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Patent Issued for Image Data Storage System, Document Reading Apparatus and Image Forming Apparatus with Jam Detector in Auto Document Feeder

September 2, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. (Osaka, JP) has been issued patent number 8810818, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Ueno, Shingo (Osaka, JP); Hara, Nobuhiro (Osaka, JP); Enokizono, Yuuki (Osaka, JP); Umenaga, Akihiro (Osaka, JP).

This patent was filed on May 23, 2012 and was published online on August 19, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The present disclosure relates to an image data storage system for storing image data generated by feeding a plurality of documents to a document reading apparatus by an auto document feeder and reading them by a document reading apparatus in an image data storage device and a document reading apparatus and an image forming apparatus associated with this image data storage system.

"Documents can be stored as electronic data by reading the documents by a scanner which is a document reading apparatus and storing image data of the documents in a storage device. An auto document feeder (ADF) is an apparatus for automatically successively feeding a plurality of documents one by one to a document reading position of a scanner. If there are many documents to be read, the use of the auto document feeder is convenient.

"However, a jam may occur (a document may be jammed) in the auto document feeder. To deal with a jam, there has been proposed an image forming apparatus configured to display the number of documents failed to be read and continue reading each failed document set on a platen in a flat-bed mode, for example, when a jam occurs in the auto document feeder during the reading of a plurality of documents and the auto document feeder cannot be used any further.

"If a jam occurs in the auto document feeder, the auto document feeder cannot be used for a document seriously damaged by the jam (e.g. torn document). In this case, if it is made possible to continue reading the remaining documents in the flat-bed mode, more time and effort are required for a user if there are many remaining documents.

"An object of the present disclosure is to provide an image data storage system which enables remaining documents to be read while reducing time and effort required for a user when a jam occurs in an auto document feeder and there is a document which is damaged by the jam and for which the auto document feeder cannot be used, and a document reading apparatus and an image forming apparatus associated with this image data storage system."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "To achieve the above object, an image data storage system according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a document reading apparatus and an image data storage device. The document reading apparatus includes an auto document feeder unit, a platen, a document reading unit, a reading controller, a transmitter, a jam detector, a first reading receiver and a second reading receiver. The reading controller causes the document reading unit to perform a first reading mode for generating image data by reading a document fed by the auto document feeder unit and a second reading mode for generating image data by reading a document set on the platen. The transmitter transmits image data generated by the document reading unit to the image data storage device. The jam detector detects whether or not a jam has occurred in the auto document feeder unit while a plurality of documents set in the auto document feeder unit are fed to the document reading unit by the auto document feeder unit. The first reading receiver receives a first reading instruction to cause the document reading unit to continue reading the plurality of documents in the first reading mode when a jam is detected by the jam detector. The second reading receiver receives a second reading instruction to cause the document reading unit to continue reading the plurality of documents in the second reading mode after the reading of the plurality of documents is continued in the first reading mode by the document reading unit. The reading controller causes the document reading unit to continue reading the plurality of documents in the first reading mode when the first reading instruction is received by the first reading receiver and causes the document reading unit to continue reading the plurality of documents in the second reading mode when the second reading instruction is received by the second reading receiver. The image data storage device includes a receiver and an image data storage. The receiver receives image data transmitted from the transmitter. The image data storage stores a plurality of image data generated by reading the plurality of documents by the document reading unit and received by the receiver.

"Further, an image forming apparatus according to another aspect of the present disclosure includes the image data storage system, an apparatus main body and a mode controller. The apparatus main body forms an image from image data and prints the formed image on a sheet. The mode controller performs a copy mode for forming an image from image data of a document read by the document reading unit and printing the formed image on a sheet by controlling the document reading unit and the apparatus main body and a scanner mode for storing image data of a plurality of documents read by the document reading unit in the image data storage device by controlling the document reading unit and the image data storage device.

"A document reading apparatus according to still another aspect of the present disclosure includes an auto document feeder unit, a platen, a document reading unit, a reading controller, a transmitter, a jam detector, a first reading receiver and a second reading receiver. The reading controller causes the document reading unit to perform a first reading mode for generating image data by reading a document fed by the auto document feeder unit and a second reading mode for generating image data by reading a document set on the platen. The transmitter transmits image data generated by the document reading unit to an image data storage device. The jam detector detects whether or not a jam has occurred in the auto document feeder unit while a plurality of documents set in the auto document feeder unit are fed to the document reading unit by the auto document feeder unit. The first reading receiver receives a first reading instruction to cause the document reading unit to continue reading the plurality of documents in the first reading mode when a jam is detected by the jam detector. The second reading receiver receives a second reading instruction to cause the document reading unit to read the plurality of documents in the second reading mode after the reading of the plurality of documents is continued in the first reading mode by the document reading unit. The reading controller causes the document reading unit to continue reading the plurality of documents in the first reading mode when the first reading instruction is received by the first reading receiver and causes the document reading unit to continue reading the plurality of documents in the second reading mode when the second reading instruction is received by the second reading receiver.

"These and other objects, features and advantages of the present disclosure will become more apparent upon reading the following detailed description along with the accompanying drawings."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Ueno, Shingo; Hara, Nobuhiro; Enokizono, Yuuki; Umenaga, Akihiro. Image Data Storage System, Document Reading Apparatus and Image Forming Apparatus with Jam Detector in Auto Document Feeder. U.S. Patent Number 8810818, filed May 23, 2012, and published online on August 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8810818.PN.&OS=PN/8810818RS=PN/8810818

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Storage, KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.

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