JP2005069730A - Imaging formation device - Google Patents

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JP2005069730A
JP2005069730A JP2003296516A JP2003296516A JP2005069730A JP 2005069730 A JP2005069730 A JP 2005069730A JP 2003296516 A JP2003296516 A JP 2003296516A JP 2003296516 A JP2003296516 A JP 2003296516A JP 2005069730 A JP2005069730 A JP 2005069730A
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健太郎 成世
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To automatically calculate the shipping cost of a sent item including an envelope.
Based on detection information from a weight sensor, a weight calculating unit calculates a total weight of the envelope placed on the discharge tray and the weight of the contents (the total weight of the sent items). Further, the envelope size calculator 22 calculates the envelope size based on the detection information from the first envelope sensor 602 and the second envelope sensor 603. Then, the postage calculation unit 24 calculates the postage of the delivery based on the information on the total weight of the delivery and the envelope size.
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    The present invention relates to an image forming apparatus such as a copying machine.

In general, when sending mail, the postage (postage) differs depending on the size and weight of the mail, but by automatically detecting the size and weight of the mail, the postage according to each mail Has been disclosed (for example, Patent Document 1).
JP 7-35570 A

  By the way, an address or the like is printed on a predetermined envelope using the image forming apparatus, and paper (paper) or a document or book output (printed) by the image forming apparatus is enclosed in the envelope and sent (mailed). (Hereinafter, what is enclosed in envelopes such as paper, documents and books is referred to as contents). In this case, the shipping fee varies depending on the total weight of the shipment, that is, the total weight of the contents and the envelope, but this shipping fee is unknown until you go to the post office, for example, It may take time to measure the size and weight. Also, because you don't know exactly the shipping cost, you may have to pay extra shipping cost by sending a little higher shipping cost stamp on the envelope, or because the shipping cost is small , It may be sent back or the other party will be charged for shipping.

  The present invention has been made in view of the above circumstances, and an object of the present invention is to provide an image forming apparatus capable of automatically calculating the shipping cost of a delivery including an envelope, and thus preventing a shipping error.

  The invention according to claim 1 is an envelope weight detecting means for detecting the weight of an envelope for enclosing predetermined contents, a content weight detecting means for detecting the weight of the contents, and a size of the envelope. The envelope size detecting means, the content weight detected by the content weight detecting means, the envelope weight detected by the envelope weight detecting means, and the envelope size detected by the envelope size detecting means. An image forming apparatus comprising: a mailing cost calculating unit that calculates a mailing cost of a delivery including the contents and an envelope based on the mailing cost.

  According to a second aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to the first aspect, the image forming apparatus further includes a printing unit that prints a predetermined image on a sheet, and the content weight detection unit removes the sheet printed by the printing unit. The weight is detected as the contents.

  According to a third aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to the first or second aspect, the image forming apparatus further includes an operation unit that receives a postage printing instruction input for printing the postage on an envelope, and the printing unit includes the operation unit. The postage calculated by the postage calculating means is printed on the envelope based on the postage print instruction input accepted by the printer.

  According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to any one of the first to third aspects, the image forming apparatus further includes a reading unit that reads a document having transmission information for specifying a destination of the transmission. The operating means receives a sending information print instruction input for printing the sending information on an envelope, and the printing means is read by the reading means based on the sending information print instruction input accepted by the operating means. Sending information is printed on the envelope.

  According to a fifth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to any one of the first to fourth aspects, the image forming apparatus further includes a storage unit that stores transmission information for specifying a destination of the transmission. Is characterized in that the sending information selected by the user from the sending information stored in advance in the storage means is printed on the envelope.

  According to a sixth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to any one of the first to fifth aspects, the image forming apparatus further comprises a discharge unit for placing the paper discharged from the apparatus main body and an envelope, and the content weight detecting means. Is provided in the discharge section and is used in common with the envelope weight detection means, and the content weight detection means is a total sum of the weight of the paper and envelope discharged to the discharge section. The weight is detected.

  According to the first aspect of the present invention, the weight of the content detected by the content weight detection means, the weight of the envelope detected by the envelope weight detection means, and the envelope size detected by the envelope size detection means Based on the above, the postage of the delivery consisting of the contents and the envelope is calculated by the postage calculation means, so it is possible to automatically calculate the postage of the delivery including the envelope, thereby preventing the user from making an error in the postage. Can do.

  According to the invention described in claim 2, since the weight of the paper printed by the printing means is detected by the content weight detecting means as the contents, the weight of the paper when the paper output from the apparatus is sent is It can be easily detected using the content weight detection means provided in.

