JP2010188601A - Common printer system, common printer, and method for discriminating print requesting source - Google Patents

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JP2010188601A
JP2010188601A JP2009035020A JP2009035020A JP2010188601A JP 2010188601 A JP2010188601 A JP 2010188601A JP 2009035020 A JP2009035020 A JP 2009035020A JP 2009035020 A JP2009035020 A JP 2009035020A JP 2010188601 A JP2010188601 A JP 2010188601A
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A shared printer system that can easily determine a POS terminal that is an issuer of information printed by a shared printer in a shared printer configuration shared by a plurality of POS terminals.
The LED lighting units 10a, 1a, 2a,... Are mounted on the shared printer 10 and the POS terminals 1, 2,..., Respectively, and the POS terminals 1, 2,. When the LED lighting units 1a, 2a,... Are lit in their own specific lighting colors and a print request is made to the shared printer 10, the POS is used as information for specifying the print request source together with the print information. The lighting color information indicating the lighting color unique to the terminal is included in the print request, transmitted to the shared printer 10, and the shared printer 10 that has received the print request prints the print information included in the print request. The LED lighting unit 10a is turned on until the requested printing information is printed with the lighting color indicated by the lighting color information.
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  The present invention relates to a shared printer system, a shared printer, and a printing request source determination method, and in particular, a shared printer system that can be effectively used in a store that operates by connecting a plurality of POS terminals to one receipt printer. The present invention relates to a shared printer and a printing request source determination method.

  A point-of-sales (POS) system is generally configured as one receipt printer for one POS terminal. However, in order to reduce costs and save space, When the POS terminals are adjacent to each other, as described in Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2002-002065 “Commodity Sales Registration Processing Device and Storage Medium” in Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2002-002065, one shared POS terminal is used for a plurality of POS terminals. There is also an installation configuration in which a receipt printer is arranged. However, at present, even in the case of the installation form of the shared receipt printer as described above, there are many cases where the configuration is one receipt printer for two POS terminals. However, there is an active movement to further promote cost reduction and space saving, and in the near future there will be many forms of arranging one shared receipt printer for any number of POS terminals. Absent.

Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2002-002065 (page 4-5)

  However, in the case of a shared printer system in which a plurality of POS terminals are connected to one receipt printer, even if a print request is sent from any POS terminal to the receipt printer, In this case, it usually has only a function for printing a receipt.

  Therefore, when a conventional receipt printer is used as a shared receipt printer of a shared printer system, information extra for the customer (for example, information about the POS terminal indicating the print request source) is not printed on the receipt to be given to the customer. Therefore, it is difficult to determine which POS terminal the receipt printed by the common receipt printer is the receipt issued based on the printing request, during printing or immediately after printing.

  Therefore, if it is not possible to determine from which POS terminal the receipt requested for printing is being printed or immediately after printing, the receipt is determined other than by manually checking the printed contents of the receipt after the printing is completed. There is no method, and the burden on the operator increases.

  In addition, when there is a possibility that a receipt print request regarding a similar purchased product may be generated from a plurality of POS terminals, there is a high possibility that the operator will provide an incorrect receipt to the customer. Also, when a plurality of POS terminals issue receipts at the same time, it is difficult to identify which POS terminal print information is printed.

  The present invention has been made in view of such circumstances, and in a shared printer configuration shared by a plurality of POS terminals, it is possible to easily determine the POS terminal that issued the information printed by the shared printer. It is an object of the present invention to provide a shared printer system, a shared printer, and a print request source determination method.

In order to solve the above-described problems, the shared printer system, the shared printer, and the print request source determination method according to the present invention employ the following characteristic configuration. The numbers (1) and (7) below correspond to the item numbers in the claims.
The following characteristic configuration is adopted.

(1) In a shared printer system in which one shared printer is shared by a plurality of POS terminals, each of the shared printer and each of the POS terminals is equipped with an LED (Light Emission Diode) lighting unit, and each of the POS terminals is When the printer is in operation, it lights up with a unique lighting color assigned in advance to each POS terminal, and when making a print request to the shared printer, along with print information indicating the print contents to be printed, A shared printer system that includes, as information for specifying a POS terminal that is a printing request source, lighting color information indicating a lighting color that is uniquely assigned to the POS terminal, and includes the printing request to transmit to the shared printer.
(7) In a shared printer shared by a plurality of POS terminals, an LED (Light Emission Diode) lighting unit is provided, and when a print request is received from one of the POS terminals, the print included in the print request A shared printer that starts printing information and lights the LED lighting unit in the lighting color indicated by the lighting color information included in the printing request.

