JP2003260853A - Imaging apparatus - Google Patents

Imaging apparatus

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JP2003260853A
JP2003260853A JP2002063004A JP2002063004A JP2003260853A JP 2003260853 A JP2003260853 A JP 2003260853A JP 2002063004 A JP2002063004 A JP 2002063004A JP 2002063004 A JP2002063004 A JP 2002063004A JP 2003260853 A JP2003260853 A JP 2003260853A
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an imaging apparatus in which a user can confirm charging information corresponding to the degree of use of resource members and the quantity of members used additionally. <P>SOLUTION: The degree of use of resource members such as a photosensitive body, a fixing unit, staples, and the like, and the quantity of used recording agent, staple pins, and the like, are calculated at a circuit 10 for measuring the degree of use of resources prior to imaging, detailed charging data of each page of a document, total charging data of all pages, and total charging data required for copying all pages are operated at a circuit 11 for operating the charging in correspondence with the degree of use and the quantity of used resources and then displayed on an operating/displaying unit 6 so that a user can copy a document while confirming the display and understanding the charging conditions. When the user alters print attribute data based on the display, corresponding charging data is redisplayed on the operating/displaying unit 6 and appropriate imaging can be carried out under desired charging conditions for a document in units of job by regulating/altering the print attribute data previously. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2003,JPO

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【発明の詳細な説明】 【0001】 【発明の属する技術分野】本発明は、課金管理機能を備えた画像形成装置に関する。 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION [0001] [Technical Field of the Invention The present invention relates to an image forming apparatus having a charging management function. 【0002】 【従来の技術】近年、複写機、プリンタ、ファクシミリなどの画像形成装置が、LAN(構内情報通信網)内で共有されるようになり、ユーザに対する課金処理を行なうために、実行した画像形成条件に応じて、課金情報を検出してユーザへの課金を行なう課金管理機能を備えた画像形成装置が利用されている。 [0002] In recent years, a copying machine, a printer, an image forming apparatus such as a facsimile, come to be shared within LAN (Local Area Network), in order to perform the charging process for the user, and executes depending on the image forming condition, an image forming apparatus having a charging management function for charging the user by detecting the charging information is utilized. 従来のこの種の画像形成装置では、画像形成に使用する用紙の枚数を計数し、 In this type of conventional image forming apparatus, and counts the number of sheets used for image formation,
或いは、画像形成装置の感光ドラムや転写ドラムの回転数を計数することにより、得られる計数値に対応してユーザへの課金処理が行なわれていた。 Alternatively, by counting the number of rotations of the photosensitive drum and the transfer drum of the image forming apparatus, the charging process to the user in response to a count value obtained has been carried out. この従来の課金処理では、例えば文字画像を記録剤の少ない状態で画像形成した場合と、写真画像を記録剤を多量に使用して画像形成した場合とで、課金情報に差を出すことができず、 In conventional billing process, for example, a case where the image forming character images with less of a recording agent, the photographic image in the case where a recording agent used in large amounts in image forming, the difference can issue a billing information not,
また、用紙サイズを考慮せず使用枚数のみの判定のために、記録剤の使用量に適確に対応した合理的な課金を行なうことはできない。 Moreover, because of the determination of only the number of used sheets without considering the sheet size, it is impossible to perform a reasonable charge corresponding to precisely the amount of the recording agent. 【0003】これに対して、特開平11−272350 [0003] On the other hand, JP-A-11-272350
号公報に、記録剤の残量を検出することにより、記録剤の残量が少なくなり印刷画像が薄くなった場合には、通常印刷時とは異なる課金処理を行なって、画像形成の品質に対応する課金処理を行なう課金情報検出装置が開示されている。 In JP, by detecting the remaining amount of the recording agent, when the remaining amount of the recording agent becomes thinner less and less printed image, the normal printing is performed with different charging process, the quality of the image forming billing information detecting apparatus is disclosed for performing corresponding charging process. また、特開2001−134154号公報には、画像形成装置の記録剤の制御量に応じて課金情報を演算し、記録剤の消費量に対応する高精度の課金情報を取得する課金情報検出装置が開示されている。 Further, JP-A-2001-134154 discloses, calculates the charging information according to the control amount of the recording agent of the image forming apparatus, charging information detecting apparatus for acquiring accurate accounting information corresponding to the consumed amount of the recording agent There has been disclosed. 【0004】 【発明が解決しようとする課題】前述した従来の画像形成装置における課金情報の検出取得方法によると、記録剤の使用量に対応した課金情報を取得することができるが、記録剤の量を検出するセンサが別途必要となり、製造コストと構成の複雑性に問題が生じる。 [0004] According to the detection method of obtaining charging information in the [0006] conventional image forming apparatus described above, it is possible to obtain the charging information corresponding to the amount of the recording agent, the recording agent the amount sensor for detecting the required separately and problems on the complexity of construction and manufacturing cost. また、この種の画像形成装置において、画像形成を行なおうとするジョブの課金情報が事前にユーザに提示され、事前に課金情報を確認した上で画像形成を行なうことができ、さらに、提示される課金情報に基づいて、ユーザが画像形成条件を必要に応じて変更することができると、所望の課金条件下で適切な画像形成を効率的に行なうことができるが、前述したように従来の画像形成装置ではこのような課金データの事前提示を行なうことはできない。 