JP2007091398A - Image forming device, method and program for controlling conveyance of recording paper, and recording medium - Google Patents

Image forming device, method and program for controlling conveyance of recording paper, and recording medium Download PDF

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JP2007091398A
JP2007091398A JP2005282165A JP2005282165A JP2007091398A JP 2007091398 A JP2007091398 A JP 2007091398A JP 2005282165 A JP2005282165 A JP 2005282165A JP 2005282165 A JP2005282165 A JP 2005282165A JP 2007091398 A JP2007091398 A JP 2007091398A
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An image forming apparatus that conveys recording paper without being deformed when performing double-sided printing by an inkjet method.
An image forming apparatus that uses ink and has a double-sided printing function, and includes a conveying unit that conveys recording paper and a pressurizing unit that presses the recording paper against the conveying unit, and performs double-sided printing. And a control means for controlling the recording paper printed on one side to stand by upstream in the transport direction of the transport means.
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  The present invention relates to an image forming apparatus, a recording paper conveyance control method, a program, and a recording medium, and more particularly to recording paper conveyance control when an image is formed by an inkjet method.

  Recently, inkjet printers and image forming apparatuses are widely used as serial printers. In this ink jet recording apparatus, since recording is performed with ink, there is no fixing step, and so-called fixing is achieved by drying the ink itself. Therefore, in general, recording is performed only on one side of the recording paper, and duplex recording is not performed. Therefore, when printing an image with a request for resource saving or double spread, after the recording on one side is completed, the discharged recording sheet is reversely fed and fed again to perform double-sided recording. .

  However, when performing double-sided recording, it is necessary for the user to operate in order to re-feed the recording paper on which the image is formed on one side and form an image on the side on which the image is not formed. The problem was occurring.

In order to solve such a problem, the invention of Patent Document 1 performs recording using a recording unit on the surface side of the recording medium, and again guides the recording medium to the conveying unit with the lower end of the recording medium as the leading end in the conveying direction. After setting to the recording start position on the back side, the conveying means is reversed, the recording medium is conveyed with the upper end of the recording medium as the leading end in the conveying direction, and the recording data is sent to the recording means to perform recording on the back side. Yes.
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However, when ink is applied, the paper will contain moisture (ink), and if left in this state for a long time while being sandwiched between rollers, the paper will curl or wave. Become.
In the ink jet system, the paper is transported through a narrow gap of 1 to 2 mm from the print head. Therefore, when the paper is transported while being deformed in this way to form an image, the paper hits the recording head and rubs. This greatly affects the paper conveyance performance, print quality, and overall quality of the apparatus.

  The present invention has been made in consideration of the above-described circumstances, and is an image forming apparatus that conveys a recording sheet without being deformed when performing double-sided printing by an inkjet method, a recording sheet conveyance control method, and It is an object of the present invention to provide a program for causing a computer to realize the functions of the image forming apparatus and the recording paper conveyance control method, and a computer-readable recording medium for recording the program.

  In order to solve the above-described problem, an invention according to claim 1 is an image forming apparatus using ink and having a double-sided printing function, wherein a conveying unit that conveys a recording sheet, and a recording sheet to the conveying unit. An image forming apparatus comprising: a pressurizing unit that pressurizes, and when performing double-sided printing, the image forming apparatus includes a control unit configured to control a single-sided recording sheet to stand by upstream in the transport direction of the transport unit. is there.

  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 paper type detection unit that detects a paper type of the recording paper, and the control unit transports the recording paper in the conveyance direction of the conveyance unit. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the control for waiting upstream is switched based on information obtained by the paper type detection means.

  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 a coating amount detection unit that detects a coating amount of ink when performing single-sided printing. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the control of waiting on the upstream side in the transport direction of the transport unit is switched based on the information obtained by the coating amount detection unit.

  According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to the first, second, or third aspect, the image forming apparatus further includes a humidity detecting unit that detects the humidity of the recording sheet when one-side printing is performed. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the control for making the apparatus stand by upstream in the conveying direction of the conveying means is switched based on the information obtained by the humidity detecting means.

  According to a fifth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to any one of the first to fourth aspects of the present invention, the image forming apparatus further comprises a water content detecting unit that detects a water content when single-sided printing is performed. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the control for making the apparatus stand by upstream in the conveying direction of the conveying means is switched based on the information obtained by the moisture content detecting means.

  A sixth aspect of the present invention is the image forming apparatus according to any one of the second to fifth aspects, wherein each of the detecting means estimates based on image data to be printed. is there.

  According to a seventh aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to any one of the third to sixth aspects, the range to be detected by each of the detecting means is defined.

