Marking of replacement resource units in printing devices

FIELD: polygraphic industry.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to marking of replacement resource units in printing devices. Method for marking of replacement resource units in printing devices consists in the fact that marking bundle of electromagnet energy is generated in printing device, and visually marked section of replacement subsystem is changed, which is at least partially located in printing device, for which purpose at least part of marked section is illuminated with marking bundle. Printing device, having body, and comprising replacement resource unit, which is at least partially arranged in body, besides replacement resource unit has visually marked section and unit of bundle direction, placed in body and intended for illumination of at least part of marked section with application of marking bundle of electromagnet energy.

EFFECT: invention makes it possible for a human being or machine to detect visual changes of marked section.

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The technical field

The present invention relates to a method and device marking replaceable units of the resource in the printing devices.

The level of technology

Printing devices often include resource blocks. Such blocks resource must be periodically replaced. Some replacement blocks of the resource in some way to update and reuse. Most of exchangeable units of a resource has a limited service life due to normal wear and so, unfortunately, it is difficult to identify how much, how often and/or how long you used a field replaceable unit of the resource. Such definitions may be useful, for example when dealing with warranty issues associated with the print device and/or replaceable unit of the resource in the acquisition of updated blocks and/or in other cases.

Brief description of drawings

The invention is further explained in the following detailed description with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which the left-most digit numeric designations identify the number of the drawing (Fig.), for the first time appears the numeric designation. In addition, the same numerical numbers are used to denote the same features and elements.

Figure 1 depicts a block diagram of an example implementation of a system that includes a printing device according to the options exercise of the crust is asego invention;

Figa and 2B is a block diagram, in greater detail depicting two versions of the printer device shown in figure 1, with the blocks of the direction of the beam and replaceable resource blocks according to the options of implementing the present invention;

Figa and 3B is a block diagram, in greater detail depicting two versions of the printer device shown in figure 1, according to the modalities for the implementation of the present invention;

4 is a flowchart of steps of a method of labeling a replacement unit of the resource, for example, in the printing device shown in figa-B, according to the modalities for the implementation of the present invention;

Figa, 5B, 5C and 5D is a diagram depicting different marked areas of the plug-in unit of the resource in the printing device shown in figa-B, according to the modalities for the implementation of the present invention;

6 is a diagram of the read marked plot replaceable resource block according to the invention.

A detailed description of the preferred embodiment variants of the invention

Provides methods and devices, which marked the site of the plug-in unit resource selectively changed by the lighting of marked area of the marking beam. The change marked the site visible to users and/or machines and specifies certain information related to the replaceable unit of the resource. Field replaceable unit of the resource is marked, thus the m when you install (fully or partially) in the printing device.

Marking beam can directly be derived from one or more sources so as to illuminate the marked area, or may be routed or otherwise change one or more intermediate mechanisms the direction of the beam to the illumination of marked area. Marking beam may include, for example, but without limitation, a stationary beam selectively moved/moving beam, partially focused beam formed by the beam, split beam, the filtered beam, a focused beam, the unfocused beam, the beam of adjustable intensity, the beam having the specific/s frequency or frequency, the strengthened beam, pulse beam, polarized beam, unpolarized beam, etc.

Field replaceable unit of resource can be performed, for example, but without limitation, as fully or partly fixed or partly or fully movable/moving block resource during the process of marking. Field replaceable unit of resource can be selectively exhibit marked area during the marking process. Exhibiting marked area can be produced, for example, selectively changing the position or moving completely or partially removable block resource block capture or others who shM similar device, form part of the print device and/or the plug-in unit of the resource.

Figure 1 shows a block diagram of a variant of implementation of the system 100 having the device 102 print. The device 102 print is intended to form the image 106 on the carrier 104 print. In some embodiments of the device 102 printing may include a monochrome or color printer, for example, laser printer, inkjet printer, thermal printer, electrophotographic copier or similar device printing. The carrier 104 printing includes any material on which the device 102 printing can form the image 106. Thus, by way of example, but not limitation, the media 104 printing includes paper, plastic, etc. Image 106 represents any printable image, including, for example, text, graphics, digital images, etc. Device 102 printing can form an image 106 on the carrier 104 printing by applying ink, toner or other similar material on the carrier 104 print. In thermal printer, the image 106 is formed by selective supply of thermal energy to the media 104 printing.