In the image forming apparatus of this type, billing information for the job wishing to make an image formation is presented to the user in advance, pre-image formation can be performed after confirming the billing information, further, it is presented that on the basis of the billing information, the user can change as required the image forming condition, it is possible to perform appropriate image formation efficiently in a desired charging condition, conventional as described above It can not be carried out pre-presentation of such accounting data in the image forming apparatus. 一方で、この種の画像形成装置においては、感光体、定着器、後処理部材など広範囲にわたるリソース部材を対象としてその使用度合を計測し、さらには、リソース部材に関連して使用される記録剤や消耗品の使用量を計測して高精度の課金情報を取得することが望ましい。 On the other hand, in the image forming apparatus of this type, the photosensitive member, the fixing device, the use degree of targeting a wide range of resources member such as post-treatment member is measured, further, recording agent used in conjunction with resource member it is desirable to or by the usage of consumables is measured to obtain the charging information with high accuracy. 【0005】本発明は、前述したようなこの種の画像形成装置の課金情報取得動作の現状に鑑みてなされたものであり、その目的は、画像形成に必要なリソース部材の使用度合に対応して、適確で高精度の課金情報を事前にユーザに通報可能な画像形成装置を提供することにある。 [0005] The present invention has been made in view of the current state of charging information acquisition operation of this type of image forming apparatus as described above, its object is to support the use degree of resource members necessary for image forming Te is to provide an image forming apparatus capable Problem to users in advance billing information precision with a suitable probability. 【0006】 【課題を解決するための手段】前記目的を達成するために、請求項1記載の発明は、入力画像データに対応して、予め指定される印刷属性データを抽出する印刷属性データ取得手段と、前記入力画像データに基づき、画像形成のビットマップデータを作成するビットマップデータ作成手段と、前記印刷属性データ及び前記ビットマップデータを格納するデータ格納手段と、該データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づいて、画像形成に必要なリソース部材の使用度合データを計測するリソース部材使用度計測手段と、該リソース部材使用度計測手段により計測される使用度合データに基づいて、課金データを演算する課金データ演算手段と、該課金データ演算手段が演算する課金データを、画像 [0006] To achieve the above object, according to an aspect of, the invention is as claimed in claim 1, wherein, in response to input image data, the print attribute data acquisition for extracting print attributes data specified in advance and means, based on the input image data, and bitmap data generating means for generating bit map data of the image forming, and data storage means for storing the print attribute data and the bit map data, stored in said data storage means based on the print attribute data and bitmap data that a resource element usage measuring means for measuring the use degree data resource members necessary for image forming, based on the use degree data measured by the resource element usage measuring means Te, the charging data calculation means for calculating billing data, billing data the billing data calculating means for calculating an image 形成前に表示する課金データ表示手段と、該課金データ表示手段の表示に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更に基づいて、前記課金データ演算手段に課金データの再演算を行なわせ、得られる課金データを前記課金データ表示手段に再表示させる課金演算表示制御手段とを有することを特徴とする画像形式装置である。 And charging data display means for displaying before the formation, based on the change of the image forming conditions by the user performed according to the display of the billing data display means, to perform the recalculation of the billing data to the billing data calculating means, it is obtained an image format apparatus characterized by having a charging operation and display control means for re-displaying the billing data to the billing data display means. 【0007】このような手段によると、入力画像データに対して予め指定される印刷属性データが、印刷属性データ取得手段により抽出取得され、ビットマップデータ作成手段により、入力画像データに基づいて画像形成のビットマップデータが作成され、抽出取得された印刷属性データと作成されたビットマップデータとはデータ格納手段に格納され、格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づいて、リソース部材使用度計測手段により、画像形成に必要なリソース部材の使用度合が計測され、計測されるリソース部材の使用度合に基づいて、課金データ演算手段により課金データが演算され、 [0007] According to such means, the print attribute data to be specified in advance to the input image data is extracted acquired by the print attribute data obtaining unit, the bit map data generating means, the image formed on the basis of the input image data bitmap data is created in, and extracted acquired print attribute data and create bitmap data stored in the data storage means, based on the print attribute data and bitmap data are stored, the resource element usage measurement by means, using the degree of resource members necessary for image formation is measured, based on the use degree of resource element to be measured, the billing data is calculated by the billing data calculator,
リソース部材の使用度合に適確に対応した高精度の課金データが、画像形成前に課金データ表示手段に表示される。 Accurate billing data corresponding to precisely the use degree of resource element is displayed on the charging data display means before the image formation. また、該表示に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更処理に基づいて、課金演算表示制御手段によって、課金データ演算手段による課金データの再演算と、 Further, based on the process of changing the image forming conditions by the user performed according to the display, the charging operation display control unit, and re-calculation of the billing data according to the accounting data calculating means,
