JP2004246771A - Print processing control system and method therefor - Google Patents

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JP2004246771A
JP2004246771A JP2003038110A JP2003038110A JP2004246771A JP 2004246771 A JP2004246771 A JP 2004246771A JP 2003038110 A JP2003038110 A JP 2003038110A JP 2003038110 A JP2003038110 A JP 2003038110A JP 2004246771 A JP2004246771 A JP 2004246771A
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To assign an optimal print job by considering other jobs than print functions such as a copying function or facsimile sending and receiving functions, and calculating a processing time for a print jobs throughout the same network. <P>SOLUTION: Regarding job queue information for each of the functions on a complex machine 1, the information for the print job held on a print function job queue storing part 12 is captured by a job management part 22 for performing monitoring, managing, and the like, for the print job existing on the same network 3. The print job is assigned to the appropriate complex machine 1 or the print processing device 4. In doing this, not only the print job information on the print function job queue storing part 12 but also the job information on the job queue for all the functions existing on the complex machine are captured. With all of these job information, the optimal print job is reassigned for the complex machine 1 connected to the network 3 or the print processing device 4. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2004,JPO&NCIPI

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【0001】 [0001]
【発明の属する技術分野】 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
本発明は、少なくとも複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能等の複数の機能を備えている印刷処理装置である複合機、およびこの複合機とネットワークを介して通信可能な情報処理装置間において、投入された印刷ジョブを制御する印刷処理制御システムおよび方法に関するものである。 The present invention, at least a copying function, a facsimile transmission and reception function, the MFP is to have the print processing apparatus comprising a plurality of functions such as print function, and the communication between an information processing apparatus through the MFP and the network, turned it relates printing control system and method for controlling a print job.
【0002】 [0002]
【従来の技術】 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
従来、同一ネットワーク内に接続された複数台の印刷機能のみを有する印刷処理装置、および複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能等の複数の機能を備えた複合機といわれる印刷処理装置において、情報処理装置(例えば、パーソナルコンピュータ;PC)から印刷ジョブが投入された場合に印刷処理時間を最短とするため、これら複数の印刷処理装置の状態を監視して、印刷ジョブを最適に割り当てることを目的としたソフトウェア(プリントサーバアプリケーション;以下、単にプリントサーバという)が存在している。 Conventionally, print processing apparatus having only a plurality of printing functions that are connected to the same network, and a copying function, a facsimile transmission and reception function, the print processing apparatus called a multifunction apparatus having a plurality of functions such as print function, the information processing device (e.g., a personal computer; PC) for the print processing time the shortest when the print job from is turned on, and aims to monitor the status of the plurality of print processing apparatuses, optimally assigning the print job the software (print server application; hereinafter, simply referred to as a print server) are present. プリントサーバは、各印刷処理装置にジョブキューとして存在している印刷ジョブの数やデータ量といった情報を印刷処理装置から取得し、最も印刷ジョブの処理が最短で完了する印刷処理装置のジョブキューに新たに投入された印刷ジョブを割り当てる動作を行っている。 Print server, the job queue for each print processing apparatus information such as the number and amount of data of the print job are present as a job queue acquired from the print processing apparatus, complete print processing device processing the most print jobs in the shortest It performs an operation of assigning the newly input print job.
【0003】 [0003]
また、印刷ジョブの開始処理において、特許文献1には、情報処理装置にインストールされているドライバソフトウェアが、印刷ジョブを投入する周辺機器がどのような開始モード(印刷ジョブの処理が開始される様々なパターン)を有しているか認知していなくても、周辺機器で実行可能な開始モードを情報処理装置のユーザに認識させ、実行可能な開始モードの中から選択でき、さらに、ユーザにより選択された開始モードを、制御コマンドによって情報処理装置から周辺機器に指定可能にし、出力する開始タイミングや開始条件を自在に制御できることが記載されている。 Further, the start process of the print job, various Patent Document 1, the driver software installed in the information processing apparatus, peripheral devices for inputting a print job to the process of any starting mode (print job is started even if not aware whether a a pattern), a start mode executable peripherals to recognize the user of the information processing apparatus can be selected from among the executable start mode is further selected by the user start mode allows specified peripheral device from the information processing apparatus by the control command, it is described that can freely control the start timing and start condition to be output.