In the system 100 additionally, the device 102 may print during operation is connected to other devices, such as computing device 108 through with the unity 110 and/or network 112. Computing device 108 is any device capable of outputting information that the device 102 printing uses to form the image 106 on the carrier 104 print. Thus, by way of example, but not limitation, computing device 108 may include a computer such as a workstation, laptop computer, personal computer, server, etc., peripheral device, such as a scanner, a handheld device, such as a pocket PC and so on, digital camera, such as digital camera, digital camcorder, cordless phone with integrated digital camera, etc. Connection 110 may include a wired or wireless connection. The network 112 represents any(s) system or a communication system capable of(s) to ensure the transfer of information between the computing device 108 and the device 102 print. For example, in some implementations, the network 112 includes a wired and/or wireless local and/or global network, intranet, Internet, and/or other similar systems/communication resources.

On figa and 2B shows a block diagram in more detail depicting two illustrative options print device, for example, shown in figure 1, containing blocks of the direction of the beam and replaceable resource blocks according to some variants of implementation

The device 102 print (figa) able to receive a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource. Field replaceable unit 202 resource is any replaceable resource associated with the device 102 print. So, by way of example, but not limitation, a field replaceable unit resource may include a cartridge for toner cartridge for ink, print head, the tape device electrostatic transfer, the transfer drum, the apparatus for heat fixing, the waste toner, laser unit, etc.

Field replaceable unit 202 of the resource containing at least one marked section 204. Marked area 204 can be changed with proper lighting and marking beam 212 of electromagnetic energy. Thus, the marked section 204 selectively visually changed while the device 102 print that allows the person and/or machine subsequently determine that the marked section 204 was marked.

In some embodiments of marked area 204 includes one or more materials posted to or combined with the replaceable unit 202 of the resource, responsive to the marking beam 212 to create the desired visible changed state.

Materials marked by electromagnetic energy, is well known. For example, there are marked materials that some of the output image chemically react and visually change when appropriate irradiation of electromagnetic energy. There are also, for example, marked materials, which are heated with proper radiation of electromagnetic energy, so that the net heat change leads to a visible change material and/or other surrounding materials.

Additional illustrative examples of marking materials related to CD-ROMs (CD), digital versatile disks (DVD), etc. with visible markings. Here one or more layers of one or more materials provided on disk or other similar object and visually recorded using a laser or other beam. So, for example, and is incorporated here by reference, in U.S. patent No. 6771297 and in U.S. patent No. 6778205 revealed some of the options marked materials.

In additional examples, the composition is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, includes leiko-dye and the like, which is capable of forming a black image at the development. In this case, leiko-dye can include a dye containing isobenzofuranone. Composition, sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, may also contain an activator capable of reacting with leuko - or other similar dye. Composition, sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, may also contain absorber electromagnet the th radiation mixed or in thermal contact with leuko - or other similar dye, which shows thermal activity under the influence of electromagnetic radiation sufficient to initiate the reaction.

Some marking material may include a material of the antenna, the material of the shaper color and material activator, all dispersed in the base material. When this material shaper color and material of the activator may be present in the material construction of the image in two separate phases. The material of the antenna absorbs electromagnetic energy, which heats the mixture, resulting in a material shaper color and material of the activator are mixed and react, which leads to a color change material shaper color.

Used above the term "leiko-dye" means a substance for forming the color, which is colorless or color in non-activated state and acquires, or changes color in the activated state. The term "material activator" means a substance which reacts with leuko - or similar dye and makes leuko - or similar dye to change its chemical structure and change and/or acquire color. For example, the activator may be a phenolic or other radiating protons substances that can cause this change. The term "material antenna" means any compound, absorb what its electromagnetic radiation, which absorbs the desired wavelength of the marking beam.

Specialists in this field obviously you can use other types of marking materials and that are described here are just a few examples.

In some embodiments of marked area 204 is applied directly to the surface of the replaceable unit 202 of the resource, for example, by screen printing, painting or other similar printing techniques. As additionally shown in figa marked area 204 can be attached or otherwise applied to a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource in the form of a label 216 or similar object. In yet another variant implementation of the surface material replaceable unit 202 of the resource may be in itself made as a marked area 204 and respond by marking on the marking beam 212.

The device 102 printing in this example contains a subsystem 208 printing, which prints the image 106 on the carrier 104 printing (figure 1). For example, the print subsystem may include a diagram and appropriate mechanisms 106 to form images on the media 104 printing using laser printing, inkjet printing, thermal printing, electrophotographic printing, etc. These methods are well-known.

The device 102 print also contains block 210 the direction of the beam, which in the course of work under the offline to the subsystem 208 print. Block 210 the direction of the beam is capable of selectively outputting a marking beam 212 and to cover fully or partially marked section 204 of the marking beam 212. Block 210 the direction of the beam described in more detail below.