再演算された課金データの課金データ表示手段による再表示とが行なわれる。 And re-display by charging data display means of the accounting data recalculation is performed. このために、ユーザが画像形成に必要な課金データを、リソース部材の使用度合に基づいて、精度よく事前に確認して画像形成が行なわれ、さらに必要に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更により、リソース部材の使用度合に適確に対応し、所望の課金条件下での適切な画像形成が迅速且つ効率的に行なわれる。 For this, the accounting data required for the user image formation, based on the use degree of resource members, precisely in advance to confirm the image formation is performed, further changes the image forming condition by the user when necessary Accordingly, corresponding to accurately use degree of resource members, appropriate image formation at the desired charging conditions are quickly and efficiently performed. 【0008】同様に前記目的を達成するために、請求項2記載の発明は、請求項1記載の発明において、リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データから、用紙サイズデータ、用紙種類データ及び後処理データを抽出し、それぞれのデータに対応して課金対象となるリソース部材の使用度合データを計測することを特徴とするものである。 In order to achieve the aforementioned object, the present invention is the second aspect, in the invention according to the first aspect, the resource element usage measurement means, the print attribute data stored in the data storage means, the paper size data, extracts the paper type data and post-processing data, characterized in that to measure the use degree data resource element to be chargeable in response to the respective data. 【0009】このような手段によると、リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データから、用紙サイズデータ、用紙種類データ及び後処理データを抽出し、それぞれのデータに対応して課金対象となるリソース部材の使用度合を計測し、計測される使用度合に基づいて、課金データ表示手段によって、 [0009] According to such means, the resource element usage measurement means, the print attribute data stored in the data storage unit, paper size data, the paper type data and post the data extracted, corresponding to each of the data by the use degree of resource members to be billed to measure, based on the use degree is measured, charging data display means,
用紙サイズデータ、用紙種類データ、後処理データ及びピットマップデータに基づいて、リソース部材の使用度合に対応し画像形成に必要な高精度の課金データが表示される。 Paper size data, media type data, based on the post-processing data and pit map data, accurate billing data is displayed necessary corresponding image formed using the degree of resource members. このために、ユーザが画像形成に必要な課金データを事前に確認して画像形成が行なわれ、さらに、必要に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更により、 For this, the user in advance to confirm the image forming billing data required is performed in the image formation, further, by changing the image forming conditions by the user when necessary,
リソース部材の使用度合に適確に対応し、所望の課金条件下での適切な画像形成が迅速且つ効率的に行なわれる。 It corresponds to precisely the use degree of resource members, appropriate image formation at the desired charging conditions are quickly and efficiently performed. 【0010】同様に前記目的を達成するために、請求項3記載の発明は、請求項2記載の発明に対して、リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づき、前記印刷属性データに対応する変動量を加味して、リソース部材に使用される記録剤の使用量をさらに計測し、前記データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データに基づき、 [0010] In order to attain the aforementioned object, the invention described in claim 3, to the second aspect of the present invention, the resource element usage measurement means, the print attribute data and stored in the data storage means based on the bitmap data, in consideration of the variation amount corresponding to the print attribute data, further measures the amount of the recording agent used in the resource element, on the basis of the print attribute data stored in said data storage means,
後処理を行なうリソース部材に使用される消費部材の使用量をさらに計測することを特徴とするものである。 It is characterized in further measuring the amount of consumption member used for the resource element which performs post-processing. 【0011】このような手段によると、請求項2記載の発明での作用に加えて、リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づいて、印刷属性データに対応する変動量を加味して、リソース部材に使用される記録剤の消費量を計測し、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データに基づいて、後処理を行なうソース部材に使用される消費部材の使用量を計測するので、リソース部材に使用される記録剤と消費部材の消費量にも適確に対応した、より高精度の課金データが表示される。 [0011] According to such means, in addition to the effects of the present invention set forth in Claim 2, wherein, the resource element usage measurement means, based on the print attribute data and bitmap data stored in the data storage means, printing in consideration of the variation amount corresponding to the attribute data, it measures the consumption of the recording material to be used for resource member in accordance with the print attribute data stored in the data storage unit, is used for the source member to perform post-processing since measures the amount of consumption member that was also correspond to an appropriate probability to consumption consumption member and the recording agent used in the resource element, accurate billing data is displayed more. このために、ユーザが画像形成に必要な高精度の課金データを事前に確認して画像形成が行なわれ、さらに、必要に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更により、リソース部材の使用度合、記録剤の消費量、後処理を行なうソース部材に使用される消費部材の使用量に適確に対応し、 For this, the user is accurate billing data to check in advance the image formation is performed needed for imaging, further, by changing the image forming conditions by the user when necessary, using the degree of resource members, consumption of recording agent, corresponds to precisely the amount of consumption member used for the source member to perform post-processing,