  According to the invention described in claim 3, based on the postage printing instruction input received by the operation unit, the postage calculated by the postage calculating unit is printed on the envelope by the printing unit. Therefore, the user can send the delivery based on the shipping cost information printed on the envelope, and more reliably prevent a shipping error.

  According to the fourth aspect of the present invention, the sending information read by the reading means is printed on the envelope by the printing means based on the sending information print instruction input received by the operation means. Therefore, it is possible to save the user from having to write the sending information directly on the envelope, thereby improving work efficiency. Further, since the sending information can be obtained by reading from the document, any sending information can be printed on the envelope for the user.

  According to the fifth aspect of the present invention, the sending information selected by the user from the sending information stored in advance in the storage means is printed on the envelope by the printing means. In this way, the sending information can be obtained by simply selecting the sending information prepared in advance, and the work efficiency is improved.

  According to the sixth aspect of the present invention, the total weight obtained by summing the weights of the paper and the envelope discharged to the discharge portion is provided by the content weight detection means provided in the discharge portion and shared with the envelope weight detection means. Detected. Therefore, the paper and the envelope can be discharged to the discharge unit, and the total weight of the paper and the envelope can be detected at a time, thereby improving the working efficiency. Further, since the total weight can be detected by using one weight detection means (the weights of the paper and the envelope do not have to be detected by using different weight detection means), the cost can be reduced. Can do.

A copier as an example of an image forming apparatus according to the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings. FIG. 1 is a sectional view schematically showing an internal configuration of a copying machine as an example of an image forming apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. The copying machine 1 includes a main body unit 10 having an image forming unit 100, a document feeding unit 200 and a document reading unit 300 installed above the main body unit 10, and a paper feeding unit 400 installed at a lower part of the main body unit 10. The operation display unit 500 and the detection unit 600 installed in the front part of the main body unit 10 are provided.

The document reading unit 300 reads a document and generates image data corresponding to the document. A document reading unit 300 is a scanner 301 including a CCD (Charge Coupled Device) sensor that generates image data from an optically acquired document image, an exposure lamp, and the like.
The contact glass 302 and the contact glass 303 are provided on the upper surface thereof. The document reading unit 300 is obtained by scanning a document (including an addressed document to be described later) placed on the contact glass 302 or a document conveyed by the document feeding unit 200 so as to be in contact with the contact glass 303. The image data is output to the control unit 20 described later.

  The document feeding unit 200 feeds a document to the document reading unit 300. The document feeding unit 200 includes a document placement unit 201, a carry-in drive unit 202 including a carry-in roller, a conveyance roller 203, a discharge roller 204, a paper discharge table 205, and a document detection switch 206 that detects the presence or absence of a document. Thus, the originals placed on the original placement unit 201 are automatically conveyed one by one in contact with the contact glass 303 and discharged onto the paper discharge tray 205 after exposure scanning of the originals. Further, the document feeding unit 200 is configured to be retractable, and when the upper surface of the contact glass 302 is lifted upward, the document to be read, for example, a book that is opened in a spread state, is opened on the upper surface of the contact glass 302. Etc. can be placed.

  The paper feeding unit 400 feeds paper to the image forming unit 100. The paper feed unit 400 is a manual paper feed including paper feed cassettes 401 and 402 that store sheets of various sizes (recording paper), a manual feed tray 4031 configured to be openable and closable at one side of the main body unit 10, and the like. Part 403 is provided. Paper and envelopes are fed from the manual paper feed unit 403. The paper feed unit 400 includes a transport path 404 that transports paper from the paper feed cassettes 401 and 402 to the image forming unit 100, and a transport path 405 that transports paper from the manual paper feed unit 403 to the image forming unit 100. . Each of the paper feed cassettes 401 and 402 and the manual paper feed unit 403 includes pickup rollers 406, 407, and 408 for taking out the stored paper, and paper feed rollers 409, 410, and 411 for feeding the paper one by one to the transport path. I have.

  The transport path 404 includes transport rollers 412 and 413 for transporting paper, and registration rollers 414 for waiting the transported paper in front of the image forming unit 100. The conveyance path 405 merges with the conveyance path 404 on the upstream side of the registration rollers 414.

  The image forming unit 100 performs predetermined image formation (printing) on the paper conveyed by the paper supply unit 400. The image forming unit 100 includes a photosensitive drum 101 rotatably supported in the direction of the arrow shown in the figure, a charging unit 102 disposed around the photosensitive drum 101, a developing unit 103, a cleaning unit 104, and a laser. A scanning unit 105, a transfer roller 106, and a fixing roller 107 are provided.