  According to the shared printer system, shared printer, and print request source determination method of the present invention, the following effects can be obtained.

  While one shared printer connected to a plurality of POS terminals is performing a printing operation, an LED (Light Emission Diode) lighting unit provided in the shared printer is uniquely assigned to the requesting POS terminal. Since it is lit in the lit color, it is possible to easily determine the POS terminal from which a print request such as a receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.) is based on the print request. Thus, it is possible to greatly reduce the situation where the operator of the POS terminal mistakenly delivers different print materials, such as receipts, to the customer, thereby preventing human error.

1 is a system configuration diagram showing a configuration example of an embodiment of a shared printer system according to the present invention. 1 is a system configuration diagram illustrating a first connection configuration example of a shared printer system according to the present invention. FIG. It is a system block diagram which shows the 2nd connection structural example of the shared printer system which concerns on this invention. FIG. 10 is a system configuration diagram illustrating a third connection configuration example of the shared printer system according to the present invention.

  Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of a shared printer system, a shared printer, and a print request source determination method according to the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the following description of the shared printer system, a case of a receipt printer that prints a receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.) as a shared printer shared by a plurality of POS terminals will be described as an example. It may be a printer that prints data, a printer that prints tickets for various events, or any information that can be shared by a plurality of POS terminals. Absent.

(Features of the present invention)
Prior to the description of the embodiments of the present invention, an outline of the features of the present invention will be described first. The present invention relates to a shared printer system configured by connecting one printer, for example, a receipt printer as a shared receipt printer, to a plurality of POS terminals (Point of Sales). The shared receipt printer has a function of printing information received from each POS terminal in the form of a receipt (receipt or service ticket), and each of the shared receipt printer and each POS terminal has an LED (Light Emission). The LED lighting unit of the common receipt printer displays the printing status of the common receipt printer by the lighting color (and also by using the blinking interval in some cases), and each POS terminal LED lighting unit The main point is to display the operating status of each POS terminal, such as the operation, stoppage, and printing, in a lighting color that is uniquely assigned to each POS terminal (and in some cases also using a blinking interval and lighting brightness). Features.

  Here, each LED lighting unit of each POS terminal has its own lighting color determined in advance, and each POS terminal lights up with its own lighting color when in operation, and the shared receipt. LED lighting unit uniquely assigned to each POS terminal as information for specifying the POS terminal that is the print request source together with print information indicating the contents to be printed when a print request is transmitted to the printer The lighting color information indicating the lighting color is transmitted to the shared receipt printer. The shared receipt printer prints the received print information in the form of a receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.) and displays the requesting POS terminal during printing based on the transmitted color information. Then, the LED lighting unit of the shared receipt printer is turned on with the same lighting color as the lighting color information.

  Therefore, by visually checking the lighting color of the LED lighting unit that is lit on the shared receipt printer, which POS terminal is currently sending a print request, that is, from which POS terminal the shared receipt printer is currently sending It is possible to easily determine whether a receipt (receipt or service ticket) based on the print request is being printed.

  Here, the shared receipt printer may cause the LED lighting unit of the shared receipt printer to blink at a predetermined blinking interval according to the printing progress of the print information. When the number of print characters (or the number of lines) is less than a predetermined number, or when printing is completed, the LED lighting unit of the shared receipt printer may be blinked at a predetermined blinking interval. Thus, by blinking the display, the operator of the requesting POS terminal (POS terminal operator) goes to the shared receipt printer and takes action to take out the printed receipt (receipt or service ticket). The opportunity to get it.

  Further, as described above, the LED lighting unit of each POS terminal is also lit in the lighting color that is uniquely assigned in advance during operation. For example, a print request is made to the shared receipt printer. In some cases, in order to indicate that the printer is in the printing state, it blinks at a predetermined flashing interval for a predetermined period of time or until a report indicating that printing has been completed is received from the shared receipt printer, A dark spot display with reduced lighting brightness may be used.