所望の課金条件下での適切な画像形成が迅速且つ効率的に行なわれる。 Suitable imaging at a desired charging conditions are quickly and efficiently performed. 【0012】 【発明の実施の形態】本発明の一実施の形態を、図1に基づいて説明する。 [0012] One embodiment of the embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to FIG. 本実施の形態は、画像形成装置として複写機を取り上げた場合であり、図1は本発明の一実施の形態の構成を示すブロック図である。 This embodiment is a case where took up copying machine as an image forming apparatus, FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing the configuration of an embodiment of the present invention. 【0013】本実施の形態では、図1に示すように、複写機12には全体の動作を制御するCPU7が設けられ、このCPU7にバスBを介して、操作信号が入力され各種のデータが表示される操作・表示ユニット6、画像形成データを出力する画像形成エンジン8、及び画像形成エンジン8からの画像形成データにより、用紙に画像形成を行なうプリンタ9が接続されている。 [0013] In the present embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, the copying machine 12 is provided with a CPU 7 for controlling the entire operation, via the bus B to the CPU 7, various data inputted operation signal operation and display unit 6 that displays, by the image forming data from the image forming engine 8 and the image forming engine 8, and outputs the image formation data, a printer 9 for forming an image on the sheet is connected. 同様にして、CPU7にバスBを介して、印刷属性データを抽出する印刷属性抽出回路2、ビットマップデータの作成を行なうビットマップ作成回路3、制御動作のプログラムが格納されるROM4、制御動作時に各種のデータを一時的に格納するRAM5、画像形成に必要なリソース部材(資源部材)の使用度合とリソース部材の付加使用部材の使用量を計測するリソース使用度計測回路10、及びリソース部材の使用度合と付加使用部材の使用量に基づいて画像形成に係る課金金額を演算する課金金額演算回路11が接続されている。 Similarly, via the bus B to the CPU 7, the print attribute extraction circuit 2 for extracting the print attribute data, ROM 4 the bitmap generation circuit 3 for creating a bit map data, program control operations are stored, at the time of control operation for temporarily storing various data RAM 5, the use of use degree and resource usage measurement circuit 10 measures the amount of additional materials used resource members, and resource members resources members necessary for image forming (resource element) levy arithmetic circuit 11 for calculating a charge amount of the image formed on the basis of the amount of the degree of the additional use member is connected. そして、印刷属性抽出回路2とビットマップ作成回路3の入力端子には、原稿画像からの入力画像データが入力されるデータ入力部1の出力端子が接続されている。 Then, the input terminal of the print attribute extraction circuit 2 and the bit map generating circuit 3, the output terminal of the data input unit 1, the input image data from the original image is input is connected. 【0014】このような構成の本実施の形態の動作を説明する。 [0014] To explain the operation of the embodiment having such a configuration. 本実施の形態における複写機12による画像形成に際しては、複写を行なおうとするジョブ単位の原稿がデータ入力部1にセットされ、次いで、ユーザが操作・表示ユニット6を操作することにより、該ジョブに対する印刷属性データが入力され、ユーザがスタート釦を操作すると、CPU7の指令によって原稿に対する読取りスキャンが開始され、原稿画像を構成する画素が所定の順序で読み取られ電気信号に変換されて、データ入力部1から読取り画像信号として、印刷属性抽出回路2とピットマップ作成回路3とに供給される。 In the image formation by the copying machine 12 of the present embodiment, document job unit wishing to make a copy is set to the data input unit 1, then the user operates the operation and display unit 6, the job print attribute data is input to the user operates the start button, the reading scan for the original is started by a command CPU 7, pixels constituting an original image is converted into an electric signal read in a predetermined sequence, a data input from part 1 as the read image signal is supplied to the print attribute extraction circuit 2 and the pit map generating circuit 3. ここで、CP Here, CP
U7の指令によつて、印刷属性抽出回路2では、操作・ Yotsute the command U7, the print attribute extraction circuit 2, the operation and
表示ユニット6から入力される印刷属性データを、データ入力部1からの読取り画像信号に対応付けて、ジョブ単位の原稿の各頁ごとに抽出し、ビットマップ作成回路3では、データ入力部1からの読取り画像信号に基づき、ジョブ単位の原稿の各頁ごとにビットマップデータを作成し、得られる印刷属性データとビットマップデータとは、原稿の各頁に対応づけらてRAM5に格納される。 Print attribute data inputted from the display unit 6, in association with the read image signal from the data input unit 1, extracts each page of the job unit document, the bit map generation circuit 3, the data input unit 1 based on the read image signal, creates a bit map data for each page of the job unit document, the print attribute data and the bit map data obtained are stored in each page of the document in the association latte RAM 5. 【0015】次いで、CPU7の指令によって、リソース使用度計測回路10が作動し、RAM5から読み出される印刷属性データとビットマップデータとに基づいて、リソース部材の使用度合とリソース部材の付加使用部材の使用量の計測が行なわれる。 [0015] Next, by a command of CPU 7, the resource usage measurement circuit 10 operates, based on the print attribute data and the bitmap data read from the RAM 5, the use of additional materials used in the use degree and resource members resources member the amount of the measurement is performed. この場合、RAM5 In this case, RAM5
に格納される印刷属性データから、用紙の寸法を示す用紙サイズデータ、普通紙、厚紙など用紙の種類を示す用紙種類データ、ステープルやパンチなどの後処理部材の選択指定の後処理データ、OHP(オーバーヘッドプロジェクタ)用の画像方式や、カラー・モノクロなどのプリント方式を示す画像形成方式データなどの属性データの抽出読出しが行なわれ、同時にRAM5に格納されるビットマップデータが読み出され、読み出される属性データとビットマップデータに基づいて、リソース使用度計測回路10によって、リソース部材の使用度合とリソース部材の付加使用部材の使用量とが計測される。 From the print attribute data stored in the paper size data indicating the size of the paper, plain paper, paper type data indicating the type of paper such as thick paper, post-processing member selected specified post-processing data, such as stapling, punching, OHP ( and image method overhead projector) for extraction reading of attribute data such as image forming method data indicating the print mode such as color and monochrome is performed, the bit map data is read out to be stored in the RAM5 simultaneously, attributes to be read based on the data and bitmap data, the resource usage measurement circuit 10, and the amount of additional materials used in the use degree and resource member of the resource element is measured. 【0016】本実施の形態では、画像形成段階での保守の重要度の高い感光体と定着器が、画像形成段階での計測対象のリソース部材として選択され、感光体に対しては、CPU7の指令によって、リソース使用度計測回路10により、ジョブ単位の原稿の各頁ごとに用紙サイズデータに基づいて算出される用紙の面積に対応して感光体の使用度合データが計測される。 [0016] In this embodiment, high priority photoreceptor and the fixing device of the maintenance in the image forming step is selected as a resource element to be measured in the image forming step for the photosensitive member, the CPU7 directed by, the resource usage measurement circuit 10, using the degree data area corresponding photoreceptor sheet to be calculated based on the paper size data for each page of the job unit document is measured. 例えば、用紙サイズがA3の用紙を使用する場合とA4の用紙を使用する場合とでは、感光体が対接されて現像処理が施される感光体の使用表面積比は2であり、A3サイズの用紙で画像形成が行なわれる場合は、A4サイズの用紙で画像形成が行なわれる場合の2倍の使用度合データが計測され、 For example, in the case of using the sheet when the A4 paper size using the paper A3, using the surface area ratio of the photosensitive member development process is performed photoreceptor is Taise' is 2, A3 size If the image formation is performed in the paper twice using degree data when image formation is carried out in A4-size paper it is measured,
