JP3885526B2 - Image output system, management apparatus, and event notification method - Google Patents

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JP3885526B2
JP3885526B2 JP2001198740A JP2001198740A JP3885526B2 JP 3885526 B2 JP3885526 B2 JP 3885526B2 JP 2001198740 A JP2001198740 A JP 2001198740A JP 2001198740 A JP2001198740 A JP 2001198740A JP 3885526 B2 JP3885526 B2 JP 3885526B2
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俊秀 吉村
冠二 板木
正博 町田
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[0001]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to an image output system, a management apparatus, and an event notification method, and more specifically, an image output system including a plurality of printers connected to a network, a management apparatus applicable to the image output system, and the The present invention relates to an event notification method applicable to an image output system.
[0002]
[Prior art]
A conventional copying machine reads an image of a document placed on a document table with a CCD (Charge Coupled Device), records a latent image on a photosensitive drum using a semiconductor laser, and uses an electrophotographic process to record the latent image on the photosensitive drum. The latent image is developed and transferred onto a sheet to output an image. This copying machine is provided with a small display panel having a configuration in which a touch panel is superimposed on a display panel made of a liquid crystal display as a user interface.
[0003]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
In recent years, offices and the like have become networked, and are configured by connecting a scanner that inputs image data, a plurality of printers that output paper on which images are recorded based on the image data, and a server that manages these devices to the network Therefore, there is a demand for construction of a print system capable of multi-output.
[0004]
In such a printing system, the scanner is provided with a display panel similar to a display panel as a user interface provided in a copier used alone, and an operator selects a printer and an output format for outputting an image from the display panel. The image data is transmitted from the scanner to the server, the server registers the information as a job, and transmits the job registered to one or a plurality of printers designated as output destinations. It is conceivable to operate based on image data and an output format to output an image.
[0005]
When an event occurs during this series of operations (for example, job end or error occurs in a printer), the print system displays a message on the display panel of the scanner to notify the operator of the message.
[0006]
However, when the operator finishes inputting information and the like at the scanner, the operator can return to his seat or move to an output destination printer to take an output image. Then, after a predetermined time has passed, the user often leaves the scanner, and there is a problem that the event occurrence cannot be notified to the operator.
[0007]
SUMMARY An advantage of some aspects of the invention is that it provides an image output system, a management apparatus, and an event notification method capable of reliably notifying an operator of an event occurrence.
[0008]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
In order to achieve the above object, the management device according to claim 1 is a plurality of image output devices that output an image based on image data. And before A management device used in an image output system configured by connecting an image input device for inputting image data to a network, and monitoring image input / output operations in the image input device and the image output device In addition, the elapsed time from when the image input / output operation was instructed is counted. When a predetermined event occurs, If the elapsed time since instructing the image input / output operation is within a predetermined time, the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation to the device instructing the image input / output operation has passed the predetermined time. If To a pre-specified notification destination ,Respectively A signal for notifying the occurrence of the event is transmitted.
[0010]
Claim 1 According to the described invention, image data is input by the image input device, and an image is output based on the image data by the image output device. Monitor this image input / output operation In addition, the elapsed time from when the image input / output operation was instructed is counted. When a predetermined event occurs, If the elapsed time since instructing the image input / output operation is within a predetermined time, the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation to the device instructing the image input / output operation has passed the predetermined time. If To a pre-specified notification destination ,Respectively A signal for notifying the occurrence of the event is transmitted. This As a notification destination for event occurrence after a specified time has elapsed since the image input / output operation was instructed, Even if the operator leaves the image input device, if a notification destination that can be notified in advance by the operator is specified, After a predetermined time Since the signal for notifying the event occurrence is transmitted to the notification destination, the event occurrence can be surely notified to the operator.
