The connecting mechanism includes a first connecting structure and a second connecting structure. The first connecting structure let the auto document feeder rotates with respect to the housing to a first angle and the second connecting structure let the auto document feeder rotates with respect to the housing to a second angle. The second connecting structure makes the auto document feeder stop at any angle within the second angle.11-17-2011
20110279876IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes: an image processing unit; a discharge unit to which a recording medium is discharged; a first conveyance path for conveying the recording medium from the image processing unit to the discharge unit; a second conveyance path having a part overlapped with the first conveyance path and for reversing and conveying the recording medium from the overlapped part to the image processing unit through a path different from the first conveyance path; a first rotary member that is arranged at the overlapped part; and a control unit that controls the first rotary member, wherein the control unit makes the recording medium stand by at a position including at least the overlapped part before the recording medium is conveyed to the image processing unit through the second conveyance path.11-17-2011
20110279874AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDING AND SCANNING APPARATUS - An automatic document feeding and scanning apparatus includes an automatic document feeder and a flatbed scanner mechanism. The flatbed scanner mechanism includes a casing, a scanning module and a scanning platform. The scanning platform has a first scanning window and a second scanning window for fixing a first transparent plate and a second transparent plate, respectively. In addition, an inner periphery of the second scanning window and an edge of the second transparent plate have complementary profiles.11-17-2011
20090310194Image reading system - It is an object of the invention to provide an image reading system enabling a plurality of image original document sheets to be consecutively read at high speed.12-17-2009
20090161179DUPLEX SCANNING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to a duplex scanning apparatus. The duplex scanning apparatus includes a sheet input tray for placing a stack of documents thereon. For performing duplex scanning operations on the stack of paper sheets, the documents are successively scanned from the bottommost one to the uppermost one. As a consequence, the scanned documents are stacked in the sheet ejecting tray in the same order as that of the original stack.06-25-2009
20110199655IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A image reading apparatus includes a first conveyance unit which is configured to convey a document to a reading position of a platen while pinching the document, a second conveyance unit arranged on a downstream of the platen and configured to convey the document, an upstream rotary member arranged between the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance unit and configured to come into contact with the document at a position on an upstream of the reading position, and a downstream rotary member arranged between the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance unit and configured to come into contact with the document at a position on a downstream of the reading position, wherein a gap between the platen and the upstream rotary member is set smaller than a gap between the platen and the downstream rotary member.08-18-2011
20120002252IMAGE READ DEVICE AND COPIER - An image read device is provided, which conveys an original while performing reading of an image of the original at a read position on a transparent member by a read unit fixed, the image read device including: a moving unit that moves the transparent member back and forth in an original conveying direction; a control unit that conveys the original and moves the transparent member by using the moving unit while causing the reading of the image to be performed at the read position; and a determining unit that, when an event causing interruption of original conveyance occurs, stops the transparent member and determines whether a control of returning the transparent member to a home position is to be performed or not in accordance with a stopped position of the original in an original conveying path.01-05-2012
20110292474IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING SYSTEM - An image reading apparatus includes an operating unit that issues a starting instruction to start reading a medium which is a read-target medium, according to a user's operation, a conveying unit that conveys the medium, a display unit that displays states of the medium conveyed, a reading unit that reads the medium, and a medium detecting unit that detects the medium. The display unit displays contents indicating that the reading operation is possible when the reading operation of the medium is completed and the medium detecting unit does not detect the medium. The conveying unit starts conveyance of the medium in response to the read-operation starting instruction, when the read-target medium is a first medium in a set of media, and when the medium detecting unit detects the first medium, and the conveying unit starts conveyance of the medium, when the read-target medium is a second or later medium in the set of media, after the medium detecting unit detects the second or later medium.12-01-2011
20120099168DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - There is provided a detection device including: a detection section detecting an image on a medium conveyed along the conveyance path or the medium; a reference member that is disposed at an opposite side of the conveyance path from the side thereof at which the illumination unit is disposed and that is provided to be rotatable with a rotation axis direction being a width direction of the medium; a test face comprising one of reflection faces of the reference member; a position detection pattern provided at the test face; a focal point detection pattern provided at the test face, the focal point detection pattern enabling detection by the detection section of a focal point; and a depth detection portion provided at the test face, the depth detection portion enabling detection by the detection section of an illumination depth of the light illuminated from a illumination unit.04-26-2012
20120099167High-speed digital scanner and method - Photos, cards or other objects to be scanned are inserted into pockets on an elongated belt. The belt is driven through a scanner which preferably uses strobe lighting and a digital camera to digitize the images in the pockets while the belt moves rapidly and continuously. The digitized image information is stored and supplied to the user, and the photos or other items may be left in the pockets on the belt for convenient storage in accordion-fold form.04-26-2012
20110286059IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE SCANNING METHOD - An image scanning device and an image scanning method are provided. The invention is related to a miniaturized image scanning device and an image scanning method. The miniaturized image scanning device includes a housing, a first driving roller set, an entrance sensor, an image sensor, a reflective light source, a transmissive light source, and a control module. The housing has an entrance and an exit. The first driving roller set is disposed in the housing. The entrance sensor is disposed between the entrance and the first driving roller set. The image sensor, the reflective light source and the transmissive light source are disposed between the first driving roller set and the exit. The control module receives and processes signals outputted from the image sensor and the entrance sensor to control the operation of the image sensor, the first driving roller set, the reflective light source and the transmissive light source.11-24-2011
20110286058SCANNING METHOD OF SCANNING APPARATUS AND SCANNING APPARATUS - A scanning method of scanning apparatus and a scanning apparatus are provided. Firstly, when the scanning apparatus is in the default reflective document scanning state and a document is placed in the scanning apparatus, the scanning apparatus automatically activates reflective document scanning function to perform scanning. Next, a document holder is disposed in the feeding entrance of the scanning apparatus, wherein after the scanning apparatus activates the transmissive document scanning state and the document is placed in the document holder, the scanning apparatus automatically activates transmissive document scanning function to perform scanning. The scanning method automatically activates corresponding scanning function without performing document recognition, incurs lower power consumption, produces fast recognition, and is applicable to various scanning apparatuses having both reflective document and transmissive document scanning function. The scanning apparatus has well-designed structure, incurs lower manufacturing cost, and does not require complicated light emitting element and light measuring element.11-24-2011
20110292475IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an image reader unit that has a plurality of light receiving elements for reading an image on an original, and moves relative to a frame for applying a pressing force to a read-target surface of the original; and a driven roller that is rotatable, comes into contact with the original, and moves relative to the frame and independent of the image reader unit in a direction in which the image reader unit applies the pressing force to the original, thereby applying a pressing force to the original independent of the image reader unit.12-01-2011
20110292476Automatic document feeder and image forming apparatus - An automatic document feeder includes an original feed table that has a detection hole and on which a bundle composed of a plurality of originals is set; and an original detection sensor that detects the original on the original feed table. The original detection sensor is a reflective optical sensor having a light-emitting unit and a light-receiving unit, and disposed under or inside of the original feed table to detect the original though the detection hole. The detection hole includes a light-emitting side portion corresponding to the light-emitting unit of and a light-receiving side portion corresponding to the light-receiving unit of the original detection sensor, the light-emitting side portion and the light-receiving side portion having planar shapes different from each other. The original feed table includes a light-shielding portion that is provided above the light-receiving unit of the original detection sensor, and has a slanted surface overhanging the light-receiving unit.12-01-2011
20110292473Raisable Scan Head for an Imaging Apparatus - An imaging apparatus includes an automatic document feeder having a media feeding section, a media collecting section and a media conveying path extending from the media feeding section to the media collecting section. The imaging apparatus includes a scan head adjacent to the automatic document feeder. The scan head is moveable to a raised position aligned with a portion of the media conveying path for scanning a media sheet in the portion of the media conveying path.12-01-2011
20110199654IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An ADF defines a document feed path inclined downwardly from above a document platen. Feeding means is disposed downstream of a first reading glass plate and accommodated in a downwardly protruding portion. The protruding portion is accommodated in a dent portion of an image reading unit. The feeding means includes a feeding guide having a downstream side serving as a supporting point and an upstream side supported at the supporting point for pivotal movement about an axis parallel with the widthwise direction of the document feed path. The feeding guide is exposed out of the feeding means on the document platen side. When the ADS is closed while a document is in a state of extending off the document platen onto the dent portion, the upstream side of the feeding guide is pressed up by the document to move into an upper position.08-18-2011
20090002781Apparatus for detecting front edge of a document and determining the home position of an image scanning module - An apparatus for detecting front edge of a document and determining home position of an image scanning module has a detecting light source near an outlet end of a document feeding track and aligned with an image reader of the image scanning module. The detecting light source emits a detecting light to be received by the image reader. By detecting whether the detecting light is received by the image reader, the front edge of the document can be detected to activate the image scanning module. And it can also determine whether or not the image scanning module has arrived on a home position.01-01-2009
20100085616IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus that feeds a document over a reading glass and optically reads an image of the document at a reading position. A rotary brush type cleaner is located above the reading glass to face the reading position. The cleaner cleans the reading glass while rotating downstream in a document feeding direction. In accordance with a selected reading mode, the frequency of cleaning operations performed by the cleaner, and the rotation speed and the number of rotations of the cleaner are changed.04-08-2010
20110007370AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDING DEVICE - An auto document feeding device includes: a carrying member configured to carry an original from an original setting unit to an image scanning unit; a fixed guide unit configured to change a carrying direction of the original, at between the carrying member and the image scanning unit; a movable guide unit which is movable between the fixed guide unit and the carrying member; and a paper discharge unit configured to discharge the original which passed through the image scanning unit.01-13-2011
20100091346SCANNER DEVICE FOR A FRANKING SYSTEM - A scanner device for scanning mailpieces, which scanner device comprises: a contact image sensor or “CIS” disposed in a direction perpendicular to the conveying direction in which the mailpieces are conveyed through a module of a franking system; a support to which said sensor is fastened, the support being mounted to pivot at one end of at least one first drive lever, the other end of which is itself mounted to pivot about a first common hinge pin secured to a stationary portion of the module and disposed upstream from a set of conveyor rollers, so as to make it possible for said contact image sensor to move vertically; and at least one second drive lever one end of which is mounted to pivot about a second common hinge pin secured to said stationary portion of said module and disposed downstream from said set of conveyor rollers, the other end of the second drive lever, by being moved synchronously with the vertical movement of said set of conveyor rollers, moving the contact image sensor via the first drive lever.04-15-2010
20090195844TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND TRANSPORTING METHOD - A transporting device includes a transporting unit, a plurality of medium sensing units, a paper management module, a determining unit, a transport controller, 08-06-2009
20090086289IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image reading device is provided. The image reading device includes an automatic feeder unit to feed original sheets one by one, an image reading unit to read an image formed on each of the original sheets being fed, and a file creation unit to create a data file for a set of the image and store the created data file in a predetermined storage unit. When a plurality of sheet sets, respectively including at least one original sheet, are placed in the automatic feeder unit to be fed successively and when a criterial feature to distinguish a current sheet set from a succeeding sheet set is detected, the file creation unit completes the data file for the image which has been read from the current sheet set by the image reading unit and starts creating a new data file for the succeeding sheet set.04-02-2009
20090153920DETACHABLE TRANSPARENT PLATE FOR SCAN HEAD ASSEMBLY - A detachable transparent plate for a scan head assembly in a document scanning system that allows an operator to detach the transparent plate from the scan head assembly located above a media feed path to clean a top face of the transparent plate and easily reattach it to the scan head assembly. The scan head assembly has an optical system and a sealing member detachably mounted to a bottom end of the optical system. The transparent plate is received and supported by the sealing member and defines a portion of a bottom surface of the sealing member. The sealing member is detachable from the bottom end of the optical system to allow an operator access to the top face of the transparent plate of the sealing member for cleaning the top face of the transparent plate.06-18-2009
20120140297AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION OF DOCUMENT SCAN ERROR - A method/apparatus receives a user selection of a predetermined standard for scanning sheets of media through a user interface and optically detects marks on the sheets of media using a scanning device to produce electronic images of the sheets of media. The method/apparatus automatically determines if the electronic images comply with the predetermined standard using a processor to classify the electronic images as acceptable electronic images or non-acceptable electronic images. Then, first sheets of media corresponding to the acceptable electronic images are directed into a first sheet storage device and second sheets of media corresponding to the non-acceptable electronic images are directed into a second sheet storage device.06-07-2012
20090147324IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE READING UNIT INCLUDING CONTACT GLASS - An image forming apparatus is provided with an image reading unit for reading the image information of a document and an image forming unit for performing a specified image forming process based on this image information. The image reading unit includes a contact glass on which a document to have image information read therefrom is to be placed, an image reading unit main body on which the contact glass is mounted, a document pressing member openable and closable to press a document placed on the contact glass, and an optical member for optically scanning a document surface of the document placed on the contact glass to read as a document image. The image reading unit main body includes a top panel formed with an opening covered by the contact glass and the outer surface of the top panel is in a dark color.06-11-2009
20080266622SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS - A sheet processing apparatus includes a feeding portion that feeds an original or a recording medium, a reading portion that reads an original, and a recording portion that performs recording on a recording medium. The original or recording medium fed from the feeding portion can be selectively conveyed to the reading portion or the recording portion, thereby allowing for compactness of the apparatus as well as cost reduction.10-30-2008
20100118357MULTIPLE FEEDING PREVENTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image scanning method of an image scanning device, the method including: feeding multiply fed documents in a first path and scanning, by a scanning unit of the image scanning device, a first document of the multiply fed documents; outputting the first document through an exit unit; reversely driving the exit unit after the first document is output to reversely feed a second document of the multiply fed documents in a second path, and scanning the second document; and forming images of the first document and the second document, wherein the second path is used to reversely feed the second document to an upstream side of the scanning unit, in view of a feeding direction of the multiply fed documents.05-13-2010
20100277776Image Scanning Device - A scanning device is provided with a first transparent plate on which an original sheet to is placed, the original sheet being scanned statically, a reading unit arranged below the first transparent plate and configured to scan an image on the original sheet in the main scanning direction, the reading unit being movable in an auxiliary scanning direction, and a first reference member defining a reference position for scanning an image on the original sheet, in the main scanning direction and in the auxiliary scanning direction. The first reference member is arranged at an unused area of the first transparent plate, the unused area being an area which is within the original sheet placeable area on the first transparent plate and is not covered with original sheets of a plurality of predetermined different sizes placed on the first transparent plate with being positioned with respect to a predetermined positioning point.11-04-2010
20110085217AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - An automatic document feeder of an image forming apparatus capable of improving a duplex scanning or printing (copying) efficiency includes a single scan path having a document admission passage to admit a document to a document scanning part and a document discharge passage to discharge the scanned document, a duplex scan path having a first document reversing and waiting passage diverged separately from the document discharge passage on the single scan path at the rear of the document scanning part to reverse the document, one surface of which is scanned, and admit the reversed document again to the document scanning part, and a document re-reversing path having a second document reversing and waiting passage diverged separately from the document discharge passage on the single scan path at the rear of the document scanning part to reverse the document, both surfaces of which are scanned, again and send the re-reversed document to the document discharge passage.04-14-2011
20100165424IMAGE READING DEVICE HAVING IMAGE SENSOR - The image reading device includes a first document member, a white reference plate, an image sensor, a conveying section, and a control section. A first document is placed on the first document member. The image sensor reads the first document placed on the first document member. The conveying section conveys the image sensor in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction. The image sensor reads the first document while being moved in the first direction. The control section executes a first control. The first control executes a process to control the image sensor to read the white reference plate, to control the conveying section to move the image sensor in the second direction, to control the conveying section to start moving the image sensor in the first direction, and to control the image sensor to read the first document, in this order.07-01-2010
20120033271DOCUMENT CONVEYING DEVICE FOR USE IN A SCANNER OR THE LIKE - The document conveying device (02-09-2012
20120033269IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND READABLE COMPUTER MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an acceptance unit that accepts an image of an original from an image reader having a conveying unit that conveys an original in sequence along a conveying path passing through a read position and an image read unit that reads the image of the original at the read position at read speed responsive to conveying speed of the original; an acquisition unit that acquires information concerning a stable read range in which the read speed in the conveying direction in the original becomes a stable state from storage in which the information is previously stored; and a registration unit that extracts feature information concerning a microscopic pattern that a surface of the original has from a registration area in the image of the original accepted by the acceptance unit and registers the feature information in association with position information concerning a position of the registration area.02-09-2012
20090207461Image forming apparatus - In an image forming apparatus, a distance adjusting unit adjusts an inter-unit distance between a contact unit and an image carrier by moving the image carrier or the contact unit by applying an opposing force to the image carrier or the contact unit against a biasing force applied by a biasing unit based on thickness information of a recording sheet acquired by a thickness-information acquiring unit and data indicating a relationship between the thickness information and an inter-unit distance change amount stored in a data storage unit.08-20-2009
20100079827Document Scanning Device - A document scanning device, configured to sequentially eject and insert sheets under a stack of already-ejected sheets, includes a feed tray, a document table, a catch tray, a feeder feeding sheets from the feed tray to the catch tray, a scanner performing scanning in one of a first mode to scan the sheets fed by the feeder and a second mode to scan a sheet placed on the document table, an ejection detector detecting a sheet on the catch tray, and a controller. In response to an instruction to start the scanning, the controller forbids the scanner to start the scanning when determining with the ejection detector that a sheet is on the catch tray, and allows the scanner to start the scanning in a selected one of the first mode and the second mode when determining with the ejection detector that no sheet is on the catch tray.04-01-2010
