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1. WO2005069084 - IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING TOTAL REMAINING AMOUNT OF EQUIPPED DEVELOPING AGENT IN MONOCHROME PRINT MODE

Publication Number WO/2005/069084
Publication Date 28.07.2005
International Application No. PCT/JP2005/000369
International Filing Date 14.01.2005
IPC
G03G 15/01 2006.01
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
GELECTROGRAPHY; ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY; MAGNETOGRAPHY
15Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
01for producing multicoloured copies
G03G 15/08 2006.01
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
GELECTROGRAPHY; ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY; MAGNETOGRAPHY
15Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
06for developing
08using a solid developer, e.g. powder developer
G03G 21/00 2006.01
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
GELECTROGRAPHY; ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY; MAGNETOGRAPHY
21Arrangements not provided for by groups G03G13/-G03G19/92
CPC
G03G 15/0121
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15Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
01for producing multicoloured copies
0105Details of unit
0121for developing
G03G 15/0863
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
GELECTROGRAPHY; ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY; MAGNETOGRAPHY
15Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
06for developing
08using a solid developer, e.g. powder developer
0822Arrangements for preparing, mixing, supplying or dispensing developer
0863provided with identifying means or means for storing process- or use parameters, e.g. an electronic memory
G03G 15/553
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
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15Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
55Self-diagnostics; Malfunction or lifetime display
553Monitoring or warning means for exhaustion or lifetime end of consumables, e.g. indication of insufficient copy sheet quantity for a job
G03G 15/556
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
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15Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
55Self-diagnostics; Malfunction or lifetime display
553Monitoring or warning means for exhaustion or lifetime end of consumables, e.g. indication of insufficient copy sheet quantity for a job
556for toner consumption, e.g. pixel counting, toner coverage detection or toner density measurement
G03G 2215/0177
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
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2215Apparatus for electrophotographic processes
01for producing multicoloured copies
0167single electrographic recording member
0174plural rotations of recording member to produce multicoloured copy
0177Rotating set of developing units
G03G 2215/0697
GPHYSICS
03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
GELECTROGRAPHY; ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY; MAGNETOGRAPHY
2215Apparatus for electrophotographic processes
06Developing structures, details
066Toner cartridge or other attachable and detachable container for supplying developer material to replace the used material
0695using identification means or means for storing process or use parameters
0697being an electronically readable memory
Applicants
  • セイコーエプソン株式会社 SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION [JP]/[JP] (AllExceptUS)
  • 犬飼 秀明 INUKAI, Hideaki [JP]/[JP] (UsOnly)
  • 内海 一嘉 UTSUMI, Kazuyoshi [JP]/[JP] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • 犬飼 秀明 INUKAI, Hideaki
  • 内海 一嘉 UTSUMI, Kazuyoshi
Agents
  • 土井 健二 DOI, Kenji
Priority Data
2004-00903616.01.2004JP
Publication Language Japanese (JA)
Filing Language Japanese (JA)
Designated States
Title
(EN) IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING TOTAL REMAINING AMOUNT OF EQUIPPED DEVELOPING AGENT IN MONOCHROME PRINT MODE
(FR) APPAREIL DE GENERATION D'IMAGE POUVANT AFFICHER UNE QUANTITE TOTALE RESTANTE D'AGENT DE DEVELOPPEMENT POURVU DANS UN MODE D'IMPRESSION MONOCHROME
(JA) モノクロ印刷モードでの装着された現像剤の残量総量表示が可能な画像形成装置
Abstract
(EN)
An image forming apparatus displays the amount of remaining toner and thereby enables effective management on replacement of a development unit in a monochrome print mode. The image forming apparatus comprises an image carrier (20) where a latent image is formed, a developing device (50) to which a plurality of removable development units (51 to 54) are attached. Each development unit has storage means for storing information on the color of the developing agent and information on the amount of remaining developing agent. The image forming apparatus operates in a monochrome print mode when single-color development units are attached to a plurality of attachment positions in the developing device. Further the image forming apparatus includes display means (95) for displaying the amount of remaining developing agent in each development unit and control means for obtaining the information on the color of each development unit attached to the developing device and information on the amount of remaining developing agent, determining the initial total amount of developing agent in the initial state of each development unit and the total amount of remaining developing agent in the present state, and displaying information on the initial total amount (201t) and the total remaining amount (201r) on the display means (95). By displaying the initial total amount and the remaining amount of the development units, the user convenience of management on replacement of the development units is increased.
(FR)
La présente invention concerne un appareil de génération d'image qui affiche la quantité de toner restant, ce qui permet de gérer efficacement le remplacement d'une unité de développement dans un mode d'impression monochrome. Cet appareil de génération d'image comprend un support d'image (20) sur lequel une image latente est formée, ainsi qu'un dispositif de développement (50) auquel sont reliées plusieurs unités de développement amovibles (51 à 54). Chaque unité de développement comprend un système de stockage conçu pour stocker des informations concernant la couleur de l'agent de développement et des informations concernant la quantité d'agent de développement restant. L'appareil de génération d'image fonctionne en mode d'impression monochrome lorsque des unités de développement à une couleur sont reliées à plusieurs points de liaison dans le dispositif de développement. De plus, l'appareil de génération d'image comprend un système d'affichage (95) conçu pour afficher la quantité d'agent de développement restant dans chaque unité de développement et des systèmes de commande conçus pour obtenir les informations concernant la couleur de chaque unité de développement reliée au dispositif de développement et les informations concernant la quantité d'agent de développement restant, pour déterminer la quantité totale initiale d'agent de développement dans l'état initial de chaque unité de développement et la quantité totale d'agent de développement restant dans l'état courant et pour afficher des informations concernant la quantité totale initiale (201t) et la quantité restante (201r) sur le système d'affichage (95). Cette invention permet à un utilisateur de gérer plus facilement le remplacement d'unités de développement.
(JA)
モノクロ印刷モードでの現像ユニットの交換管理に有効なトナー残量表示をする画像形成装置を提供する。潜像が形成される像担持体(20)と、複数の現像ユニット(51~54)が着脱可能に装着される現像装置(50)とを備え、現像ユニットは現像剤の色情報と残量情報とを記憶する記憶手段を有する。画像形成装置は、現像装置の複数の装着位置に単色の現像ユニットが装着されたときに、モノクロ印刷モードで動作し、さらに、現像ユニット内の現像剤の残量を表示する表示手段(95)と、現像装置に装着された現像ユニットの色情報と残量情報を取得し、装着された複数の現像ユニットの初期状態での現像剤の初期総量と現在の現像剤の残量総量とを求め、初期総量の情報(201t)と残量総量の情報(201r)とを表示手段(95)に表示する制御手段とを有する。複数の現像ユニットの初期総量と残量総量とを表示することで、現像ユニットの交換管理においてユーザの利便性を高めることができる。
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