The charging unit 102 uniformly charges the surface of the photosensitive drum 101 to a predetermined potential. The laser scanning unit 105 irradiates the surface of the photosensitive drum 101 with a laser beam based on image data transmitted from an image storage unit 30 described later, and forms an electrostatic latent image on the surface of the photosensitive drum 101. . The developing unit 103 makes the image (original image) appear by attaching toner to the electrostatic latent image. The transfer roller 106 is for transferring the toner image that has been manifested on the photosensitive drum 101 to the sheet while the conveyed sheet is pressed against the photosensitive drum 101. The fixing roller 107 fixes the toner image transferred to the paper. The fixing roller 107 includes a heat roller and a pressure roller (not shown). The toner on the paper is melted by the heat of the heat roller, and the pressure is applied by the pressure roller to fix the toner on the paper. The cleaning unit 104 cleans the toner remaining on the surface of the photosensitive drum 101 after the transfer of the image onto the paper is completed.

  A paper discharge unit 108 is provided on the upper portion of the main body 10, and the paper conveyed from the fixing roller 107 is discharged to the paper discharge unit 108 by the discharge roller 109. Further, the sheet conveyed from the fixing roller 107 is discharged to the discharge tray 112 by the discharge roller 110. The discharge tray 112 can be moved up and down by an elevating mechanism 113 so as to be adjusted to a reference position suitable for paper discharge. The lifting mechanism 113 lowers the height position of the discharge tray 112 when the paper discharged from the apparatus or the contents for detecting the weight of a delivery to be described later is placed on the discharge tray 112. The position is adjusted so that paper and envelopes to be discharged later are suitably discharged (placed) on the discharge tray 112 without clogging. The paper transport direction is switched between the discharge roller 109 side and the discharge roller 110 side by the discharge branch guide 111.

  The operation display unit 500 performs a predetermined instruction input according to a user operation. The operation display unit 500 displays a start key 501 for a user to input a print execution instruction, a numeric keypad 502 for inputting the number of copies to be printed, operation guide information for inputting various copying operation settings, and the like. In addition, a display 503 (display) including a liquid crystal display (LCD) on which various operation buttons and the like are displayed is provided.

  The detection unit 600 detects the weight of a sheet or a content such as a document or a book, the weight of an envelope, and the size of the envelope. The detection unit 600 includes a weight sensor 601, a first envelope sensor 602, and a second envelope sensor 603. The weight sensor 601 is a digital weight meter including a so-called load cell, and is provided in the discharge tray 112 to detect the weight of a sheet or a content such as a document or a book placed on the discharge tray 112.

  The first envelope sensor 602 includes, for example, a slide type potentiometer (slide type linear sensor), and has a length in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction of the envelope placed on the manual feed tray 4031 (hereinafter, this length is referred to as a lateral dimension). Is detected. When detecting the lateral dimension of the envelope, the envelope is sandwiched between the pair of guides 4032 provided on the manual feed tray 4031 and slidable in the direction perpendicular to the conveying direction so as to match the lateral dimension (both ends) of the envelope. The position of the guide 4032 at this time is detected by the first envelope sensor 602. Based on this detection information, the lateral dimension of the envelope is calculated.

  The second envelope sensor 603 detects the presence or absence of an envelope that passes through the second envelope sensor 603. The second envelope sensor 603 includes, for example, a light source that emits light that crosses the transport path 405 in a predetermined direction and a light receiving element that receives light emitted from the light source. The second envelope sensor 603 emits light emitted from the light source when the envelope exists (passes), and is emitted from the light source when the envelope does not exist (passes through). Utilizing the fact that light is received by the light receiving element, the length of the envelope passing through the second envelope sensor 603 in the conveyance direction (hereinafter, this length is referred to as a vertical dimension) is detected. In other words, the second envelope sensor 603 detects the vertical dimension of the envelope based on the passage time information of the envelope being conveyed through the conveyance path 405 with respect to the second envelope sensor 603.

  Note that detection signals (detection information) from the weight sensor 601, the first envelope sensor 602, and the second envelope sensor 603 are output to the control unit 20 described later.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing a schematic configuration of the copying machine 1 shown in FIG. The copying machine 1 includes a control unit 20 that controls operation of the entire apparatus. The control unit 20 includes an image forming unit 100 including a laser scanning unit 105 and a fixing roller 107, a document feeding unit 200 including a document placement unit 201 and a conveyance roller 203, and a document including a scanner 301 and a contact glass 302. Reading unit 300, paper feed cassette 401, 402, paper feed unit 400 comprising transport paths 404, 405, etc., operation display unit 500 comprising start key 501, display 503, etc., weight sensor 601, first and second envelope sensors A detection unit 600, an image storage unit 30, an image processing unit 40, and the like including 602 and 603 are connected.