  The invention according to claim 8 is an image forming apparatus that uses ink and has a double-sided printing function, and includes a conveying unit that conveys the recording paper, and a pressurizing unit that pressurizes the recording paper to the conveying unit, When performing double-sided printing, the image forming apparatus is characterized in that the total amount of ink applied for single-sided printing is regulated.

  According to a ninth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to the eighth aspect of the present invention, the image forming apparatus further includes a paper type detection unit that detects a paper type of the recording paper, and a total amount based on information obtained by the paper type detection unit. An image forming apparatus is characterized in that a regulation value is changed.

  According to a tenth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to the eighth or ninth aspect, the image forming apparatus includes a coating amount detection unit that detects a coating amount of ink when performing single-side printing, and is obtained by the coating amount detection unit. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the total amount restriction value is changed based on the information.

  According to an eleventh aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to the eighth, ninth, or tenth aspect, the image forming apparatus includes a humidity detecting unit that detects the humidity of the recording paper when performing single-sided printing, and is obtained by the humidity detecting unit. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the total amount restriction value is changed based on the information.

  A twelfth aspect of the present invention is the image forming apparatus according to any one of the eighth to eleventh aspects, further comprising a water content detecting unit that detects a water content of the ink when performing single-sided printing. The value of the total amount restriction is changed based on the information obtained by the image forming apparatus.

  According to a thirteenth aspect of the present invention, in the image forming apparatus according to any one of the tenth to twelfth aspects, the range to be detected by each of the detecting means is defined.

  A fourteenth aspect of the present invention is the image forming apparatus according to any one of the first to thirteenth aspects, wherein an end portion of the conveying means is tapered.

  A fifteenth aspect of the present invention is a recording paper conveyance control method for use in an image forming apparatus that includes a conveyance unit that conveys a recording paper while applying pressure, and that uses ink and has a double-sided printing function. When printing is performed, the recording paper conveyance control method is characterized in that conveyance control is performed so that the recording sheet printed on one side is placed on standby upstream of the conveyance unit in the conveyance direction.

The invention described in claim 16 is a program for causing a computer to realize the function of the image forming apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 14.
The invention described in claim 17 is a computer-readable recording medium on which the program according to claim 16 is recorded.

According to the present invention, when double-sided printing is performed in an inkjet image forming apparatus, it is possible to prevent the recording paper from waiting for a long time with the registration roller being sandwiched between the registration rollers. Images and jams can be prevented.
Further, by regulating the total amount of ink at the position where the recording paper is sandwiched between the registration rollers, the recording paper is not greatly deformed, and abnormal images and jams can be prevented.

Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.
FIG. 1 is a schematic configuration diagram of an inkjet image forming apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 1, the image forming apparatus 1 basically includes an image reading unit 2, an image forming unit 3, a paper feeding unit 4, a double-sided conveyance unit 5, a conveyance unit 6, and a paper discharge unit 7.

  The image reading unit 2 is a type of reading a document placed on the contact glass 20 by pressing it with a pressure plate 21. A light source 22, a first mirror 23, a second mirror 24, and a second mirror are located below the contact glass 20. 3 includes a mirror 25, an imaging lens 26, and an image sensor 27 such as a CCD. The light source 22 and the first mirror 23 are mounted on the first traveling body 28, and the second mirror 24 and the third mirror are mounted on the second traveling body 29, respectively. The first traveling body 28 and the second traveling body 29 are known ones that move in the sub-scanning direction at a 2-to-1 speed.

  The image forming unit 3 includes a recording head 30 as an inkjet head and an image processing circuit (not shown). The image data read by the image reading unit 2 or a communication control unit (not shown) from a computer or a local printer. The image data transferred from the computer connected to function as the image data is converted into data to be output by the image processing circuit, or is subjected to predetermined processing and output to the drive circuit of the recording head 30.

  The recording head 30 is mounted on the carriage 32, functions as a serial head, and scans and prints in the main scanning direction in units of a predetermined dot in the sub-scanning direction in accordance with an instruction from the drive circuit. When printing is performed for one scan (a predetermined number of dots), the recording paper is sent in the sub-scanning direction, and the recording head 30 repeats the operation of scanning in the main scanning direction for printing. When printing is performed up to the last line, the same operation is repeated from the first line in response to the supply of the next recording sheet.