20090097082Document carrying apparatus - A document carrying apparatus comprises a main body, and a reading guide member which guides a document in such a manner that the document comes into contact with a platen glass. The reading guide member is supported on the main body by two support portions disposed on the front side and rear side. The rear-side support portion energizes the reading guide member with the aid of an energizing member in such a manner that the reading guide member can be displaced in the directions to come close and move away to and from the platen glass, while the front-side support portion supports the reading guide member in such a manner that the reading guide member can be displaced in the directions to come close and move away to and from the platen glass in a space smaller than that formed in the rear-side support portion.04-16-2009
20090201561IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME - An image reading apparatus and a controlling method for the same are disclosed. When a paper feeding speed needs to be varied temporarily, the scanning operation is suspended, and the scanning module is advanced in the paper feeding direction by a predetermined distance to a point where the paper feeding speed becomes constant.08-13-2009
20120170086IMAGE READER AND DOCUMENT CONVEYING METHOD - An image reader and document conveying method shorten times necessary for a discharge process that discharges a document being conveyed and for an idle feeding process of a document that is left on a paper feed tray. If during double-sided reading, a stop key is operated to issue an instruction to cancel reading, a conveyance controller outputs a path specifying signal to select a single-sided path, and thereby a conveyance route is switched from a double-sided path to the single-sided path. For this reason, the discharge process that discharges a document being conveyed at the time of the reading cancellation to a paper discharge tray, and the idle feeding process that discharges a document left on a paper feed tray to the paper discharge tray are performed with use of the single-sided path that is shorter than the double-sided path, and therefore the times necessary for the discharge and idle feeding processes can be shortened.07-05-2012
20090279149Scanner with Simplified Document Feeding Path - A scanner with a simplified document feeding path is provided for scanning a document. The scanner includes a paper path, a conveying mechanism, an optical module and a scan window. The conveying mechanism conveys the document along the paper path. The optical module, rotatably disposed, captures an image of the document conveyed to a first position and a second position in the paper path, wherein the optical module captures a front-side image of the document at the first position and a back-side image of the document at the second position. The scan window, mounted on the optical module, is turned toward the first position and the second position as the optical module rotates, and the optical module captures the image of the document through the scan window.11-12-2009
20110199656SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND FACSIMILE MACHINE - An object of the present invention is to prevent a sheet tray from opening against the user's will when a cover is in an open state without adding a complicated mechanism. In a facsimile machine (08-18-2011
20090103147IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - A disclosed image formation apparatus includes: a manual paper feed unit supplying a recording material; an image formation unit receiving the recording material from the manual paper feed unit; an image removal device removing an image recorded on the recording material; an installation unit detachably installing the image removal device on the image formation apparatus; and a switching unit switching whether the recording material fed from the manual paper feed unit is supplied to the image removal device installed using the installation unit or to the image formation unit.04-23-2009
20110205604IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE CAPABLE OF OBTAINING AT HIGH SPEED A SCANNED IMAGE OF HIGH QUALITY AND APPROPRIATE MAGNIFICATION, IMAGE SCANNING METHOD, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image scanning device includes a first scanner scanning a top side of a transported document at a first scanning position to obtain a first scanned image, a second scanner scanning the back side of the transported document at a second scanning position to obtain a second scanned image, a document feeder transporting a document at the second scanning position at a speed differing from the transportation speed at the first scanning position, and a controller controlling the image scanning device. The controller sets, as a scanning form of a document, either one-side scanning of scanning one side of a document through one transportation, or dual-side scanning of scanning both sides of a document through one transportation. The controller also obtains a set magnification. The controller determines the transportation speed by the document feeder such that, when one-side scanning is set, the scanning magnification in a first direction corresponding to the document transportation direction at the first scanned image attains the set magnification, and when dual-side scanning is set, the scanning magnification in the first direction at the second scanned image attains the set magnification.08-25-2011
20100060956DOCUMENT FEEDING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH SAME - A document feeding device includes: a document tray on which a document is loaded; a discharge tray to which the original document is discharged; a conveyance path which conveys a document on the original document tray to the discharge tray via a document reading position; a detection unit which is disposed in the conveyance path and detects a jam of the original document in the conveyance path; and an illumination device which illuminates the conveyance path in a state visible from the exterior when the detection unit has detected a jam of the original document.03-11-2010
20080239415IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus has a reading portion configured to read the image of the original at the reading position located on a supporting surface for supporting the original, an original feeding portion configured to convey an original to the reading position, a movable guide portion which faces the supporting surface and guides the original conveyed by the original conveying portion to the reading position, and a biasing member configured to apply a biasing force to the guide portion toward the supporting surface, wherein the movable guide portion has a rib portion, the rib portion projects toward the supporting surface and is formed along the original conveying direction, and the rib portion presses an original, that is read by the reading portion while the original is conveyed by the conveying portion, to the supporting surface by the biasing force of the biasing member.10-02-2008
20080239416IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image reading apparatus capable of continually conveying a plurality of originals in a stable manner while cleaning a contact glass of an image sensor and reducing streaks occurring in read images. An image sensor reads an original image via a contact member which the conveyed original may contact. A cleaning member, being provided on a turning member which is able to rotate or swing and disposed at a position opposing the image sensor, cleans the contact member's surface which the original may contact. The turning member is turned by a driving unit. A controlling unit controls the driving unit to turn the turning member so that cleaning of the contact member is performed by the cleaning member after the original has passed an image reading position of the image sensor and before a subsequent original reaches the image reading position.10-02-2008
20080239414Image Reader and Image Forming Apparatus - An image reader and an image forming apparatus are provided. The image reader includes a stationary document scanning device; a moving document scanning device; a scan window; a document cover covering the scan window and comprising an opening located at a position facing the scan window; a document feeding mechanism which is disposed at the document cover and feeds a document through the opening in the document cover and onto the scan window when the document is to be scanned by the moving document scanning device; an image pickup device configured to read an image from the scan window; and a controller which detects edges of the stationary document based on image data read by the image pickup device, and performs an image data defining operation to determine image data, which is included within the detected edges of the document, as exact image data.10-02-2008
20080278776Scanning module and scanner using the same - A scanning module disposed on one side of a transparent platen of a scanner for scanning a document disposed on the reverse side of the transparent platen is provided. The scanning module comprises a base, a lamp, a holder and an optical sensing component. The lamp for illuminating the document comprises a first section and a second section. The first section extends substantially parallel to a plane of the transparent platen. A first end of the second section is connected to one end of the first section. The shortest distance between a second end of the second section and the transparent platen is greater than that between the first section and the transparent platen. The holder is disposed on the second section for fixing the lamp to the base. The optical sensing component is used for receiving the light reflected by the document and converting that into an image signal.11-13-2008
20080291512DOUBLE-SIDE SCAN DEVICE WITH MOVABLE IMAGE SCAN MODULE - A double-side scan device for performing a single-side scan operation or a double-side scan operation selectively includes a document conveyer, a first transparent device, a second transparent device, and an image scan module. The image scan module moves to one side of the first transparent device to capture an image of one surface/side of a document and moves to one side of the second transparent device to capture an image of the other surface/side of the document, respectively.11-27-2008
20080291513STEPPING MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE CAPABLE OF REDUCING LOAD ON CPU - A stepping motor control device comprises a plurality of buffers for storing data for driving a stepping motor, a read unit for reading the data from the buffer, and a write unit for writing the data in the buffer. The write unit includes a first mode for writing the data in the buffer in a process performed in a predetermined order, and a second mode for writing the data in the buffer in response to a request from the read unit to write the data.11-27-2008
20080304118IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A forming unit forms a latent image of input image data. A counter counts number of times of forming the latent image in a sub-scanning direction, in which an upper limit of the number of times is set. A first control unit controls the forming unit to form the latent image based on the upper limit. A determining unit determines whether a latent image forming is performed by the forming unit exceeding the upper limit. When the determining unit determines that the latent image forming is performed exceeding the upper limit, a second control unit controls, the forming unit to continue to form the latent image.12-11-2008
20080304116SHEET-FEEDING SCANNER - The present invention relates to a sheet-feeding scanner including an automatic document feeder and an image scanning portion. The automatic document feeder includes a U-shaped transfer path, a first scanning window and a first scanning module. The U-shaped transfer path includes a sheet pick-up section, a sheet reverse region and a scan region. The first scanning window in disposed in the sheet reverse region. The first scanning module is arranged beside the first scanning window for scanning the image of a first side of the paper sheet. The image scanning portion is disposed under the automatic paper feeder, and includes a second scanning window and a second scanning module. The second scanning window is disposed in the scan region. The second scanning module is arranged under the second scanning window for scanning the image of a second side of the paper sheet.12-11-2008
20080266621AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER - An automatic document feeder includes an input tray, a transfer path, a roller assembly, an ejecting tray, a light emitter, a light receiver, a comparator and a discriminating unit. The light emitter successively emits multiple light beams of different intensities to the document. When the multiple light beams penetrating through the document are received by the light receiver, the light receiver outputs corresponding voltage signals. The discriminating unit is electrically connected to the light receiver for discriminating document types according to the voltage levels of the voltage signals.10-30-2008
20080273229IMAGE READING APPARATUS - Provided is an image reading apparatus communicatable with an image processing apparatus, including: a first reader that reads an image of a first side of a document; a first storage that stores the image read by the first reader; a second reader that reads an image of a second side of the document; a second storage that stores the image read by the second reader; a transmitter that transmits the images stored in the first storage and the second storage to the image processing apparatus; and a controller that, with respect to a first document whose length in a conveyance direction is longer than a predetermined length, causes the transmitter to transmit the image read by the first reader to the image processing apparatus, and causes the first storage and the second storage to store the image read by the second reader.11-06-2008
20080204828IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus having: a reading section that reads out an image of an original document placed on a document table; a storage section that stores image data obtained by reading out the image by the reading section; a sheet feeding section including a sheet feeding tray and an attachment detection sensor that detects whether or not the sheet feeding tray has been attached; and a control section that executes reading out of the image in a mode in which the image is read while the reading section scans the image of the original document placed on the document table, wherein the control section, when the attachment or detachment of the tray is detected during execution in the mode, suspends the reading out of the image, deletes the image data obtained from the original document image whose reading was suspended, and moves the scanning unit to a home position.08-28-2008
20080304117IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus has: a setting unit; a sheet conveying unit; a reading unit which can read an image of the sheet conveyed onto the setting unit by the sheet conveying unit and can read the image of the sheet set onto the setting unit; and an abutting unit which abuts an edge of the sheet which is set onto the setting unit, said edge of the sheet crosses a sheet conveying direction of the sheet conveying unit. The abutting unit is provided at a position where it is not come into contact with the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit.12-11-2008
20080247006IMAGE READER AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reader includes a first read unit, a second read unit independent of the first read unit, a determination unit, a storage unit, and a correction unit. The first read unit reads a first face of a fed document to create image data. The second read unit reads a second face of the fed document to create the image data. The determination unit determines the read unit that has read a recording face of a test chart when a test chart document, with a test chart recorded on one face, is read. The storage unit stores the read unit that has read the recording face of the test chart and sampling data extracted from image data created by the read unit that has read the recording face of the test chart in association with each other. The correction unit corrects read characteristics of the read unit associated with the sampling data, based on the sampling data.10-09-2008
20080285097IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes pairs of rollers, each including a driving roller and a driven roller. The pairs of rollers are arranged along the rotation axis direction of the driving roller and constitute a first roller group and a second roller group for conveying a first medium and a second medium thicker than the first medium, respectively. The center of the first roller group is identical in the rotation axis direction to that of a first conveying area where the first medium is conveyed. The center of the second roller group is identical in the rotation axis direction to that of a second conveying area where the second medium is conveyed. At least one pair of rollers in the second roller group is arranged outside the first roller group within the first conveying area.11-20-2008
20100142011IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading apparatus includes: a sheet feeding device; a sheet feeding section that controls transport of an original document performed by the sheet feeding device; a reading section that outputs image data by reading the original document; a carriage that is equipped with the reading section; a carriage control section that controls movement of the carriage; a buffer that temporarily stores the image data; and a monitoring section that monitors a volume of the image data stored in the buffer. When the monitoring section determines that the volume of the image data is more than a predetermined first threshold value, the sheet feeding section decelerates and stops the transport of the original document, the carriage control section accelerates the carriage in a direction opposite to the transport of the original document during a deceleration period of the transport of the original document.06-10-2010
20100142012IMAGE READING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS AND METHOD OF READING IMAGE - The leading edge and the trailing edge of an original document are detected with a sheet detection sensor provided in an automatic document feeding device, reading out of the original document is started from a position a predetermined distance before the position where the leading edge of the original document passes a reading position in an image reading apparatus, and reading out thereof is terminated at a position a predetermined distance after the position where the trailing edge of the original document passes the reading position. It is determined whether the apices of a rectangular area extracted from an image area that is read out are included in the respective areas of a predetermined height from the leading end and the trailing end of the image area to determine whether the size of the document image area is the same as the sheet size of the original document.06-10-2010
20100271672SHEET FINISHER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - A sheet finisher includes: a conveyance section to convey a sheet; an image reading section which reads an image of a sheet; and a sheet finisher control section, wherein the sheet finisher control section transmits wait information which requests an interruption of sheet conveyance, to outside, and transmits image data acquired by reading of the image reading section to the outside after transmitting the wait information.10-28-2010
20090180163PRINT SCANNER WITH JAM DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A print scanner with jam detection system including a scanning module mounted in a body, such that the scanning module scans in a capture zone to capture an archival image of said capture zone as well as one or more non-archival images. One or more image capture modules mounted in the body in fixed relation to the capture zone being operative to capture a stream of the non-archival images in the capture zone.07-16-2009
20080316551AUTOMATED PAGE TURNING APPARATUS TO ASSIST IN VIEWING PAGES OF A DOCUMENT - Disclosed is a method and apparatus for the viewing and acquisition of images of a document such as a book, including the automated and reliable turning of pages of the document, while supporting it in a manner to facilitate viewing or imaging of the facing pages.12-25-2008
20090027744IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus capable of changing a main reading unit at an appropriate time point such that a plurality of reading units can be equally used, and a method of controlling the same. The image reading apparatus includes an automatic document feeder, a first reading unit to read a first side of a document fed by the automatic document feeder and to function as a main reading unit, a second reading unit to read a second side of the document fed by the automatic document feeder; and a control unit to change the main reading unit from the first reading unit to the second reading unit if the number of times L01-29-2009
20090185244IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - The invention provides an image scanning apparatus stabilizing a behavior of a document in scanning an image and enabling to promote image scanning accuracy. The image scanning apparatus according to the invention includes a resist roller 07-23-2009
20090185243Image Reading Device - An image reading device is provided. The image reading device includes: a conveying section which includes a first tray for placing a document before reading and a second tray for placing a document after reading, and which conveys a document from the first tray to the second tray via a reading region; a reading section which reads the document passing through the reading region; a stopping section which stops a trailing end of the document conveyed by the conveying section within the reading region; and a determining section which determines whether the document remains within the reading region based on a signal from the reading section.07-23-2009
20090141318SECURE SCANNING SYSTEM - The secure scanning device [06-04-2009
20110228359IMAGE SENSOR - An image sensor includes: a light transmissive member extending in a direction orthogonal to a direction of conveying the document; a reference portion provided outside the conveying region where a document is conveyed with respect to the orthogonal direction and having a transmittance lower than a transmittance of in the conveying region of the light transmissive member; and a light source unit. The image sensor further includes: a lens unit converging the light transmitting through the document and the reference portion; a light receiving unit that receives the light transmitted through the lens unit and outputs an electric signal; an amplifying unit that amplifies the electric signal of the document corresponding to the conveying region and outputs an image signal of the document; and a controlling unit configured to control an amplification factor of the amplifying unit based on the electric signal corresponding to the reference portion.09-22-2011
20090021805SCANNER APPARATUS AND INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - A compact scanner apparatus is provided that is suitable for constituting an information display system by being stored in a pedestal which supports a display apparatus. The scanner apparatus is composed of an upper unit provided with an automatic document feeder and a lower unit provided with an image reading device, wherein a width guide rack mechanism having a function of detecting an original size is independent from a paper feed tray and disposed above the paper feed tray. Thereby, it is possible to store the paper feed tray and the whole of the width guide rack mechanism within the apparatus.01-22-2009
20090086288IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - There are provided: a document feeding section for conveying a document; a first reading section for reading at least one side of the document conveyed by the document feeding section; a second reading section for reading other side of the document conveyed by the document feeding section; and a blank determining portion for determining whether the other side of the document is blank in accordance with image data of the document read by the second reading section. In a case where the blank determining portion determines that the other side is blank, one side of the document is read by the first reading section, and thereafter the document feeding section discharges the document.04-02-2009
20090086287IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT SUPPLY DEVICE THEREOF - An image reading apparatus, a document supply device thereof and methods thereof may reduce a scanning operation time. A document supply device may include a holding position (e.g., internal) for a following document such that a scanning time between documents may be reduced. The document supply device may include a main feed path to guide an introduced document, a simplex path coupled to the main feed path and to guide the document fed through the main feed path to the scanning window to scan one document surface (e.g., first surface), a duplex path to guide the document having passed the scanning window to the simplex path to scan the other document surface (e.g., second surface), an auxiliary supply path coupled to the main feed path and the simplex path where the document fed through the main feed path temporarily stands by before being fed to the scanning window.04-02-2009