  Further, the shared printer system according to the present invention employs an installation form in which the POS terminal and the shared receipt printer are separated and arranged at different locations. However, the shared receipt printer is installed within the range where the operator of each POS terminal (POS terminal operator) can visually check the lighting state of the LED lighting unit mounted on the shared receipt printer. It is desirable.

  It is also one of the features of the present invention that the merchandise sales information input to the POS terminal is automatically transferred to a common receipt printer and printed in the form of a receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.).

  By performing the printing operation as described above, it is possible to prevent the POS terminal operator from erroneously delivering a different receipt to the customer (customer), thereby reducing human error.

(Embodiment of the present invention)
Next, an embodiment of a shared printer system according to the present invention will be described. FIG. 1 is a system configuration diagram showing a configuration example of an embodiment of a shared printer system according to the present invention.

  As shown in FIG. 1, in the shared printer system according to an embodiment of the present invention, a plurality of POS terminals 1, POS terminals 2,... Are connected to a single shared receipt printer 10, and the shared receipt printer. 10 includes an LED lighting unit 10a that can be lit in a corresponding lighting color to each of the connected POS terminals 1, 2,..., And each of the POS terminals 1, POS terminals 2,. An LED lighting unit 1a, an LED lighting unit 2a,... That can be turned on with a lighting color unique to the POS terminal are provided.

  1 shows an example in which the shared receipt printer 10, the POS terminal 1, the POS terminal 2,... Are cascade-connected by signal cables 20, 21, 22,. Alternatively, it may be configured to be connected in parallel by a LAN (Local Area Network) cable.

  Next, some specific connection configurations of the shared printer system configuration example shown in FIG. 1 will be described with reference to FIGS.

(First connection configuration example)
FIG. 2 is a system configuration diagram showing a first connection configuration example of the shared printer system according to the present invention. In FIG. 2, one shared receipt printer 10 is connected to two POS terminals 1 and 2 by signal cables 25 and 26, respectively. Further, the shared receipt printer 10 is provided with an LED lighting unit 10a that can be lit in a lighting color corresponding to each of the POS terminals 1, 2,. Further, the POS terminal 1, the POS terminal 2,... Are provided with an LED lighting unit 1a, an LED lighting unit 2a,... That can be lit in a lighting color unique to each POS terminal. .

  That is, in the system configuration example shown in FIG. 2, the shared receipt printer 10 and the POS terminal 1 are connected by the signal cable 25, and the shared receipt printer 10 and the POS terminal 2 are connected by the signal cable 26. Further, the LED lighting units 1a and 2a are mounted on the POS terminals 1 and 2, respectively, and the LED lighting unit 10a is mounted on the shared receipt printer 10.

  Here, when the LED lighting units 1a and 2a mounted on the POS terminals 1 and 2 are in operation, the LED lighting units 1a and 2a are set so as to be lit with a specific lighting color assigned in advance to each POS terminal. For example, green color information is assigned to the LED lighting unit 1a of the POS terminal 1 and blue color information is assigned to the LED lighting unit 2a of the POS terminal 2 in advance.

  When the LED lighting unit 10a of the shared receipt printer 10 receives a print request from either of the POS terminals 1 and 2, the print request includes a print request indicating print contents to be printed in the print request. The printing operation ends after the printing operation is started with the same lighting color specified by the lighting color information specific to the printing request source POS terminal, which is included as information for specifying the original POS terminal. In the meantime, it is configured to light up.

  That is, the LED lighting unit 10a of the shared receipt printer 10 is composed of one unit having a structure for switching to a specified lighting color from among a plurality of lighting colors, and the shared receipt printer 10 is a POS terminal 1. In the case of a print request from, the LED lighting unit 10a is lit in green designated as the lighting color information of the LED lighting unit 1a unique to the POS terminal 1 included in the print information together with the print information, and printing is performed. Start operation. In the case of a print request from the POS terminal 2, the LED lighting unit 10a in blue designated as the lighting color information of the LED lighting unit 2a unique to the POS terminal 2 included in the print information together with the print information is displayed. Lights up and starts printing.