  In scanning in the main scanning direction, droplets of a plurality of colors composed of droplet discharge heads are ejected onto a carriage 32 guided by a carriage guide 31 and movable in the main scanning direction (direction orthogonal to the recording paper transport direction). A plurality of recording heads 30 arranged side by side in the main scanning direction (nozzle rows are in the sub-scanning direction), or one or a plurality of recording heads having a plurality of nozzle rows for discharging a plurality of color droplets are arranged. It is mounted and image formation is performed while moving the carriage 32 in the main scanning direction.

  Each of the plurality of recording heads 30 includes four heads prepared for each color for ejecting black (Bk) ink, cyan (C) ink, magenta (M) ink, and yellow (Y) ink. Each color ink is supplied from the cartridge.

The paper feed unit 4 includes a paper feed tray 40, a pickup roller (main body paper feed roller) 41, a friction pad 42 and a registration roller 43. The pickup roller 41 abuts on the uppermost recording paper surface of the recording paper 44 stored in a stacked state in the paper feeding tray 40, pulls out the recording paper 44 from the paper feeding tray 40, and the friction pad 42 1 Each sheet is separated and sent to the registration roller 43.
These pickup rollers 41 and registration rollers 43 are driven by a paper feed motor, as can be seen from a control circuit (FIG. 2) to be described later, and on / off of driving force transmission is controlled by an electromagnetic clutch.

The transport unit 6 transports the recording paper 44 from the paper feed unit 4 to the image forming unit 3, from the image forming unit 3 to the paper discharge unit 7 or the double-sided transport unit 5, and from the double-sided transport unit 5 to the image forming unit 3.
A conveyance roller 58a is provided on the downstream side of the registration roller 43 in the recording paper conveyance direction, with the recording head 30 interposed therebetween, and a conveyance roller 58b is provided on the downstream side. It is stretched and driven by the main motor.

In the double-sided conveyance unit 5, double-sided conveyance rollers 53a, 53b, 53c, 53d, and 53e are arranged on the downstream side of the double-sided entrance roller 51 along the recording paper conveyance direction. The recording paper 44 on which the image is formed is conveyed by the second branch plate 74 from the double-side entrance roller 51 to the first double-side standby unit 53 via the double-side conveyance path 52.
Further, reversing rollers 55a and 55b are arranged in the second double-sided standby unit 55, and the recording paper 44 conveyed from the first double-sided standby unit 53 side is switched back to switch the first branch plate 54. Then, at least the double-sided exit roller 56 is driven and conveyed by a reverse motor.

  The paper discharge unit 7 is provided with conveyance rollers 58d, 58e, and 58f on the downstream side of the second conveyance roller 58b. Further, the paper discharge conveyance path 70 is provided with a conveyance roller 71 and a paper discharge roller 72. A double-sided entrance roller 51 is provided immediately downstream of the second branch plate 74 in the transport path 52, and these transport rollers are driven by a paper discharge motor. When printing is completed, the paper is discharged to the paper discharge tray 73.

  FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a control unit of the image forming apparatus according to the present embodiment. 2, a control unit 100 temporarily stores a CPU 101 that controls the entire image forming apparatus, a ROM 102 that stores programs executed by the CPU 101 and other fixed data, image data (print data), and the like. A RAM 103 that also functions as a work area, a non-volatile memory (NVRAM) 104 that retains data even while the apparatus is powered off, image processing that performs various signal processing, rearrangement, etc. on image data, and others An ASIC 105 that processes input / output signals for controlling the entire apparatus and a scanner control unit 106 that performs image reading by the image reading unit 2 and data processing of the read image are provided.

  The control unit 100 also has an external I / F 107 for transmitting and receiving data and signals used when receiving data from an external device, and a head drive for driving and controlling the recording head 30 of the image forming unit 3. A control unit 108 and a head driver 109 are provided, and five motors as a drive source, a paper feed motor 111, a main motor 112, a paper discharge motor 113, a double-sided motor 114, a reversing motor 115, and a motor driver for driving each motor are provided. Including motor drive units 116, 117, 118, 119, 120.

Further, the sheet feeding clutch 121, the branch solenoid 122, the reversing solenoid 123, and their drive units 124 are provided, and are controlled by the CPU 101 through the bus together with the drive units 108 and 116 to 120.
The control unit 100 further includes an I / O 125 for capturing detection signals from various sensors (for example, sensors for detecting the amount of ink applied, water content, humidity, and the like, and various sensors for printing and transporting recording paper). In addition, an operation panel 126 for inputting and displaying information necessary for the apparatus is connected.

  When the image reading unit 2 reads a document image, the control unit 100 processes the read image and stores it in a buffer in the scanner control unit 106. When print data or the like is received from an external host such as an information processing apparatus such as a personal computer, an image reading apparatus such as an image scanner, or an imaging apparatus such as a digital camera via the external I / F 107, the external I / F 107 is used. Is stored in the receive buffer included in.