20090109504Image-Capturing Apparatus and Image-Capturing System - The present invention prevents units from becoming unbalanced and falling over when an image-capturing unit is opened over an image-forming unit when an image-forming unit, image-capturing unit and document-feeding unit are stacked over each other in order. The image-capturing unit is rotatably linked to the top of the image-forming unit by a first hinge means, and the document-feeding unit having document-feeding means is rotatably linked to the top of the image-capturing unit by second hinge means. Locking means for checking rotation (opening operation of the document-feeding unit) of the second hinge means is disposed on an opposite side of the second hinge means sandwiching the document-feeding means. The locking means is composed to check the opening operation of the second hinge means when the first hinge means is opened.04-30-2009
20130182299Sheet Feeding Device - A sheet feeding device including a roller to apply conveying force to one of a plurality of stacked sheets, a separator piece to apply conveying resistance to the stacked sheets and to nip the one of the stacked sheets in cooperation with the roller, a movable member being movable with respect to the roller, a pair of spring arms configured to contact the stacked sheets at an upstream position along a conveying direction with respect to a nipping position between the roller and the separator piece, and a bridge to bridge between the pair of spring arms, is provided. The bridge and the movable member are slidably in contact with each other at least when the sheet feeding device is in a conveyable condition.07-18-2013
20090244658IMAGE READING APPARATUS, MULTI-FUNCTIONAL MACHINE AND DOCUMENT DISCHARGING METHOD - An image reading apparatus with a structure capable of reliably discharging a document, and a multi-functional machine having the same are disclosed. The image reading apparatus includes a document feed path having a document outlet, a reading unit which reads an image of a document fed through the document feed path, and a guide member which is disposed at the document outlet downstream of the reading unit to form a curl on the trailing end portion of the document. The curl formed on the document may make it possible for a subsequent document being discharged to push the curled document out of the document outlet.10-01-2009
20090244659Image Scanning Apparatus - An image scanning apparatus including an open-close detector configured to detect an open-close state of a document cover, a first document-detector, a scanning unit configured to scan a document placed on a platen or a document fed from a document tray, a control unit, and a commanding unit configured to input a start command to start scanning. When the start command is inputted, when the document placed on the document tray is detected by the first document-detector, the control unit controls the scanning unit to scan the document fed from the document tray, and when the document placed on the document tray is not detected, the control unit determines whether to execute scanning of the document placed on the platen. The determination is performed based on a result of detection performed by the open-close detector.10-01-2009
20100014128SHEET-FEEDING SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING MECHANISM FOR FEEDING BUSINESS CARD - A sheet-feeding scanning apparatus having a business card feeding mechanism is provided. The sheet-feeding scanning apparatus includes a scanning module, an ordinary document input tray, an ordinary document pick-up roller assembly, an ejecting tray, a transfer channel, a plurality of transfer rollers, a business card input tray, and a business card pick-up roller assembly. The business card input tray has a business card support plate. In a case that a jam event occurs, the business card support plate may be swung for facilitating removing the jammed business card.01-21-2010
20090251744AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - An OUT conveying member and an IN conveying member which reach pre-scan rollers from a document tray are provided. In the case of continuously conveying a document, while a preceding document is conveyed by one conveying member, a following document is caused to stand by in the other conveying member. The documents are conveyed in the state where the distance between the preceding document and the following document is close to 0 mm.10-08-2009
20090251743AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDER AND IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - A gap indicator device is rotatably locked to an auto document feeder openably and closably installed to a scanner device of an image scanning apparatus, is rotated by being pressed by the scanner device, and includes a pointer or a scale to indicate a state of an image reading gap, as a gap between a platen guide and an image reading portion, through which an original document passes. The pointer or the scale is located at a position where it can be visually recognized from above when a cover of the auto document feeder is opened.10-08-2009
20100014130Sheet Media Reading Control Method And Sheet Media Reading Device - A sheet media reading control method includes conveying a sheet medium on which magnetic ink characters are printed through a transportation path, reading the magnetic ink characters and an image of the sheet medium using a magnetic head and an image sensor head positioned along the transportation path, extracting partial scanned image data containing at least an outside edge part of the sheet medium from the scanned image data captured by the image sensor head, executing a skew evaluation based on the partial scanned image data to detect if the sheet medium is conveyed skewed at a skew angle exceeding an allowable skew angle, and invalidating at least the magnetic ink character data captured by the magnetic head from sheet media that are determined by the skew evaluation to be skewed.01-21-2010
20090316233READING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image reading apparatus is configured to stop a scanning unit and a feeding unit when reading is interrupted, move a reading position of the scanning unit from a home position in a sub-scanning direction and stop it, read an original for a predetermined area including an acceleration distance while the reading position of the scanning unit is moved in a direction opposite to the sub-scanning direction, move the reading position of the scanning unit in the sub-scanning direction and return the scanning unit to the home position after the reading is finished, and activate the feeding unit to start reading the original when the reading is restarted.12-24-2009
20090316232IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A correction of a deviation in the sub-scanning direction of a scan line accompanied by a correction of a main scan positional deviation of each sheet feeding port is insufficient. According to the present technique, therefore, the positional deviation in the sub-scanning direction of an image to be printed is corrected by using a correction amount regarding the main scan positional deviation which is decided based on an adjustment value of a print position of the sheet feeding port and information of the positional deviation in the sub-scanning direction of an image forming apparatus.12-24-2009
20090122367IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image scanning device including: a conveyance path which conveys originals; a first scanning means and a second scanning means which are placed such that they sandwich the conveyance path; and a white reference member used for adjusting the white levels of the scanning means; wherein at least one of the first scanning means, the second scanning means and the white reference member is movable; the first scanning means and the second scanning means can scan the same surface of said white reference member since the first scanning means or the second scanning means is moved or the white reference member is moved.05-14-2009
20100149608SCANNING APPARATUS WITH FLATBED AND SHEET-FEEDING SCANNING FUNCTIONS - A scanning apparatus, which supports flatbed and sheet-feeding scanning of document, includes a first scanning unit and a second scanning unit. The first scanning unit includes a first scanning chassis which scans a document in a first main scanning direction. The second scanning unit is disposed beneath the first scanning unit and electrically connected with the first scanning unit. The second scanning unit includes a second scanning chassis which scans a document in a second main scanning direction different from the first main scanning direction. Preferably, the first and the second scanning units provide the flatbed scanning and sheet-feeding scanning functions, respectfully.06-17-2010
20100157390IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus having a pickup roller rotated to pick up a printing medium. The image forming apparatus includes support members operated in connection with the rotation of the pickup roller, and the pickup of the printing medium is carried out under the condition that both sides of the printing medium are supported by the support members. The image forming apparatus thereby prevents jams generated in the process of picking up a deformed printing medium.06-24-2010
20100157389IMAGE READER - Disclosed herein is an image reader. The image reader can include a reading unit receiving light reflected from a document to thereby read image of the document and an automatic document feeder configured to supply the document to the reading unit. The automatic document feeder can include a channel defined within the automatic document feeder along which the document is supplied to the reading unit such that the reading unit is able to read the image of the document as the document moves along the channel. The channel can include a component having a surface tension that is less than or equal to about 40 dyne-per-centimeter.06-24-2010
20100157392COPIER - A copier is provided. The copier is configured to copy an image of an original document, which has a storage medium, and the storage medium, wherein a process of copying the original document, which has the storage medium, has three operation modes (A), (B), and (C) of (A) copying the storage medium and the image of the original document, (B) copying only the storage medium, and (C) copying only the image of the original document. Further, the copier has a selection unit that selects an operation mode to be performed among the operation modes.06-24-2010
20100157391IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image reading apparatus enabling a user to place originals on any of sheet feed trays without confirming requested orientation of the originals, either front facing or back facing. Image data of an original fed from a first sheet feed tray and read by a first reading unit is processed handling as image data of a front surface of the original, and image data of an original fed from the first sheet feed tray and read by a second reading unit is processed handling as image data of a back surface thereof. Image data of an original fed from a second sheet feed tray and read by the first reading unit is processed handling as image data of the back surface of the original, and image data of an original fed from the second sheet feed tray and read by the second reading unit is processed handling as image data of the front surface thereof.06-24-2010
20100002274INDEPENDENT SCANNING APPARATUS AND INDEPENDENT SCANNING METHOD - The invention discloses an independent scanning apparatus and an independent scanning method. The independent scanning apparatus of the invention includes a casing, a sheet-feeding mechanism, a scanning device, a store module, and a processing module. The casing includes an inlet and an outlet. The sheet-feeding mechanism is disposed in the casing for transporting an object through the inlet and the outlet. The scanning device is disposed in the casing for scanning the object. The processing module is disposed in the casing and electrically connected to the sheet-feeding mechanism, the scanning device and the store module. When the object enters the casing through the inlet and the independent scanning apparatus receives an actuation instruction, the sheet-feeding mechanism transport the object from a first position toward the outlet and the scanning device starts to scan the object to generate scanned image data which is then stored in the store module, and when the object arrives at a second position, the scanning device stops the scanning. A modified image data could be determined according to the analysis of the scanned image data.01-07-2010
20100182657BILL PROCESSING MACHINE - A bill processing machine according to the present invention includes an element array portion and a light guiding member. The element array portion is arranged so as to face one side of a conveyance path of a bill, and includes a light receiving element group, a light emitting element and an other side light receiving element. The light receiving element group includes a plurality of light receiving elements, and an arrangement direction of the light receiving elements is perpendicular to a conveyance direction of a bill. The light emitting element is arranged on one side of the arrangement direction of the light receiving elements. The other side light receiving element is arranged on an other side of the arrangement direction of the light receiving elements. The light guiding member is arranged opposite to the element array portion with respect to the conveyance path so that the light guiding member and the element array portion sandwiches the conveyance path therebetween. The light guiding member includes a first refracting portion, a second refracting portion and a main body portion. The first refracting portion refracts irradiated light of the light emitting element in a direction parallel to the arrangement direction. The second refracting portion refracting the irradiated light refracted by the first refracting portion toward the other side light receiving element The main body portion diffuses in an approximately uniform manner the irradiated light refracted by the first refracting portion toward the light receiving element group.07-22-2010
20100259801SHEET FEEDER AND SCAN APPARATUS WITH SHEET-STOPPING FUNCTION - A sheet feeder having a sheet-stopping function includes a rotating shaft, a sheet-input roller and a sheet-stopping mechanism. The rotating shaft is rotatable in a first direction and a second direction. The sheet-input roller mounted on the rotating shaft feeds a sheet. The sheet-stopping mechanism is driven by the rotating shaft to switch between a sheet-stopping state and a non-sheet-stopping state. The rotating shaft is rotated in the first direction to enable the sheet-stopping mechanism to enter the non-sheet-stopping state and allow the sheet to come into contact with the sheet-input roller. The rotating shaft is rotated in the second direction to enable the sheet-stopping mechanism to enter the sheet-stopping state and block up a passage to the sheet-input roller. A scan apparatus using the sheet feeder is also disclosed.10-14-2010
20100014129Image forming apparatus having cover lock device - An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus casing installing an image formation section, an upper cover member that swingably covers and uncovers the apparatus casing, and an image reading unit supported by the apparatus casing via the upper cover member. A lock device is provided to maintain the upper cover member in a closed state. A unlock device is provided to unlock the lock device. A unlock operation section is displaced by an operator and activates the unlock device to operate when the lock device is unlocked. A unlock operation invalidating mechanism is provided to invalidate an unlock operation executed through the operation section by interrupting transmission of the displacement of the operation section to the lock device when unlock is prohibited01-21-2010
20130215481SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - A sheet conveying device includes: a sheet housing unit that houses a sheet; a sheet conveying unit that conveys the sheet; a sheet detection unit that detects presence or absence of the sheet in the sheet housing unit; a sheet nipping unit that nips the sheet housed in the sheet housing unit; and a control unit. The control unit controls the sheet nipping unit to reach a nipping state to nip the sheet in the sheet housing unit upon the sheet detection unit detecting a sheet-present state, executes a power saving mode to stop supplying power to at least a part of the electric mechanisms when no drive command is input for a predetermined time, and controls the sheet nipping unit to cancel the nipping state before execution of the power saving mode.08-22-2013
20100238524IMAGE READING APPARATUS - When a cover portion covers a document table, a document transporting unit is positioned relative to a reinforcing member in the horizontal direction so that the document transporting unit is movable in the vertical direction, and a first vertical positioning member comes into contact with the document table of a reading unit or the periphery thereof to position the document transporting unit in the vertical direction based on the position of the document table. A document height regulating member is positioned relative to the reinforcing member in the horizontal direction so as to be movable in the vertical direction, and a second vertical positioning member comes into contact with the document table to position a regulating member in the vertical direction based on the position of the document table.09-23-2010
20100225983Deep focus image reading system and image forming apparatus - An image reading system reads an image of an original document by conveying the original document through a fixed reading position along a platen glass. The image reading system includes a conveyance device that conveys the original document keeping a prescribed distance from the platen glass at the reading position. The contact glass is arranged outside a depth of focus at the reading position.09-09-2010
20110058235OPTICAL SENSOR HAVING DUAL OPTICAL PATHWAYS FOR SENSING CODED DATA - A device having a printer and an image sensor is disclosed. The printer prints on print media in a media feed path defined through the device. The image sensor has a first optical pathway for sensing coded data on print media within the media feed path and a second optical pathway for sensing coded data on a surface external to the housing.03-10-2011
20110058234AUTOMATIC PAPER FEED DEVICE, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An automatic paper feed device is provided, including a cover member that has a paper insertion opening in a nearly rectangular shape, the paper insertion opening having a longitudinal direction perpendicular to both a transport direction of the paper and a thickness direction of the paper. The paper insertion opening includes a first end opening portion, a second end opening portion, and a center opening portion arranged in the longitudinal direction of the paper insertion opening. The paper insertion opening connects a placement unit, in which paper is placed, with a separation and transport mechanism, that separates paper placed in the placement unit and transports paper placed in the placement unit in the transport direction. The first and second end opening portions are each larger in size than the central opening portion.03-10-2011
20110058233IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE AND DOCUMENT TRANSPORTATION METHOD - An image scanning device includes a scanning specifying unit, a first transportation path, a second transportation path, a path switching unit, and a document detection unit. The scanning specifying unit specifies as a scanning method of a document either a double sided scanning or a single sided scanning. The first transportation path is a transportation path for double sided scanning to scan a first surface and a second surface of the document in order. The second transportation path is a transportation path for single sided scanning, which is shorter than the first transportation path, to scan the second surface of the document. The path switching unit selects either the first transportation path or the second transportation path based on the specified scanning method. The document detection unit detects the document with the first surface scanned and the second surface not scanned when the double sided scanning is interrupted. The path switching unit selects the second transportation path for the transportation path of the first document in the resumed double sided scanning based on a detection result of the document detection unit.03-10-2011
20110176188IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A first reading guide includes a first guide member, which can turn around a first shaft and is so positioned as to face a first side of a document. The second reading guide includes a second guide member, which can turn around a second shaft and is so positioned as to face a second side of a document. The distance between a first reading position and a reference position is equal to that between a second reading position and the reference position. The first shaft is positioned on the side of the reference position where the first reading position is set. The second shaft is positioned on the side of the reference position where the second reading position is set.07-21-2011
20110176186IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING SYSTEM - An apparatus includes: a light source opposite to one surface of a medium; a backing member opposite to another surface of the medium and including a backing surface opposite to the another surface of the medium; an imaging unit opposite to the one surface of the medium and at a position different from the light source in a conveyance direction, and to pick up an image of the medium and the backing surface on which a shadow of the medium is formed due to light from the light source; and a processor to generate image data including the image of the medium and the backing surface based on a result by the imaging unit, wherein the backing surface is inclined with respect to the conveyance direction, and a gap between the path and the backing surface decreases from a light source side toward an imaging unit side.07-21-2011
20080278777DOUBLE SIDE IMAGE SCANNER - A double side image scanner includes a frame, a two-way roll feeder, a one-way roll feeder and an image sensor. The frame includes a track that has an entrance, a scanning line joined to the entrance and a circuit line joined to the scanning line. The circuit line is designed to return the medium to the scanning line. The circuit line has a junction point where the circuit line meets with the scanning line, an inlet through which the medium comes into the circuit line from the scanning line and an outlet through which the medium goes out of the circuit line toward the scanning line. A driving means mounted to the frame for driving the two-way roll feeder and the one-way roll feeder. The image sensor obtains image data by scanning the front and rear surfaces of the medium.11-13-2008
20090257102IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING CARD READER FOR APPLYING EFFECTS STORED ON A CARD TO A STORED IMAGE - An image processing apparatus for applying desired effects to a stored image. The apparatus comprises an optical reader; a feed mechanism for feeding a card having an array of dots past the optical reader; an optical reader interface that is connected to the optical reader, the optical reader interface able to control the optical reader to detect a data area on the card, to detect a bit pattern corresponding to the array of dots in the data area, and to produce raw data from the bit pattern while the card is being fed past the optical reader, the raw data used to produce an image processing script; and, a processor that is connected to the optical reader interface to receive and apply the image processing script to the stored image to generate an output image with the desired effects. The array of dots defines a first resolution and the optical reader has a sensor with a second resolution at least twice the first resolution. The optical reader has a length such that an insertion rotation of the card by the feed mechanism of up to 1 degree is accommodated.10-15-2009
20090116081Image Scanning Device and Image Scanning Method - The scanning operation controller allocates a scanned image memory area of a predetermined document size within a memory, and stores the image data of the scanned document to the scanned image memory area. The image processor eliminates unneeded data from the data in the scanned image memory area of the predetermined document size to thereby produce output image data, based on a document size of the scanned document that is detected after the automatic document feeder has initiated the feed of the document to the image reader.05-07-2009