  The image storage unit 30 is a memory that temporarily stores image data of a document read by the document reading unit 300 and image data transmitted from an external device via a network I / F unit (not shown).

  The image processing unit 40 performs various image processing on the image data. The image processing unit 40, for example, performs image processing for matching the image size of the read original with the paper size (or envelope size) to be printed, that is, enlargement / reduction processing for enlarging or reducing the image size of the original image, A layout process for arranging an image at a predetermined position on a sheet (or envelope) is performed.

  The control unit 20 includes a ROM (Read Only Memory) that stores a control program of the copying machine 1, a RAM (Random Access Memory) that temporarily stores data, a microcomputer that reads and executes a control program from the ROM, and the like. The entire apparatus is controlled in accordance with predetermined instruction information input in the operation display unit 500 or the like and detection signals from various sensors provided in various parts of the apparatus. The control unit 20 includes a mode setting unit 21, an envelope size calculation unit 22, a weight calculation unit 23, a postage calculation unit 24, a data table storage unit 25, an address information storage unit 26, a display control unit 27, and an address / postage print control unit 28. It has.

  The mode setting unit 21 is a mode for performing normal copying (hereinafter referred to as a normal mode), a mode for printing the address and postage on the envelope, and detecting the weight of the envelope, paper or other contents ( Hereinafter, one of “envelope mode” is set. In the mode setting unit 21, the normal mode is set when the envelope mode is not set. For example, the mode setting unit 21 sets the envelope mode in response to an input instruction when the user presses an unillustrated envelope mode button on the operation display unit 500. Further, when the envelope mode is set in the mode setting unit 21, the mode setting unit 21 activates each sensor of the detection unit 600 so that each weight and envelope size can be detected. A setting change process is performed so that the address and shipping cost can be printed.

  The envelope size calculation unit 22 calculates (detects) the envelope size (the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the envelope) based on the detection signals (detection information) output from the first envelope sensor 602 and the second envelope sensor 603. It is. The envelope size calculation unit 22 calculates the lateral dimension of the envelope based on detection information regarding the position of the guide 4032 when the envelope is sandwiched by the first envelope sensor 602, and the second envelope sensor 603 by the second envelope sensor 603. The vertical dimension of the envelope is calculated based on the detection information of the passage time of the envelope with respect to. In this case, the vertical dimension is calculated by multiplying the passage time by the envelope passage speed (the envelope conveyance speed when passing through the second envelope sensor 603). The passage speed is obtained by actually measuring the apparatus, and is stored in advance in the envelope size calculation unit 22 or the like.

Based on the detection information from the weight sensor 601, the weight calculation unit 23 is configured to receive a product placed on the discharge tray 112, that is, a paper or envelope discharged from the main body unit 10, or a sent item including a document or a book. The weight is calculated. The weight calculation unit 23 integrates the weights of the respective items each time the items are placed on the discharge tray 112 in the envelope mode. For example, when a sheet discharged from the main body 10 is placed on the discharge tray 112, first, the weight of the sheet is calculated. Next, when the envelope is ejected and placed on the paper, the weight of the envelope is integrated with respect to the weight of the paper, that is, the total weight of the weight of the paper and the envelope is calculated. The

  The postage calculation unit 24 calculates the postage of the delivery based on the envelope size calculated by the envelope size calculation unit 22 and the total weight information of the delivery calculated by the weight calculation unit 23. When calculating the shipping cost, the shipping cost calculation unit 24 uses, for example, a data table having information indicating the relationship between the size of the envelope, the total weight of the sent items, and the shipping cost as shown in FIG. In the data table shown in FIG. 4, the total weight and the charge are set in the case of sending by regular mail outside the fixed form / standard form and in the case of special handling sent by express delivery. For example, in the case of regular mail in regular mail, the total weight is up to 25 g, 80 yen, up to 50 g, 90 yen, in the case of non-standard weight, the total weight is up to 50 g, 120 yen, up to 75 g, 140 yen, ... 4kg Up to 1,350 yen is set.