  Note that the LED lighting unit 10a of the shared receipt printer 10 is lit in the color specified by the lighting color information that identifies the POS terminal that is the printing request source from the start of the printing operation to the end of the printing operation. Although an example is shown, a lighting pattern that indicates the progress of printing may be used in combination. For example, it may be made to blink at a predetermined blinking interval according to the progress of printing, and by blinking at a predetermined cycle, it is displayed that printing is just before completion or printing completion is displayed. You may make it. Similarly, the LED lighting unit of the POS terminal that is the print request source may also control the blinking interval and the lighting brightness according to the operating state. For example, the print requesting the common receipt printer 10 is printed. In the middle state, it may be blinked at a predetermined blinking interval or the lighting brightness may be lowered.

  As described above, the shared printer 10 can be obtained by visually checking the color of the LED lighting units 1a and 2a mounted on the POS terminals 1 and 2 and the LED lighting unit 10a mounted on the shared receipt printer 10, respectively. However, it is possible to easily determine which of the POS terminals 1 and 2 is printing the receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.).

(Second connection configuration example)
FIG. 3 is a system configuration diagram showing a second connection configuration example of the shared printer system according to the present invention. 3, as in the case of FIG. 2, one shared receipt printer 10 </ b> A is connected to each of the two POS terminals 1 and 2 by signal cables 25 and 26. Further, in the shared receipt printer 10A, unlike the case of FIG. 2, the LED lighting unit 10Aa1 that can be lit in the lighting color corresponding to the POS terminal 1 has a side surface facing the POS terminal 1 side of the shared receipt printer 10A. The LED lighting unit 10Aa2 that can be lit in the lighting color corresponding to the POS terminal 2 is provided on the side face of the shared receipt printer 10A facing the POS terminal 2 side. Further, the POS terminal 1, the POS terminal 2,... Are provided with an LED lighting unit 1a, an LED lighting unit 2a,... That can be lit in a lighting color unique to each POS terminal, as in FIG. An example is shown.

  Here, as in the case of FIG. 2, the LED lighting units 1a and 2a mounted on the POS terminals 1 and 2 have a unique lighting color assigned in advance to each POS terminal when in operation. For example, green color information is assigned to the LED lighting unit 1a of the POS terminal 1 and blue color information is assigned to the LED lighting unit 2a of the POS terminal 2 in advance. Has been.

  Further, when the LED lighting unit 10Aa1 provided on the side surface of the shared receipt printer 10A on the POS terminal 1 side receives a print request from the POS terminal 1, the print request indicating the print content to be printed is included in the print request. The printing operation is started with the same lighting color as specified by the lighting color information specific to the print request source POS terminal 1 included as information for specifying the print request source POS terminal 1 together with the information. The LED lighting unit 10Aa2 provided on the side of the shared receipt printer 10A on the POS terminal 2 side receives the print request from the POS terminal 2 until the printing operation is completed. The print request includes the print information indicating the print content to be printed, and the print request included as information for specifying the POS terminal 2 that is the print request source. To the requesting POS terminal 2 in the same lighting color and the color specified by the specific lighting color information, during the period from the start of the printing operation until the printing operation is completed, and is configured to light up.

  That is, in the case of a print request from the POS terminal 1, the shared receipt printer 10A includes the LED lighting unit 10Aa1 of the shared receipt printer 10A arranged facing the POS terminal 1 side together with the print information. It is lit in green designated as the lighting color information of the LED lighting unit 1a unique to the POS terminal 1, and the printing operation is started. Further, in the case of a print request from the POS terminal 2, the LED lighting unit 10Aa2 of the shared receipt printer 10A arranged facing the POS terminal 2 side includes the POS terminal 2 including the print information in the print information. The LED is turned on in blue designated as the lighting color information of the LED lighting unit 2a, and the printing operation is started.

  Note that the LED lighting units 10Aa1 and 10Aa2 of the common receipt printer 10A have colors designated by the lighting color information that identifies the POS terminal that is the printing request source from the start of the printing operation to the end of the printing operation. Although an example of lighting is shown, a lighting pattern indicating the progress of printing may be used in combination. For example, it may be made to blink at a predetermined blinking interval according to the progress of printing, and by blinking at a predetermined cycle, it is displayed that printing is just before completion or printing completion is displayed. You may make it. Similarly, the LED lighting unit of the POS terminal that is the print request source may also control the blinking interval and the lighting brightness according to the operating state. For example, the print requesting the common receipt printer 10 is printed. In the middle state, it may be blinked at a predetermined blinking interval or the lighting brightness may be lowered.