20090073514Image forming apparatus - A disclosed image forming apparatus includes an image transferring unit configured to transfer an image to a recording medium; a fusing unit provided downstream of the image transferring unit and configured to fuse the image transferred by the image transferring unit with the recording medium; a recording medium conveying unit provided between the image transferring unit and the fusing unit and configured to convey the recording medium from the image transferring unit to the fusing unit; a conveyance failure detecting unit configured to detect a conveyance failure of the recording medium; and a recording medium evacuation unit to which the recording medium can be evacuated in the event that the conveyance failure detecting unit detects the conveyance failure. Plural recording medium evacuation units are provided and plural recording media can be evacuated to each of the recording medium evacuation units.03-19-2009
20090073513MEDIUM TRANSPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EMPLOYS THE MEDIUM TRANSPORTING APPARATUS - A medium transporting apparatus is incorporated in an apparatus, and includes a first transport path and a second transport path. The first transport path is defined in the body of the apparatus. The second transport path is disposed on a medium cassette. The medium cassette is movable in a direction in which the medium cassette is pulled out of the apparatus and in a direction in which the medium cassette is inserted into the apparatus, so that the second transport path is detachably coupled to the first transport path. When the medium cassette has been inserted completely into the apparatus, a guide member extends to cover a joint portion between the first transport path and the second transport path, thereby facilitating advancement of the medium from the second transport path to the first transport path.03-19-2009
20090073512DOCUMENT FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - A document feeding device has: a document placement stand on which documents of different sizes can be placed; a conveying section separating, one-by-one, documents of a document stack placed on the document placement stand, and conveying a separated document to a discharging section; a first document width sensing unit sensing a maximum document width of the document stack placed on the document placement stand; a second document width sensing unit sensing a document width of a document separated from the document placement stand by the conveying section; and a controller that, in a case in which a mixed size document mode that permits conveying of documents of different sizes is not set, causes the conveying section to restartably interrupt conveying of the document when the maximum document width sensed by the first document width sensing unit and the document width sensed by the second document width sensing unit differ.03-19-2009
20090128866IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an illuminating optical system having light sources arranged in a line and a light guide member guiding rays of light from the light sources to illuminate a document which passes through a document reading position near a light emergent surface of the light guide member. An image reading-optical system includes a rod lens array to read light passing through the document, and a cylindrical lens array in the light emergent surface of the light guide member. Ridge lines running along a subscanning direction, on the light guide member are aligned in a scanning direction.05-21-2009
20080291511AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER FOR USE WITH OFFICE DOCUMENT - An automatic document feeder is used with an office machine including a scanning module and a transparent substrate. The automatic document feeder includes a main body, an arc-shaped plate and multiple elastic pressing members. The arc-shaped plate is fixed on the main body and includes multiple protrusions and multiple openings. The protrusions are sustained against a surface of the transparent substrate to define a gap between the arc-shaped plate and the transparent substrate for allowing the paper to transport therethrough. The elastic pressing members have first ends coupled to the arc-shaped plate and have second ends partially penetrating through the corresponding openings. The elastic pressing members are arranged in a staggered form to press the object passing through the gap such that a scan zone of the object is in close contact with the transparent substrate to be scanned by the scanning line of the canning module.11-27-2008
20110235137DOCUMENT CONVEYING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE INCLUDING THE DOCUMENT CONVEYING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is a document conveying device, including: a conveyance guide member which is capable of being opened upward and closed with respect to a contact glass, disposed facing the contact glass along a conveying direction of a document, and guides the document to an upper surface of the contact glass; a reading guide member which is disposed along a width direction of the document, movably supported in an up-and-down direction with respect to the conveyance guide member, and guides the document to a position facing an image reading region in the upper surface of the contact glass; a protruding portion which is protruded outward from at least one end portion of the reading guide member in the width direction; a support portion which is protruded outward from the conveyance guide member along the width direction above the protruding portion; and elastic portions which are protruded downward from the support portion and sandwich the protruding portion so that the protruding portion is movable in the up-and-down direction, each of the elastic portions having a tip end including a claw portion which engages with the protruding portion from below by snap-fitting so as to enable regulation of downward movement of the protruding portion.09-29-2011
20110128597DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND RELATED DATA TRANSFER METHOD - A document reading apparatus includes a conveying unit configured to continuously convey a document having a series of sheets along a conveyance path, a reading unit configured to obtain image data by reading a sheet at a predetermined reading position, a storage unit configured to store the image data obtained by the reading unit, and a transfer unit configured to transfer the stored image data to a transfer destination. The transfer satisfies a relationship X+Y≧Z>X, wherein X represents a reading time required for the reading unit to read said sheet, Y represents an interval time between an end of reading said sheet and a beginning of reading a next sheet of the series, and Z represents a transfer time required for the transfer unit to transfer the image data stored in the storage unit to the transfer destination. A related method is also disclosed.06-02-2011
20100321746UPRIGHT IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH PIVOTABLE IMAGE READING PORTION - An image processing apparatus comprises: an image reading portion which has a box-shaped first housing with a reading surface, and a scanning device displaceable along the reading surface in the first housing, and reads a first image on a document by relatively displacing the document and scanning device; and an image recording portion which includes a recording medium supply device accommodating a recording medium, a feeding mechanism feeding the recording medium fed out of the supply device, a recording device recording a second image on the recording medium, and a second housing incorporating at least the feeding mechanism and recording device. The apparatus is placed on a rest surface in a substantially upright position, and the reading portion is changeable in position between an upright position in which the reading surface is opposed to the recording portion, and a horizontal position in which the reading surface faces upward.12-23-2010
20100328737Sheet Feeding Device and Original Sheet Conveying Device Employing the Same - A sheet feeding device, which is configured to feed stacked sheets one by one in a sheet feed direction, is provided with a sheet tray configured to accommodate the stacked sheets, a feed-out roller protruded from the sheet tray and configured to feed the stacked sheets from the sheet tray, a feed-out nip member arranged above and opposite to the feed-out roller, the feed-out nip member being configured to contact an uppermost sheet of the stacked sheets and bias the sheets toward the feed-out roller, a separation unit located on a downstream side, in the sheet feed direction, of the feed-out roller, the separation unit separating a lowermost sheet from the stacked sheets fed by the feed-out roller, and a friction member configured to contact the uppermost sheet of the stacked sheets at a position different from a position where the feed-out nip member contacts the uppermost sheet.12-30-2010
20090067014IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image reading apparatus includes a document feeding unit, a reading unit, and a control unit configured to operate in a first reading mode in which the control unit causes the reading unit to move to read the document while holding the document in a stationary state and in a second reading mode in which the control unit causes the reading unit in a stationary state to read the document while causing the document feeding unit to convey the document. The control unit causes the reading unit to read the paper fingerprint information from the document in one of the first reading mode and the second reading mode. After completing reading of the paper fingerprint information, the control unit causes the reading unit to read the image from the document in the other of the first reading mode and the second reading mode.03-12-2009
20090009828ORIGINAL READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A line image sensor reads an image of a reading position on a contact glass by a plurality of lines in a main-scanning direction. A replacing unit replaces, when there are a pixel whose read values of read data from a plurality of read lines in same main scanning period are smaller than a predetermined black threshold and an adjacent pixel whose two arbitrary read values have a difference larger than a predetermined threshold near the pixel, and if the pixel remains at same pixel position in a predetermined number of continuous main scanning periods, read data of the adjacent pixel and a predetermined number of subsequent pixels with white pixel data.01-08-2009
20110019248IMAGE READING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In an image reading apparatus, if a foreign substance that was initially present on a document plate is removed by motion of a document being conveyed, a correct read luminance value is employed, instead of a value calculated by interpolation, for a pixel at which there was initially the foreign substance but there is no longer foreign substance thereby preventing degradation due to the interpolation. If a foreign substance on the document plate is detected after the conveying of the document by the conveying unit is started, correcting by a correcting unit is performed. In a case where the foreign substance on the document plate disappears during the conveying of the document by the conveying unit and the foreign substance is no longer detected, the correcting by the correcting unit is not performed, but image data is produced according to the image of the document read by the reading unit.01-27-2011
20110128596AUTOMATIC MEDIA FEEDER, IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS, MULTIFUNCTIONAL PERIPHERY, AND IMAGE SCANNING METHOD - An automatic media feeder includes: a media stacker on which sheets are to be stacked; a discharged media stacker; a scanning position where the sheet is to be scanned; a first conveyance path from the media stacker to the scanning position; a feeding device configured to convey the sheet from the media stacker to the scan position along the first conveyance path; a discharging device configured to discharge the sheet that passed through the scanning position to the discharged media stacker; a first reverse mechanism configured to turn over the sheet conveyed from the media stacker toward the scanning position along the first conveyance path and return the turned-over sheet to the first conveyance path; and a second reverse mechanism configured to refeed the sheet that passes through the scanning position to the first conveyance path.06-02-2011
20110032585IMAGE READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - If failure occurs in a part of reading units during a document reading operation, a user restarts an image reading apparatus to allow resuming the reading operation from the image of the document next to the image of the already read document. An image reading apparatus determines whether reading operation for reading the document can be resumed by using a first reading unit or a second reading unit if failure occurs in at least one of the first reading unit and the second reading unit during the reading operation, and causes a nonvolatile memory to store an image of a document already read by the reading operation and the image reading apparatus to restart if the reading operation can be resumed.02-10-2011
20120033270IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reader includes: a read frame; a read guide; and a seal mechanism. The seal mechanism covers a gap between the read frame and the read guide. The seal mechanism includes a rib standing in parallel with a sliding direction of the read guide and a flexible dustproof sheet having an end that is in contact with the rib.02-09-2012
20110116143Sheet-Fed Double-Sided Document Scanner Capable of Changing Scanning Modes Dependent on Power Input - A sheet-fed double-sided document scanner is disclosed and includes a first image-capturing assembly, a second image-capturing assembly, a sheet-transporting mechanism, a power receiving interface, and a control circuit. The scanner switches scanning modes according to a power input. The sheet-transporting mechanism transports a document past the first image-capturing assembly and the second image-capturing assembly. The power receiving interface receives power. When a power level of the received power is less than a default threshold level, the control circuit controls the scanner to scan a first side and a second side of the document in a first mode. When the power level of the received power reaches the default threshold level, the control circuit controls the scanner to scan the first side and the second side of the document in a second mode.05-19-2011
20110116142SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MULTI-PAGE FEED FOR KEYBOARD SCANNER - A device, system and method for incorporating a multipage feeder into a keyboard scanner to allow continuous and sequential feeding of more than one page into a scanner housed in a computer keyboard. A multipage feeder may be for example integrated into or attachable to and detachable from a single page feeder also included in the keyboard housing.05-19-2011
20100142013IMAGE READER FOR USE IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTAMINATION CHECK METHOD OF GUIDE FILM FOR THE SAME - An image reading apparatus for use in an image forming apparatus includes a document glass installed on an upper side of the image reading body on which a document is placed; an image reading sensor installed under the document glass for stopping after being transferred to a predetermined position or for reciprocating in a straight direction parallel to the document glass; a cover for opening and closing the upper surface of the document glass; an automatic document feeder (ADF) for feeding the document to the position to which the image reading sensor is fixed; a document discharging plate for discharging the document fed through the automatic document feeding unit; first and second guide members for guiding to allow the document fed through the automatic document feeding unit to be discharged to the document discharging plate, the first and second guide members being installed at a predetermined interval to expose the document toward the image reading sensor; and a guide film installed to cover the interval between the first and second guide members for guiding to allow the document to be discharged to the document discharging plate. By this structure, a size of the image forming apparatus can be reduced.06-10-2010
20110075232IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Four mounting units are linearly disposed in a machine body of an image forming apparatus. First and second platen covers that differ from each other in weight also differ from each other in interval between support units. The first platen cover can be mounted on the machine body using the mounting units, and the second platen cover can be mounted on the machine body using the mounting units.03-31-2011
20110075230Multi-Function Apparatus - an multi-function apparatus includes a body, an openable image reading unit and an openable document cover. The image reading unit includes a locking member including a first engaging portion capable of engaging the body and a second engaging portion capable of engaging the document cover. The locking member is configured to be movable between a first position and a second position. When the locking member is moved to the first position, the first engaging portion engages the body and the image reading unit is locked to the closed position. When the locking member is moved to the second position, the second engaging portion engages the document cover, and the document cover is locked to the closed position. The multi-function apparatus further comprises a first urging member which urges the locking member at the second position when the image reading unit is in the opened position and a second urging member which urges the locking member at the first position when the document cover is in the opened position.03-31-2011
20110242627ARRANGEMENT FOR READING FROM AND/OR WRITING TO FLEXIBLE SHEET MEDIA IN A CURVED CONFIGURATION AND METHOD - An assembly for transferring information to and/or from flexible sheet media in a highly advantageous curved configuration is disclosed. The sheet material includes a length and a width defining first and second opposing surfaces. The assembly includes support means for supporting the sheet the curved configuration across its width, having the first surface inwardly oriented with respect to the curved configuration. Thereafter, moving means moves the flexible sheet material so supported in a direction along a read/write path generally parallel to the sheet material length and transverse to the direction of curvature. A read/write arrangement is provided which is configured for reading and/or writing information across the width of the first surface of the sheet as the sheet is moved along the path in the curved configuration. In one feature, means is provided for rotationally moving the read/write arrangement in a predetermined way in the housing such that the read/write arrangement is in a confronting relationship with the first, inwardly oriented surface and cooperates with the movement provided by the sheet material moving means so as to cause the read/write arrangement to sequentially read information from and/or write information to the inwardly oriented, first surface of the sheet as the read/write arrangement traverses the width of the flexible sheet material while the latter is on the read/write path in the curved configuration. In another feature, a read and/or write operation may be performed on the second, outwardly oriented surface of the sheet material.10-06-2011
20110242626IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: an apparatus main body with an opening formed on an upper face thereof; an original document reading device that opens and closes the opening; an original document holder that is supported openably and closably by the original document reading device; a first lock mechanism that locks opening and closing of the original document reading device with respect to the apparatus main body; and a second lock mechanism that locks opening and closing of the original document holder with respect to the original document reading device, in which the first lock mechanism and the second lock mechanism are disposed inside a cabinet of the original document reading device.10-06-2011
20110242625IMAGE-READER INITIALIZING SETTING OF IMAGE PROCESS - In an image reader, the first reading unit outputs first image data corresponding to the image of the first surface of the original document. The second image reading unit outputs second image data corresponding to the image of the second surface of the original document. The image process circuit acquires at least one of a part of the first image data and a part of the second image data from the storing unit, and performs an image process on the image data acquired from the storing unit. When the image process circuit finishes performing the image process on either the first image data or the second image data, the initialization instruction unit instructs initializing either the first setting or the second setting corresponding to the either the first image data or the second image data and the image process circuit initializes the either the first setting or the second setting.10-06-2011
20110242623Image Reading Device - An image reading apparatus may include a main unit, a cover unit, an openable unit, and a conductive member. The cover unit is pivotable relative to the main unit, and includes a metal frame and a reading device configured to read an image of a document conveyed through an upper path of a U-shaped conveying path. The openable unit is pivotable relative to the cover unit, and includes a document pressing member configured to face the reading device when the openable unit is closed relative to the cover unit. The conductive member is configured to electrically connect the metal frame and the document pressing member.10-06-2011
20110211238IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - An image scanning apparatus includes: a feeding unit; an upstream scanning unit that scans an image of one surface of the document; a downstream scanning unit, which is arranged at a downstream side, and which scans an image of the other surface of the document; a memory unit, which stores both data of the upstream scanning unit and data of the downstream scanning unit; and a control unit that controls the document feeding by performing one of a first feeding process and a second feeding process, wherein the first feeding process is a feeding process in which the upstream scanning unit starts to scan a following document while the downstream scanning unit scans a preceding document, and wherein the second feeding process is a feeding process in which the upstream scanning unit starts to scan the following document after the downstream scanning unit scans the preceding document.09-01-2011
20110085216Scanner, image forming apparatus, and image compensating method of scanner - The scanner includes: a transporting unit which transports a manuscript and passes the manuscript through a preset image reading position; an image reading unit which outputs a scan image obtained by sequentially line-scanning the manuscript passing through the image reading position; at least two actuators which are isolated from each other in a horizontal direction with respect to a manuscript transport direction, each having a first end portion which is movable with interference with the manuscript being transported and a second end portion which is placed on a scanning line scanned by the image reading unit and is movable in interlock with the first end portion; and an image processing unit which reads images for skew detection which are formed in the scan image by the movement of the second end portions.04-14-2011
20110242622Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus may include a main unit and a cover unit pivotally attached to the main unit. The cover unit may include an image reading device configured to read an image of a document along a conveying path. The image reading device may include a contact image sensor, a sensor holder configured to hold the contact image sensor, an urging member, and a shock absorber. The contact image sensor is disposed below the conveying path. The sensor holder has an open top boxed shape and is configured to hold the contact image sensor in position inside. The urging member is disposed in an inner bottom surface of the sensor holder to urge the contact image sensor toward the conveying path. The shock absorber is disposed between a bottom surface of the contact image sensor and the inner bottom surface of the sensor holder, and is made of a porous material.10-06-2011
20110242624Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus configured to read images of both surfaces of a document is provided. The image reading apparatus may include a first image reading device configured to read an image of a first surface of a document, a second image reading device configured to read an image of a second surface of the document, and a document conveying mechanism configured to convey the document from the second image reading device to the first image reading device. The first image reading device has a first reading range, and the second image reading device has a second reading range, which is smaller than the first reading range.10-06-2011
20110176187Image Forming Apparatus - Image data is stored in a RAM, and when recording media are fed from a paper feed tray for a time interval longer than a predetermined time interval, a CPU causes an image forming section to execute a correction process.07-21-2011