予備動作が行なわれる場合には、さらに、予備動作による使用度合も考慮した状態で、リソース使用度計測回路10による感光体の使用度合データのて計測が行なわれる。 If the preliminary operation is performed, further, with the use degree even considering by the preliminary operation, is measured for use degree data of the photoreceptor by the resource usage measurement circuit 10 is performed. 次いで、CPU7の指令によって、計測された感光体の使用度合データに基づいて、課金金額演算回路11 Then, by an instruction of CPU 7, based on the use degree data of the measured photoreceptor, the charge amount calculating circuit 11
により、感光体の使用度合データに対応する課金データが演算され、演算された課金データはRAM5に格納される。 The billing data corresponding to the use degree data of the photoreceptor is calculated, the calculated billing data is stored in the RAM 5. 【0017】定着器に対しても、同様にして、リソース使用度計測回路10により、ジョブ単位の原稿の各頁ごとの用紙サイズデータに基づいて算出される用紙の面積に対応して、予備動作が行なわれる場合には、予備動作による使用度合も考慮して、定着器の使用度合データが計測されるが、定着器に対しては、普通紙、厚紙などの用紙種類データや、OHP(オーバーヘッドプロジェクタ)用の画像方式などの画像形成方式データに対応する定着温度の差による使用度合変動量が加味されて、定着器の使用度合データが計測される。 [0017] Also with respect to the fixing device, in the same manner, the resource usage measurement circuit 10, in response to the area of ​​the sheet is calculated on the basis of the sheet size data for each page of the job unit original, pre-operation If the is performed, in consideration of using the degree by the preliminary operation, the use degree data of the fuser is measured, for the fixing device, plain paper, and paper type data, such as cardboard, OHP (overhead use degree variation due to the difference in the fixing temperature corresponding to the image forming method data such as image method for a projector) is taken into account, use degree data of the fuser is measured. そして、CPU7の指令によって、計測された定着器の使用度合データに基づいて、課金金額演算回路11により、定着器の使用度合データに対応する課金データが演算され、演算された課金データはRAM5に格納される。 Then, by an instruction of CPU 7, based on the use degree data of the measured fuser, the charge amount calculating circuit 11, the charging data corresponding to the use degree data of the fuser is calculated, the calculated charging data to RAM5 It is stored. 【0018】さらに、感光体の潜像を現像するために使用される記録剤の使用量が、RAM5から読み出されるビットマップデータに基づいて、リソース使用度計測回路10によって計測されるが、この場合、RAM5から読み出される印刷属性データに記録剤の使用量に影響を及ぼす記録剤セーブ指定データや濃度調整指定データが存在する場合には、これらの指定データによる変動分を考慮に入れて、リソース使用度計測回路10による記録剤の使用量の計測が行なわれる。 Furthermore, the amount of the recording agent to be used for developing the latent image on the photoconductor, based on the bitmap data read from the RAM 5, but is measured by the resource usage measurement circuit 10, in this case , when the print attribute data to the recording material affects the recording material save specified data and density adjustment specified data usage is present to be read from the RAM5, taking into account the variation due to these specified data, resource usage measurement of the amount of the recording agent according to degrees measuring circuit 10 is performed. そして、CPU7の指令によって、計測された使用量データに基づいて、課金金額演算回路11により、記録剤の使用量データに対応する課金データが演算され、演算された課金データはR Then, by an instruction of CPU 7, based on the measured usage data, the charge amount calculating circuit 11, is calculated charging data corresponding to the usage data recording agent, calculated billing data R
AM5に格納される。 It is stored in the AM5. 【0019】本実施の形態では、ステープル、パンチ、 [0019] In this embodiment, stapling, punching,
ソータなどが、後処理段階での計測対象のリソース部材に選択されており、これらのリソース部材を使用して後処理を選択実行するための後処理データがRAM5から読み出され、読み出された後処理データに基づいて、リソース使用度計測回路10によって、ステープルユニット、パンチユニット、ソータなどの後処理部材の使用回数データと、ステープル針などの後処理部材の付加消費部材の使用量データとが計測される。 Sorter, etc., are selected in the resource element to be measured in the post-treatment step, post-processing data for executing selected post-processing using these resources members is read from RAM 5, the read based on the post-processing data, the resource usage measurement circuit 10, the stapling unit, a punching unit, a usage count data postprocessing member such as a sorter, and the usage data of the additional consumption member of the post-processing members such as staples It is measured. そして、CPU7 Then, CPU7
の指令によって、計測された後処理部材の使用回数データと、後処理部材の付加消費部材の使用量データとに基づいて、課金金額演算回路11により、後処理部材の使用回数データと消費部材の消費量データとに対応する課金データが演算され、演算された課金データはRAM5 By the command, and it uses the number data of the measured post-processing member, on the basis of the usage data of the additional consumption member workup member, by the charge amount calculating circuit 11, the usage count data and consumption member workup member is calculated billing data corresponding to the consumption data, the calculated billing data RAM5