  The CPU 101 reads out and analyzes image data from the scanner control unit 106 or the external I / F 107, performs necessary image processing, data rearrangement processing, and the like in the ASIC 105, and transfers print image data to the head drive control unit 108. Note that the generation of dot pattern data for image output based on external data may be performed by storing font data in the ROM 102, for example, or image data is converted into bitmap data by a printer driver on the external host side. The image may be developed and transferred to the image forming apparatus.

  The control described later is executed according to a program stored in the ROM 102. The program data of this program is transferred from a server (not shown) via, for example, the external I / F 107, or a CD-ROM or SD card (not shown). It is also possible to transfer the data from a recording medium via a recording medium driving device and download it to a hard disk device (not shown) or upgrade the version.

When the head drive control unit 108 receives image data (dot pattern data) corresponding to one row of each recording head 30, the head drive control unit 108 transfers the dot pattern data for one row to the head driver 109. A predetermined drive waveform is selectively applied to the actuator means for one line of the recording head 30 based on the pattern data.
As a result, droplets are ejected from the corresponding nozzles of the recording heads 30 and printing is performed. At that time, the recording paper 44 is stopped by transporting the recording paper 44 one line at a time or by the number of lines corresponding to the number of dots in the sub-scanning direction of the head, and discharging the droplets from the recording head 30. Printing for one line or the number of lines corresponding to the number of dots is printed on the recording paper 44 by scanning in one main scanning direction.

<Embodiment 1>
In the ink jet image forming apparatus as described above, when double-sided printing is performed, image data for replenishing ink, cleaning the recording head, and printing is prepared after printing on one side and before printing the other side. Therefore, there is a case where the recording paper 44 waits in a state of being caught by the transport roller 58a. Furthermore, the standby time may be extended for a long time depending on the influence of image processing, the printing status of the preceding paper, and the like.
Thus, when the recording paper 44 is in the state of being bitten by the transport roller 58a, the recording paper 44 is also sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 near the transport roller 58a.

The registration roller 43 has a structure as shown in FIG. 3, and includes a driving roller whose core is covered with a rubber layer, and a driven roller that is in pressure contact with the driving roller. Here, the rubber layer covering the core of the drive roller does not cover the core over the entire area, but the actuator of the registration sensor is arranged by cutting out the periphery of the central portion of the drive roller in the longitudinal direction. A driving force is transmitted from the SP motor to the drive roller side attached to the main body via a bearing via an electromagnetic clutch.
On the other hand, the driven roller is also supported by pressure bearings at both ends, but the support is not fixed, and the driven roller can be slid in the direction of the driving roller by a spring so that the driving roller can be pressurized ( (See FIG. 4).

  However, when single-sided printing is performed, the recording paper 44 contains moisture (ink), and if left in a state sandwiched between the registration rollers 43, the recording paper 44 is deformed and curled or waved. End up.

  In order to prevent such a situation, the recording paper 44 should not be placed between the registration rollers 43, or may be placed in the double-sided conveyance path 50, the first double-sided standby unit 53, and the second double-sided standby unit 55. . However, since the double-sided conveyance path 50, the first double-side standby unit 53, and the second double-side standby unit 55 are far from the image forming unit 3, the output productivity does not increase. Therefore, output productivity can be improved by adopting a configuration in which the leading end of the recording paper 44 is placed on a position as close as possible to the image forming unit 3, that is, on the upstream side in the conveyance direction of the registration roller 43.

  Hereinafter, as described above, a control method for waiting the recording paper 44 on the upstream side in the conveyance direction of the registration roller 43 will be described.

FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing a processing procedure for changing the transport mode in the first embodiment.
It is determined whether double-sided printing has been designated by the user from the host computer or the operation unit. If double-sided printing has not been instructed (step S11 / NO), the normal transport mode is set (step S14).
If double-sided printing is designated by the user (step S11 / YES), if the recording paper is not thin (step S12 / NO), the normal conveyance mode is set (step S14). Here, as for the thinness of the recording paper, a correspondence table between the paper type and its thickness is stored in advance, and the thickness is obtained from the correspondence table based on the paper type designated by the user with the computer or the operation unit. The determination is made using a predetermined threshold.
Also, the thickness of the recording paper is judged because it is unlikely that the recording paper 44 will be deformed even if double-sided printing is specified or the paper is sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 if the paper is thick. is there.

  On the other hand, if the recording sheet is thin (step S12 / YES), the conveyance change mode is set (step S13).