[0011]
Claim 2 The image output system according to 1 is connected to a network, and outputs a plurality of image output devices based on image data transmitted via the network, and image data for inputting the image data. An input means; an information input means for inputting information for designating an event notification destination related to an image input / output operation; an image connected to the network and input from the image data input means via the network An image input device having a transmission means for transmitting data and information input from the information input means; and connected to the network. And Monitor image input / output operations in the image input device and the image output device In addition, the elapsed time from the instruction of the image input / output operation is counted. When a predetermined event occurs, If the elapsed time since instructing the image input / output operation is within a predetermined time, the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation to the device instructing the image input / output operation has passed the predetermined time. If To the specified notification destination ,Respectively And a management device that transmits a signal for notifying the occurrence of the event.
[0015]
Claim 2 The image output system includes an image data input unit and an information input unit. The image output device outputs an image based on the image data input from the image data input unit and transmitted via the network. To do. Information specifying the event notification destination input from the information input means is transmitted to the management apparatus via the network. The management device monitors image input / output operations in the image input device and image output device. In addition, the elapsed time from the instruction of the image input / output operation is counted. However, when an event related to image input / output operation occurs, based on the information that specifies the notification destination of the received event, If the elapsed time since instructing the image input / output operation is within a predetermined time, the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation to the device instructing the image input / output operation has passed the predetermined time. If To the specified notification destination ,Respectively A signal for notifying the occurrence of an event is transmitted. Thereby, even when the operator leaves the image input device, a signal for notifying the occurrence of the event is transmitted to the notification destination designated by the operator, so that the occurrence of the event can be reliably notified to the operator.
[0016]
The event notification destination may be changed according to time, may be changed for each job, or may be set in advance in common. Also, notification of event occurrence may be selected for each job.
[0017]
Claim 3 The image output system according to 1 is connected to a network, and outputs a plurality of image output devices based on image data transmitted via the network, and image data for inputting the image data. An image input device including an input means; and an image input device connected to the network and transmitting the image data input from the image data input means via the network; and an image input / output operation Information input means for inputting information designating an event notification destination; and information connected to the network, and information transmission means for transmitting information input from the information input means via the network Connected to the input device and the network And Monitor image input / output operations in the image input device and the image output device In addition, the elapsed time from the instruction of the image input / output operation is counted. And when the event occurs, If the elapsed time since instructing the image input / output operation is within a predetermined time, the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation to the device instructing the image input / output operation has passed the predetermined time. If To the specified notification destination ,Respectively And a management device that transmits a signal for notifying the occurrence of the event.
[0021]
The image output system according to claim 3, The image output device outputs an image based on the image data input from the image input device (image data input means) and transmitted via the network. In the information input device, information specifying an event notification destination input from the information input means is transmitted to the management device via the network. The management device monitors image input / output operations in the image input device and image output device. In addition, the elapsed time from the instruction of the image input / output operation is counted. And when the event occurs, If the elapsed time since instructing the image input / output operation is within a predetermined time, the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation to the device instructing the image input / output operation has passed the predetermined time. If To the specified notification destination ,Respectively A signal for notifying the occurrence of the event is transmitted. As described above, even if the information input device is provided to input the information specifying the event notification destination separately from the image input device, 2 Similarly, even when the operator leaves the image input device, a signal for notifying the occurrence of the event is transmitted to the notification destination designated by the operator, so that the occurrence of the event can be reliably notified to the operator.
[0022]
The event notification destination may be changed according to time, may be changed for each job, or may be set in advance in common. Also, notification of event occurrence may be selected for each job.
[0023]
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings.
As shown in FIG. 1, the printing system according to the present embodiment includes a scanner 12 as an image input device for inputting image data, a server 14 as a management device, and a plurality of devices. Printer 16 which is an image output device 1 , 16 2 ... 16 n And a plurality of clients 18 1 , 18 2 ... 18 n Is connected. This image data is represented, for example, in a TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) format. The network 10 is connected to a multifunction machine 30 having a print function, a scanner function, and a facsimile function.