The device 102 print (figa) also contains the receiving cell 222, which during operation receives a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource. In some embodiments, the selection cell 222 is made so that when installing field replaceable unit 202 of the resource entirely into the main body 224 of the device 102 print. In some other embodiments of the admission cell 222 is made so that when you install only a part of the replaceable unit 202 of the resource located in the main body 224. In some cases marked area 204 is placed in the main body 224, when a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource set in the device 102 printing.

Type(s) of a replaceable resource associated with the replaceable unit 202 of the resource, define the operational characteristics of the receiving cell 222. For example, if a replaceable resource includes toner, the reception cell 222 can physically support a plug-in unit of resource (for example, a cartridge for toner), and to receive from him the toner, and also to provide particular electrical and/or mechanical coupling, support for subsystem 208 print access, acceptance or use of a replaceable resource.

Reception of ACE the ka 222 are made so as that provides coverage completely or partially block 210 the direction of the beam of marked section 204 of the marking beam 212, when a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource is properly installed in the receiving cell 222.

In some embodiments of the device 102 print also contains the block 214 capture. An optional block 214 capture (figa) during operation is connected to the receiving cell 222 and/or replaceable unit 202 of the resource, when installed in the receiving cell 222. Block 214 capture responds to the control signals, for example, from the subsystem 208 printing, physically moving at least the plot replaceable unit 202 of the resource relative to the marking beam 212. Thus, a marking beam 212 may cover the marked area 204 in at least one direction, for example, in the direction of the plug-in unit 202 of the resource.

In some embodiments of marked area 204 is formed larger two-dimensional label when the field replaceable unit 202 of the resource is moved in the direction of one axis (e.g. the y-axis) unit 214 capture and marking beam 212 is moved in the direction of the other axis (e.g. the x-axis, perpendicular to the y-axis) unit 210 direction of the beam. The same mark is formed in the other embodiments of the movement, at least plot replaceable unit 202 of the resource in two directions and with the use of block 214 capture, while marking beam 212 is not moved. In other implementations, when the block 214 capture missing and, consequently, the field replaceable unit 202 of the resource is not moved, a large two-dimensional mark is formed on the marked area 204 by moving the marking beam 212, respectively (for example, in two dimensions) marked section 204 using block 210 the direction of the beam.

Although figa block 214 capture shown separately from the plug-in unit 202 of the resource, in other embodiments of the function block 214 capture fully or partially can be included in a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource. For example, in such embodiments of a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource can during work partially or fully autonomously move in response to one or more input signals from subsystem 208 printing.

Specialists in this field it is obvious that the various controls and/or mechanisms can be selectively moved fully or partly replaceable unit 202 of the resource. For example, but without limitation, the block 214 capture, reception cell 222 and/or a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource may include one or more actuators, motors, levers, gears, Cams, rods, diagrams, etc. capable of selective movement of marked section 204 relative to the marking beam 212.

According the arianto implementation figa logic circuit 218, 220, 224 marking or other similar arrangement can be provided in the subsystem 208 printing unit 210 in the direction of the beam and the block 214 capture, respectively. Logic circuit 218 marks in this embodiment, the implementation is capable of operation labeling, prescribing appropriate logic 220 marks in block 210 the direction of the output beam of the marking beam 212 and, perhaps, to direct, redirect, move, or otherwise to regulate the marking beam 212 a proper way to label the marked area 204. Logic circuit 218 marking capable of supporting the operation of the labeling, prescribing appropriate logic 224 marks in the clamping unit 208 to selectively move or otherwise adjust fully or partly replaceable unit 202 of the resource to the marking beam 212 covered and marked marked area 204. Although it is not shown in figa, it is obvious that in some other embodiments of the logic circuitry 224 marks, etc. can be included, if necessary, in the field replaceable unit 202 of the resource and/or the receiving cell 222.

Block 210 the direction of the beam (figa.) may be separate from the subsystem 208 print. In this example, the subsystem 208 printing uses block 210 the direction of the beam in the process of marking, but not in the printing process.

On the contrary, figv have shown the embodiment, in which the device 102' print is a subsystem 208' print containing block 210 the direction of the beam, and uses fully or partially block 210 the direction of the beam during the process of marking and during the printing process. For example, the source generating a marking beam 212 can support the printing process. One example is the laser that is used for printing in a laser printing device. In some embodiments of such a source dual-purpose also able to output beam for marking high (or low) power compared with the power to print.

On figa and 3B depicts a more detailed block diagram of the two blocks 210 and 210' of the direction of the beam, respectively.