  By the way, the above-mentioned fixed form is one in which the dimensions of each side of the delivered item are, for example, length (vertical dimension) 14 to 23.5 cm, width (lateral dimension) 9 to 12 cm, thickness 1 cm, and weight 50 g. Yes, other than this is out of fixed form. Thus, for example, when the envelope size is 25 cm in the vertical dimension and 10 cm in the horizontal dimension and the total weight of the delivery (contents and envelope) is detected to be 40 g, the vertical dimension of the envelope is fixed. Therefore, it is out of the fixed form regardless of the thickness of the envelope (delivery). In this case, using the above data table, the postage is 120 yen (in case of express delivery) 390 yen obtained by adding 270 yen for the express delivery fee to 120 yen is a shipping fee).

  Also, for example, if the envelope size is within the standard size range of vertical dimension: 15 cm, horizontal dimension: 10 cm, and the total weight of the shipment is 50 g, the shipping cost of the shipment in this case is , "Standard: 90 yen, non-standard: 120 yen, standard express delivery: 360 yen (90 yen + 270 yen), fixed express delivery: 390 yen (120 yen + 270 yen)" and two cases of fixed and non-standard are calculated The However, if the total weight of the shipment exceeds 50 g (for example, 100 g), it will be out of the fixed form regardless of the size of the envelope, so "Shipping: 160 yen, express delivery: 430 yen (160 yen + 270 yen)", etc. The postage for one case outside the fixed form is calculated. In the data table shown in FIG. 4, the total weight of the sent items is shown up to 4 kg.

  The data table storage unit 25 stores the data table.

  The address information storage unit 26 stores so-called default address information (hereinafter referred to as prescribed address information). Here, the address information (send information) is, for example, information for specifying a company name or personal name (sender or receiver), or a destination such as an address or residence. For example, address information frequently used by the user is registered.

  The display control unit 27 causes the operation display unit 500 to sequentially display various input screens in the normal mode and the envelope mode. In the envelope mode, the display control unit 27 includes an image including address information obtained by reading an addressed document described later by the document reading unit 300 and a plurality (or one) of specified address information. An address information selection screen or the like is displayed on the operation display unit 500.

In addition, the display control unit 27 causes the operation display unit 500 to display the shipping cost calculated by the shipping cost calculation unit 24. In this case, as described above, the operation display unit 500 displays, for example, “standard: 90 yen, non-standard: 120 yen, fixed express: 360 yen, fixed external express, depending on the size of the envelope and the total weight of the delivered items. : 390 yen "or the like, and the shipping fee in the case of two cases of fixed or non-standard is displayed, or for example," shipping fee: 160 yen, express delivery: 430 yen ", etc.

  The address / postage printing control unit 28 is calculated by the address information obtained by reading the original document by the original reading unit 300 and the postage calculation unit 24 based on the instruction input by the user received by the operation display unit 500. The postage that has been printed is printed on the envelope by the image forming unit 100. Here, the address original is, for example, an original in which the address information is handwritten or word processor printed by the user. This addressed document may have a predetermined form (document size).

  When printing the address information on the envelope, first, address information for printing on the envelope is obtained by reading the address document by the document reading unit 300 or selecting the specified address information. Then, by inputting a print instruction by pressing the start button 501 or the like (input of sending information print instruction), the envelope placed on the manual paper feed unit 403 is carried into the apparatus and conveyed to the image forming unit 100. The address information is printed on the envelope. Thereafter, the envelope on which the address information is printed is discharged to the discharge tray 112.

  When printing the postage on the envelope, first, in the operation display unit 500, information on whether the envelope is fixed or non-standard is input. Thereafter, for example, by inputting a print instruction (postage print instruction input) by pressing the start button 501 or the like, the envelope placed on the manual paper feed unit 403 is carried into the apparatus and conveyed to the image forming unit 100. The postage corresponding to the fixed form or the non-standard form is printed at a predetermined position of the envelope, for example, a position (in the region) where a stamp is pasted. Thereafter, the envelope on which the shipping cost is printed is discharged to the discharge tray 112.

  However, as described above, if the envelope size is out of the standard size range, or if the total weight of the shipment is greater than 50 g, it will be out of the standard size. The configuration may be such that the shipping cost printing instruction is input and the shipping cost is printed without inputting such information. In addition, if the said mailing cost is printed in the position which sticks a stamp, the said mailing cost can be hidden by sticking a stamp on this printed mailing cost in the case of actual sending.