【0004】 [0004]
【特許文献1】 [Patent Document 1]
特開2002−123379号公報【0005】 Japanese Unexamined Patent Publication No. 2002-123379 Publication [0005]
【発明が解決しようとする課題】 [Problems that the Invention is to Solve
しかしながら、このような構成の同一ネットワーク内に接続のプリントサーバに印刷ジョブが制御される印刷処理装置において、特に、複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能等の複数の機能を備えている複合機のほとんどの場合、それぞれの機能の各ジョブキューを個々に保持していて、それらのジョブ同士に関連性はない。 However, the print processing apparatus such print jobs to a print server connected to the same network structure is controlled, in particular, a copying function, a facsimile transmission and reception function, the MFP has a plurality of functions such as print function in most cases, you have to hold the job queue of the functions individually, not relevant to their jobs between. また、印刷機能を用いて印刷ジョブが行われているとき、ユーザが直接、複合機において複写機能を動作させる指示を行った場合、印刷機能は一時停止されて複写機能が動作する。 Further, when the print job using the print function is performed, the user directly, in the case of performing the instruction for operating the copying function in the MFP, the print function is a copy function is paused works. 基本的に複合機に有する各機能の優先度としては、ユーザが複合機に向かって直接機器を操作する場合のほうがより高い設定とされている。 The priority of each function having essentially the MFP, the user is a higher setting is better in the case of operating the direct device toward the MFP. 一般的には、複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能の順で印刷ジョブの優先順位は低くなる。 In general, a copying function, a facsimile transmission and reception function, the priority order in print job for the print function is lowered. したがって、最適に割り当てられていた印刷ジョブも、複写ジョブなどといった割り込み処理が介入すると最適に割り当てられていた印刷ジョブの処理時間が大幅に変更されてしまうという問題があった。 Therefore, the print job that has been optimally allocated also has a problem that the processing time of the print job interrupt processing such as a copying job was optimally assigned the intervention from being greatly changed.
【0006】 [0006]
本発明は、前記従来技術の問題を解決することに指向するものであり、印刷ジョブの割り当て時に複写機能の複写ジョブやファクシミリ送受信機能のファクシミリジョブといった印刷機能以外のジョブの処理時間も考慮に入れて、同一ネットワークに接続された印刷処理装置全体としての印刷ジョブの処理時間を計算し、最適な印刷ジョブの割り当てを行う印刷処理制御システムおよび方法を提供することを目的とする。 The present invention, wherein are those directed to the prior solve the technical problems, also taking into account the processing time of the copy job and the job than printing functions such a facsimile job of the facsimile transmission and reception function of the copy function when allocating print job Te to calculate the processing time of the print job of the whole printing process apparatus connected to the same network, and an object thereof is to provide a printing process control system and method for allocating optimum print jobs.
【0007】 [0007]
【課題を解決するための手段】 In order to solve the problems]
この目的を達成するために、本発明に係る印刷処理制御システムおよび方法における請求項1に記載される印刷処理制御システムは、少なくとも複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能の複数の機能を備えた印刷処理装置と、複数の印刷処理装置とネットワークを介して通信可能な情報処理装置との間において、投入された印刷ジョブを印刷処理装置に割り当て制御する印刷処理制御システムであって、印刷処理装置に、各機能ごとのジョブの情報を格納するジョブキュー格納手段と、ジョブの情報に基づきジョブの処理および監視を行う処理手段とを備え、情報処理装置に、ネットワークに接続された全ての印刷処理装置の各機能ごとのジョブの情報を取得し、このジョブの情報から投入された印刷ジョブの再割り当てを行うジョブ To this end, the print processing control system of claim 1 in the printing process control system and method according to the present invention, at least a copying function, a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, a printing having a plurality of functions of printing functions a processing unit, between the plurality of print processing apparatus and an information processing apparatus capable of communicating via a network, a print processing control system for allocation control the input print job to the print processing apparatus, the print processing device a job queue storing means for storing information of a job for each function, and processing means for performing job processing and monitoring on the basis of the information of the job, the information processing apparatus, all of the print processing device connected to a network job acquired job information for each function, reassign the print job input from the information in the job 理手段とを備えた構成によって、印刷ジョブが投入されてから完了するまでの処理時間をより正確に予測でき、また、これにより印刷処理装置(複合機)の複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能といった各機能ごとのジョブの処理順序をより効率よく配置できる。 The configuration that includes a management unit, processing time until the print job is completed after being turned can more accurately predict, also, thereby printing copying function of the apparatus (MFP), a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, a printing function processing order of jobs for each function such as can be arranged more efficiently.
