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Printing preparation

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Printing preparation


In an exemplary device implementation, the device includes: a scanner capable of scanning a scanning target to produce an electronic image of the scanning target; and a printer capable of printing an image of the scanning target on a media, the printer including a print engine; wherein the device is adapted to overlap the scanning of the scanning target with preparation of the print engine for printing.

Inventors: Theresa A. Burkes, James H. Bigelow, Chris R. Gunning, Lisa Johnson, Raymond S. Kennedy, Scott W. Ahlstrom, Michael Tang, Sidney R. Reed, Douglas J. Mellor, Brian L. Watts
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120300241 - Class: 358 113 (USPTO) - 11/29/12 - Class 358 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120300241, Printing preparation.

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The present patent application is a divisional of the presently pending and previously filed patent application filed on Mar. 10, 2003, and assigned Ser. No. 10/385,401.

BACKGROUND

Multifunction devices in modern office environments or other document management/production environments are used to perform functions that often previously used multiple separate devices. These functions can include printing, copying, scanning, faxing, electronic document transmission by other means, and so forth.

Copying functions, in effect, can be accomplished by combining scanning and printing functions. Consequently, the type of print engine used for the printing function can affect various characteristics of the copying function. One print engine type that is used for the printing function is a laser printer. With laser printers, a period of time is consumed while making the print engine ready for printing. However, the print engine maintaining a ready state indefinitely causes wear and tear.

In a copying operation using a scanner and a laser printer, a tradeoff may exist between the time used to complete the copying operation and the incremental wear and tear experienced by the laser printer as a result of the copying operation. For example, steps taken to reduce the incremental wear and tear experienced by the laser printer to perform a copying operation may lengthen the time used to perform the copying operation.

SUMMARY

In an exemplary device implementation, the device includes: a scanner capable of scanning a scanning target to produce an electronic image of the scanning target; and a printer capable of printing an image of the scanning target on a media, the printer including a print engine; wherein the device is adapted to overlap the scanning of the scanning target with preparation of the print engine for printing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the Drawings, like numerals are used for like and/or corresponding features, aspects, and components of the various FIGS. 1-7.

FIG. 1 is an exemplary multifunction device that includes a scanner and a printer and that is capable of performing a copying function.

FIG. 2 is an implementation of a multifunction device that illustrates exemplary components thereof.

FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary scanning target.

FIG. 4 illustrates an exemplary approach to accelerating copying with a multifunction device.

FIG. 5 is a flow diagram that illustrates an exemplary general method for accelerating copying with a multifunction device.

FIG. 6 is a flow diagram that illustrates an exemplary approach to accelerating copying with a multifunction device when copying a first document of a copying job.

FIG. 7 is a flow diagram that illustrates an exemplary approach to accelerating copying with the multifunction device when copying a subsequent document of the copying job.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIG. 1 is an exemplary multifunction device 105 that includes a scanner 110 and a printer 115 and that is capable of performing a copying function. Multifunction device 105 also includes a memory 120, and printer 115 includes a formatter 125 and a print engine 130. In a described implementation, scanner 110 is capable of scanning in a physical document (not shown in FIG. 1) and creating an electronic image thereof. Scanner 110 is adapted to provide scanning information 135 to formatter 125 using protocol 140. Scanning information 135 may include all or part of the electronic image of the scanned document, a time remaining prediction regarding the time to complete the scan, both of these, and so forth.

Formatter 125 receives scanning information 135 and analyzes/processes it to produce printing information 145, which is provided to print engine 130. Printing information 145 may include all or part of the printable strips of the electronic image of the scanned document, an instruction to set or change a state of print engine 130, both of these, and so forth. Because the remaining time to complete a scan is predictable after a first scan strip of a target document is completed, printer 115 can better manage print engine 130, and states thereof, under the control and/or guidance of formatter 125.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120300241 A1
Publish Date
11/29/2012
Document #
13568115
File Date
08/06/2012
USPTO Class
358/113
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06K15/02
Drawings
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