[0024]
As shown in FIG. 2, the scanner 12 includes a scanner unit 12A having a CCD for reading an image recorded on a document, a touch panel overlaid on a liquid crystal display panel, and a printing operation having a plurality of icons. A display panel 12B that functions as a user interface for inputting data such as a print format (output format) of the printer by displaying a screen and touching the displayed icon, a controller 12C that controls the entire scanner, and a scanner unit 12A. A memory 12D for storing image data and the like, and an input / output port 12E for inputting / outputting data. These scanner unit 12A, display panel 12B, controller 12C, memory 12D, and input / output port 12E They are connected to each other via a bus. The input / output port 12E is connected to the network 10 via a communication control unit 12F that communicates with devices connected to the network via the network.
[0025]
A user interface for inputting data from a printing operation screen having a plurality of icons is attribute information of the printer 16 represented by text data and user interface parts which are elements of screen information such as icons, buttons, scroll bars, frames and the like. The user interface components are stored in the scanner memory 12D, and the attribute information of the printer 16 is stored in the server 14 as will be described later. The screen information can be created by, for example, HTML (Hypertext Makeup Language).
[0026]
As described above, when the user interface is separated into the user interface component and the attribute information and stored separately in the scanner 12 and the server 14, the data constituting the user interface is transmitted from the server 14 to the scanner 12. The amount of data transmitted from the server 14 to the scanner 12 can be reduced, whereby the user interface can be promptly displayed on the display panel 12B. The memory 12D also stores a processing routine program to be described later.
[0027]
Note that the user interface for displaying the printing operation screen may generate all the information by the server 14 and transmit it to the controller 12C of the scanner 12 without separately storing it.
[0028]
Further, instead of the scanner 12, electronic image data recorded on a storage medium such as an FDD or a CD-ROM may be read, and image data is input from a facsimile or a database using a personal computer. Alternatively, image data may be input using mail software installed on a personal computer.
[0029]
Printer 16 1 , 16 2 ... 16 n Since the configuration is substantially the same and the only difference is the attribute, one printer will be described with reference to FIG. 3, and description of the other printers will be omitted. In the following description, when each printer is described without particular distinction, the suffix at the end of the code is omitted and referred to as the printer 16.
[0030]
As shown in FIG. 3, the printer 16 records an electrostatic latent image on a photosensitive member, develops the electrostatic latent image using monochrome toner or color toner, and transfers the developed image onto a recording sheet as a recording medium. Printer unit 16A for outputting, display panel 16B for operating the printer 16 by displaying an operation screen and touching the icon of the displayed operation screen, controller 16C for controlling the entire printer 16, received image data And a memory 16D for storing output format data and the like, and a processing routine program, which will be described later, and an input / output port 16E for inputting / outputting data are provided. The printer unit 16A and the display panel 16B are provided. The controller 16C, the memory 16D, and the input / output port 16E are connected to each other via a bus. The input / output port 16E is connected to the network 10 via a communication control unit 16F that communicates with devices connected to the network via the network.
[0031]
The server 14 includes a driver 20 that can read and input data recorded in an external storage device such as FDD, CD-ROM, or CD-RW, a facsimile device 22, and all printers connected to the network. A database 24 storing 16 attribute information and the like is connected.
[0032]
As shown in FIG. 4, the server 14 stores a controller 14A that controls the entire server, a mailer that transmits and receives mail, a program that controls transmission and reception of a facsimile machine, and a processing routine that will be described later. A memory 14B that stores programs and the like in advance, an interface 14C that is connected to a driver 20 composed of a CD-ROM writer, a drive device 14D that drives the facsimile apparatus 22, a file system 14E that is connected to the database 24, and data The controller 14A, the memory 14B, the interface 14C, the drive device 14D, the file system 14E, and the input / output port 14F are connected to each other. The input / output port 14E is connected to the network 10 via a communication control unit 14G that communicates with devices connected to the network via the network.
[0033]
The database 24 may be provided with a database server connected to the network separately from the server 14 and connected to this database server.
[0034]
Client 18 1 , 18 2 ... 18 n Are each constituted by a personal computer provided with a communication control unit that communicates with devices connected to the network via the network.