  As described above, the LED lighting units 1a and 2a mounted on the POS terminals 1 and 2 and the LED lighting units 10Aa1 and 10Aa2 mounted on the shared receipt printer 10A are visually recognized to be shared. It is possible to easily determine which POS terminal of the POS terminal 1 or POS terminal 2 is printing the receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.). Further, as shown in FIG. 3, the LED lighting units 10Aa1 and 10Aa2 of the shared receipt printer 10A are arranged so as to be provided on the side facing the POS terminal side of the print request source. The operator of the print request source POS terminal can more easily recognize the start / end of the print request printing operation.

(Third connection configuration example)
FIG. 4 is a system configuration diagram showing a third connection configuration example of the shared printer system according to the present invention. In FIG. 4, unlike in the case of FIGS. 2 and 3, one shared receipt printer 10B is not two but three or more POS terminals 1, 2, 3,... And signal cables 20, 21. , 22, 23,... Although the common receipt printer 10B and the POS terminals 1, 2, 3,... Are cascade-connected by the signal cables 20, 21, 22, 23,. (Local Area Network) A configuration in which the cables are connected in parallel may be used.

  Further, in the shared receipt printer 10B, LED lighting units 11, 12, 13,... That can be lit in lighting colors corresponding to the POS terminals 1, 2, 3,. The same number is provided. Further, the POS terminal 1, the POS terminal 2, the POS terminal 3,... Have an LED lighting unit 1a, an LED lighting unit 2a, an LED lighting unit 3a,. The example provided is shown.

  That is, in the system configuration example shown in FIG. 4, the shared receipt printer 10 and the POS terminal 1 are connected by the signal cable 20, the POS terminal 1 and the POS terminal 2 are connected by the signal cable 21, and the POS terminal 2 and the POS terminal are connected. The terminal 3 is connected by a signal cable 22, and the POS terminal 3 and the subsequent POS terminal are connected by a signal cable 23. Further, the LED lighting units 1a, 2a, 3a,... Are respectively provided for the POS terminals 1, 2, 3,..., And the common receipt printer 10B has the same number of LED lighting units as the number of POS terminals connected thereto. LED lighting units 11, 12, 13,... Are mounted.

  Here, the LED lighting units 1a, 2a, 3a,... Mounted on the POS terminals 1, 2, 3,... Are respectively connected to the POS terminals when they are in operation, as in FIG. For example, the LED lighting unit 1a of the POS terminal 1 has green color information, the LED lighting unit 2a of the POS terminal 2 has blue color information, The LED lighting unit 3a of the POS terminal 3 is previously assigned and set with orange color information,. In addition, when the number of POS terminals increases and the lighting colors uniquely assigned to each of them are similar, and it becomes difficult to distinguish each POS terminal only by the lighting color, the blinking interval is included and each POS terminal is included. You may make it allocate as a combination of the lighting color peculiar to a terminal, and the blink interval.

  Further, the LED lighting units 11, 12, 13,... Of the shared receipt printer 10B receive the print request from any of the POS terminals 1, 2, 3,. The LED lighting unit corresponding to the print request source POS terminal is included in the print request as information for specifying the print request source POS terminal together with print information indicating the print contents to be printed. The lighting color is the same as the color specified by the lighting color information unique to the print request source POS terminal, and is lit from the start of the printing operation to the end of the printing operation.

  That is, in the case of a print request from the POS terminal 1, the shared receipt printer 10B replaces the LED lighting unit 11 of the shared receipt printer 10B with the LED lighting unit unique to the POS terminal 1 included in the print information together with the print information. Lights in green designated as the lighting color information 1a and starts the printing operation. In the case of a print request from the POS terminal 2 received via the POS terminal 1, the shared receipt printer 10B includes the LED lighting unit 12 of the shared receipt printer 10B together with the print information. The POS terminal 2 is turned on in blue designated as the lighting color information of the LED lighting unit 2a unique to the POS terminal 2, and the printing operation is started. In the case of a print request from the POS terminal 3 received via the POS terminals 2 and 1, the shared receipt printer 10B includes the LED lighting unit 13 of the shared receipt printer 10B together with the print information. The POS terminal 3 is turned on in orange designated as the lighting color information of the LED lighting unit 3a unique to the POS terminal 3, and the printing operation is started.