【0008】 [0008]
また、請求項2〜4に記載される印刷処理制御システムは、請求項1の印刷処理制御システムにおいて、情報処理装置に、印刷処理装置において新たに発生した各機能のジョブの情報を一定間隔で定期的に確認する手段を備え、この確認手段により新たに発生したジョブの情報を確認したとき、投入された印刷処理を印刷処理装置に再割り当て制御すること、印刷処理装置に、新たに発生した各機能のジョブの情報を、情報処理装置に通知する手段を備え、この通知手段により新たに発生したジョブの情報を確認したとき、投入された印刷ジョブを印刷処理装置に再割り当て制御すること、さらに、情報処理装置に、投入される印刷処理の優先順位を設定する手段を備え、この設定手段の設定により、印刷処理装置に発生する各機能ごとのジ The print processing control system of claim 2 to 4, in the printing control system according to claim 1, the information processing apparatus, the new information of the job of each function generated in the printing apparatus at regular intervals and means for periodically checking, when checking the information of the new jobs generated by the confirmation means, reallocating control input print processing to the print processing apparatus, a print processing apparatus, the newly generated job information of each function, comprising means for notifying the information processing apparatus, when confirming the information of the new jobs generated by the notification unit, reallocating control input print job to the print processing apparatus, Furthermore, the information processing apparatus, comprising means for setting the print processing priority to be introduced, by the setting of the setting means, di for each function of generating the print processing device ブの処理よりも優先させて投入された印刷ジョブを行う構成によって、印刷ジョブが投入されたあとに割り込み処理が発生した場合においても、常にジョブを最適に配置しなおして印刷ジョブの処理時間をより正確に予測でき、また、印刷処理装置(複合機)の各機能ごとのジョブの処理順序をより効率よく配置することができる。 The configuration in which the print job input by priority over processing of the probe, when the interrupt process after a print job is submitted occurs also, always processing time of the print job again optimally place the job more precisely predictable, also it can be more efficiently arranged processing order of jobs per each function of the print processing apparatus (MFP).
【0009】 [0009]
また、請求項5に記載される印刷処理制御方法は、少なくとも複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能の複数の機能を備えた印刷処理装置と、印刷処理装置の複数とネットワークを介して通信可能な情報処理装置との間において、投入された印刷ジョブを印刷処理装置に割り当て制御する印刷処理制御方法であって、ジョブの処理および監視を行うためにジョブキュー格納手段に格納される各機能ごとのジョブの情報を、ネットワークに接続された全ての印刷処理装置から取得し、取得したジョブの情報に基づき投入された印刷ジョブの割り当てを行う構成によって、印刷ジョブが投入されてから完了するまでの処理時間をより正確に予測でき、また、印刷処理装置(複合機)の複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能といった The print processing control method described in claim 5, at least a copying function, a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, a printing apparatus having a plurality of functions of printing function, capable of communicating via a plurality and network printing device in the information processing apparatus, a print processing control method for allocation control the input print job to the print processing apparatus, for each function that is stored in the job queue storing means in order to perform the job of processing and monitoring job information, processing up to get all of the print processing device connected to a network, the configuration in which the allocation of the input print job based on the acquired job information, the print job is complete since the introduced time can more accurately predict, also, a copying function of the print processing apparatus (MFP), a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, such as print function 機能ごとのジョブの処理順序をより効率よく配置できる。 Processing order of jobs for each function can be arranged more efficiently.
【0010】 [0010]
【発明の実施の形態】 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
以下、図面を参照して本発明における実施の形態を詳細に説明する。 Hereinafter, with reference to the drawings illustrating the embodiments of the present invention in detail. 図1は本発明の実施の形態における印刷処理制御システムの概略構成を示すブロック図である。 Figure 1 is a block diagram showing the schematic configuration of a print processing control system in the embodiment of the present invention. 図1において、1は複写機能や印刷機能などといった複数の機能を備えている印刷処理装置である複合機、2はプリントサーバとして稼働するPC(パーソナルコンピュータ)等の情報処理装置、3は既存の通信技術(HTTP;Hyper Text Transfer ProtocolやSOAP;Simple Object Access Protocol等)を用いて接続された装置間で情報の授受を行うためのネットワーク、4は印刷機能のみを備えた印刷処理装置である。 In Figure 1, 1 is a copying function and the printing function is to have the print processing apparatus comprising a plurality of functions such as the MFP, 2 an information processing apparatus such as a PC (personal computer) running as a print server, 3 existing communication technology (HTTP; Hyper Text Transfer Protocol or SOAP; Simple Object Access Protocol, etc.) network for exchanging information between devices connected by using a 4 is a printing apparatus having only the print function.
【0011】 [0011]
複合機1は、図示しないプリンタ部,スキャナ部,通信部とこれらを含む各部を制御する制御部により、複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能の処理を行う。 MFP 1 includes a printer unit (not shown), a scanner unit, a control unit for controlling each unit including a communication unit to these, copying function, facsimile transmission and reception function, the processing of the print function performed. そして、複合機1には、各機能におけるジョブの処理,監視等を行う処理部11を有し、発生した各機能ごとのジョブの情報を格納するジョブキューは、印刷機能ジョブキュー格納部12、複写機能ジョブキュー格納部13、ファクシミリ送受信機能ジョブキュー格納部14、その他の機能ジョブキュー格納部15に保持している。 Then, the MFP 1, the processing of the job in each function has a processing unit 11 for monitoring, etc., the job queue for storing job information for each function generated, the print function job queue storage unit 12, copy function job queue storage 13, a facsimile transmission and reception function job queue container 14 holds the other function job queue container 15.