Here, when the normal conveyance mode is set, the recording paper 44 printed on one side waits in a state of being bitten by the conveyance roller 58a even when printing the other side even if duplex printing is designated. The conveyance is controlled as follows.
On the other hand, when the conveyance change mode is set, if the recording paper 44 is thin, the recording paper 44 will be deformed if it is sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 for a long time in a state where it is printed on one side. When printing, conveyance control is performed so that the recording paper 44 stands by with the leading edge of the recording paper 44 biting the registration roller 43.

  However, even if the recording paper 44 is a thin paper, if the amount of ink applied is small, the amount of moisture (ink) is small, and the recording paper 44 may not be deformed even if it is sandwiched between the registration rollers 43. In this case, normal conveyance control may be performed.

FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing a processing procedure for changing the transport mode in the first embodiment by determining the ink application amount.
It is determined whether double-sided printing has been designated by the user from the host computer or the operation unit. If double-sided printing has not been instructed (step S21 / NO), the normal transport mode is set (step S26).
If double-sided printing is designated by the user (step S21 / YES), if the recording paper is not thin (step S22 / NO), the normal conveyance mode is set (step S26).
The thickness of the recording paper is determined in the same manner as described above.

On the other hand, if the recording paper is thin (step S22 / YES), the ink application amount is detected (step S23), and if the application amount is small (step S24 / NO), the normal conveyance mode is set (step S26).
If the ink application amount is large (step S24 / YES), the conveyance change mode is set (step S25).

  The amount of ink applied is estimated from the total amount of droplets ejected based on the image data to be printed. Alternatively, the amount of ink applied by measuring the amount of droplets ejected from the recording head 30 may be used. Whether the amount of ink applied is large or small is determined based on a predetermined value set in advance.

FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure for changing the conveyance mode in the first embodiment by determining the water content. In FIG. 7, the only difference is that the transport mode is set based on the water content contained in the recording paper 44 instead of the ink application amount of FIG.
As the water content, the amount of water estimated from the total amount of liquid droplets to be discharged based on image data to be printed is used. Alternatively, the moisture content of the directly printed recording paper may be detected using a moisture content sensor. Whether the water content is large or small is determined based on a predetermined value set in advance.

FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing a processing procedure for changing the conveyance mode in the first embodiment by determining the humidity of the recording paper. FIG. 8 is different in that the transport mode is set based on the humidity contained in the recording paper 44 generated by printing instead of the ink application amount of FIG.
As this humidity, the humidity is used from the amount of water estimated from the total amount of droplets ejected based on the image data to be printed. Or you may detect the humidity of the recording paper printed directly using a humidity sensor. Whether the humidity is high or low is determined based on a predetermined value (for example, 70% RH) set in advance.

In the above description, only when there is an instruction to print on both sides and thin paper, the normal conveyance mode and the conveyance change mode are switched with reference to various detection results (ink application amount, water content, humidity). I was doing. However, when an instruction for duplex printing is given, the normal conveyance mode and the conveyance change mode may be switched according to various detection results (ink application amount, water content, humidity) without determining the paper type.
Furthermore, various detection results (paper type, ink application amount, water content, humidity) are arbitrarily combined, and the normal conveyance mode and the conveyance change mode are set depending on whether the combination detection result satisfies a predetermined condition. You may make it switch.

In the description so far, when one-side printing is performed and the leading end of the recording paper 44 is bitten by the conveyance roller 58a and the range sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 is not printed, the leading end of the recording paper 44 is intentionally registered. It is not necessary to wait in a state of being bitten by the roller 43.
The same can be said for a printing state in which the recording paper 44 is not deformed even if it is sandwiched between the registration rollers 43.

Therefore, the leading end of the recording paper 44 is in a state of being bitten by the conveyance roller 58a, the printing state within the range sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 is detected, and the normal conveyance mode is set depending on whether or not the detection result satisfies a predetermined condition. You may make it switch between conveyance change modes.
For example, if the distance between the conveyance roller 58a and the registration roller 43 is 120 mm, a range sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 (hereinafter referred to as a detection range) is 100 mm to 140 mm. Here, the width of the detection range is a value set in advance for each registration roller 43.
Therefore, the mode is changed based on the various detection results (paper type, ink application amount, water content, humidity) described above only for this detection range (100 mm to 140 mm).

For example, in the case of FIG. 6 (ink application amount), the ink application amount within the above detection range is estimated from the image data or detected by the ink application amount sensor in “detection of ink application amount” in step S23. If the detected ink application amount is larger than a predetermined value, the conveyance change mode is set. Otherwise, the normal conveyance mode is set.
Similarly, in the other cases of FIG. 7 (water content) and FIG. 8 (humidity), the water content and humidity within the detection range are detected, and the transport change mode or the normal transport mode is set.