に格納される。 It is stored in. 【0020】そして、CPU7の指令によって、画像形成段階と後処理段階とで計測対象とされるリソース部材の使用度合に対応する課金データ、画像形成段階のリソース部材に使用される記録剤の使用量に対応する課金データ、及び後処理段階のリソース部材の付加消費部材の使用量に対応する課金データがRAM5から読み出され、原稿の各頁に対応付けられて、操作・表示ユニット6に表示される。 [0020] Then, by a command CPU 7, the charging data corresponding to the use degree of resource element which is the measurement object in the image forming step and a post-processing step, the amount of the recording agent used in the resource member of the image forming step billing data corresponding to the amount of the additional consumption member of the corresponding billing data, and post-processing steps of the resource element to is read from the RAM 5, in association with each page of the document, it is displayed on the operation and display unit 6 that. これらの表示と同時に、操作・表示ユニット6には、原稿の全頁に対応するリソース部材の使用度合に基づく合計課金データ、記録剤の使用量に基づく合計課金データ、及びリソース部材の付加使用部材の使用量に基づく合計課金データが表示され、さらに、これらの合計課金データに基づき、ジョブ単位の原稿の全頁の画像形成に必要な総計課金データが、操作・表示ユニット6に表示される。 These display at the same time, the operation and display unit 6, the total charging data based on the use degree of resource members corresponding to all the pages of the document, the total charging data based on the amount of the recording agent, and additional materials used resources member appears a total charging data based on the usage, further, on the basis of these total charging data, total charging data needed for image formation of all pages of the job unit document is displayed on the operation and display unit 6. 【0021】ユーザは、このようにして操作・表示ユニット6に表示される原稿の各頁ごとの各内訳課金データ、原稿の全頁にわたる各合計課金データ及び原稿の全頁の画像形成に必要な総計課金データを確認することにより、複写対象の原稿に対して最初に設定した印刷属性データに従った複写を実行するか、複写対象の原稿の複写を中止するか、最初の印刷属性データを変更し、新しい複写条件を設定するかの何れかを選択指定する。 [0021] The user required this way the operation and the breakdown billing data for each page of the document to be displayed on the display unit 6, all pages of image forming of each total charging data and the document over the entire page of the document by confirming the total charging data, run the copy in accordance with the print attribute data that originally set for copy target document, or abort the copy to be copied document, change the first print attribute data and, selecting and designating one of either set a new copying conditions. この場合、複写の実行が選択指定されると、CPU7の指令によって、ユーザが最初に操作・表示ユニット6から設定した印刷属性データと、ビットマップ作成回路3が作成したビットマップデータとに基づく画像形成データが、画像形成エンジン8から出力され、該画像形成データによってプリンタ9が作動し、用紙に原稿の複写画像が形成され、複写の中止が選択指定されると原稿の複写は中止される。 In this case, the execution of the copying is designated selected, by a command CPU 7, an image that the user based on the first print attribute data set from the operation and display unit 6, and the bit map data is a bit map generating circuit 3 created formation data is output from the image forming engine 8, the printer 9 is actuated by the imaging data, the paper document copying images are formed, the suspension of copying is designated selected document copying is stopped. 【0022】またユーザが、操作・表示ユニット6に表示される各内訳課金データ、各合計課金データ及び総計課金データを確認して、操作・表示ユニット6から前回入力した印刷属性データを変更する入力を行なうと、C [0022] user, the breakdown billing data displayed on the operation and display unit 6, check each total charging data and total charge data, to change the print attribute data previously entered from the operation and display unit 6 inputs If carried out, C
PU7の指令によって、変更された印刷属性データとビットマップ作成回路3が読み取るビットマップデータに基づいて、リソース使用度計測回路10により、リソース部材である感光体、定着器及び後処理部材の使用度合、付加使用部材である記録剤の使用量、及び後処理部材の付加消費部材の使用量が再度計測され、得られる計測値に基づいて、課金金額演算回路11によって、内訳課金データ、合計課金データ及び総計課金データが再度演算され、得られる内訳課金データ、合計課金データ及び総計課金データが、新に操作・表示ユニット6に表示される。 By a command PU7, based on the bit map data in which the print attribute data and the bitmap generating circuit 3 that has been changed to read, by the resource usage measurement circuit 10, the photosensitive member is a resource element, using the degree of the fuser and post member the use amount of the recording agent is added using members, and measured the amount of the additional consumption member of the post-processing member again, based on the measurement values ​​obtained by the charge amount calculating circuit 11, the breakdown billing data, total charging data and total charge data is calculated again, resulting breakdown billing data, total charging data and total charge data is displayed on the operation and display unit 6 to the new. 【0023】このようにして、本実施の形態によると画像形成前に、リソース部材の使用度合と付加使用部材の使用量とに基づく原稿の各頁ごとの内訳課金データ、原稿の全頁にわたる合計課金データ、及び原稿の全頁の複写に必要な総計課金データが、リソース部材の使用度合と付加使用部材の使用量とに適確に対応して、操作・表示ユニット6に高精度に表示されるので、ユーザは、操作・表示ユニット6の表示を確認し、原稿の複写に必要な課金条件を事前に納得して原稿の複写を実行することが可能になる。 [0023] Thus, before the image formation according to the present embodiment, a total breakdown billing data for each page of the document based on the amount of use degree and additional materials used resource members, over the entire page of the document billing data, and total billing data required for the copying of all the pages of the document, in response to precisely to the amount of use degree and additional materials used in the resource element, is displayed in the operation and display unit 6 with high precision Runode, user confirms the display of the operation and display unit 6, it is possible to run a copy of the document to convince the billing conditions necessary to copy of the document in advance. さらに、操作・表示ユニットの表示に基づいて、ユーザが新たな印刷属性データを設定して、操作・表示ユニット6に、新たな印刷属性データに対応する課金データを表示させることができるので、所望の課金条件での原稿の複写を行なうように事前に印刷属性データの調整変更を行なって、ジョブ単位の原稿に対して所望の課金条件下で適切な画像形成を行なうことが可能になる。 Furthermore, based on the display of the operation and display unit, the user sets a new print attribute data, the operation and display unit 6, it is possible to display the charging data corresponding to the new print attribute data, desired perform the adjustment changes the pre-print attribute data to perform copying of the original document in the charging conditions, become relative to the job unit document can perform an appropriate image formation in a desired charging condition. 【0024】以上に説明した実施の形態では、画像形成装置として複写機を取り上げて説明したが、画像形成装置をレーザプリンタとする場合には、通常はホストコンピュータから記述言語データが、例えば、イントラネット、セントロニクス(Centronics)、USB [0024] In the embodiment described above has been described by taking a copying machine as an image forming apparatus, when an image forming apparatus and a laser printer, normally the description language data from the host computer, for example, an intranet , Centronics (Centronics), USB