20100067071FLEXIBLE SYSTEM FOR FEEDING AND PROCESSING MULTI-PAGE DOCUMENTS - A system for feeding and processing documents includes a document transport system adapted to transport documents to document processing stations. A fastening device detecting station is connected to the transport system and is adapted to detect a fastening device securing together pages of a document. A fastening device removing station is connected to the transport system. The fastening device removing station is adapted to remove a fastening device securing together pages of a document. A scanning station is connected to the transport system. The scanning station is adapted to scan the pages of a document. A page flipping station is connected to the transport system. The page flipping station is adapted to flip pages of a document having a fastening device securing together pages of a document such that each document pages is positioned to be scanned at the scanning station. A systems controller is interactively connected to and controls the operation of the document transport system, the fastening device detecting station, the fastening device removing station, the scanning station and the page flipping station. The systems controller controls the operation of the transport system and the stations based on information provided to the systems controller by the fastening device detecting station for a document to be scanned at the scanning station, to cause such document to be scanned to be processed by the fastening device removing station to remove a fastening device securing together pages of a document before scanning of the document or by the page flipping station during scanning of the document to be scanned. A method may be employed where depending on a determination of the nature of a document to be processed, the document is either routed along a first path of travel where the fastener is removed and the document pages are fed seriatim for processing or along a second path of travel where the document pages are turned during processing.03-18-2010
20110176185PAPER FEED PORT AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - In a paper feed port configured to feed a sheet-like medium to a conveyance path, an inclined surface is provided at both ends of an opening into which the medium to be fed is inserted, with respect to a width direction crossing a paper feed direction of the medium, such that an abutting angle between the inclined surface and a leading end of the medium on a downstream side in the paper feed direction is an acute angle.07-21-2011
20100134857DUPLEX AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER AND DUPLEX DOCUMENT SCANNING METHOD USING THE SAME - A duplex automatic document feeder includes first, second, third, and fourth paths, an ejecting path, a scanning module, first and second reversing roller units, a feeding tray, and an ejecting tray. A document is moved from the feeding tray to the scanning module for scanning of a first side surface thereof. Subsequently, the document is moved along a second-side scanning path defined by the first reversing roller unit, the third path, a portion of the first path, the fourth path, and the first reversing roller unit to allow for scanning of a second side surface thereof. After the first and second side surfaces are scanned, the document is moved along a document-inverting path defined by the second reversing roller unit, a portion of the fourth path, the ejecting path, a portion of the second path, the first reversing roller unit, and the ejecting tray.06-03-2010
20110102864IMAGE READER, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME - An image reader is provided, which includes a feeder feeding a document sheet, a first reading sensor, a first reference member, a moving mechanism moving the first reading sensor to a document reading position to read an image of the document sheet and a reference reading position to read an image of the first reference member, and a controller that controls the moving mechanism to move the first reading sensor to the reference reading position, controls the first reading sensor to read the image of the first reference member, and controls the moving mechanism to move the first reading sensor to the document reading position after the first reading sensor reads the image of the first reference member. The controller controls the feeder to start feeding the document sheet to the document reading position before the first reading sensor reaches the document reading position from the reference reading position.05-05-2011
20090027745IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus to prevent reading quality from deteriorating when two reading units respectively read a first side and a second side of a document with different capabilities, and a method of controlling the same includes an automatic document feeder to feed a document, a first reading unit to read a first side of the document fed by the automatic document feeder, and a second reading unit to read a second side of the document fed by the automatic document feeder. A control unit to control an operation of the image reading apparatus determines at least one of the first reading unit and the second reading unit as a reference reading unit in a both-side reading mode in which both sides of the document are read and controls a transport speed of the document such that the document is transported at a speed to allow the reference reading unit to read the document.01-29-2009
20090027743IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - An image reading device and an image forming apparatus having the same that can increase a scan quality by improving mounting positions of units to read information recorded on a document and a mounting structure of a light shielding member. The image reading device may include a first reading unit to read image information recorded on a first surface of a document, a second reading unit disposed at a predetermined distance from the first reading unit along a document feeding direction to read image information recorded on a second surface of the document, and at least one light shielding member mounted between the first reading unit and the second reading unit along the document feeding direction. The light shielding member may extend in a direction different from the document feeding direction such that one end portion is located in a document feeding path. The light shielding member may be provided with a document guide portion to guide the document.01-29-2009
20110069359APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND COMPENSATING FOR MULTI-FED DOCUMENT SCANNING ERRORS - An image reading apparatus includes a document tray, first and second output trays, first and second conveyance paths, a conveying roller, a switch unit that changes a destination of documents to one of the first and second conveyance paths, a multi-feed determination unit that determines whether the documents are in a multi-fed state (e.g., a state in which a plurality of documents are layered on one another), a reading unit that acquires image data, an image storage unit that stores the image data, a control unit that controls the switch unit, and a multi-feed image storage unit that stores image data acquired by re-reading the multi-fed documents, as multi-feed image data. The control unit assigns information of page order of the documents to the image data stored in the image storage unit.03-24-2011
20110075231IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a document feed unit that can adopt a first attitude to sandwich a document against a document table and a second attitude to release the document. An attitude detection unit detects the attitude of the document feed unit. A document detection unit detects whether a document is on a placement section of the document feed unit. An input acceptance unit accepts a selection input indicating whether a document on the document table is a read object document when attitudes of the document feed unit have been detected in a second-to-first sequence by the attitude detection unit when a document is detected on the document placement section. A control unit sets a document on the document table as the current read object, when the input acceptance unit accepts a selection input indicating that the document on the document table is to be a read object document.03-31-2011
20100253984SHEET-FED IMAGE SCANNING METHOD AND SCANNING DEVICE THEREOF - A sheet-fed image scanning method and a scanning device thereof are provided. Firstly, a contact image sensor (CIS) scanning element is equipped with at least two sheet-feeding rollers respectively and passively connected with a driven roller, so that the to-be-scanned sheet is fed into/out between the sheet-feeding rollers and the driven rollers. Then, the to-be-scanned sheet is scanned by the CIS scanning element when the to-be-scanned sheet is fed in, and the driven roller is elastically ascended or descended according to the thickness of the to-be-scanned sheet. The invention enables non-contact or low-friction contact scanning between the scan glass window of the scanning device and the to-be-scanned sheet to avoid the to-be-scanned sheet being scratched or damaged and assure the constant-distance scanning to obtain high-quality scanned image. The position of the scanning element can be adjusted to the optimum scanning focal distance according to the thickness of the to-be-scanned sheet.10-07-2010
20110249306AUTONOMOUS SHEET-FED SCANNER - Battery-powered portable sheet-fed scanner, comprising: a scanning unit (10-13-2011
20100097668AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER, IMAGE READING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - Disclosed are an automatic document feeder capable of moving a pickup device between a standby position and a pickup position and carrying out a document pickup operation by using a single driving source, an image reading device having the same and an image forming apparatus having the same. The automatic document feeder includes a pickup device, a lifting device and a pickup driving device. The pickup device includes a pickup roller to pick up a document sheet. The lifting device moves the pickup device between a standby position and a pickup position. The pickup driving device includes a pickup motor to rotate in a first direction and a second direction. The pickup motor drives the pickup roller by rotating in the first direction, and drives the lifting device by rotating in the second direction.04-22-2010
20090103148IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: an image generating unit configured to generate an image to be printed onto recording paper; a paper type specifying unit for a user to specify that a type of the recording paper is directly identified or that a type of the recording paper is automatically identified; a paper type identifier device having a recessed portion on an outer face of the image forming apparatus, the identifier device being operable to identify a type of the recording paper from a paper bundle made of a plurality of recording paper, inserted into the recessed portion by the user when automatically identifying a type of the recording paper is specified by the paper type specifying unit; and a printing unit configured to print the image generated by the image generating unit according to a type of the recording paper identified by the paper type identifier device.04-23-2009
20100321745Portable battery powered multi-media duplex scanner with optional docking station - The invention relates to a small, portable, duplex scanner which is fully battery powered. The scanner will accept various media including standard size paper documents, embossed credit cards, ID type cards, and compact disc type media. The scanner batteries are charged via connection to any power providing device, such as a small cell phone type AC adapter or via the docking station when the scanner is docked. Power management is optimized to provide efficiency of battery usage and battery life. Assisted de-skew is a novel feature wherein LED's direct a user to adjust media insertion for a perfect media feed.12-23-2010
20080204827READ-IMAGE TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD, READ-IMAGE TRANSFER SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM SHEET, AND CARRIER SHEET - A read-image transfer apparatus is connected to an image reader and to a weblog server via a network. The read-image transfer apparatus stores therein user setting information including at least destination address information for the weblog server, a transfer protocol for the weblog server, and user identification information for causing the weblog server to identify a user. The read-image transfer apparatus controls the image reader so as to read image information from a document, stores the read image information in a memory, and transfers the stored image information to the weblog server based on the stored user setting information.08-28-2008
20120274994FORWARD FACING SCANNER - A scanning apparatus comprising a sheet fed scanner and a flatbed scanner. An input tray and output tray for the sheet fed scanner as well as the platen for the flatbed scanner all face one side of the scanning apparatus resulting in a compact ergonomic scanning system.11-01-2012
20120274996IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a stacking unit on which a document to be fed is stacked, a sensor configured to output a signal indicating that the document has been stacked on the stacking unit, a discharging unit to which the document is to be discharged, wherein the discharging unit includes a lamp, and a control unit configured to turn on the lamp in response to the signal indicating that the document has been stacked on the stacking unit output from the sensor.11-01-2012
20100110508PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING COMMON SCANNING AND PRINTING FEED PATH - Disclosed are an apparatus including a media feed tray holding media to be printed, a media printing feed path along which the media to be printed are fed from the media feed tray, a scanner feed tray holding media to be scanned, and a scanner feed path along which the media to be scanned are fed from the scanner feed tray, wherein the scanner feed path overlaps with at least a portion of the media printing feed path, and a corresponding method.05-06-2010
20100110507ITEM TRANSPORT SYSTEM WITH PNEUMATIC ALIGNER - An item transport system includes an input transport for receiving items along a first transport path, an angle transport for conveying the items along a second transport path disposed at an angle with respect to the first transport path, an alignment transport for conveying the items along a third transport path disposed at approximately 90 degrees to the first transport path, and an alignment surface for engaging the items while the items are conveyed in the alignment transport. The alignment transport may include an alignment nip comprising a driven element and an idler element for engaging opposing surfaces of the items, a manifold, a source providing pressurized gas to the manifold, and an orifice in the manifold proximate to the third transport path, wherein the idler element is disposed in the orifice.05-06-2010
20100110509Apparatus and Method for Scanner Skew Adjustment in an Image Forming Device - An apparatus and methods of use for adjusting a sliding guide rod for an imaging device of a flatbed scanner to improve scanner skew misalignment comprising an attachment member movably mounting the sliding guide rod at one end thereof to one side of the flatbed scanner so as to allow skew-adjusting movement of the sliding guide rod at an opposite end thereof relative to the flatbed scanner and a skew adjustment assembly attached to an opposite side of the flatbed scanner and movably coupling and supporting the opposite end of the sliding guide rod to the opposite side of the flatbed scanner and being actuatable to cause the sliding guide rod to undergo skew adjustment relative to the flatbed scanner to correct scanner skew misalignment of the imaging device. The skew adjustment assembly includes a skew adjustment bracket mounted to the opposite side of the flatbed scanner and movably coupled to and supporting the opposite end of the sliding guide rod to the opposite side of the flatbed scanner and a tension spring and a plurality of bracket locking fasteners coacting with the skew adjustment bracket and movably actuatable relative thereto to move the sliding guide rod to undergo the skew adjustment relative to the flatbed scanner.05-06-2010
20110096379IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A document setting position on a document set tray 04-28-2011
20110096378DUPLEX SCANNING APPARATUS - A duplex scanning apparatus includes an automatic document feeder and a flatbed scanner. The automatic document feeder includes a first scanning module. The flatbed scanner includes a second scanning module and a first calibration plate. The first calibration plate is disposed on the second scanning module, and includes a calibration plate first end, a calibration plate second end and a calibration plate middle part. A first included angle is defined between the calibration plate first end and the calibration plate middle part, and a second included angle is defined between the calibration plate second end and the calibration plate middle part. As such, each of a distance between the calibration plate first end and the first scanning module and a distance between the calibration plate second end and the first scanning module is shorter than a distance between the calibration plate middle part and the first scanning module.04-28-2011
20100195170RECORDING DEVICE, AND SUPPORT MECHANISM FOR SIDE GUIDE MEMBERS IN A RECORDING DEVICE - Recording devices with adjustable and lockable recording medium width guides, and support mechanisms for adjustable and lockable recording medium width guides are disclosed. A recording device includes a pair of recording medium width guides that control the widthwise position of a recording medium upon discharge from the recording device. A support mechanism supports the width guides and can lock the position of the width guides. The support mechanism includes a pair of sliding members individually coupled with one of the width guides, and a pressure member that clamps the sliding members together at a position where the sliding members overlap. The pressure member is configurable to clamp the sliding members together, and to unclamp the sliding members.08-05-2010
20110261423COVER DEVICE FOR AN IMAGE SCANNER - An image acquisition apparatus for acquiring an image of a document including a housing having an internal space, a substantially transparent window, a CCD sensor array, a light source for illuminating the document and an opaque cover device for blocking light from escaping the internal space of the housing through the transparent window. The cover device includes an opaque wall that combined with the document, operationally blocks the escaping of light from the internal space of the housing. The cover device further includes a primary insertion slit, a document removing mechanism and a removal slit for removing a small form document through the removal slit. Optionally, the cover device further includes a second insertion slit for inserting the small form document. The width of the second insertion slit is smaller than the width of the first insertion slit.10-27-2011
20110188101IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A image reading apparatus 08-04-2011
20110188100Drive Control Device and Drive Control Method - A drive control device includes a signal generation unit, a position detection unit, a speed detection unit, and a drive control unit. Based on at least one light receiving signal inputted from at least one light receiving unit of an encoder, the signal generation unit digitizes the at least one light receiving signal to generate at least one non-interpolated digital encoder signal, and digitizes and interpolates the at least one light receiving signal to generate at least one interpolated digital encoder signal. The position detection unit detects a position of an object based on the at least one interpolated digital encoder signal. The speed detection unit detects a speed of the object based on the at least one non-interpolated digital encoder signal. The drive control unit performs a drive control of the object based on the above-detected position and speed.08-04-2011
20110188098IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - An image scanning apparatus having a feeding unit that feeds a document; a first scanning unit, which scans one face of the document fed, and which scans a document set on a document platen; a second scanning unit that scans the other face of the document fed; an instructing unit that, during a scanning operation being performed by a preceding-document scanning unit, which is one of the first scanning unit and the second scanning unit, instructs an other of the first scanning unit and the second scanning unit to scan a document not being scanned by the preceding-document scanning unit; and an executing unit that executes a scanning operation by a following-document scanning unit that is the other of the first scanning unit and the second scanning unit when the instructing unit instructs the other of the first scanning unit and the second scanning unit to start the scanning operation.08-04-2011
20110188097IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - An image reading device includes a tray unit, a recording unit disposed above the tray unit, an outer guide defining a curved path extending from the tray unit to the recording unit, a sheet feeder configured to feed a sheet from the tray unit to the curved path, and a return guide disposed between the recording unit and the tray unit. The return guide pivots about a shaft and guides the sheet having an image recorded thereon back to the curved path. The tray unit includes at least one supporting portion. The return guide includes at least one supported portion. The at least one supporting portion of the tray unit engages the at least one supported portion of the return guide such that the return guide takes a guiding position in which the return guide defines a return path extending to the curved path.08-04-2011
20110188096SCANNING DEVICE CAPABLE OF SWITCHING IMAGE PROCESSING MODE AUTOMATICALLY - A scanning device includes a first tray, a second tray, a detection module, a scanning module, and an image processing module. The first tray has an identification element. When the scanning device scans the first tray, the detection module detects the identification element so as to generate a first signal. When the scanning device scans the second tray, the detection module does not detect the identification element so as to generate a second signal. The image processing module uses a first group of parameters to process the scanned image when receiving the first signal. The image processing module uses a second group of parameters to process the scanned image when receiving the second signal.08-04-2011
20090174916IMAGE INPUT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE USING THE SAME - With a small and simple constitution, a three-dimensional subject and a sheet document can be imaged. There are provided an image forming unit (07-09-2009
20100027081Image reader, auto document feeder, and image forming apparatus capable of generating shading data - In an image reader, a reading member fixedly mounted in the image reader reads an image on a sheet conveyed into the image reader. A guide is disposed opposite the reading member to support the sheet with respect to the reading member. A guide moving member moves the guide with respect to the reading member in a main scanning direction in which the reading member reads the image on the sheet. A guide rotating member rotates the guide in a sub-scanning direction perpendicular to the main scanning direction. A controller controls the reading member to scan different positions on the guide moved by the guide moving member and rotated by the guide rotating member to generate shading data.02-04-2010
20100020370IMAGE SCANNER, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image scanner includes a feeding unit performing document feeding to sequentially feed sheets, a flatbed glass being loaded with a sheet thereon, a scanning unit performing document scanning in any one of a first mode for sequentially scanning sheets being fed by the feeding unit and a second mode for scanning each sheet which is placed on the flatbed glass on a sheet-by-sheet basis, an interrupting unit detecting an error during the document feeding and interrupting the document feeding, an identifying unit identifying damaged sheets among document sheets to be scanned, and a controller configured to, after the interrupted document feeding is released with the detected error being settled, control the scanning unit to perform the document scanning in the second mode for the damaged sheets and in the first mode for undamaged sheets other than the damaged sheets.01-28-2010
20120307324COMPACT MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SCANNING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FLATBED SCANNER - A compact multi-functional scanning apparatus includes a sheet-fed scanner, a casing and a flatbed scanner. The casing is attached to the sheet-fed scanner and has a recess. The flatbed scanner is movable between a retracted position within the recess and a deployed position outside the recess. In the deployed position the flatbed scanner is enabled to perform a flatbed-scanning task. An open end of the recess is located on a lateral side of the casing, and the flatbed scanner is movable into and out of the recess through the open end.12-06-2012