  Therefore, since the range for obtaining various detection results (paper type, ink application amount, water content, humidity) can be limited, the detection time is shortened and the productivity (copying and printing speed) is improved.

<Embodiment 2>
In the first embodiment, when performing duplex printing, the conveyance mode is changed depending on whether or not the portion of the recording paper 44 sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 after single-sided printing is deformed.
However, if the amount of moisture is such that the portion of the recording paper 44 sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 is not deformed, it is not necessary to change the transport mode.
In the second embodiment, in the double-sided printing, the total amount of ink discharged is regulated so that the recording paper 44 printed on one side by the registration roller 43 has a moisture amount that does not deform. Here, the total amount regulation means that the ink ejection amount is uniformly cut.
As a result, the paper type, ink application amount, water content, humidity, and the like are not detected as in the first embodiment, the cost of the apparatus is reduced, and the amount of ink is regulated. Even when waiting for a long time, deformation does not occur and the quality is improved.

Further, if the paper type, the ink application amount, the water content, the humidity, and the like are detected as in the first embodiment, the selection of the target to be regulated for the total amount becomes accurate, and the deterioration of the image quality due to the total amount regulation can be prevented.
FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing a processing procedure for restricting the total amount of ink applied in the second embodiment.
It is determined whether double-sided printing has been designated by the user from the host computer or the operation unit. If double-sided printing has not been instructed (step S51 / NO), setting is made so as not to restrict the total amount of ink applied (step S51). S55).

Further, when duplex printing is designated by the user (step S51 / YES), the ink application amount is detected (step S52). If the application amount is small (step S53 / NO), the total amount of ink application is restricted. It sets so that it may not exist (step S55). The amount of ink applied is estimated from the total amount of droplets ejected based on the image data to be printed. Whether the amount of ink applied is large or small is determined based on a predetermined value set in advance.
If the amount of ink applied is large (step S53 / YES), the total amount of ink applied is regulated (step S54).

As described above, when it is set not to restrict the total amount of ink applied, printing is performed with a normal ink amount in the print control, and printing on both sides is waited by the transport roller 58a ( Normal transport mode).
On the other hand, when it is set to regulate the total amount of ink applied, the printing control performs printing by cutting, for example, 80% of the normal ink amount, and printing on both sides is performed on the transport roller 58a. Waiting (normal transport mode).

Further, when waiting in a state where the leading edge of the recording paper 44 after single-sided printing is bitten by the conveyance roller 58a (normal conveyance mode), only the portion sandwiched between the registration rollers 43 (the detection range described in the first embodiment). The total amount of ink may be regulated.
In this case, “detection of ink application amount” in step S52 estimates the ink application amount from the image data in the detection range.

  Similarly, it is possible to set whether or not to regulate the total amount of ink by detecting the paper type, water content and humidity. In addition, various detection results (paper type, coating amount, water content, humidity) are arbitrarily combined, and whether or not the total amount of ink is regulated depending on whether or not the detection result of the combination satisfies a predetermined condition. Can be set.

  In the above description, even if the amount of moisture when recording on the recording paper is variable, the restriction value of the total amount restriction is constant. The total amount of ink discharge may be regulated so that the amount of water does not deform after recording (variable total amount regulation value).

As described above, even when printing is performed with the total amount regulated, the amount of moisture does not decrease, and deformation may occur when waiting on the registration roller 43. In this case, when the ink amount with the total amount regulated does not satisfy the predetermined condition, it is replaced with the transport change mode without regulating the total amount.
FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing a processing procedure for setting the total ink amount restriction and the change of the transport mode in the second embodiment.

  It is determined whether double-sided printing has been designated by the user from the host computer or the operation unit. If double-sided printing has not been instructed (NO in step S60), the total amount of ink applied is set not to be regulated ( In step S69), the normal transport mode is set (step S68).

  Further, when duplex printing is designated by the user (step S60 / YES), the ink application amount is detected (step S61), and if the application amount is small (step S62 / NO), the total amount of ink application is restricted. In addition, the normal conveyance mode is set (step S68). The amount of ink applied is estimated from the total amount of droplets ejected based on the image data to be printed. Whether the amount of ink applied is large or small is determined based on a predetermined value set in advance. Furthermore, the detection of the ink application amount may be performed only within a range sandwiched between the registration rollers 43.