(Universal Serial Bus)などを介して入力される構成となり、ホストコンピュータに設けられるプリンタドライバにホストコンピュータ側で印刷属性データを設定し、各内訳課金データと合計課金データは、ホストコンピュータ側に表示されることが多いが、すでに図1を参照して説明した複写機の場合と同様に、レーザプリンタに操作・表示ユニットを設けて、この操作・表示ユニットで印刷属性の設定と各内訳課金データと合計課金データの表示を行なわせることも可能である。 (Universal Serial Bus) becomes configured to be inputted via a, a printer driver provided to the host computer sets the print attribute data on the host computer side, the total charging data as the breakdown billing data is displayed on the host computer side Although Rukoto often, as in the case of already copier described with reference to FIG. 1, provided with operating and display unit in a laser printer, and setting the respective breakdown billing data of the print attributes in this operation and display unit it is also possible to perform the display of the total charging data. 画像形成装置をレーザプリンタとする場合のその他の部分の構成、動作及び効果は、すでに説明した画像形成装置を複写機とする場合と同一なので、重複する説明は行なわない。 Other configurations of the second case of the image forming apparatus and a laser printer, operation, and effect, since the same as the case of the image forming apparatus already described with copier and will not be described repetitively. 【0025】 【発明の効果】請求項1記載の発明によると、入力画像データに対して予め指定される印刷属性データが、印刷属性データ取得手段により抽出取得され、ビットマップデータ作成手段により、入力画像データに基づいて画像形成のビットマップデータが作成され、抽出取得された印刷属性データと作成されたビットマップデータとはデータ格納手段に格納され、格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づいて、リソース部材使用度計測手段により、画像形成に必要なリソース部材の使用度合が計測され、計測されるリソース部材の使用度合に基づいて、課金データ演算手段により課金データが演算され、リソース部材の使用度合に適確に対応した高精度の課金データが、画像形成前に課金データ表示手段に表示さ [0025] [Effect of the Invention] According to the first aspect of the invention, the print attribute data to be specified in advance to the input image data is extracted acquired by the print attribute data obtaining unit, the bit map data generating means, the input are bitmap data of the image formation is created based on the image data, and extracts obtained print attribute data and create bitmap data stored in the data storage means, based on the print attribute data and bitmap data are stored Te, the resource element usage measuring means, using the degree of resource members necessary for image formation is measured, based on the use degree of resource element to be measured, the billing data is calculated by the billing data calculator, resource members accurate billing data corresponding to accurately use degree, is displayed on the billing data display means before the image formation れる。 It is. また、該表示に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更処理に基づいて、課金演算表示制御手段によって、課金データ演算手段による課金データの再演算と、再演算された課金データの課金データ表示手段による再表示とが行なわれる。 Further, based on the process of changing the image forming conditions by the user performed according to the display, the charging operation display control unit, billing data and the re-calculation of the billing data by the arithmetic unit, re-computed billing data billing data display means and re-display by is performed. このために、ユーザが画像形成に必要な課金データを、リソース部材の使用度合に基づいて、精度よく事前に確認して画像形成を行なうことが可能になり、さらに必要に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更により、リソース部材の使用度合に適確に対応し、所望の課金条件下での適切な画像形成を迅速且つ効率的に行なうことが可能になる。 For this, an image of the user accounting data required for the image formation, based on the use degree of resource members, ensure high precision in advance it is possible to perform image formation, the user performs, if necessary by changing the forming conditions, corresponding to accurately use degree of resource members, it is possible to perform quickly and efficiently the appropriate image formation at the desired charging conditions. 【0026】請求項2記載の発明によると、リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データから、用紙サイズデータ、用紙種類データ及び後処理データを抽出し、それぞれのデータに対応して課金対象となるリソース部材の使用度合を計測することによって、ユーザは、用紙サイズデータ、用紙種類データ、後処理データ及びピットマップデータに基づいて、 [0026] According to the second aspect of the invention, the resource element usage measurement means, the print attribute data stored in the data storage unit, paper size data, the paper type data and post the data extracted, each data the by measuring the use degree of resource members to be chargeable in response, the user, the paper size data, media type data, based on the post-processing data and pit map data,