[0035]
Hereinafter, processing routines executed by the scanner, server, and printer controllers of the present embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS. This processing routine is divided into each routine of attribute information registration processing, operation screen display processing, notification destination setting processing, print instruction processing, printing processing, and event monitoring processing, and will be described separately below.
[0036]
[Attribute information registration process]
When the printer 16 is connected to the network 10, the management tool software provided in the server 14 from either an operation panel (not shown) provided in the server 14 or a client 18 connected to the server 14 via the network. To perform attribute information registration processing for registering the printer in the server. That is, if the server 14 determines that the attribute information registration processing request is made in step 108 shown in FIG. 6 by an instruction to the management tool software, the server 14 registers printer attribute information from the server 14 to the printer 16 in step 109. A registration processing request signal for requesting is sent.
[0037]
The printer 16 determines whether or not a registration processing request signal has been received in step 100 of FIG. 5. When the registration processing request signal is received, the attribute information of the printer 16 is transferred from the printer 16 to the server 14 in step 102. Sent.
The server 14 determines whether or not the attribute information transmitted from the printer 16 in step 110 has been received. When the attribute information is received, the server 14 controls the file system 14E and stores the attribute of the printer 16 in the database 24 in step 112. Register.
[0038]
The attribute information may be automatically transmitted from the printer 16 to the server 14 when the printer 16 is connected to the network 10, and the attribute information may be automatically registered in the database 24. Sixteen pieces of attribute information may be detected, and the detected attribute information may be registered in the database. The attribute information of the printer 16 can be registered in the server 14 by operating the display panel 16B provided in the printer 16. As a result, the attribute information of all the printers 16 connected to the network 10 is registered in the database 24 connected to the server 14.
[0039]
The attribute information of the printer 16 includes information indicating whether it is for black-and-white printing or color printing, information indicating whether or not there is a double-sided printing function, and whether or not there is a finisher (a function to stop with a staple or a function to open a punch hole). Color information, information indicating whether the resolution is high or low, information indicating the size of paper that can be printed, font type information provided by each printer, color maps and color adjustment information unique to color printers, etc. Information on output format such as characteristic information, information on the installation location of each printer (floor, department installed in one building, department installed in different building, etc.), IP address, etc. There is information for identifying the printer such as network setting information and printer name information, and all of the information related to the output format and output conditions of the printer 16 is attribute information. It is registered in the database.
[0040]
[Notification destination setting process]
When the event notification is selected from the menu displayed on the display panel 12B of the scanner 12 by the operator, it is determined in step 144 in FIG. 7 that the event notification setting is requested, and in step 146, the event notification setting is made on the display panel 12B. The operation screen is displayed to prompt the operator to set the event notification destination and the event type to be notified.
[0041]
In this embodiment, for example, an event notification setting operation screen as shown in FIG. 9 is used to set the event notification of the scanner 12, and an event notification setting operation screen as shown in FIG. 10 is used to set the event notification of the printer 16, for example. Each is displayed on the display panel 12B. That is, it is possible to set different notification destinations for the event of the scanner 12 and the event of the printer 16.
[0042]
The operator operates the event notification setting operation screen to specify the event notification destination and the type of event to be notified. In the examples of FIGS. 9 and 10, any one of the radio button 200 </ b> A indicating notification by mail and the radio button 200 </ b> B indicating notification to the host (client) provided on the event notification setting operation screen is displayed. One of them is turned on by selecting and pressing one. When the radio button 200A is selected, the mail address is input to the notification destination input field 202. When the radio button 200B is selected, the client 18 1 ~ 18 n The client name is entered in the notification destination input field 202. The notification destination input field 202 can be input by selecting a pre-registered email address or client name in a pull-down menu format, or by providing a keyboard near the display panel 12B and inputting from the keyboard. Good.
[0043]
Further, the operator confirms the list 204 of selectable events displayed at the bottom of the event notification setting operation screen, and corresponds to the event for which the occurrence notification is to be received from the check box 206 provided for each event. Press the check box 206 to turn it on.