  If the ink application amount is large (step S62 / YES), the ink application amount when the total amount restriction is performed on the ink application amount is calculated (step S63). The ink application amount when the total amount is regulated is a value obtained by multiplying the ink application amount when the total amount is not regulated by a total amount regulation value (for example, 80%).

When the ink application amount is small when the total amount restriction is performed (step S64 / NO), the total amount restriction of the ink application amount is set (step S67), and the normal transport mode is set (step S68).
On the other hand, when the ink application amount is large when the total amount restriction is performed (step S64 / YES), the total amount restriction of the ink application amount is not set (step S65), and the conveyance change mode is set (step S65). S66).

  Moreover, it can process similarly about each detected value of a paper kind, moisture content, and humidity. Also, any combination of these paper types, ink application amount, water content, and humidity can be processed in the same manner.

  By the way, the transport device used in the present invention is transported by independently driving the transport roller and the registration roller. In addition, since the rotation of the two rollers synchronizes and intermittently drives, there is a problem that if the feed amount of each roller is deviated, a loop is formed or the two rollers are pulled.

If a recording sheet with a large amount of moisture is sandwiched between the registration rollers in such a state, a crease may be formed at the end of the drive roller in which the rubber layer is cut out.
The following table shows whether or not a crease is formed by the shape of the end portion and the paper type.
Looking at this table, even when printing is performed on the entire surface of the cardboard (100%), the creases are not noticeable at any edge shape. However, when printing is performed on the entire thin paper or when printing is 80%, when the shape of the end portion of the driving roller is a corner or c0.5 (FIG. 11A), this end portion is an edge. As a result, the thin recording paper is creased.
However, if the end portion of the drive roller has a smooth shape as shown in FIGS. 11B and 11C, the end portion does not become an edge, so that even a thin recording sheet does not stand out.

Therefore, if the end portion of the notch portion of the registration roller used in the present invention is tapered, the folds can be made inconspicuous even for thin paper.
Further, by using such a registration roller to control the conveyance of the recording paper as described above, wrinkles, bulges, etc. during conveyance can be prevented, and the image quality can be improved.

The present invention is not limited only to the above-described embodiments. By making each function constituting the above-described embodiment into a program and writing it in a recording medium in advance, storing these programs recorded in the recording medium in a memory or a storage device, and executing the programs, It goes without saying that the object of the present invention is achieved. In this case, the program itself read from the recording medium realizes the functions of the above-described embodiment, and the program and the recording medium recording the program also constitute the present invention.
In addition, the program includes a case where the functions of the above-described embodiment are realized by processing in cooperation with an operating system or another application program based on an instruction of the program.

Note that the program for realizing the functions of the above-described embodiments includes a disk system (for example, a magnetic disk, an optical disk, etc.), a card system (for example, a memory card, an optical card, etc.), and a semiconductor memory system (for example, a ROM, a nonvolatile memory). Etc.) and a recording medium of any form such as a tape system (for example, magnetic tape, cassette tape, etc.). Or you may make it receive the said program stored in the memory | storage device via the network directly from the server computer. In this case, the storage device of this server computer is also included in the recording medium of the present invention.
As described above, by programming and distributing the functions of the above-described embodiment, the cost can be reduced, and the portability and versatility can be improved.

1 is a schematic configuration diagram of an inkjet image forming apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a control unit of the image forming apparatus according to the embodiment. FIG. It is a figure which shows the structure of a registration roller. It is a figure which shows the structure of the press part of a registration roller. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure for changing a conveyance mode in the first embodiment. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure for changing a conveyance mode in the first embodiment by determining an ink application amount. It is a flowchart which shows the process sequence which judges the moisture mode in Embodiment 1 and changes moisture content. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure for changing a conveyance mode according to the first exemplary embodiment by determining humidity of a recording sheet. 10 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure for regulating the total amount of ink application according to the second embodiment. 10 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure for setting a total ink amount restriction and a conveyance mode change in the second embodiment. It is a figure explaining the relationship between the shape of the edge part of a registration roller, and a crease | fold.