  In addition, the standard / non-standard information is input to the envelope at the time of postage printing by actually putting the paper output by the copying machine 100 (paper to be sent) into the envelope, for example, the thickness of the envelope After confirming whether or not the thickness is up to 1 cm in the above-mentioned standard (you may confirm whether it is regular or non-standard in consideration of not only thickness but also length or width) This is because information on whether it is fixed or non-standard is input and the postage for either fixed or non-standard is printed. Accordingly, it is possible to more reliably prevent a shipping error in shipping due to a difference between the standard and non-standard selections, and thus a shipping error by the user.

  FIG. 3 is a flowchart showing an example of the operation of the copying machine 1 in the envelope mode when the paper output from the apparatus is sent as contents. First, in the normal mode, a predetermined image is printed on a sheet, and the sheet is discharged from the main body 10 to the discharge tray 112 and placed on the discharge tray 112. Then, the envelope mode is set in the mode setting unit 21 by pressing the envelope mode button in the operation display unit 500 (step S1).

When the address information to be printed on the envelope is obtained by reading by the document reading unit 300 (YES in step S2), the address document placed on the contact glass 302 is read by the document reading unit 300 to obtain address information. (Step S3). Then, address information (original image) obtained from the address original is displayed on the operation display unit 500 (display 503) (step S4). The address information displayed on the operation display unit 500 is confirmed by the user, and if this address information is acceptable (YES in step S5), the address information is confirmed by pressing a confirmation button (not shown) in the operation display unit 500, for example. The input signal is received by the address / postage printing control unit 28 (step S6). If this address information is not satisfactory (NO in step S5), the process returns to step S3 and the original document reading unit 300 reads the address original again. However, this re-reading of the addressed manuscript is, for example, reading of another addressed manuscript whose address information is changed (for example, rewritten by the user) in order to correct (correct) the contents, or, for example, The same addressed manuscript (address information is not changed) is read when a suitable read image of the addressed manuscript cannot be obtained because the addressed manuscript is inclined and placed on the contact glass 302. May be.

  In the above step S2, when the address information is not obtained by reading by the document reading unit 300 (NO in step S2), the prescribed address information stored in advance in the address information storage unit 26 is read by the display control unit 27. (Step S7), the specified address information is displayed on the operation display unit 500 (Step S8). Then, predetermined address information is selected from the specified address information displayed on the operation display unit 500 by the user, and a signal indicating the selection is received by the address / postage printing control unit 28 (step S9). ).

  Next, an envelope is placed on the manual paper feed unit 403 (manual tray 4031), the envelope is sandwiched by a pair of guides 4032 so as to match the lateral dimension of the envelope, and the position of the guide 4032 by the first envelope sensor 602 is inserted. Based on the detected information, the envelope size calculator 22 detects the lateral dimension of the envelope (step S10). Thereafter, when the start button 501 is pressed, the envelope placed on the manual paper feed unit 403 is carried into the transport path 405 (step S11), and the envelope of the envelope by the second envelope sensor 603 disposed in the transport path 405 is displayed. Based on the detection information related to the passage time, the envelope size calculation unit 22 detects the vertical dimension of the envelope (step S12). Then, the envelope is conveyed to the image forming unit 100, the address information is printed on the envelope (step S13), and then discharged to the discharge tray 112 (step S14). However, when printing the address information in step S13, the image processing unit 40 enlarges or reduces the image size of the addressed document so that the image size of the addressed document read by the document reading unit 300 matches the envelope size. Reduced.

  As described in step S1, the paper has already been discharged (placed) on the discharge tray 112, and the envelope discharged in step S14 is placed on the paper. Information regarding the weight of the paper and the envelope is detected by the weight sensor 601, and the total weight of the delivery is detected by the weight calculation unit 23 based on this detection information (step S15). Next, based on the total weight information detected by the weight calculation unit 23 and the data table stored in the data table storage unit 25, the postage calculation unit 24 calculates the postage of the delivery. In step S16, the shipping cost calculated by the shipping cost calculation unit 24 is displayed on the operation display unit 500 (step S17).

  Next, the envelope discharged and placed on the discharge tray 112 in step S14 is placed again on the manual paper feed unit 403 by the user, and the envelope is fixed or out of the fixed form on the operation display unit 500. If the postage printing instruction is input by pressing the start button 501 after the information regarding whether or not to make these items express is input (YES in step S18), the information is placed on the manual sheet feeder 403. The envelope is fed to the image forming unit 100 (step S19), and the image forming unit 100 prints the fixed form or out of the fixed form, or the postage for speeding them up at a predetermined position on the envelope (step S20). The paper is discharged to the discharge tray 112. If no postage printing instruction is input (NO in step S18), the flow ends.