[0044]
As events of the scanner 12 that can be selected, the processing of the document is stopped on the server side, the job (image data, output format, etc.) cannot be received on the server side, the job has expired, and the file stored on the server side Cannot be accessed, the server cancels the job processing, the administrator cancels the job, the user cancels the job, changes the job attribute (output format), the server cancels the job when the job storage expires, There are resumptions. The printer 16 events that can be selected include printer registration, printer registration deletion, printer job suspension, printer job restart, printer attribute change, printer error resolved, normal return printer status change, There are waiting for user operation of the printer main body, power off before printing is completed, printer timeout, and the like.
[0045]
In this manner, when the radio buttons 200A and 200B, the notification destination input field 202, and the check box 206 are operated to set the notification destination and the event type to be notified, the operator clicks the OK button 208 on the event notification setting operation screen. Press. As a result, in step 148, setting information indicating the notification destination set on the event notification setting operation screen and the type of event to be notified is transmitted to the server 14.
[0046]
The event notification setting operation screen is displayed on the client 18. 1 ~ 18 n It is possible to display on each display provided, and the operator can select the client 18. 1 ~ 18 n It is also possible to set the event notification destination and the type of event to be notified on the event notification setting operation screen displayed on the display by operating the keyboard and mouse provided in each. That is, the client 18 1 ~ 18 n Corresponds to the information input device of the present invention.
[0047]
When the server 14 determines that the setting information indicating the notification destination and the type of event to be notified has been received in step 112 of FIG. 6, the process proceeds to step 113, where the notification destination and the type of event to be notified are stored in the memory 14C or the database. 24 is registered (stored).
[0048]
[Operation screen display processing]
When the operator selects a copy service from a menu screen (not shown) displayed on the display panel 12B of the scanner 12, an operation screen (not shown) for specifying an output method / save destination is displayed. The output method options are “no split output”, which is output by one printer without dividing one job, and the number of input copies is divided so that the number of output copies of each printer is equal and output to a plurality of printers. "Equal output (Equal output)", "The same number of copies are output from each printer""Broadcast output (Broadcast output)", specify multiple printers, specify the number of copies for each printer There are “specify the number of copies individually (specify the number of individual copies)” and “best fit” to specify the output conditions and select and output the printer most suitable for the conditions.
[0049]
When an output method is selected from the operation screen by the operator and one of the groups of the printers 16 is selected, it is determined in step 154 that a print operation screen display instruction has been issued, and in step 156, the operation screen for printing is displayed from the scanner 12 to the server 14. An operation screen generation request signal is generated for generating. Further, the operator operates the display panel 12B to select, for example, one of the printer 16 groups registered in advance as an output destination, and only information indicating that the printer 16 group has been selected is received from the scanner 12. You may make it transmit to the server 14. FIG.
[0050]
When the server 14 determines that the operation screen generation request signal transmitted from the scanner 12 at step 114 in FIG. 6 has been received, the server 14 checks the status of the printer 16 connected to the network 10 at step 116 and checks the operation screen. Based on the generation request signal and the registered attribute information of the printer 16, the attribute information for generating the instructed printer 16 printing operation screen is generated, and the generated attribute information is transmitted to the scanner 12 in step 118. To do.
[0051]
As the operation screen generation request signal, all the attribute information of the printer 16 connected to the network 10 is displayed, only the attribute information of the printer 16 having the color printing function is displayed, and only the printers 16 of the group designated in advance are displayed. A request signal for displaying the attribute information can be transmitted.
[0052]
At this time, if there is a printer 16 that is down due to an error such as power off, paper jam, paper not stored in the tray, etc. by checking the status of the designated printer 16, the server 14 Then, the attribute information for generating the printing operation screen is generated so that the attribute information of the down printer 16 is not displayed. At this time, for the printer 16 that is down, information for displaying a printing operation screen that displays error information indicating that the printer 16 is down may be generated.