【0012】 [0012]
また、情報処理装置2には、複合機1や印刷処理装置4に出力要求された印刷ジョブの情報(ジョブキューに格納されている)から各印刷ジョブを管理するジョブ管理部22と、このジョブ管理部22の管理している情報をユーザに表示出力、また変更の指示入力を行うための操作パネル等からなるユーザインタフェース23とを備えたプリントサーバ21を有している。 Further, the information processing apparatus 2, the job management unit 22 for managing the print job from the information of the print job outputted request to the MFP 1 and the print processing apparatus 4 (stored in the job queue), the job Show information managed by the management unit 22 to the user output, also has a print server 21 and a user interface 23 comprising a control panel or the like for inputting instructions for changing.
【0013】 [0013]
複合機1における個々の機能が持つジョブキューの情報を、情報処理装置2が取得することは、ネットワーク3を介して可能であり、例えば、同一ネットワーク3に存在する印刷処理装置の印刷ジョブの監視,管理等を行うプリントサーバ21のジョブ管理部22において、複合機1の印刷機能ジョブキュー格納部12に保持されている印刷ジョブの情報を取得し、印刷処理時間が最短となるように適切な複合機1や印刷処理装置4に印刷ジョブを割り当てることができる。 Job information queue having individual functions in the MFP 1, the information processing apparatus 2 acquires is possible via the network 3, for example, monitoring of the print job of the print processing devices existing on the same network 3 in the job management unit 22 of the print server 21 for managing the like, it acquires the information of the print job held in the print function job queue storage unit 12 of the MFP 1, as appropriate printing processing time is the shortest it can be assigned a print job to the MFP 1 or the print processing device 4.
【0014】 [0014]
本実施の形態では、印刷機能ジョブキュー格納部12に存在する印刷ジョブの情報のみではなく、複合機に存在するすべての機能のジョブキュー(例えば、複写機能ジョブキュー格納部13,ファクシミリ送受信機能ジョブキュー格納部14に保持されている)にあるジョブの情報を取得する。 In this embodiment, not only the information of the print job present in the print function job queue storage unit 12, the job queue for all functions present on the MFP (e.g., a copy function job queue storage 13, a facsimile transmission and reception function job It acquires information of a job in the held in the queue storage unit 14). これにより、ネットワーク3に接続された複合機1や印刷処理装置4に対して最適な印刷ジョブの割り当てを行う。 Thus, performing the optimum assignment of print job to be connected to the network 3 the MFP 1 or the print processing device 4.
【0015】 [0015]
図2に示す本発明の実施の形態1における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理のフローチャートを参照しながらその動作を説明する。 With reference to the flowchart of assignment processing of a print job in the first embodiment of the present invention shown in FIG. 2 for explaining the operation thereof. 前述したように、複合機1においては、基本的に複写機能やファクシミリ送受信機能等は印刷機能よりも優先して行われる。 As described above, in the MFP 1 is basically a copy function and a facsimile transmission and reception function, etc. are performed in preference to the print function. まず、印刷ジョブが投入されたときに、プリントサーバ21のジョブ管理部22は、ネットワーク3を介して接続されたすべての複合機1に印刷ジョブ以外のジョブ(例えば、プリントサーバが複合機の処理部へジョブキューの確認依頼を行い、それを受けた処理部は、各機能のジョブキューの存在確認を行った結果をまとめプリントサーバに返す処理等)の存在を確認し、もし存在すればそれらジョブの情報(ジョブキューに存在するジョブの数やジョブの処理速度等)を取得する(S1)。 First, when a print job is submitted, the job management unit 22 of the print server 21, all jobs except print jobs to the multifunction device 1 connected via the network 3 (e.g., print server is MFP process part confirm request job queue to the processing unit that received it, confirmed the presence of processing, etc.) to return to the print server summarized the results of the existence confirmation of the job queue for each function, which if present It acquires job information (the processing speed of the number of jobs existing in the job queue or job, etc.) (S1). これは、図1に示す印刷機能,複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,その他の機能ジョブキュー格納部12,13,14,15のジョブの情報を処理部11を介して取得する。 This printing function shown in FIG. 1, a copying function, a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, to get through the process unit 11 the job information of the other function job queue container 12, 13, 14 and 15.