リソース部材の使用度合に対応する画像形成に必要な課金データを、精度よく事前に確認して画像形成を行なうことが可能となり、さらに、必要に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更により、リソース部材の使用度合に適確に対応し、所望の課金条件下での適切な画像形成を迅速且つ効率的に行なうことが可能になる。 Billing data required for the image formation corresponding to the degree of use of resources member, to check accurately advance it becomes possible to perform image forming, further, by changing the image forming conditions by the user when necessary, resources corresponds to precisely the use degree of members, it is possible to perform quickly and efficiently the appropriate image formation at the desired charging conditions. 【0027】請求項3記載の発明によると、請求項2記載の発明で得られる効果に加えて、リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づいて、印刷属性データに対応する変動量を加味して、リソース部材に使用される記録剤の消費量を計測し、前記データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データに基づいて、後処理を行なうソース部材に使用される消費部材の使用量を計測し、リソース部材に使用される記録剤と消費部材の消費量にも適確に対応したより高精度の課金データが表示されるので、 [0027] According to the third aspect of the invention, in addition to the effects obtained in the invention of claim 2, wherein, the resource element usage measurement means, based on the print attribute data and bitmap data stored in the data storage means Te, source by adding the amount of variation corresponding to the print attribute data, measures the consumption of the recording material to be used for resource member in accordance with the print attribute data stored in said data storage means, performs post-processing the amount of consumption member used for the member is measured, the precision of the accounting data is displayed than also supports suited sure to consumption consumption member and the recording material used in the resource element,
ユーザが画像形成に必要なより高精度の課金データを事前に確認して画像形成を行なうことが可能になり、さらに、必要に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更により、リソース部材の使用度合、記録剤の消費量、後処理を行なうソース部材に使用される消費部材の使用量に適確に対応し、所望の課金条件下での適切な画像形成を迅速且つ効率的に行なうことが可能になる。 User becomes possible to perform pre-check image forming highly accurate billing data from needed for imaging, further, by changing the image forming conditions by the user when necessary, using the degree of resource members the consumption of the recording material, corresponds to precisely the amount of consumption member used for the source member to perform post-processing, quickly and efficiently can perform an appropriate image formation in a desired charging condition become.

【図面の簡単な説明】 【図1】本発明の一実施の形態の構成を示すブロック図である。 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing the configuration of an embodiment of the present invention. 【符号の説明】 1 データ入力部2 印刷属性抽出回路3 ビットマップ作成回路5 RAM 6 操作・表示ユニット7 CPU 10 リソース使用度計測回路11 課金金額演算回路 [Reference Numerals] 1 data input section 2 print attribute extraction circuit 3 bitmap generation circuit 5 RAM 6 operation and display unit 7 CPU 10 resource usage measurement circuit 11 levy arithmetic circuit

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  1. 【特許請求の範囲】 【請求項1】 入力画像データに対応して、予め指定される印刷属性データを抽出する印刷属性データ取得手段と、 前記入力画像データに基づき、画像形成のビットマップデータを作成するビットマップデータ作成手段と、 前記印刷属性データ及び前記ビットマップデータを格納するデータ格納手段と、 該データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づいて、画像形成に必要なリソース部材の使用度合データを計測するリソース部材使用度計測手段と、 該リソース部材使用度計測手段により計測される使用度合データに基づいて、課金データを演算する課金データ演算手段と、 該課金データ演算手段が演算する課金データを、画像形成前に表示する課金データ表示手段と、 該課金データ表 Corresponding to the Claims 1 input image data, and the print attribute data acquisition means for extracting print attributes data specified in advance, based on the input image data, the bitmap data of the image forming and bitmap data generating means for generating a data storage means for storing the print attribute data and the bitmap data in accordance with the print attribute data and bitmap data stored in said data storage means, necessary for image forming and resource element usage measuring means for measuring the use degree data resource members, based on the use degree data measured by the resource element usage measurement means, and charging data calculation means for calculating billing data, the billing data calculation billing data means for calculating a billing data display means for displaying the previous image formation, the billing data table 手段の表示に応じてユーザが行なう画像形成条件の変更に基づいて、前記課金データ演算手段に課金データの再演算を行なわせ、得られる課金データを前記課金データ表示手段に再表示させる課金演算表示制御手段とを有することを特徴とする画像形成装置。 Based on the change of the image forming conditions by the user performed according to the display means, said carry out a recalculation of the billing data to the billing data calculating means, charging operation display to redisplay the billing data obtained on the charging data display means image forming apparatus characterized by a control unit. 【請求項2】 請求項1記載の画像形成装置において、 2. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1,
    リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データから、用紙サイズデータ、用紙種類データ及び後処理データを抽出し、それぞれのデータに対応して課金対象となるリソース部材の使用度合データを計測することを特徴とする画像形成装置。 Resource member usage measuring means, the print attribute data stored in the data storage unit, paper size data, extracts the paper type data and post-processing data, the use of resource members to be chargeable in response to the respective data image forming apparatus characterized by measuring the degree data. 【請求項3】 請求項2記載の画像形成装置に対して、 Respect 3. The image forming apparatus according to claim 2,
    リソース部材使用度計測手段が、データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データ及びビットマップデータに基づき、前記印刷属性データに対応する変動量を加味して、 Resource member usage measurement means, on the basis of the print attribute data and bitmap data stored in the data storage means, in consideration of the amount of variation corresponding to the print attribute data,
    リソース部材に使用される記録剤の使用量をさらに計測し、前記データ格納手段に格納される印刷属性データに基づき、後処理を行なうリソース部材に使用される消費部材の使用量をさらに計測することを特徴とする画像形成装置。 The amount of the recording agent used in the resource member further measurement, that the basis of the print attribute data stored in the data storage means, for further measuring the amount of consumption member used for the resource element which performs post-processing an image forming apparatus comprising.
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