[0053]
If the attribute information is transmitted from the server 14 to the scanner 12 and it is determined in step 158 of FIG. 7 that the attribute information is received from the server 14, the scanner 12 receives the text data for generating the received printing operation screen. And a user interface component indicating image information such as buttons stored in the memory 12D to generate a print operation screen, and the print operation screen generated in step 160 is used as a user interface. Display on the touch panel 12B.
[0054]
When the operator operates the displayed printing operation screen and gives an instruction to change the printing operation screen, the process proceeds from step 162 in FIG. 7 to steps 164 and 166 and from step 114 to steps 120 and 122 in FIG. The screen change process is performed. In this screen change process, as described in steps 156 to 160 in FIG. 7 and steps 114 to 118 in FIG. 6, a new operation screen generation request signal is transmitted to the server 14 in response to the operation of the display panel 12B of the scanner 12. Then, attribute information for generating a new printing operation screen is generated from the server 14, and the generated attribute information is transmitted. Therefore, the display of the printing operation screen is changed according to the operation using the printing operation screen of the display panel 12B of the scanner 12.
[0055]
This screen changing process will be described in more detail. A screen generation signal for selecting a group of printers 16 by operating a printing operation screen on the touch panel 12B of the scanner 12 and setting an output instruction to a printer belonging to the designated group. , The logical product of the attribute information of the printers 16 belonging to the group is calculated in the server 14, and the attribute information common to the printers 16 belonging to the group is selected and transmitted to the scanner 12. As a result, a print operation screen for displaying the group of printers 16 and the attribute information common to the group is generated and displayed.
[0056]
Further, when registering a plurality of printers 16 as one group, the operator selects attribute information indicating functions to be grouped, and an operation screen generation request signal for displaying the printer 16 having the attribute information is transmitted to the server 14. Since all the printers 16 having the selected attribute are displayed, the operator selects the printers 16 to be grouped from the screen, and instructs the server 14 to perform grouping, thereby grouping them. be able to.
[0057]
From the operation screen (not shown) for designating the output method / save destination by the operator, “Do not output separately” is selected as an output method without dividing one job, and the group of printers 16 is selected. When one is selected, a list (not shown) of printers 16 belonging to the selected group is displayed. Alternatively, the group display unit 202 may display a list (not shown) of the single printers 16 that are not grouped. When an individual printer 16 is selected from the printer list, the attribute information of the selected printer 16 is selected in the server 14 and transmitted to the scanner 12, and a printing operation screen for displaying the selected printer 16 attribute information is displayed. It is generated and displayed on the touch panel 12B of the scanner 12.
[0058]
As an output method, when the attribute information of the printer 16 to be output, that is, the display condition (best fit) of the printer 16 most suitable for the condition is selected and the output condition is selected, the server 14 selects the group selected as the output destination. The logical sum of the attribute information of the printers 16 belonging to is calculated, and the attribute information of the printer 16 based on the calculation result is transmitted to the scanner 12. The scanner 12 generates a printing operation screen and displays it on the display panel 12B. This screen allows the operator to list all the attribute information that can be selected.
[0059]
Further, when “individual copy designation” is selected as the output method and one of the groups of the printers 16 is selected, the individual copy designation screen shown in FIG. 12 that displays the number of copies for each printer 16 belonging to the selected group is displayed. Is displayed. The operator can set the number of output copies for each printer from the individual copy number designation screen. Then, a printing operation screen is displayed for each printer 16 to be output.
[0060]
[Print instruction processing]
After confirming the printer attribute information on the printing operation screen, the operator sets output parameters indicating the image data output format such as the paper size and the enlargement / reduction ratio from the printing operation screen and issues a printing instruction. Accordingly, it is determined in step 162 in FIG. 7 that there is a print instruction, and a printability confirmation signal for confirming whether printing by the printer 16 designated in step 168 is possible is transmitted to the server.