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Image forming apparatus, 2 ... Image reading part, 3 ... Image forming part, 4 ... Paper feed part, 5 ... Duplex conveyance part, 6 ... Conveyance part, 7 ... Paper discharge part, 20 ... Contact glass, 21 ... Pressure plate, DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 22 ... Light source, 23 ... 1st mirror, 24 ... 2nd mirror, 25 ... 3rd mirror, 26 ... Imaging lens, 27 ... Imaging element, 28 ... 1st traveling body, 29 ... 2nd traveling body, 30 ... Recording Head 31, carriage guide 32, carriage 40, paper feed tray 41, pickup roller 42, friction pad 43, registration roller 44, recording paper 50, 52, 57 double-sided conveyance path 51, double-sided Entrance roller 53... First double-sided standby unit, 53 a, 53 b, 53 c, 53 d, 53 e... Double-sided conveyance roller, 54 ... First branch plate, 55. 56: Double-side exit rollers, 58a, 58b Conveying roller, 58c ... conveying belt, 58d, 58e, 58f ... conveying roller pair, 70 ... discharging conveying path, 71 ... conveying roller, 72 ... discharging roller, 73 ... discharging tray, 74 ... second branch plate, DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 100 ... Control part, 101 ... CPU, 102 ... ROM, 103 ... RAM, 105 ... ASIC, 106 ... Scanner control part, 107 ... External I / F, 108 ... Head drive control part, 109 ... Head driver, 111 ... Paper feed Motor, 112 ... main motor, 113 ... paper discharge motor, 114 ... double-sided motor, 115 ... reverse motor, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 ... motor drive unit, 121 ... paper feed clutch, 122 ... branch solenoid, 123 ... Reverse solenoid, 124... Clutch drive unit, 125... I / O, 126.

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  1.   An image forming apparatus that uses ink and has a double-sided printing function, and includes a conveying unit that conveys recording paper and a pressurizing unit that presses the recording paper against the conveying unit. An image forming apparatus comprising: a control unit configured to control the recording sheet to stand by upstream in the conveyance direction of the conveyance unit.
  2.   The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising: a paper type detection unit that detects a paper type of the recording paper, wherein the control unit waits the recording paper upstream in the transport direction of the transport unit. An image forming apparatus that performs switching based on information obtained by a paper type detection unit.
  3.   The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising an application amount detection unit that detects an application amount of ink when performing single-sided printing, and the recording unit in the control unit upstream of the conveyance unit in the conveyance direction. An image forming apparatus characterized in that the control for waiting is switched based on information obtained by the application amount detecting means.
  4.   4. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a humidity detecting unit that detects a humidity of the recording paper when single-sided printing is performed, wherein the control unit has the recording paper upstream of the conveying unit in the conveying direction. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the control to wait is switched based on the information obtained by the humidity detecting means.
  5.   5. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a moisture content detection unit that detects a moisture content when single-sided printing is performed, and the control unit causes the recording sheet to be upstream in the conveyance direction of the conveyance unit. The image forming apparatus is characterized in that the control to wait is switched based on the information obtained by the water content detecting means.
  6.   6. The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein each of the detecting units estimates based on image data to be printed.
  7.   7. The image forming apparatus according to claim 3, wherein a range to be detected by each of the detecting units is defined.
  8.   An image forming apparatus that uses ink and has a double-sided printing function, and includes a conveying unit that conveys recording paper and a pressurizing unit that presses the recording paper against the conveying unit. An image forming apparatus, wherein the total amount of ink applied is regulated.
  9.   9. The image forming apparatus according to claim 8, further comprising a paper type detecting unit that detects a paper type of the recording paper, and changing a total amount regulation value based on information obtained by the paper type detecting unit. An image forming apparatus.
  10.   10. The image forming apparatus according to claim 8, further comprising a coating amount detection unit configured to detect a coating amount of ink when performing single-sided printing, and a total amount regulation value based on information obtained by the coating amount detection unit. An image forming apparatus characterized in that
  11.   11. The image forming apparatus according to claim 8, 9 or 10, further comprising humidity detecting means for detecting the humidity of the recording paper when single-sided printing is performed, and the total amount regulation value based on information obtained by the humidity detecting means. An image forming apparatus characterized in that
  12.   12. The image forming apparatus according to claim 8, further comprising a water content detecting unit that detects a water content of the ink when performing single-sided printing, and a total amount based on information obtained by the water content detecting unit. An image forming apparatus characterized by changing a regulation value.
  13.   13. The image forming apparatus according to claim 10, wherein a range to be detected by each of the detecting units is defined.
  14.   14. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein an end portion of the conveying unit is tapered.
  15.   A recording paper conveyance control method that is used in an image forming apparatus that uses ink and has a double-sided printing function, having conveyance means that conveys recording paper while applying pressure. When double-sided printing is performed, single-sided printing is performed. A conveyance control method for recording paper, characterized in that conveyance control is performed so that the recording paper stands by upstream in the conveyance direction of the conveyance means.
  16.   A program for causing a computer to realize the functions of the image forming apparatus according to claim 1.
  17.   A computer-readable recording medium on which the program according to claim 16 is recorded.
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