  The LED lighting units 11, 12, 13,... Of the common receipt printer 10B are designated by the lighting color information that identifies the POS terminal that is the printing request source from the start of the printing operation to the end of the printing operation. Although an example of lighting in the color is shown, a lighting pattern indicating the progress of printing may be used together. For example, according to the progress of printing, it may be made to blink at a predetermined blinking interval (if the blinking interval is also used for specifying the POS terminal, an interval different from the blinking interval). By blinking at a predetermined cycle, it is possible to display that the printing is about to end, or to display the printing end. Similarly, the LED lighting unit of the POS terminal that is the print request source may also control the blinking interval and the lighting brightness according to the operating state. For example, the print requesting the common receipt printer 10 is printed. In the middle state, it may be blinked at a predetermined blinking interval or the lighting brightness may be lowered.

  Further, the LED lighting units 11, 12, 13,... Of the shared receipt printer 10B are not arranged in one place, but as shown in the second connection configuration example of FIG. The LED lighting units may be arranged on the side surfaces, and the LED lighting units may be arranged on the side surfaces facing the side where the corresponding POS terminals are installed.

  As described above, even when three or more POS terminals 1, 2, 3,... Are connected to one common receipt printer, they are mounted on the POS terminals 1, 2, 3,. , And the LED lighting units 11, 12, 13,... Mounted on the common receipt printer 10 B are visually recognized, so that the common receipt printer 10 B It is possible to easily determine which POS terminal receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.) is printed out of the terminal 1, the POS terminal 2, the POS terminal 3,.

(Explanation of effect of embodiment)
As described above, according to the shared receipt printer system, the shared receipt printer, and the print request source determination method according to an embodiment of the present invention, the following effects can be obtained. In other words, while one common receipt printer connected to a plurality of POS terminals is performing a printing operation, the LED lighting unit provided in the common receipt printer is uniquely assigned to the requesting POS terminal. Lights up or blinks in the lighting color (and in some cases with the blinking interval), so which POS terminal is used for the printed receipt (receipt, service ticket, etc.) Can be easily determined. Thus, the situation where the operator of the POS terminal mistakenly delivers a different receipt to the customer can be greatly reduced, and human error can be prevented.

The configuration of the preferred embodiment of the present invention has been described above. However, it should be noted that such examples are merely illustrative of the invention and do not limit the invention in any way. Those skilled in the art will readily understand that various modifications and changes can be made according to a specific application without departing from the gist of the present invention. For example, the embodiment of the present invention can be expressed as the following configurations in addition to the configurations (1) and (7) in the means for solving the problems. The numbers (2)-(6) and (8)-(12) below correspond to the item numbers in the claims.
(2) When the shared printer receives the print request from the POS terminal, the common printer starts printing the print information included in the print request, and the lighting color included in the print request. The shared printer system according to (1), wherein the LED lighting unit of the shared printer is lit with the lighting color indicated by the information.
(3) The shared printer according to (2), wherein the shared printer turns off the LED lighting unit of the shared printer when printing of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal is finished. system.
(4) The shared printer causes the LED lighting unit of the shared printer to blink at a predetermined blinking interval according to the printing progress of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal. The shared printer system according to any one of (1) to (3).
(5) The LED lighting unit of the shared printer is configured by either one unit having a structure in which the lighting color is switched to a designated lighting color or the same number of units as the number of the POS terminals. The shared printer system according to any one of 1) to (4).
(6) The LED lighting unit of the shared printer is divided and arranged on the side of the shared printer, and the shared printer is included in the print request when the print request is received from the POS terminal. The shared printer system according to any one of the above (1) to (5), wherein the LED lighting unit disposed on the side facing the POS terminal that is the print request source is lit with the lighting color indicated by the lighting color information.
(8) The shared printer according to (7), wherein the LED lighting unit is extinguished when printing of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal is completed.
(9) In the above (7) or (8), the LED lighting unit is caused to blink at a predetermined blinking interval in accordance with the print progress of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal. Shared printer.
(10) The above LED lighting unit is configured by either one unit having a structure for lighting by switching to a specified lighting color or the same number of units as the number of the POS terminals. The shared printer according to any one of (9).
(11) The LED lighting unit is arranged separately on the side surface of the shared printer, and when the printing request is received from the POS terminal, the lighting indicated by the lighting color information included in the printing request. The common printer according to any one of (7) to (10), wherein the LED lighting unit arranged on the side facing the POS terminal that is the print request source is turned on by color.
(12) A print request source determination method in a shared printer shared by a plurality of POS terminals, which is included in the print request when the shared printer receives a print request from any of the POS terminals. The LED (Light Emission Diode) lighting unit of the shared printer is turned on based on the lighting color information indicating the lighting color pre-assigned to the POS terminal as information for specifying the POS terminal as the print request source. A print request source discriminating method for discriminating the POS terminal that is the print request source.