  In the flowchart, the sheet output from the copying machine 1 is used as the contents to be sent. However, when the contents are a document or a book other than the sheet, the discharge tray is used in step S1. No paper is placed on 112, and instead, contents such as documents and books may be placed on the discharge tray 112.

  As described above, according to the image forming apparatus of the present invention, the weight of the contents (paper) and the weight of the envelope calculated (detected) by the weight calculation unit 23 based on the detection information by the weight sensor 601, Based on the information about the envelope size (vertical and horizontal dimensions of the envelope) calculated (detected) by the envelope size calculation unit 22 based on the detection information from the second envelope sensors 602 and 603, the contents and the envelope are included. Since the postage of the sent item is calculated by the postage calculating unit 24, the postage of the sent item including the envelope can be automatically calculated, and consequently, an error in the postage by the user can be prevented.

  Further, since the weight sensor 601 detects the weight of the sheet on which a predetermined image is printed by the image forming unit 100 as the weight of the contents, the weight of the sheet when the sheet output by the copying machine 1 is sent is calculated. The weight sensor 601 provided in the copying machine 1 can be used for easy detection.

  Further, based on the postage printing instruction input received by the operation display unit 500, the postage calculated by the postage calculation unit 24 is printed on the envelope by the image forming unit 100. Therefore, the user can send the delivery based on the shipping cost information printed on the envelope, and more reliably prevent a shipping error.

  Further, the image forming unit 100 sends the sending information obtained by reading the address document by the document reading unit 300 based on the sending information print instruction input for printing the sending information on the envelope received by the operation display unit 500. Printed on an envelope. Therefore, it is possible to save the user from having to write the sending information directly on the envelope, thereby improving work efficiency. Further, since the sending information can be obtained by reading from the addressed original, the sending information can be printed on the envelope based on the address original arbitrarily created (described) by the user.

  Also, the sending information selected by the user from the prescribed sending information stored in advance in the address information storage unit 26 is printed on the envelope by the image forming unit 100. In this way, the sending information can be obtained simply by selecting the sending information prepared in advance, and as a result, the work efficiency can be improved.

  In addition, the total weight obtained by adding the weights of the paper discharged from the discharge tray 112 and the envelope is detected by one weight sensor 601 provided in the discharge tray 112. Therefore, the paper and envelope can be discharged to the discharge tray 112, and the total weight of the paper and envelope can be detected at one time (with one detection operation) using one weight sensor, thereby reducing the cost. In addition, work efficiency can be improved.

In addition, this invention can take the following aspects.
(A) The weight sensor may be provided in the manual paper feed unit 403 (manual tray 4031) without being provided in the discharge tray 112. In this case, first, the sheet or other contents output by the copying machine 1 is placed on the manual sheet feeding unit 403 to calculate (detect) the weight of the contents, and then the contents are stored. After removing the paper from the manual paper feed unit 403, the envelope is placed on the manual paper feed unit 403, and the total weight of the envelope is obtained to obtain the total weight of the delivery, and then the envelope size is detected. The address information may be printed. In addition, when performing the integration of the weight, the operation display unit 500 is provided with, for example, an integration button, and each weight value is integrated by pressing the integration button every time the contents and the envelope are detected. It may be.

  (B) Weight sensors may be provided in both the discharge tray 112 and the manual paper feed unit 403 (manual tray 4031). In this case, the weight of the contents may be detected in the discharge tray 112, and the weight of the envelope may be detected in the manual paper feed unit 403.

  (C) The data table shown in FIG. 4 does not include information on express delivery, that is, the shipping cost is calculated only by the difference between the fixed form and the non-standard form, and is determined (calculated) when the postage is outside the fixed form. When the address information is printed on the envelope (when the envelope size is detected), the postage may be printed together. Thereby, the address information and the postage for the envelope can be printed at a time, and the working efficiency is improved.

  (D) A plain envelope (with no address information printed) is directly placed on the discharge tray 112 without using the envelope discharged to the discharge tray 112 after the address information is printed from the manual sheet feeder 403. A configuration may be adopted in which the postage is displayed by detecting the weight of a sent article composed of a predetermined content and the envelope.

  (E) After calculating the total weight of the delivery by the weight calculation unit 23, the total display weight may be displayed on the operation display unit 500.

  (F) A configuration in which the copying machine 1 is communicably connected to a PC (external device) via a network such as a LAN, and the address information of each user transmitted from the PC may be used. The address information in this case is, for example, personal information input (registered) by each user with respect to the PC (for example, user name, user address, destination name and company name, address, address, postal code information). There may be.