According figa block 210 the direction of the beam contains the source 302, intended for direct output to the marking beam 212. In this example, the mechanism 304 control during operation is connected with the source 302 that allows you to control the targeting of the marking beam 212. For example, a mechanism 304 control may include actuators, operating under the control logic 218 and/or 220 and moves the source 302. Here the source 302 may be separate from the subsystem 208 print (figa) or be part of a subsystem 208' print (pigv).

Block 210' (pigv) direction of the beam contains the source 302 intended is to output the first beam 306 on the mechanism 308 in the direction of the beam. The mechanism 308 in the direction of the beam received by the first beam 306 and outputs the marking beam 212. The mechanism 308 in the direction of the beam can running to redirect or otherwise modify the first beam 306 to create a marking beam 212. For this mechanism 308 in the direction of the beam may contain, for example, one or more reflectors, refractors, enlargers, lenses, filters, mirrors, fiber optic elements, waveguides, focusing elements and other optical mechanisms.

In some embodiments of the mechanism 308 in the direction of the beam may contain a packing mechanism 310 associated with the source 302. Some laser printing device includes a protective circuit breaker or other similar mechanism that opens/closes to selectively unlock/lock the output of the laser beam. In some cases it is possible to redirect or otherwise modify the laser beam using the shutter mechanism 310. For example, the sealing mechanism 310 can be provided with surface detail or surfaces/items, which reflect the laser beam.

In other embodiments of the control mechanism, such as mechanism 304, the control unit 210 in the direction of the beam (figa), can be to manage source 302 block 210' direction of the beam (pigv).

Figure 4 shows the logic is Skye block diagram of the operations of method 400 marks replaceable unit resource for example, in printing devices (figa-B), according to the options the implementation of the present invention. At step 402 determines that the replaceable resource should be labelled. For example, a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource can be marked after insertion to removal, and/or one or more specific points in time, when it is inserted. In some cases, a field replaceable unit 202 of the resource is labeled by a threshold utilization level.

Then at step 404 generates a marking beam 212 and at step 406, at least, the plot marked section 204 illuminate the marking beam 212. Before, during and/or after any of steps 404 and 406 carry out one or more steps 408 and 410, so that at least part of the marked area 204 can be marked in two dimensions (e.g., in the directions of x-axis and y-axis). At step 408 marking beam 212 redirect in at least one direction. At step 410, at least, the plot replaceable unit 202 of the resource is moved in at least one direction.

On figa, 5B, 5C and 5D shows a diagram depicting different ways of marked sections replaceable unit of resource, for example, in the printing device shown in figa-B, according to certain variants of implementation of the present invention.

According figa marked area 204 contains a set of marked areas, and the time the first region 502 and the second region 504, which can individually illuminate and marked using the marking beam 212. For example, the first region 502 is connected to the first information area 508 and the second region 504 is associated second information area 510. The first information field 508 may include, for example, information "Message A"human readable and/or machine. The second information area 510 may include, for example, information "Message B", also human readable and/or machine. Message A or B can communicate, for example, the reason for the field replaceable unit 202 of the resource has been marked (for example, at step 402, shown in figure 4).

The pointer 512 directions (figa) denotes the x-axis and perpendicular to the y-axis for the two-dimensional labeling. Demo label 514 shown in the direction of the axis x as having a nominal width approximately equal to the width of the marking beam 212, when it lights up the marked area 204. Another demonstration label 516 shown in the y axis direction, also having a nominal width approximately equal to the width of the marking beam 212, when it lights up the marked area 204.

Fig. 5B is similar figa and additionally illustrates how in this example, the first region 502 was marked in two dimensions using the marking beam 212. In this example, the first region 502 becomes emdee in the labeling. In other embodiments of the labelled region may become lighter, to change the color(s), etc. in the labeling. In some examples, shown in figs and 5D, the message read by a human and/or machine, such as "C", can write, erase, or to open or hide marked area 204. In the example shown in figs, “C” has a different shade/color (e.g., darker)than the surrounding area marked area 204. In the example shown in fig.5D, “C” has a different shade/color (e.g., lighter)than the surrounding area marked area 204.

Figure 6 shows an illustrative diagram depicting a configuration 600 for reading the marked area plug-in unit of the resource, according to some aspects of the present invention. In the first configuration, the 600 marked section 204 replaceable unit 202 resource visually "read" the machine 604, which are able to detect the absence or presence of tag 602. Specialists in this field it is obvious that there are different types of machines to read the labels of different types. In this case the label 602, if necessary, can let the machine 604 to detect and/or gather information. For example, the label 604 may include a bar code or similar information that is read by the machine. In the second var is ante label 602 alternative (or in addition) be read or identified person 606. For example, Messages A, B and C” can be read or identified person.