1 POS terminal 1a LED lighting unit 2 POS terminal 2a LED lighting unit 3 POS terminal 3a LED lighting unit 10 Shared receipt printer 10a LED lighting unit 10A Shared receipt printer 10Aa1 LED lighting unit 10Aa2 LED lighting unit 10B Shared receipt printer 11 LED lighting unit 12 LED lighting unit 13 LED lighting unit 20 Signal cable 21 Signal cable 22 Signal cable 25 Signal cable 26 Signal cable

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  1.   In a shared printer system in which a single shared printer is shared by a plurality of POS terminals, each of the shared printer and each of the POS terminals is equipped with an LED (Light Emission Diode) lighting unit, and each of the POS terminals is in operation. In this state, each of the POS terminals is lit with a unique lighting color assigned in advance, and when a print request is made to the shared printer, the print request source is displayed together with print information indicating the print contents to be printed. A common printer system characterized in that, as information for specifying a POS terminal, lighting color information indicating a lighting color uniquely assigned to the POS terminal is included in a print request and transmitted to the shared printer. .
  2.   When the shared printer receives the print request from the POS terminal, the shared printer starts printing the print information included in the print request, and the lighting color information included in the print request indicates 2. The shared printer system according to claim 1, wherein an LED lighting unit of the shared printer is turned on with a lighting color.
  3.   3. The shared printer turns off the LED lighting unit of the shared printer when printing of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal is finished. Shared printer system.
  4.   The shared printer causes the LED lighting unit of the shared printer to blink at a predetermined blinking interval according to the printing progress status of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal. The shared printer system according to claim 1.
  5.   The LED lighting unit of the shared printer is composed of either one unit having a structure in which the lighting color is switched to a designated lighting color, or the same number of units as the number of POS terminals. The shared printer system according to claim 1.
  6.   The LED lighting unit of the shared printer is divided and arranged on the side of the shared printer, and when the shared printer receives a print request from the POS terminal, the lighting included in the print request 6. The shared printer system according to claim 1, wherein an LED lighting unit disposed on a side facing the POS terminal that is a print request source is turned on with a lighting color indicated by color information.
  7.   In a shared printer shared by a plurality of POS terminals, an LED (Light Emission Diode) lighting unit is provided. When a print request is received from one of the POS terminals, printing of print information included in the print request is performed. And the LED lighting unit is turned on with the lighting color indicated by the lighting color information included in the print request.
  8.   8. The shared printer according to claim 7, wherein the LED lighting unit is extinguished when printing of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal is completed.
  9.   9. The LED lighting unit is caused to blink at a predetermined blinking interval according to a printing progress status of the print information included in the print request from the POS terminal. Shared printer.
  10.   The said LED lighting unit is comprised from either one unit which has the structure which switches on and turns on the designated lighting color, or the unit of the same number as the number of the said POS terminals, It is characterized by the above-mentioned. 10. The shared printer according to any one of 9 to 9.
  11.   The LED lighting unit is arranged separately on the side surface of the shared printer, and when receiving a printing request from the POS terminal, the lighting color indicated by the lighting color information included in the printing request, 11. The shared printer according to claim 7, wherein the LED lighting unit disposed on the side facing the POS terminal side of the print request source is turned on.
  12.   A method for determining a print request source in a shared printer shared by a plurality of POS terminals, the shared printer being included in the print request when receiving a print request from any of the POS terminals, By turning on the LED (Light Emission Diode) lighting unit of the shared printer based on the lighting color information indicating the lighting color pre-assigned to the POS terminal as information for specifying the print request source POS terminal A print request source determination method, wherein the print request source POS terminal is determined.
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