【0016】 [0016]
ジョブ管理部22はネットワーク3に接続された全ての機器(図1に示す例では、複合機1,印刷処理装置4)に対して前述の処理S1を繰り返し行って(S2)、全ての機器からの取得が確認されると(処理S2のYes)、複合機1ごとに印刷機能,複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能等の各ジョブキューに格納されているジョブの処理時間を算出し、また、同一ネットワーク3に接続された印刷処理装置全体として印刷ジョブの処理時間の計算を行う(S3)。 The job management unit 22 (in the example shown in FIG. 1, the MFP 1, the print processing unit 4) all the devices connected to the network 3 by repeating the above-described step S1 with respect to (S2), from all the devices the acquisition of is confirmed (Yes in process S2), the printing function for each MFP 1, a copy function, and calculates the processing time of the job stored in the job queue, such as a facsimile transmission and reception function, also, the same network overall connected printing processing device 3 performs the calculation of the processing time of the print job (S3). ここで、ユーザからユーザインタフェース23を介してプリントサーバ21に印刷ジョブを最短時間で印刷する指定がされていれば、ジョブ管理部22は同一ネットワーク3上の印刷処理装置の中で最もジョブの処理時間が少ないところへ印刷ジョブを投入する(S4)。 Here, if it is specified to print the print job to the print server 21 via the user interface 23 by the user in the shortest time, the most jobs in the job managing unit 22 the printing apparatus on the same network 3 treatment time is a print job to put into place with low (S4).
【0017】 [0017]
また、前述したように、ユーザからの指示によって、印刷ジョブの平行出力処理の指示が予め設定されているか、あるいは該当の印刷ジョブの投入時に指定がされたとき、一つの印刷ジョブを複数の印刷処理装置へ割り当て、平行して印刷出力させることも可能である。 Further, as described above, an instruction from the user, or an instruction parallel output processing of the print job has been set in advance, or when a specified at the time of turn-on of the corresponding print job is the one print job multiple print assignment to the processor, it is possible to print out in parallel.
【0018】 [0018]
本実施の形態1によれば、印刷ジョブが投入された場合、印刷機能のジョブキューに存在する印刷ジョブの情報のみではなく、複写機能やファクシミリ送受信機能などのジョブの情報も取得することによって、より効率よくネットワークに接続された印刷情報装置に印刷ジョブの最適な割り当てができる。 According to the first embodiment, when a print job is submitted, not only information of a print job exists in the job queue of the printing function by also obtaining information about a job, such as copying function, facsimile transmission and reception function, more efficiently print job to the connected printed information device to a network for optimal allocation.
【0019】 [0019]
図3は本発明の実施の形態2における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理のフローチャートを示す図である。 Figure 3 is a diagram showing a flowchart of assignment processing of a print job according to the second embodiment of the present invention. 本実施の形態2の動作を図3に基づき、図1を参照しながら説明する。 The operation of the second embodiment based on FIG. 3 will be described with reference to FIG.
【0020】 [0020]
いま、最適に印刷処理を行えるように印刷ジョブが各印刷処理装置のジョブキューに割り当てられているときに、複合機1において、複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能等のいずれかの割り込み処理が発生したとする。 Now, when the print job to allow an optimum printing process is assigned to the job queue of the print processing apparatus, the MFP 1, a copy function, and any one of the interrupt processing such as facsimile transmission and reception function occurs to. 既に投入されていた印刷ジョブは、発生した割り込み処理のジョブが完了するまで待ち状態となってしまい最適な印刷処理が行われなくなる。 Already print jobs that have been turned on, will best printing process in the state Wait until the job generated interrupt processing is completed is not performed. このとき、現在の印刷ジョブが投入されている印刷処理装置より他の印刷処理装置のほうが投入されている印刷ジョブを早く完了できる可能性がある。 In this case, it may be possible to complete quickly print job is turned towards the current print job is another print processing apparatus from which the print processing apparatus is turned on.
【0021】 [0021]
そこで本実施の形態2は、前述した実施の形態1で説明した印刷ジョブの割り当て後に(S1〜S4)、プリントサーバ21のジョブ管理部22において、印刷ジョブが投入されたときのみでなく、印刷ジョブ以外のジョブにより発生した割り込み処理を、ある一定の間隔で複合機1の各機能のジョブキューの情報取得を行う(S11)。 Therefore the second embodiment, after allocation of a print job described in the first embodiment described above (S1 to S4), the job management unit 22 of the print server 21, not only when a print job is submitted, printed the interrupt processing generated by the job other than the job, acquire information of the job queue of each function of the MFP 1 at a certain distance (S11).
【0022】 [0022]
プリントサーバ21において、例えば、30秒間隔等の一定間隔で定期的に、複写機能やファクシミリ送受信機能等の割り込み発生を確認する手段(図示せず)により(S12)、印刷処理時間に変化が発生していることが確認されたとき(処理S12のYes)、ジョブ管理部22において、印刷ジョブの割り当て処理である処理S1〜S4を行うため処理S1へ戻り、再度同一ネットワーク3上に存在する複合機1、印刷処理装置4の印刷ジョブの処理時間の再計算を行い、既に割り当てられている印刷ジョブを最適な印刷処理装置へと再割り当てを行う。 In the print server 21, for example, periodically at regular intervals, such as every 30 seconds, by means for checking the interrupt generation such as a copying function and a facsimile transmitting and receiving function (not shown) (S12), the change occurs in the print processing time when it is confirmed that (Yes in process S12), the composite in the job management unit 22, the process returns to S1 for processing S1~S4 a process of assigning the print job, present on the same network 3 again machine 1 performs recalculation of the processing time of the print job for the print processing device 4 performs the reassignment to an optimal print processing apparatus a print job already assigned.