20100149607DUAL PATH SCANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD - It is a first aspect of the present invention to provide a scanning device that includes a first imaging device adapted to convert contents of a first surface of a medium to a digital representation of the contents of the first surface of the medium, a scanning path adapted to guide the medium adjacent to the first imaging device, a first output path for guiding the medium to a first output tray, the first output path connected to the scanning path, a second output path for guiding the medium to a second output tray, the second output path connected to the scanning path, and a diverter guide adapted to direct the medium from the scanning path to one of the first output path and the second output path.06-17-2010
20120038956DEVICE FOR INPUTTING ONE OR SEVERAL VALUE DOCUMENTS - Described is an apparatus for inserting one or more value documents and to a device for accepting or processing value documents having such an apparatus. The solution of the problem is based on an apparatus for inserting one or more value documents, including an insertion apparatus for inserting the individual value document or several value documents and a separator connected to the insertion apparatus for detecting one value document at a time. The insertion apparatus includes at least two parts connected to each other in a movable manner, wherein the first part in a first position forms a continuous supporting surface together with the second part for inserting several securities, and wherein the first part in a second position for inserting an individual security is removed from the area of the supporting surface.02-16-2012
20110063694SENSOR DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS - A sensor device includes: a member that has an aperture facing a target measuring position through which a target to be measured passes; a sensor that is provided in an opposing relation to the target measuring position, and that measures a physical quantity of the target at a sensor surface facing the aperture; and a moving member that reciprocates a movement in a predetermined direction, and includes: a cleaning unit that cleans the sensor surface by contacting the sensor surface while the moving member moves to at least one of an outward movement and a return reciprocal movement; an applying portion that applies to the moving member a force in one direction of the reciprocation movement; and a manipulation portion that is moved by an operator against the force applied by the applying portion in an direction opposite to that of a direction of the force.03-17-2011
20110063696Sheet feeding apparatus, image forming apparatus and sheet feeding method - A sheet feeding apparatus is disclosed that includes a plurality of size sensors configured to be arranged in line and to detect a sheet set into a predetermined position; a feeding part configured to feed the sheet set into the predetermined position to a scan position; and a controller configured to control the feeding part to feed the sheet based on two detect signals output from two size sensors among the plurality of the size sensors.03-17-2011
20110063695SHEETFED FILM SCANNING CORRECTION METHOD - A sheetfed film scanning correction method includes: using a film holding member as a film feeding carrier, wherein after the film holding member is inserted into a work position in a scanner, a scanning module of the scanner collects a first correction information under a filmless scanning state and corrects a subsequent scan result according to the first correction information; and setting sheet-feeding rollers of the scanner in idle running as if under a real film scanning state during or prior to collection of the first correction information. By film scanning simulation, the backlight distribution information under the filmless state is real-time collected and used as a correction information, hence implementing the collection of most accurate scan correction information as if under a real scanning environment, particularly applicable to the portable sheetfed film scanner, and eliminating impacts on the correction information caused by temperature change or physical vibration.03-17-2011
20110317230SHEET DETECTING DEVICE, DOUBLE FEED DETERMINING DEVICE, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A sheet detecting device including: an ultrasound generator; a transmitting side opening, which includes a first opening and a second opening to transmit the ultrasound; a transmitting side propagation unit, which is connected to the ultrasound generator and each of the transmitting side openings; a receiving side opening, which includes a third opening and a fourth opening to receives the ultrasound transmitted from the first opening and the second opening; an ultrasound receiver; a receiving side propagation unit, which is connected to each of the receiving side openings and the ultrasound receiver; and a first determining unit, wherein a first distance from the ultrasound generator to the first opening is different from a second distance from the ultrasound generator to the second opening, and wherein a third distance from the ultrasound receiver to the third opening is different from a fourth distance from the ultrasound receiver to the fourth opening.12-29-2011
20110317229SCANNING DEVICE - A sheet-fed scanning device including a first scanning channel and a second scanning channel disposed in parallel, a first sensing element and a second sensing element is provided. The first sensing element corresponds to the first scanning channel for acquiring the image of a first type object. The first type object has a first surface which is adjacent to the first sensing element and within the range of the field depth of the first sensing element. The second sensing element corresponds to the second scanning channel for acquiring the image of a second type object. The second type object has a second surface adjacent to the second sensing element and a third surface dented to the second surface, wherein the third surface is within the range of the field depth of the second sensing element.12-29-2011
20120044548METHOD OF SCANNING DOCUMENTS - A document scanner (02-23-2012
20120008178AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER, METHOD OF TRANSPORTING DOCUMENT, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - According to the embodiment, an automatic document feeder includes a first transport unit which transports a document fed from a document tray to a reading portion in a first direction after turning over the document, and a second transport unit which transports the document fed from the document tray to the reading portion in a second direction and transports the document passed through the reading portion to the reading portion in the first direction after turning over the document. When an image on one side of the document is read, the document is sorted to be transported to the first transport unit, and when images on both sides of the document are read, the document is sorted to be transported to the second transport unit.01-12-2012
20120113487IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus capable of avoiding an erroneous detection that documents that are not bound are erroneously considered as bound, thus reducing the number of suspended document feeding operations.05-10-2012
20120013958DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - A document reading apparatus includes a document positioning plate configured to position a document, a carriage configured to move a light source along the document positioning plate, a reading unit configured to read an image of a document illuminated by a light source of the carriage, a white reference member provided in the displacement range of the carriage, an input unit configured to input a reading start instruction for a document, and a control unit configured to move the carriage along the document positioning plate in response to a reading start instruction input via the input unit. The control unit moves the carriage to a first position at which the white reference member is provided, cause the reading unit to read the white reference member, moves the carriage to a second position that is an acceleration start position for accelerating toward the reading start position of the document positioning plate, and waits for a reading start instruction input from the input unit.01-19-2012
20120057212Sheet conveying device, original conveying device, sheet scanning device, and image forming apparatus - A sheet conveying device includes: a sheet loading unit; a pick-up roller that draws a sheet from a stack of sheets set on the sheet loading unit; a moving unit that causes the pick-up roller to separate from or press against a top-surface of the sheet; a feeding member; a prevention member that prevents an original from being conveyed by the feeding member; a separation unit that separates and conveys each sheet, which is fed by the pick-up roller, to downstream in a conveying direction; and a detection unit that detects whether the original moves, the detection unit being arranged in a position near the separation unit or in upstream of the separation unit in the conveying direction. At least when the stack of sheets is being set on the sheet loading unit, the detection unit is not in contact with the sheet.03-08-2012
20120013957DOCUMENT READING DEVICE WHICH INCLUDES AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT CONVEYING MECHANISM AND READS PLURAL DOCUMENTS ONE BY ONE - A digital multi function peripheral includes a scanner for reading an image in a document read position; a document retaining cover for being able to change an opening and closing state between a state in which the scanner is closed and a state in which the scanner is opened, and conveying a document to the scanner when the scanner is closed; a registration sensor for detecting a leading end portion and a rear end portion of the document conveyed by the document retaining cover; and a controller for determining the opening and closing state of the document retaining cover based on a state of the leading end portion and the rear end portion of the document in the image read by an IR module at a time when a predetermined time frame elapses since a detection state of the registration sensor changes. Therefore, the opening and closing state of the conveyance unit for conveying the document can accurately be detected.01-19-2012
20120013956IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE AND IMAGE RECORDINGMETHOD - An image recording device includes a conveying part that conveys a medium along a conveying path, a first medium support part that supports a region of the medium positioned in an image recording area on the conveying path and heats the region, a second medium support part disposed in an upstream area from the image recording area on the conveying path, and supports an upstream region of the medium positioned in the upstream area and heats the upstream region, and a temperature control part that controls a temperature of the first medium support part and a temperature of the second medium support part so that the temperature of the second medium support part corresponding to the upstream region is lower than the temperature of the first medium support part corresponding to the region.01-19-2012
20120113488SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - A sheet feeding apparatus comprises a conveying path formed between an upper and a lower units facing each other; a feed roller which feeds a sheet by a portion partially exposed from an upper surface of the lower unit to the conveying path; a separation member disposed to oppose the feed roller; a stopper which stops entrance of the sheet into the conveying path by abutting against a sheet end in a closed state in which the stopper is moved in a direction to intersect with an exposed surface of the feed roller; a driving unit which drives at least the feed roller and the stopper; and a control unit which controls the driving unit to rotate the feed roller through a predetermined angle in a sheet feeding direction and to then open the stopper when feeding of the sheet is started from the closed state of the stopper.05-10-2012
20120026562IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A document reading section includes a document load table, a document load tray, a first document receiving tray, a linear conveyance path, a first guide member and a first reading section. The linear conveyance path, inclining downward from the document load tray, reaches the first document receiving tray. The first guide member is disposed in the linear conveyance path, and its top surface inclines downward along the linear conveyance path toward a downstream side in a document conveying direction in relation to the document load table. The first guide member is disposed in such a manner that part of its top surface intersects with a plane containing a top surface of the document load table.02-02-2012
20120026561Document Guiding Mechanism - A document guiding mechanism includes a document supporting tray, a gearwheel coupled to the document supporting tray, a right guiding unit, a left guiding unit and a single-way latch means. The right guiding unit includes a right guiding wall positioned on the document supporting tray and a right linear gear extended from the right guiding wall and engaged with the gearwheel. The left guiding unit includes a left guiding wall positioned on the document supporting tray and opposite to and parallel to the right guiding wall, and a left linear gear extended from the left guiding wall and engaged with the gearwheel. The single-way latch means interconnects the document supporting tray and at least one of the right guiding unit and the left guiding unit. The right guiding wall and the left guiding wall can be kept at a suitable position by the single-way latch means.02-02-2012
20110090546METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING VALUE DOCUMENTS - The present invention relates to an apparatus for processing documents of value having a sensor device for checking the documents of value and a transport device by means of which the documents of value are transported along a transport direction past the sensor device. On a side opposing the sensor device there is disposed a guide element for passively guiding the document of value, which is moved as soon as several documents of value are transported at the same time past the sensor device. By the guide element according to the invention, documents of value can be reliably and accurately checked without great effort.04-21-2011
20090135457ORIGINAL TRANSPORT AND READING APPARATUS - An original transport and reading apparatus is provided with an original transport portion that transports an original, an original reading portion that reads the original transported by the original transport portion through a reading region of a reading glass, and a control portion that controls the original transport portion. The control portion executes foreign matter removal at the reading region of the reading glass by controlling the original transport portion so as to cause the original to advance in a reverse direction to a transport direction of when the original is being read and causes the original to contact at least the reading region of the reading glass.05-28-2009
20120105925IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND MEDIA CONVEYING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus according to the present invention comprises an image reading unit arranged on a conveying path of a first medium and reading an image on the first medium, a conveying unit conveying the first medium and a second medium to the image reading unit, a width of the second medium being smaller than the first medium, and guide portions guiding the second medium introduced from a discharge port along the conveying path.05-03-2012
20120105924SELF-CLEANING DOCUMENT HANDLER WITH VIBRATING CLEANER ELEMENTS - Scanning devices include a sheet feeder moving sheets of media. A transparent scanning surface (e.g., platen) is positioned adjacent the sheet feeder. The sheet feeder supplies the sheets of media to the transparent scanning surface and moves the sheets of media across the transparent scanning surface. Additionally, an optical scanner is positioned adjacent the transparent scanning surface. The optical scanner detects contrasting markings on the sheets of media through the transparent scanning surface. Vibrating elements are connected to the transparent scanning surface.05-03-2012
20090168127Document Data Capturing Device - A document data capturing device includes a sheet supply tray for carrying documents, a sheet discharge tray located below the sheet supply tray, and a document conveying mechanism including a conveying path along which documents are guided from the sheet supply tray to the sheet discharge tray. The document data capturing device includes a first data-capturing unit and a second data-capturing unit which scan respective sides of a document conveyed by the document conveying mechanism. The first data-capturing unit and the second data-capturing unit are each configured with a reduction-optics scanning mechanism. The conveying path along which a document to be scanned by the first and second scanning mechanisms is conveyed is formed to surround the second reduction-optics data-capturing unit. Thus, the device can be made compact.07-02-2009
20110090545Sheet-Feed Scanner Having Multiple Sheed-Feeding Mechanism - The invention discloses a sheet-feed scanner having multiple sheet-feeding mechanisms which includes a paper passage, a first sheet-feeding mechanism, a second sheet-feeding mechanism, a sheet-transporting mechanism and an image-capturing assembly. The first and second sheet-feeding mechanisms feed a sheet of a document into the paper passage, wherein the first sheet-feeding mechanism is disposed at a first end of the paper passage, and the second sheet-feeding mechanism is disposed at a second end of the paper passage. The sheet-transporting mechanism transports the sheet inside the paper passage. The image-capturing assembly is disposed at a side of the paper passage and captures an image of the sheet fed into the paper passage.04-21-2011
20110102865IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An object of the present invention is to provide an image reading apparatus that has a simple mechanism for ejecting dust collected from a transparent member by a cleaner to the outside, thereby preventing stripe noise from being mixed into read image data.05-05-2011
20120120464IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - An image recording device that makes it possible to accurately position images on the front and reverse surfaces of a recording medium even when there is an error in length in the direction of conveyance of the recording medium. The image recording device is equipped with a paper supply part, a paper discharge part, a table movement mechanism, which moves ten tables disposed at regular intervals along a circulation path, an image recording part, which records an image on printing paper on top of the table that is moved by this table movement mechanism, an inversion part, which inverts the printing paper, and a transport mechanism, which transports the printing paper inverted by the inversion part to the paper supply part.05-17-2012
20100245951IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image sensor reads an image from a document sheet disposed on a document holding portion of a platen glass while the image sensor is moving along the platen glass in a predetermined direction or reads an image from a document sheet fed by a document feeder while the image sensor is stopped at the image reading position. A discharge guide member guides a document sheet which has passed the image reading position in a direction downstream from the platen glass. A sliding mechanism slides a first plate that faces the document holding portion selectively between a first position and a second position along the platen glass in a sliding direction parallel to the predetermined direction. The image reading position is within the document holding portion. The first plate, when in the first position, covers the image reading position, and the first plate, when in the second position, is separated from the image reading position.09-30-2010
20100245950IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an image reading portion that moves in a predetermined direction. The image reading portion includes an image reading sensor that reads an image on a sheet. The image reading apparatus also includes a sheet feeder that feeds the sheet, a first transparent member with a reference surface that supports the sheet thereon, and a second transparent member that contacts the sheet fed by the sheet feeder. The second transparent member is positioned in an inclined position with respect to the reference surface of the first transparent member. The image reading portion moves along a lower surface of the first transparent member and a lower surface of the second transparent member.09-30-2010
20100245949IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an image reading portion that moves in a predetermined direction and has an image reading sensor that reads an image on a sheet. A sheet feeder feeds the sheet. A first transparent member has a reference surface that supports the sheet thereon, and a second transparent member contacts the sheet fed by the sheet feeder. The image reading portion moves along a lower surface of the second transparent member, and the second transparent member is positioned to overlap a portion of the first transparent member as viewed from a direction perpendicular to the reference surface. The image reading portion moves along a lower surface of the first transparent member and moves along a lower surface of the second transparent member.09-30-2010
20100245945IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: an apparatus body; an image carrier unit that includes: a support member; and an image carrier that is rotatably supported by the support member and directly or indirectly carries images; a positioning part that is provided at the apparatus body and positions the image carrier unit by being abutted against the support member; a plurality of rotating bodies which are provided in the apparatus body; and a control unit that controls driving states of the plurality of rotating bodies, wherein the control unit controls the rotating bodies so that a resultant force of forces applied to the image carrier unit from the plurality of rotating bodies is always applied in a normal direction where the support member is abutted against the positioning part, in a period where the plurality of rotating bodies moves to a normal rotation state from a stopped state.09-30-2010
20100245946IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus capable of reading an image recorded on a first surface and a second surface of a sheet, the image processing apparatus comprising a conveying path comprising a first conveying path formed in a substantially plate shape, a second conveying path disposed below the first conveying path and a curved conveying path disposed between the first conveying path and the second conveying path, a conveying mechanism configured to convey the sheet along a conveying direction from the first conveying path to the second conveying path through the curved conveying path, a first image reading section disposed below the first conveying path and comprising a first image sensor which reads the image recorded on the first surface of the sheet conveyed along the first conveying path at a first image reading position, a second image reading section comprising a second image sensor which reads the image recorded on the second surface of the sheet conveyed along the second conveying path from below the second conveying path at a second image reading position, and an upper cover configured to rotate between a closed position where the first conveying path is partly covered and an open position where the first conveying path is exposed, wherein at least the first conveying path is exposed when the upper cover is in the open position.09-30-2010
20100245947IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a first conveying path, a curved conveying path, a second conveying path, a first image reading section facing the first conveying path, a pair of third conveying rollers having a third nip point P09-30-2010
20100245948IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a first conveying path, a curved conveying path, a second conveying path, an upper cover, a first image reading section, a third conveying roller, a second conveying roller, a second image reading section, a first conveying roller, a fourth conveying roller and a control unit. The control unit controls to stop conveying the sheet when a back edge of the sheet passes the first conveying roller in the case where a length of the sheet is less than a first distance between the first conveying roller and the third conveying roller, and controls to stop conveying the sheet after conveying the sheet until the back edge passes the third conveying roller in the case where the length of the sheet is greater than the first distance and is less than a second distance between the third conveying roller and the fourth conveying roller.09-30-2010