  (G) The data table stored in the data table storage unit 25 may be configured to be able to be updated (rewritten) using an update data table in which the data table is updated. In this case, for example, the copying machine 1 is connected so as to be communicable with an external device such as a server via a network such as a LAN, the server is accessed at a predetermined time interval or a predetermined time, and an update data table in the server is stored. May be obtained (downloaded). Further, the update data table may be transmitted by accessing the copying machine 1 from the server side. Alternatively, it may be configured such that communication between the copying machine 1 and the server is performed, for example, wirelessly.

  (H) The envelope size (vertical dimension and horizontal dimension) is not detected separately using two sensors such as the first and second envelope sensors 602 and 603, but once using, for example, one CCD line sensor. It is also possible to have a configuration for detecting the above.

  (I) Instead of detecting the envelope size by the first and second envelope sensors 602 and 603, the configuration may be such that the user inputs the envelope size from the operation display unit 500. The input of the envelope size may be input by a numerical value indicating each dimension of the envelope, for example, or may be input by specifying a specified size such as A4 or B5.

  (J) The structure which can designate the printing position of the mailing cost with respect to an envelope may be sufficient. In this case, the operation display unit 500 may be provided with, for example, a print position designation button, and the print position of the postage may be designated by pressing this button.

(K) Rather than detecting the total weight of the delivery using the weight sensor 601, for example, a general upper pan weighing (base weighing) is provided at a predetermined location of the copying machine 1, and the upper pan weighing is measured. A configuration may be used in which the weight of a sent item is measured and the measured value is input from, for example, the operation display unit 500 to calculate a shipping fee.

1 is a cross-sectional view schematically showing an internal configuration of a copying machine as an image forming apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. 1 is a block diagram showing a schematic configuration of a copying machine. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an example of the operation of the copying machine in an envelope mode when a sheet output from the apparatus is sent as contents. It is a figure which shows an example of the data table used for a mailing cost calculation.

Explanation of symbols

1 Copying machine (image forming device)
DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 10 Main body part 20 Control part 21 Mode setting part 22 Envelope size calculation part 23 Weight calculation part 24 Postage calculation part (postage calculation means)
25 Data table storage unit 26 Address information storage unit (storage means)
27 Display Control Unit 28 Address / Postage Printing Control Unit 30 Image Storage Unit 40 Image Processing Unit 100 Image Forming Unit (Printing Unit)
112 Discharge tray (discharge section)
113 Lifting mechanism 300 Document reading section (reading means)
400 Paper Feed Unit 403 Manual Paper Feed Unit 4031 Manual Tray 4032 Guide 500 Operation Display Unit (Operation Unit)
501 Start key 502 Numeric keypad 503 Display 600 Detection unit 601 Weight sensor (envelope weight detection means, contents weight detection means)
602 First envelope sensor (envelope size detection means)
603 Second envelope sensor (envelope size detection means)

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  1. An envelope weight detecting means for detecting the weight of the envelope for enclosing the predetermined contents;
    Content weight detection means for detecting the weight of the content;
    An envelope size detecting means for detecting the size of the envelope;
    The contents and the envelope based on the weight of the contents detected by the contents weight detecting means, the weight of the envelope detected by the envelope weight detecting means, and the envelope size detected by the envelope size detecting means An image forming apparatus, comprising: a shipping cost calculating means for calculating the shipping cost of a delivery consisting of:
  2. A printing unit for printing a predetermined image on paper;
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the content weight detection unit detects the weight of the sheet printed by the printing unit as the content.
  3. Further comprising an operation means for receiving a postage printing instruction input for printing the postage on an envelope;
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the printing unit prints the shipping cost calculated by the shipping cost calculation unit on the envelope based on a shipping cost printing instruction input received by the operation unit. .
  4. Further comprising reading means for reading a document having sending information for specifying a destination of the sending matter,
    The operation means receives a sending information print instruction input for printing the sending information on an envelope,
    The printing means prints the sending information read by the reading means on the envelope based on a sending information print instruction input received by the operation means. The image forming apparatus described.
  5. Storage means for storing sending information for specifying a destination of the sending matter,
    5. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the printing unit prints, on the envelope, sending information selected by a user from sending information stored in advance in the storage unit. .
  6. A discharge section for placing the paper discharged from the apparatus main body and the envelope;
    The content weight detection means is provided in the discharge part, and is shared with the envelope weight detection means,
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the content weight detection unit detects a total weight obtained by adding up the weights of the paper and the envelope discharged to the discharge unit.
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