【0023】 [0023]
本実施の形態2によれば、ある一定の間隔ごとに、印刷機能,複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能等のジョブキューを監視することによって、印刷ジョブの処理時間にずれが生じていた場合、既に投入されている印刷ジョブを再び最適に割り当てなおすことができる。 According to the second embodiment, every certain interval, printing function, copying function, by monitoring the job queue, such as a facsimile transmission and reception function, if the deviation has occurred in the processing time of the print job already turned the print job that is capable of re optimally allocated again.
【0024】 [0024]
図4は本発明の実施の形態3における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理のフローチャートを示す図である。 Figure 4 is a diagram showing a flowchart of assignment processing of a print job according to the third embodiment of the present invention. 本実施の形態3における動作を図4に基づき、図1を参照しながら説明する。 The operation in the third embodiment based on FIG. 4 will be described with reference to FIG.
【0025】 [0025]
本実施の形態3においては、前述した実施の形態2で説明したように、印刷ジョブの割り当て後に(S1〜S4)、プリントサーバ21のジョブ管理部22が複合機1の各機能のジョブキューの情報を監視するのではなく、複合機1自身の処理部11に、各機能のジョブキュー格納部に存在するジョブを監視して、印刷ジョブの処理中に、例えば、複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能等の割り込み処理の発生を検出する手段(図示せず)を備える。 In the third embodiment, as described in the second embodiment described above, after the assignment of a print job (S1 to S4), the print server 21 the job management unit 22 of the job queue of each function of the MFP 1 instead of monitoring information, the MFP 1 own processing unit 11, a job exists in the job queue containers of each function to monitor, during a print job, for example, a copying function, a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, etc. comprising means for detecting the interrupt generation processing (not shown). この手段により割り込みによるジョブの発生時に、情報処理装置2で動作するプリントサーバ21のジョブ管理部22へ割り込み発生を通知する。 Interrupt when a job generated by this means, and notifies the interrupt generation to the job management unit 22 of the print server 21 that operates in the information processing apparatus 2.
【0026】 [0026]
複合機1から割り込みの連絡を確認したジョブ管理部22は(処理S15のYes)、初めの処理S1へ戻り、同一ネットワーク内にある全ての機器のジョブ情報を再取得し、最適に印刷を行えるよう印刷ジョブの割り当ての再計算を行う。 The job management unit 22 confirming the contact of the interrupt from the MFP 1 (Yes in process S15), returns to the beginning of the process S1, reacquires the job information of all devices in the same network, allows an optimal printing It recalculates the assignment of print jobs as.
【0027】 [0027]
本実施の形態3によれば、複合機1において、複写機能、ファクシミリ送受信機能等のジョブの割り込み処理が発生したときに、印刷ジョブの再割り当ての計算をしなおすことによって、既に投入されている印刷ジョブを最適に割り当てなおすことができる。 According to the third embodiment, the MFP 1, a copy function, when the interrupt processing of the job, such as facsimile transmission and reception function occurs, by re-reassignment calculation of print jobs, have already been introduced it can be re optimally assign a print job.
【0028】 [0028]
図5は本発明の実施の形態4における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理のフローチャートを示す図である。 Figure 5 is a diagram showing a flowchart of assignment processing of a print job according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention. 本実施の形態4における動作を図5に基づき、図1を参照しながら説明する。 The operation of the fourth embodiment based on FIG. 5 will be described with reference to FIG.
【0029】 [0029]
本実施の形態4は、実施の形態2,3で説明した複合機1において、複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能等の割り込み処理が発生した場合に、処理部11で管理され、予め設定されている優先順位を変更可能とし、ジョブ管理部22によって投入後に割り当てられた印刷ジョブの優先順位を複合機1に発生する他のジョブより上位に設定する手段(図示せず)を備えて構成したものである。 Embodiment 4, the MFP 1 described in the second and third embodiments, the copy function, when an interrupt processing such as facsimile transmission and reception function is generated, are managed by the processing unit 11, the priority that is set in advance and can change the order, it is constructed by comprising a means for setting the upper than the other jobs that occur in the MFP 1 the priority of print jobs assigned after turning by the job management unit 22 (not shown) .