20120162728IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device includes an image forming unit, an image reading unit arranged above an upper part of the image forming unit, a sheet ejection space between the image forming unit and the image reading unit, and a supporting unit arranged on the upper part of the image forming unit to surround at least two sides of the sheet ejection space in different directions. The image reading unit is secured to the upper part of the image forming unit through the supporting unit.06-28-2012
20120127544IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - In an image reading apparatus, when a document is divided into a plurality of files and transmitted in conjunction with document reading, in order to store its transmission history, a division position of the obtained files is reflected and stored in the division position for inputting a page position divided in advance by a user. Consequently, a setting operation burden on the user can be reduced.05-24-2012
20100208311Media Processing Apparatus and Scanner Unit - A scanner unit includes a scanner for imaging a print medium, a base unit that supports the scanner, a pressure feed roller disposed opposite the scanning surface of the scanner, a guide member for guiding the print medium to the scanner, a frame member that supports the pressure feed roller and the guide member, and a motor that drives the pressure feed roller. The frame member is supported pivotably to the base. In other embodiments the scanner unit can include a roller shaft such that the pressure feed roller is coaxially affixed to the roller shaft and the frame member supports the roller shaft, a first gear on the roller shaft, and a second gear that transfers drive power from the motor to the second gear.08-19-2010
20110181927Systems And Methods For Detecting Media Edges In An Automatic Document Feeder - Systems and methods are disclosed for detecting media edges in an automatic document feeder including a scan backing strip that is colored to contrast with the color of a medium being fed through the automatic feeder. Logic instructions are included that cause a computer processor to detect when the medium is being fed through the automatic document feeder based on the difference in color between the scan backing strip and the medium.07-28-2011
20110181926AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - According to one embodiment, an auto document feeding device comprises: a document placing section on which documents are placed; a first gate configured to divert the documents in a first direction or a second direction; a first conveying unit or a second conveying unit configured to lead the documents to the image scanning unit; a paper discharging and conveying unit configured to lead the documents from the image scanning unit in the direction of the paper discharge tray; a reversing roller configured to switch back the documents passed through the paper discharging and conveying unit; a reversing and conveying unit configured to convey the documents from the reversing roller to the first gate; and a second gate configured to divert the documents passed through the paper discharging and conveying unit to the reversing and conveying unit.07-28-2011
20120133998IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An image reading apparatus includes: a transport unit; a first reading unit which reads one surface of a document transported by the transport unit and generates first read data of a front end portion or a rear end portion of the one surface of the document; a second reading unit which reads the other surface of the document transported by the transport unit and generates second read data of a front end portion or a rear end portion of the other surface of the document; an edge detection unit which performs edge detection processing on each of the first read data and the second read data; and a determination unit which determines that there is double feeding of documents by the transport unit when the edge detection unit detects a plurality of edges from at least either the first read data or the second read data.05-31-2012
20090059320Magnification Controlling System Used In An Image Forming Apparatus - A magnification controlling system used in an image forming apparatus has a sensor module for reading a first image and a second image form a document conveyed in a predetermined speed. The first and second images are converted into a base and a reference image by an A/D converter. A processor calculates the shifting offset between the base image and the reference image to produce a reference speed. The processor calculates the predetermined and reference speed to produce a control signal and then sends the control signal to a pulse producing circuit. The pulse producing circuit provides plurality of pulse signals in a predetermined time according to the control signal. The pulse producing circuit sends the pulse signals to a step motor or an image forming module in the image forming apparatus for controlling document conveying speed of the step motor or scanning speed of the image forming module.03-05-2009
20120250115DOCUMENT READING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - In a document reading device, a saddle-stitched document is opened a paper feed tray in a saddle-stitched state. A first reader and a second reader respectively read a front surface and a back surface of the document along a route of transfer. A notifying unit notifies of a manner how the saddle-stitch document is to be opened to be placed on paper feed tray. A reconstructing unit reconstructs images respectively for pages of the saddle-stitch document read by first reader and second reader by rearranging an order of the images.10-04-2012
20120250113IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING SHEET CONVEYING MECHANISM - A conveying path extends from a set position in which the original sheet is set to a discharge position in which the original sheet is discharged from the image-processing device. A control unit controls an image processing unit such that the image processing unit does not execute an image processing relevant to an original sheet when an elapsed time is less than a reference time and such that the image processing unit executes the image processing relevant to the original sheet when the elapsed time is greater than or equal to the reference time. The elapsed time is time from a point of time that the control unit begins to drive a conveying mechanism in response to a reception of the command by a command reception unit until a point of time that a sensor detects the original sheet conveyed by the conveying mechanism at the detection position.10-04-2012
20120250114SHEET TRANSPORT APPARATUS - A sheet transport apparatus that transports a sheet to a reading section for reading the sheet, has a reading front roller pair contacting with a front end of the sheet to form a register loop in the sheet; a first transport path extending curvingly toward the reading front roller pair; a second transport path extending curvingly toward the reading front roller pair after joining the first transport path; a first register space in which a register loop is formed in a sheet guided along the first transport path; and a second register space in which a register loop is formed in a sheet guided along the second transport path. The first register space is provided on the upstream side of a junction position in which the first transport path joins the second transport path, and the second register space is provided on the downstream side of the junction position.10-04-2012
20120170087IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A document feeding route is provided in an automatic document feeder, and a feeder cover is provided on an upper portion of the automatic feeder and arranged to open and close an upstream half route of the document feeding route by being movable in a pivoting fashion. A plurality of pairs of drive rollers and idler rollers are provided in a downstream half route to feed a document toward a document ejection port. A jam clearance mechanism arranged to move the idler rollers or the drive rollers in a direction toward releasing a nipped state is arranged to face the downstream half route. The jam clearance mechanism includes a pair of cam frames and releasing bodies. The cam frames undergo a sliding displacement in a direction along which the pairs of idler rollers and drive rollers are arranged in coordination with opening and closing of the feeder cover. The releasing bodies move back and forth in coordination with the sliding movement of the cam frames.07-05-2012
20120170085Media Sheet Holder for a Vertically Oriented Scanner - A media holder for holding a media sheet against the imaging window of a substantially vertically oriented scanning device. The media holder includes a frame having a first frame section and a second frame section, the first frame section having a first end mounted along an upper edge of the imaging window, and the second frame section extending from a second end of the first frame section at an angle with respect to the first frame section such that a media sheet slot is formed between the imaging window and the second frame section. The media holder further includes a fibrous layer adhesively attached to the frame, wherein the second frame section engages a media sheet inserted in the media sheet slot with frictional force to hold the inserted media sheet against the imaging window.07-05-2012
20120250116Image Reading Device - An image reading device includes: an original table having a stationary original reading area and a moving original reading area on its top surface; an image reading unit provided inside the original table and moving the reading line in the direction of the width of the stationary original reading area and to the moving original reading area with the direction of the length of the stationary original reading area as the reading line; an original cover openably and closably provided on the original table so as to cover at least the stationary original reading area; and an ADF having an original conveyance path leading from an original tray by way of the moving original reading area to an original output tray. The image reading device reads originals of sizes larger than the readable stationary original size without any size increase of the device.10-04-2012
20120075681IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an image forming apparatus which can increase the life of a fixing roller without causing increase of the apparatus in size and image displacement. A first skew feeding and registration correcting portion 03-29-2012
20090257101SCANNING SHREDDER METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus for verifying content of partially printed purge sheets of confidential documents just after shredding the purge sheets but before the individual strands become separated and disassociated is disclosed. The purge sheet can be passed through a single nip paper transport to a shredder and then to a scanner in order to verify the content of the purge sheets. The scanned document can also be stored on a DFE (digital front end) disk, which provides visual documentation of, purge sheet destruction and can be utilized for later reconciliation. The individual strands of the purge sheet(s) can be separated and disassociated to a container in order to ensure destruction. A small electronic controller board associated with the scanner provides function control and communications to the DFE.10-15-2009
20100007931SHEET-FEEDING SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING MECHANISM FOR FEEDING BUSINESS CARD - A sheet-feeding scanning apparatus having a business card feeding mechanism is provided. The sheet-feeding scanning apparatus includes a scanning module, an ordinary document input tray, an ordinary document pick-up roller assembly, a transfer channel, a plurality of transfer rollers, an ejecting tray, an ejecting roller assembly, a business card input tray, and a business card pick-up roller assembly. The business card input tray includes a business card support plate, a spring, a separation slice and a position-limiting glide slot. The business card pick-up roller assembly includes a business card pick-up roller, a business card separation roller and a shaft rod. The shaft rod is sheathed by the business card separation roller. The sheet-feeding scanning apparatus is adapted for scanning images of multiple ordinary documents or multiple business cards.01-14-2010
20120314267SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING DEVICE INCLUDING SAME - A sheet conveyance device includes a loading section, a sheet feeding unit, a separation section disposed downstream in a sheet conveyance direction from the sheet feeding unit, a conveyance member to transport a sheet separated by the separation section, a trailing-edge detector disposed at a first conveyance distance (L12-13-2012
20120314266CONFIGURABLE SCANNER ASSEMBLY - A scanner assembly includes an automatic document feeder and a first scanner. The automatic document feeder defines a media pathway that includes an input portion and an output portion having an exit roller. The first scanner is positioned along the media pathway upstream from the exit roller. In a first assembled configuration, the assembly is configured to scan both a first side and a second side of the media via the first scanner. In a second assembled configuration, the assembly additionally includes a second scanner positioned along the output portion and interposed between the first scanner and the exit roller. In the second configuration, the assembly is configured to scan the first side of media via the first scanner and to scan the second side of media via the second scanner.12-13-2012
20120188617AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER WITH CONTINUOUS TRANSPARENT PLATEN - A scanning apparatus comprising a scan assembly including a photosensor array for receiving light reflected from successive portions of an item and for converting the reflected light into electrical signals; a transparent platen formed of a single continuous transparent member including: a first surface for supporting an item to be scanned; a second surface disposed opposite the first surface and proximate the scan assembly; a first portion disposed proximate an edge of the transparent platen and corresponding to a parking position of the scan assembly; and a second portion corresponding to a moving region of the scan assembly; and an automatic document feeder for moving a document into contact with the first surface of the first portion of the transparent platen.07-26-2012
20120081765IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus including a main unit and an openable unit is provided. One of an upper-stream section and a lower-stream section in a sheet path with respect to a U-curved section is provided as an upper-level path, and the other of the upper-stream section and the lower-stream section is arranged in a lower-level path. The openable unit includes a movable piece arranged in a position along the lower-level path and is swingable to be close to and separated apart from the lower-level path. The movable piece is movable by its own weight from a closed position to an open position when the openable unit is moved to an open position. The movable piece serves as a part of a bottom surface of the lower-level path when in the closed position and exposes a part of the lower-level path when in the open position.04-05-2012
20120081764SHEET-FED SCANNER WITH LINKING MEMBER - A sheet-fed scanner includes a housing, a scan assembly carrier, a scan assembly and a bent linking member. The scan assembly carrier is movably disposed in the housing. The scan assembly mounted in the scan assembly carrier scans a side of an original sheet in a main scan direction. The bent linking member disposed between the housing and the scan assembly carrier includes a first section and a second section. The first section extends transversally in relation to the main scan direction and interconnecting two opposed ends of the scan assembly carrier. The second section, connected with the first section, forms an angle with the first section. As one of two opposed ends of the scan assembly carrier is pushed towards the housing in a direction, the bent linking member urges the other end to move in the same direction.04-05-2012
20120081763Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus to convey a sheet to be scanned to an image reader unit is provided. the image reading apparatus includes a sheet tray, in which the sheet to be scanned is stored, a separator, which frictionally picks up the sheet from the sheet tray and conveys the picked-up sheet toward an entry side of the image reader unit, through which the sheet enters a position above the image reader unit, to have a first side of the sheet scanned by the image reader unit, and a resisting force applier, which applies convey-resisting force to the sheet, of which first side has been scanned, being returned to the entry side of the image reader unit to have a second side of the sheet with the convey resistance scanned by the image reader unit.04-05-2012
20110122462IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a scanning unit feeds a document to a scanning window, passes the document over the scanning window, and reads an image of the passing document by optical line scan through the scanning window. When the scanning unit operates, whether the image read by the scanning unit includes one or plural images of adhering matter in the scanning window is detected. When the image of adhering matter is included, the image of adhering matter is removed from the image read by the scanning unit.05-26-2011
20080304115AUTOMATIC SHEET-FEEDING SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING MOVABLE GUIDE RIB DEVICE - The present invention relates to an automatic sheet-feeding scanning apparatus having a movable guide rib device. The automatic sheet-feeding scanning apparatus includes a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. The movable guide rib device is mounted in a housing of the flatbed scanner and includes a guide rib structure, at least one hollow portion, a plurality of elastic members and a fixing plate. The guide rib structure is movable upwardly or downwardly so as to avoid document damage even if the document is relatively large-sized.12-11-2008
20100328738DOCUMENT CONVEYING DEVICE AND DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A document conveying device, include a conveyance roller which conveys a document that is attached to a conveyance roller shaft; and a flywheel connected to the conveyance roller shaft.12-30-2010
20080297858IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image reading apparatus is provided which allows a reading device fixed at a reading position to read images from a document while transporting the document. The apparatus includes a correcting unit adapted to perform correction processing associated with image reading performed by the reading device; a calculating unit adapted to calculate a time interval from one document to the next document that are being transported; a scheduling unit adapted to divide the correction processing into a plurality of steps and schedule the execution of the steps on the basis of the calculated time interval; and an executing unit adapted to sequentially execute the steps scheduled by the scheduling unit every time a document passes through the reading position.12-04-2008
20080297857IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus capable of preventing the occurrence of a streak and reading a quality image from the leading edge to the trailing edge of a original. An original is conveyed along a convey pass. The original being conveyed is guided by a guide member, at least part of the guide member being transparent. An image of the original being conveyed is read by an image sensor through the guide member. Airflow is generated, the airflow being blown into the convey pass from a location upstream in a conveying direction compared to a location of the image sensor. The guide member has a convex portion disposed at a location upstream in the conveying direction compared to the location of the image sensor.12-04-2008
20110211237Image Reader - An image reader is provided, which includes a light guide unit forming an optical path to guide light emitted by a first light emitting portion of a first reading unit to a second light receiving portion of a second reading unit, which optical path passes across a feeding path in a detection position such that a document sheet passing through the detection position on the feeding path blocks the light on the optical path, and a controller determining that a leading end or a trailing end of the document sheet passes through the detection position in response to detecting a change in a light receiving state of the second light receiving portion when the document sheet passes through the detection position with the first light emitting portion emitting light and a second light emitting portion of the second reading unit not emitting light.09-01-2011
20110235139Image Reading Apparatus - In an image reading apparatus, cables may be used to connect reading units (e.g., scanning devices) to a controller or control circuit board configured to execute certain instructions and perform various functions. The cables may be routed between the reading units and the controller so as to reduce and/or eliminate noise. For example, the cables may be routed through contact prevention devices that may include ferrite cores. The cables may also be routed in a manner so as to maintain a predefined distance therebetween and to minimize interference. For example, the cables may extend downward from a corresponding reading portion, change course to a horizontal direction parallel to the rotation axis of an openable unit of the image reading apparatus and such that the cable extends toward the controller, and subsequently extend downward such that the flexible flat cable is insertable into a corresponding connector of the controller.09-29-2011
20100231993IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD EXECUTED BY IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE DATA PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus capable of checking whether information is recorded in a predetermined region of a document and not recorded in another predetermined region, includes a first and second registration unit, an input unit configured to input image data obtained by reading an image of the document, an identification unit configured to identify a region corresponding to position information registered by the first registration unit or position information registered by the second registration unit from the image data input by the input unit, a determination unit configured to determine whether information is recorded in the region identified by the identification unit, and an output unit configured to output a result indicating that information is recorded in the first region or information is not recorded in the second region according to the determination by the determination unit.09-16-2010
20100231992IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes: a conveying roller that comes in contact with a sheet medium and causes a conveying force to convey the sheet medium in a conveying direction to act on the sheet medium contacting the conveying roller; an imaging unit that captures an image of the sheet medium that has been conveyed; a guide plate that is provided upstream of the imaging unit in the conveying direction, forms a part of a conveying path through which the sheet medium is conveyed, and includes a plurality of slits along a main-scanning direction perpendicular to the conveying direction; and a charging member that is chargeable, provided upstream of the imaging unit in the conveying direction, arranged separate, via the plurality of slits, from the sheet medium that is being conveyed, and charged at least when the sheet medium is being conveyed by the conveying roller.09-16-2010
20120327485IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - An image reading device and an image forming apparatus having the same that can increase a scan quality by mounting positions of units to read information recorded on a document and a mounting structure of a light shielding member. The image reading device may include a first reading unit to read image information recorded on a first surface of a document, a second reading unit disposed at a predetermined distance from the first reading unit along a document feeding direction to read image information recorded on a second surface of the document, and at least one light shielding member mounted between the first reading unit and the second reading unit along the document feeding direction. The light shielding member, which may include a document guide portion, may extend in a direction different from the document feeding direction such that one end portion is located in a document feeding path.12-27-2012