Although the above disclosure has been described with reference to specific structural/functional features and/or steps of the method, it should be understood that the appended claims is not limited to the specific described signs or stages. On the contrary, the specific features and steps are illustrative forms of implementing this disclosure.

1. A way of marking the replaceable units of the resource in the print device, containing the following steps:
generate a marking beam (306, 212) of electromagnetic energy in the device (102, 102') print;
change visually marked area (204) replaceable subsystem (202), which is at least partially placed in the device (102, 102') print, which illuminate at least a portion of marked area (204) marking beam 212).

2. The method according to claim 1, characterized in that the step of generating the marking beam (306, 212) additionally direct marking beam (306, 212) in at least one direction in the device (102, 102') print.

3. The method according to claim 2, characterized in that the stage directions of the marking beam 212) advanced move, at least, the plot replaceable subsystem (202) in at least one direction before or during changes marked Uch is SDA (204) using the marking beam 212).

4. The method according to claim 2, characterized in that the phase changes visually marked area (204), illuminate the first area of marked area (204), while an additional
direct marking beam 212) in at least the second direction in the device (102, 102') print to illuminate a second region of marked area (204).

5. The method according to claim 2, characterized in that the stage directions of the marking beam (306, 212) additionally running move source (302, 308, 310) in the device (102, 102') print.

6. The method according to claim 5, characterized in that the step of moving the source (302, 308, 310) in the printing device move the source (302, 308, 310) in two directions relative to the marked section (204).

7. The method according to claim 2, characterized in that the stage directions of the marking beam (306, 212) additionally direct marking beam (306, 212) using at least one mechanism (308) direction of the beam.

8. The method according to claim 7, characterized in that the stage directions of the marking beam (306, 212) additionally require at least one mechanism (308) direction of the beam to move the marking beam 212) in at least one direction relative to the marked area.

9. The device (102, 102') print body and containing a field replaceable unit (202) of the resource, which is at least frequent is a rule placed in the enclosure, moreover, the field replaceable unit of the resource is visually marked area (204);
unit (210, 210') direction of the beam, are accommodated in the housing and which is used to illuminate at least part of the marked area (204) using a marking beam (212) electromagnetic energy.

10. The device (102, 102') of printing according to claim 9, characterized in that the block (210, 210') direction of the beam is intended for the direction of the marking beam 212) in at least one direction in the device (102, 102') print.

11. The device (102, 102') of the seal of claim 10, characterized in that it further contains
block (214) capture unit of the resource is placed in the frame and intended to move at least plot replaceable unit (202) of the resource relative to the at least one direction before or during the time the block (210, 210') direction of the beam illuminates a portion of marked area (204).

12. The device (102, 102') print in claim 11, wherein the field replaceable unit (202) resource contains cartridge for toner, the block gripping unit of the resource is designed to distance the cartridge toner before or during the time the block (210, 210') direction of the beam illuminates a portion of marked area (204).

13. The device (102, 102') of the seal of claim 10, characterized in that the block (210, 210') direction of the beam is intended for the direction of the marking beam 212), Melsheimer, one direction (514, 516) in the device (102, 102') print to illuminate the first area of marked area (204) and the direction of the marking beam in the second direction (514, 516) in the device (102, 102') print to illuminate a second region of marked area (204).

14. The device (102, 102') of the seal of claim 10, characterized in that the block (210) direction of the beam contains the source (302)for output to the marking beam 212), and to control the placement of the source (302).

15. The device (102, 102') print 14, characterized in that the block (210) direction of the beam is designed to control the placement of the source (302) in two dimensions relative to the marked area.

16. The device (102, 102') of the seal of claim 10, characterized in that the block (210') direction of the beam contains the source (302)for output to the marking beam (306, 212), and at least one mechanism (308) direction of the beam intended for the direction of the marking beam 212) in at least one direction.

17. The device (102, 102') print-on item 16, characterized in that at least one mechanism (308) direction of the beam is additionally configured as a shutter mechanism (310) source (302).

18. The device (102, 102') print-on item 16, characterized in that at least one mechanism (308) direction of the beam is designed to move marker the adjustment beam (212), in at least one direction relative to the marked area.

19. The device (102, 102') according to claim 9, characterized in that the block (210, 210') direction of the beam includes a laser (302)for output to the marking beam 212), and to output a beam having a first intensity when the laser (302) is used for printing, and the first intensity level different from the level of intensity of marking the marking beam.

20. The device (102, 102') of printing according to claim 9, characterized in that the marked material (204) is placed on at least one surface replaceable unit (202) of the resource using the marked label (216).



 

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