【0030】 [0030]
ジョブ管理部22において、印刷ジョブの優先順位を複合機1に発生する複写機能やファクシミリ送受信機能のジョブよりも高く設定する手段により優先順位を高く設定した印刷ジョブを複合機1へと投入する。 In the job management unit 22, for inputting a print job set higher priority by the means is set higher than the job of the copying function and a facsimile transmission and reception function of generating the priority of print jobs to the multifunction device 1 to the MFP 1. なお、この優先順位の設定は情報処理装置2に有する操作パネル等からユーザが指定する。 The setting of the priority user specifies the operation panel or the like having the information processing apparatus 2. この優先順位の変更は、例えば、複合機1の処理部11において、ファクシミリ送受信機能のジョブ(優先度=5)、複写機能のジョブ(優先度=4)、印刷機能のジョブ(優先度=3)等に設定されているとき、印刷機能の印刷ジョブの優先度を最大に変更した場合、ジョブ管理部22は優先度=MAXに設定して、印刷ジョブを投入する。 This change in priority, for example, the processing unit 11 of the MFP 1, the job of a facsimile transmission and reception function (Priority = 5), the job of the copying function (priority = 4), the job of printing functions (priority = 3 ) when set to such, if you change the priority of the print job for the print function to the maximum, the job management unit 22 sets the priority = MAX, for inputting a print job.
【0031】 [0031]
この優先順位が指定された印刷ジョブの投入により、前述の実施の形態2,3と同様に処理S1〜S4が行われ、印刷ジョブの最適な割り当てがなされる。 By this introduction of priority print job order is specified, the same processing S1~S4 is performed with the second and third embodiments described above, the optimal allocation of the print job is done. そして、優先度=MAX(図6に示す印刷ジョブ2参照)の印刷ジョブが投入された該当の複合機1の処理部11は、各機能のジョブキュー格納部に格納された図6に示すような各機能のジョブの優先度を確認し、順番に処理が行われる。 Then, the priority = MAX processing unit 11 of the MFP 1 of the print corresponding to job is input (see the print job 2 shown in FIG. 6) is, as shown in FIG. 6 which is stored in the job queue containers of each function check the job priority of the functions, processes the order is executed. 例えば、先に投入された印刷ジョブの優先度が後から発生したジョブの優先度より高いかどうか確認し、もし高ければこの印刷ジョブが終了するまで複写機能やファクシミリ送受信機能といった他の機能のジョブは待ち状態にする。 For example, to see if higher than the priority of the jobs generated after the priority of the print job input previously, if higher if the job for other functions such as copying function and a facsimile transmitting and receiving function until the print job is completed to the wait state.
【0032】 [0032]
また、実施の形態2,3において説明したように、ジョブ管理部22は、複合機1に複写機能やファクシミリ送受信機能の割り込みが発生した場合、ジョブキューの情報として各機能のジョブキュー格納部に格納のジョブの優先度を含む情報を取得し、印刷ジョブ(図6に示す印刷ジョブ1(優先度=3))の再割り当てを実行する。 Moreover, as explained in the second and third embodiments, the job management unit 22, when an interrupt copying function and a facsimile transmitting and receiving function to the MFP 1 occurs, the job queue storage unit of each function as information of the job queue It acquires information including a priority of jobs stored to perform the reassignment of a print job (print job shown in FIG. 61 (priority = 3)).
【0033】 [0033]
本実施の形態4によれば、印刷ジョブの優先度を変更して、複写機能やファクシミリ送受信機能等のジョブの優先度へも反映させることで、処理を最優先させたい印刷ジョブを含め、最適に配置して印刷ジョブの処理を行うことができる。 According to the fourth embodiment, by changing the priority of the print job, also by reflecting, including print job that you want to prioritize processing to job priority, such as a copying function and a facsimile transmission and reception function, the optimal it is arranged to be processed in the print job.
【0034】 [0034]
【発明の効果】 【Effect of the invention】
以上説明したように、本発明によれば、印刷ジョブが投入されてから完了するまでの処理時間をより正確に予測でき、また、これにより複合機の複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能といった各機能ごとのジョブの処理順序をより効率よく配置することができるという効果を奏する。 As described above, according to the present invention, the processing time until the print job is complete since the introduced can more accurately predict, also, thereby copying function of the multifunction peripheral, a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, such as print function each an effect that the processing order of jobs per function more efficiently can be arranged.