20110286060IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image reading device includes a light source, an imaging unit that captures an image of an original using light from the light source, a conveying unit that conveys the original to the imaging unit, a casing that accommodates at least the imaging unit and the conveying unit, the casing having an insertion slot for feeding the original to the conveying unit, a determination unit that determines whether or not the image reading device is in a conveyable state in which the conveying unit is enabled to convey the original toward the imaging unit, and a notification unit that visually indicates whether or not the image reading device is in an insertion-enabled state enabling the original to be inserted through the insertion slot to the conveying unit based on determination made by the determination unit.11-24-2011
20120287486IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to start image formation in accordance with a second job while performing the image formation in accordance with a first job, each of the first job and the second job including information indicating one of paper feeding units; a detecting unit configured to detect whether a recording medium is stored in a paper feeding unit indicated by the first job; and an image formation control unit configured to cause the image forming unit to continue the image formation in accordance with the second job when the detecting unit detects that a recording medium is stored in the paper feeding unit, and cause the image forming unit to suspend the image formation in accordance with the second job when the detecting unit detects that no recording medium is stored in the paper feeding unit.11-15-2012
20130016407SCANNER WITH A SEPARATE FLATBED GLASS AND ADF GLASSAANM Andersen; Eric L.AACI MeridianAAST IDAACO USAAGP Andersen; Eric L. Meridian ID US - A scanner is disclosed. The scanner has a flatbed glass and an ADF glass mounted to a top cover with a gap formed between the two glass pieces. The scanner has a scanner module that has an ADF scan position underneath the ADF glass and a flatbed scan position underneath the flatbed glass. When the scanner module is in the flatbed scan position the scanner module references the flatbed glass. The scanner module crosses the gap between the two glass pieces when the scanner module moves from the flatbed scan position to the ADF scan position. The scanner module is lowered away from the flatbed glass as the scanner module approaches and moves across the gap between the two glass pieces.01-17-2013
20110157666Image reading apparatus - To enable accurate image reading and concurrently therewith, enable a reading optical system to be varied easily in an apparatus configuration in which first and second read portions are disposed in planes inclined a predetermined angle, the apparatus has an apparatus housing 06-30-2011
20110157665Scanning Apparatus Achieving Boundary Localization and Method for Achieving Boundary Localization thereof - The present invention relates to a method for achieving boundary localization in a scanning apparatus, as well as to a scanning apparatus, which is capable of achieving intelligent judgement on boundary localization of the scanned file by means of this method, through an effective combination of optical, electronical and mechanical techniques. Said method comprises: a regular ribbon, a sensor module capable of detecting the ribbon, and the file to be scanned is placed between the ribbon and the sensor module; said sensor module first scans the ribbon information and stores it in the storage module of the scanning apparatus; said file to be scanned is placed between the sensor module and the ribbon, through the measured ribbon portion covered by the file to be scanned, the sensor is capable of deriving the boundary position of the file to be scanned by means of contrast measurement. With the scanning apparatus capable of achieving boundary localization.06-30-2011
20110157664IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - An image recording device having a recording unit to record an image on a sheet is provided. The image recording unit includes a feed guide defining a first conveying path; an arm disposed between the recording unit and the tray, the arm having a feed roller rotatably disposed at a free end and configured to feed the sheet in the tray to the first conveying path. The arm pivots between a first arm position, and a second arm position. The return guide pivots between a first return guide position, and a second return guide position. A space occupied by the return guide in the first return guide position overlaps a space occupied by the arm in the second arm position. The return guide is in the second return guide position when the arm is in the second arm position which is retracted from an insertion space occupied by the tray.06-30-2011
20130135699SHEET FEEDING DEVICE - A sheet feeding device includes a separation roller, a first conveyance roller arranged on a downstream side of the separation roller and conveys the sheet separated by the separation roller, a second conveyance roller further conveys the sheet conveyed by the first conveyance roller, wherein the separation roller and the first conveyance roller are driven exclusively of each other by a first motor, and a control unit controls such that, when a trailing edge of a sheet passes through the separation roller while the sheet is being conveyed by the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller, the first motor makes a conveyance speed of the first conveyance roller higher than the conveyance speed thereof before the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the separation roller, and that, when the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the first conveyance roller, the first motor drives the separation roller.05-30-2013
20120243062IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus includes an automatic document feeder, a first reading unit to read a first side of a document fed by the automatic document feeder and to function as a main reading unit, a second reading unit to read a second side of the document fed by the automatic document feeder; and a control unit to operate the first and second reading units in order to perform an ADF two-sided reading mode. The control unit determines a point in time when the main reading unit is changed, based on a frequency in use of the ADF two-sided reading mode, and changes the main reading unit to the second reading unit at the determined point in time.09-27-2012
20080225358Original sheet support means in a scanner - A wide format transport scanner is provided with a drawer for holding a set of wide format original sheets to be scanned. The drawer is located immediately underneath the entry nip of the scanner. After placing a set of wide format originals on the drawer, the task of manually scanning an entire set of wide format originals one after another is facilitated to a great extent.09-18-2008
20080225357IMAGE READER - Provided is an image reader including: a transparent original mounting plate on which an original is mounted; a support which has an appearance larger than that of the original mounting plate and supports the original mounting plate; a reading unit which optically reads the original placed on the original mounting plate; a movement unit which moves the reading unit in a predetermined direction within a readable area; and a reference location specifying plate having a positioning hole and a reference mark hole, wherein the support has a positioning protrusion within the readable area, the reference location specifying plate is positioned and fixed with respect to the support by inserting the positioning protrusion into the positioning hole, and the reading unit optically detects the location of the reference mark hole and specifies a reference location of an original reading area from the detected location of the reference mark hole.09-18-2008
20130135698READING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A pressing unit configured to press a supporting surface for supporting a sheet, and a carriage configured to hold a sensor unit and to move on the pressing unit are integrated into one unit. There is provided a movement mechanism configured to move the unit between a first position in which the pressing unit presses the supporting surface during reading and a second position in which the pressing is released during movement of the sheet on the supporting surface.05-30-2013
20130170003IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a tray to place a document, a conveying mechanism for a document, a reader for a document image, a detector for detecting a sheet jam, an image processor and a controller. The image processor performs an image processing for removing document smear from an image read by the reader. The controller controls a document conveying operation by the conveying mechanism and a document reading operation by the reader. If a jammed document is removed and the document is placed again on the document tray after the detector detects a sheet jam, the controller performs a sheet jam recovery processing for causing the conveying mechanism to convey the document again and causing the reader to read the image of the document. The image processor performs the image processing on the image of the jammed document read by the reader during the sheet jam recovery processing.07-04-2013
20130170002IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS SCANNING DOCUMENT IMAGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - An image scanning apparatus scanning a document image includes a document conveying unit, an image scanning unit, a foreign object detecting unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The document conveying unit feeds pages of a document loaded on a document feed tray one at a time. The image scanning unit scans each fed page of the document on a scanning face. The foreign object detecting unit detects whether a foreign object exists on the scanning face based on the image data on the page of the document scanned on the scanning face. The control unit causes the display unit to display the detection of a foreign object if a last page of the document loaded on the document feed tray is scanned and the foreign object on the scanning face is detected based on the image data on the last page of the document.07-04-2013
20130170001Sheet Feeding Device and Image Scanning Device Employing the Same - A sheet feeding device is formed with a sheet mounting part, and a sheet feeding unit defining a sheet feed path having inlet and outlet. The sheet feeding unit is configured to introduce the sheet on the sheet mounting surface from the inlet, feed the sheet along the feed path, and discharge the sheet from the outlet onto the sheet mounting part. The sheet mounting part includes first and second members arranged next to each other. The first and second members with a border therebetween define a sheet mounting surface. An end portion of one of the first and second members has one or more protruded portions, while an end portion of the other member has one or more slits configured to receive the one or more protruded portions. An upper surface of the one member is located at a higher position than the upper surface of the other member.07-04-2013
20110273753IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a lower unit, an upper unit arranged above the lower unit and a guide arranged on an opposite side to the lower unit with respect to the upper unit. The guide relatively rotates with respect to the upper unit in a direction away from the upper unit so as to form an ejection path, between the upper unit and the guide, of a sheet-like medium conveyed between the upper unit and the lower unit. The upper unit and the guide are close to each other respectively, at positions closest to the lower unit in respective rotation ranges of relative rotation with respect to the lower unit. The rotation range of the guide is wider than that of the upper unit, in a rotation direction away from the lower unit from the positions close to each other.11-10-2011
20110228358Medium transport apparatus, image scanning apparatus and image processing aparatus - A medium transport apparatus includes a transport member configured to transport a medium in a discharge direction or in a drawing direction, a medium loaded member configured to be placed a medium transported in the discharge direction by the medium transport member, and a movement member. The movement member is configured to move in a direction away from the transport member when the transport member transports a medium in the drawing direction.09-22-2011
20110228357TRANSMISSION DEVICE - A transmission device for driving an automatic document feeder (ADF) and a scanner individually is provided. The transmission device includes a transmission shaft, an actuator, a first transmission module coupled to the scanner, a second transmission module coupled to the ADF, and a power switching module. The actuator is movably attached around the transmission shaft. The power switching module is assembled to the transmission shaft. When the power switching module is coupled to the first transmission module and the transmission shaft rotates in a first direction such that the scanner moves to a first position, the scanner drives the actuator to drive the power switching module to be coupled to the second transmission module. When the transmission shaft rotates in a second direction, the power transmission module is coupled to the first transmission module to drive the scanner to move away from the transmission device.09-22-2011
20110242621Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus having a lower unit with a controller and an upper unit rotatably attached to the lower unit to rotate about a rear end of the upper unit is provided. The upper unit includes a sheet conveyer, an upper image reader connected with the controller via a flat cable, and an external covering. A rearward-extending section of the flat cable extends rearward from the upper image reader and is drawn in an area below a part of a frame of the sheet conveyer and to a rear section of the upper unit to reach an inner surface of the external covering at the rear end of the upper unit. A widthwise-extending section of the flat cable extends from the rear end of the upper unit along the inner surface of the external covering in a direction orthogonal to reach an outlet of the upper unit.10-06-2011
20130148174IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED BRIDGE STRUCTURE - A detecting device having image capturing capability in a bridge structure is provided, which includes a housing, a bridge structure, a scanning module, and a slider. The housing has a plurality of inner walls. The bridge structure includes at least one roller, an ADF transparent layer, and a flatbed transparent layer. The roller is arranged on one of the inner walls between the ADF transparent layer, and the flatbed transparent layer. The scanning module is movably arranged below the ADF transparent layer, and the flatbed transparent layer. The scanning module and the roller are spaced apart from each other. The slider is arranged on the scanning module, where the slider has a glide plane arranged proximate to the ADF transparent layer, and the flatbed transparent layer. The roller rolls on the glide plane. Thus, the lifespan of the device may be extended through reduction of friction during scanning operation.06-13-2013
20130148175SCANNING DEVICE - A scanning device includes a body, a paper-feeding module, a scanning module and two transmission modules. The body has a paper-feeding area and a scanning area stacked with each other. The paper-feeding module is disposed at the paper-feeding area in the body and the scanning module is disposed at the scanning area in the body. One of the transmission modules is disposed within the paper-feeding area and electrically connected to the paper-feeding module so as to convey a document from the paper-feeding area to the scanning area, while another of the transmission modules is disposed within the scanning area and electrically connected to the scanning module so as to drive the scanning module for scanning images on the document.06-13-2013
20130148176IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, READING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Contamination of a reading window is detected between documents by a contamination detection section when a plurality of sheets of documents are transferred and a transferred document is read through a reading window, transfer of the document is stopped by a stopping section based on the detection result, and a corresponding purport is displayed on a display section.06-13-2013
20110235140Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus may include a cable for connecting a reading device to a controller configured to perform functions and execute instructions. To prevent breakage and stress on the cable, the cable may be fixed to a guide component. For example, the cable may be fixed to the guide component on a first side and be held by the component such that the cable includes a generally U-shaped slacked portion. According to one or more arrangements, the guide component may include an escape portion that allows for the movement of an openable unit of the image reading apparatus. In yet other aspects, the guide component may be attachable/detachable from a main body of the image reading apparatus.09-29-2011
20110235138IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus including: a feeding device; a first reading unit that scans an image of a first surface of the document fed by the feeding device; a second reading unit that scans an image of a second surface of the document fed by the feeding device, wherein the second surface is opposite to the first surface; a first processing unit that processes the image data read by the first reading unit when performing a double-sided reading; a second processing unit that processes the image data read by the second reading unit when performing the double-sided reading, and a control unit that, when a one-sided reading of a following document is performed while one of the processing units is performing a processing of a one-sided reading of a preceding document, controls the other processing unit to perform processing of the one-sided reading of the following document.09-29-2011
20120274995FORWARD FACING SCANNER - An ergonomic, compact scanner operation is achieved by providing a flatbed scanner and a sheet fed scanner in a space efficient arrangement with optimal access features for users. Documents traverse the sheet fed scanner along a path that allows inclusion of an easily accessible flat bed scanner.11-01-2012
20100309532IMAGE READING APPARATUS HAVING TWO IMAGE SENSORS - An image reading apparatus for use in an office machine includes a first image sensor and a second image sensor. The first image sensor is disposed in an automatic document feeder of the office machine for sensing and reading a first side of a document. The first image sensor includes a first optical module, a first correction element and an elastic sustaining element. The first optical module includes a first light source, a first light-sensing element and a glass surface. The first correction element is arranged at an opposite side of the first optical module. The elastic sustaining element has a free end sustained against the glass surface of the first optical module, thereby facilitating a close contact between the document and the glass surface. The second image sensor is disposed in an office machine main body for sensing and reading a second side of the document.12-09-2010
20130182298DUPLEX SCANNING APPARATUS - A duplex scanning apparatus includes a flatbed scanning portion and an automatic document feeder. The flatbed scanning portion has a first scanning module. The automatic document feeder has a second scanning module. The first scanning module has a first normal line perpendicular to a horizontal plane. The second scanning module is disposed in an inclined channel, and has a second normal line. In addition, an included angle is defined between the first normal line and the second normal line. Since the second scanning module is not directly disposed over the first scanning module, the height of the duplex scanning apparatus is reduced.07-18-2013
20100315692FEEDER CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A feeder control system and method are disclosed. The system includes a feeder information detector, and a feeder information leverager to provide integrity verification, system control and/or reporting. The method includes the steps of detecting feeder information, and leveraging the feeder information to provide integrity verification, system control and/or reporting.12-16-2010
20130120810SHEET FEEDING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - A sheet feeding device includes a sheet supporting portion, a sheet feeding portion, and a movable regulating portion. The sheet feeding portion feeds a sheet bundle uppermost sheet. The movable regulating portion is disposed downstream of the sheet bundle in a sheet feeding direction such that the movable regulating portion is tiltable between a regulation position and a regulation release position. While the movable regulating portion regulates the sheet bundle movement in the regulation position, the sheet feeding portion forms a loop in the uppermost sheet between the sheet feeding portion and the movable regulating portion, the movable regulating portion is moved to the regulation release position after loop formation to remove the formed loop, and the movable regulating portion is returned to the regulation position after loop removal such that the movable regulating portion raises the uppermost sheet leading end to separate the uppermost sheet from other sheets.05-16-2013
20110310445IMAGE READING METHOD AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A method includes a first step, a second step, and a third step. In the first step, a fed document is returned to an upstream side of a reading unit by reversing the document after a first passage through the reading unit. In the second step, the document returned in the first step is returned to the upstream side of the reading unit by reversing the document after a second passage through the reading unit. In the third step, the document returned in the second step is passed through the reading unit, and then the document is discharged.12-22-2011
20110310444IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - A first feeder contacts a first surface of a first sheet held in a first tray and feeds the first sheet toward a recording unit. A second feeder contacts a first surface of a second sheet held in a second tray and feeds the second sheet toward the recording unit. An inner member is disposed above a standing plate. An outer member comprises an upstream portion opposing the standing plate, and a downstream portion opposing the inner member. The inner member guides the first surface of the first sheet and the first surface of the second sheet. The standing plate guides the first surface of the second sheet. The upstream portion of the outer member guides a second surface of the second sheet, and the downstream portion guides a second surface of the first sheet and the second surface of the second sheet. The standing plate moves relative to the outer member.12-22-2011
20120002251Adjustable Reference Guide for an Input Tray of an Imaging Apparatus for Media Sheet Alignment - An input tray of an imaging apparatus having an adjustable reference guide for aligning media sheets in the input tray, the reference guide having a first and second reference point defining an axis, the axis being adjustable by one of pivoting of a reference guide wall or moving a slidable plate mounted over a portion of the reference guide allowing for alignment media sheets with one of an image received by the imaging apparatus or a datum axis on the input tray. The adjustments are made during manufacturing or during a servicing operation of the imaging apparatus.01-05-2012
20130194643Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: a housing accommodating an image forming unit and includes a side wall and an opening to feed the sheet from an outside to the image forming unit; a feeding tray moving between a holding position and an accommodation position; a guide provided at the feeding tray, the guide being configured to abut against the sheet which is held on the feeding tray from a rear end side of the sheet in a feeding direction along with the sheet is fed to the image forming unit and define a holding position of the sheet when the feeding tray is arranged at the holding position and the sheet is placed on the feeding tray; and a recess part formed on the sidewall of the housing and configured to accommodate the guide therein when the feeding tray is arranged at the accommodation position.08-01-2013
20120044547DOCUMENT SCANNER - A document scanner (02-23-2012
20130201537Document Reader - A document reader is provided that includes a document table at least part of which is configured to swing around a first axis, between a first position to function as the document table and a second position to be more slanted with respect to a first guide than when in the first position, a swing portion configured to form a part of a feeding surface forming the second guide and configured to swing around a second axis, between a third position to function as the second guide and a fourth position to expose a part of a feeding path that is formed by the second guide to the outside of the document reader, and a switching mechanism for swinging the swing portion from the third position to the fourth position with the swing motion of the at least part of the document table.08-08-2013
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