【図面の簡単な説明】 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
【図1】本発明の実施の形態における印刷処理制御システムの概略構成を示すブロック図【図2】本発明の実施の形態1における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理を示すフローチャート【図3】本発明の実施の形態2における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理を示すフローチャート【図4】本発明の実施の形態3における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理を示すフローチャート【図5】本発明の実施の形態4における印刷ジョブの割り当て処理を示すフローチャート【図6】各機能のジョブにおける優先度の情報を示す図【符号の説明】 [1] Embodiment of the present flow chart showing the allocation processing of a print job in the first embodiment of the printing block diagram showing the schematic configuration of the process control system [2] The present invention according to the embodiment of the invention the present invention; FIG of the allocation processing of a print job in the fourth embodiment of the print job assignment flowchart illustrating the allocation processing of a print job according to the third embodiment of the process flowchart FIG. 4 the invention showing a FIG. 5 the invention in the form 2 Figure [eXPLANATION oF sYMBOLS] indicating the priority information in the job in the flowchart Figure 6 functions shown
1 複合機(印刷処理装置) 1 MFP (printing apparatus)
2 情報処理装置3 ネットワーク4 印刷処理装置11 処理部12 印刷機能ジョブキュー格納部13 複写機能ジョブキュー格納部14 ファクシミリ送受信機能ジョブキュー格納部15 その他の機能ジョブキュー格納部21 プリントサーバ22 ジョブ管理部23 ユーザインタフェース 2 information processing apparatus 3 network 4 print processing apparatus 11 processor 12 the print function job queue container 13 copy function job queue container 14 facsimile transmission function job queue containers 15 other function job queue container 21 print server 22 the job management unit 23 user interface

Claims (5)

  1. 少なくとも複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能の複数の機能を備えた印刷処理装置と、複数の前記印刷処理装置とネットワークを介して通信可能な情報処理装置との間において、投入された印刷ジョブを前記印刷処理装置に割り当て制御する印刷処理制御システムであって、 At least a copying function, a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, a printing apparatus having a plurality of functions of printing function, between the information processing apparatus capable of communicating via a plurality of the print processing apparatus and the network, the input print job a printing control system for allocation control to the print processing apparatus,
    前記印刷処理装置に、各機能ごとのジョブの情報を格納するジョブキュー格納手段と、前記ジョブの情報に基づきジョブの処理および監視を行う処理手段とを備え、 Wherein the printing apparatus includes a job queue storing means for storing information of a job for each function, and processing means for processing and monitoring the job based on the information of the job,
    前記情報処理装置に、前記ネットワークに接続された全ての印刷処理装置の各機能ごとのジョブの情報を取得し、前記ジョブの情報から投入された前記印刷ジョブの再割り当てを行うジョブ管理手段とを備えたことを特徴とする印刷処理制御システム。 To the information processing apparatus acquires information of a job for each function of all of the print processing apparatus connected to said network, and a job management unit for performing reassignment of the print job input from the information of the job printing control system characterized by comprising.
  2. 前記情報処理装置に、印刷処理装置において新たに発生した各機能のジョブの情報を一定間隔で定期的に確認する手段を備え、前記手段により新たに発生したジョブの情報を確認したとき、投入された印刷ジョブを前記印刷処理装置に再割り当て制御することを特徴とする請求項1記載の印刷処理制御システム。 To the information processing apparatus comprises means for periodically check on the newly fixed intervals job information for each function generated in the printing apparatus, when confirming the information of the new jobs generated by said means, is turned printing control system according to claim 1, wherein the print job, characterized in that re-allocation control in the printing process apparatus.
  3. 前記印刷処理装置に、新たに発生した各機能のジョブの情報を、情報処理装置に通知する手段を備え、前記手段により新たに発生したジョブの情報を確認したとき、投入された印刷ジョブを前記印刷処理装置に再割り当て制御することを特徴とする請求項1記載の印刷処理制御システム。 The print processing apparatus, the job information of each function newly generated, comprising means for notifying the information processing apparatus, when confirming the information of the new jobs generated by said means, said input print job printing control system according to claim 1, wherein the re-allocation control in the printing apparatus.
  4. 前記情報処理装置に、投入される印刷処理の優先順位を設定する手段を備え、前記手段の設定により、印刷処理装置に発生する各機能ごとのジョブの処理よりも優先させて前記投入された印刷ジョブを行うことを特徴とする請求項1〜3のいずれか1項記載の印刷処理制御システム。 To the information processing apparatus printing, comprising means for setting the print processing priority to be introduced, by setting the said means, the thrown by priority over the processing of a job for each function of generating the print processing device printing control system of any one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that a job.
  5. 少なくとも複写機能,ファクシミリ送受信機能,印刷機能の複数の機能を備えた印刷処理装置と、前記印刷処理装置の複数とネットワークを介して通信可能な情報処理装置との間において、投入された印刷ジョブを前記印刷処理装置に割り当て制御する印刷処理制御方法であって、 At least a copying function, a facsimile transmitting and receiving function, a printing apparatus having a plurality of functions of printing function, between the information processing apparatus capable of communicating via a plurality and network of the print processing apparatus, the input print job a printing control method for allocation control to the print processing apparatus,
    ジョブの処理および監視を行うためにジョブキュー格納手段に格納される各機能ごとのジョブの情報を、前記ネットワークに接続された全ての印刷処理装置から取得し、取得した前記ジョブの情報に基づき前記投入された印刷ジョブの割り当てを行うことを特徴とする印刷処理制御方法。 Job information for each function that is stored in the job queue storing means in order to perform the job of processing and monitoring, acquired from all of the print processing device connected to the network, based on the obtained information of the job the printing control method and performing allocation of an input print job.
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