[0061]
When a printable confirmation signal is transmitted from the scanner 12 to the server 14 and it is determined in step 124 of FIG. 6 that the printable confirmation signal is received (print instruction is present), the status of the printer 16 designated in step 126 is displayed. If it is determined in step 128 that printing is possible, a printable signal is transmitted to the scanner 12 in step 132. On the other hand, if it is determined in step 128 that printing is not possible, a printing impossible signal is transmitted to the scanner 12 in step 130.
[0062]
On the other hand, if it is determined in step 170 that a print disable signal has been input, in step 172 the operator is instructed to redesign the printer 16, and the operator operates the touch panel 12B to redesignate the printer 16 to be output. Then, the process proceeds from step 162 to step 168 in the same manner as described above, and a printable confirmation signal for confirming whether or not printing is possible is transmitted to the server 14. In step 170, the printable signal is received. If it is determined in step 176 that image reading has been instructed, the image data recorded on the original is read in step 176, and if the operator selects event notification setting for each job within a predetermined time, step 178 is performed. To step 180, the same as step 146 described above. In, set the type of event notification destination and notification events.
[0063]
When the event notification destination and the type of event to be notified are set, in step 182, information on the set event notification destination and the event type to be notified is transmitted to the server 14 together with the output format and image data.
[0064]
If the event notification setting for each job is not selected within the predetermined time, the process proceeds from step 178 to steps 184 and 186 to transmit the output format and image data to the server 14.
[0065]
In other words, in the present embodiment, the event notification destination and the type of event to be notified can be set in advance (see step 146), or the notification destination and the type of event to be notified can be changed for each job. (See step 180).
[0066]
On the other hand, when it is determined in step 170 that a print disable signal has been input, in step 172 the operator is instructed to respecify the printer 16, and the operator operates the touch panel 12B to redesignate the printer 16 to be output. Then, the process proceeds from step 162 to step 168 in the same manner as described above, and a printable confirmation signal for confirming whether or not printing is possible is transmitted to the server 14. In step 170, the printable signal is received. If it is determined in step 176 that image reading has been instructed, the image data recorded on the document is read in step 176. Then, depending on whether or not the event notification setting for each job is selected by the operator within a predetermined time, the process proceeds from step 178 to steps 180 and 182, together with the output format and image data, as described above. Information about the set event notification destination and the type of event to be notified is transmitted to the server 14, or the process proceeds from step 178 to steps 184 and 186 to transmit the output format and image data to the server 14.
[0067]
As the designation of the printer 16, one printer 16 can be designated, or one group can be designated and output from each of the printers 16 belonging to the designated group.
[0068]
A plurality of printers 16 having different functions as attributes are set in advance so as to belong to the same group, and a printer 16 having a color output function and a printer 16 having a monochrome output function based on the same image data. May be output from each of these. In this case, by specifying the output such as one copy output from the printer 16 having the color output function and the remaining number of copies output from the printer 16 having the black and white output function, it is compared with the case where all the colors are output. Cost can be reduced.
[0069]
Also, the number of output copies may be specified according to the size (for example, 1 copy for A4, the remaining number of copies for B4), and the number of output copies may be specified according to the recording surface (for example, 1 copy for both sides, The remaining number of copies on one side) may be specified according to the presence or absence of the finisher (for example, one copy with staples and the remaining number without).
[0070]
When instructing one job to be executed by a plurality of printers 16, each job for each printer 16 is positioned independently in the lower layer of one job, and operations (start, stop, resume, By changing, deleting, etc., the upper layer job and all lower layer jobs can be executed in the same manner. Further, the lower-level jobs may be executed independently by performing operations independently.
[0071]
[Print processing]
If it is determined in step 133 in FIG. 6 that the output format and image data from the scanner 12 have been received by the server 14, whether or not event notification destination and event type setting information to be notified are included in step 134. Judge whether or not.
[0072]
When the output format and the image data transmitted in step 178 in FIG. 7 are received, since the setting information of the event notification destination and the type of event to be notified is included, the process proceeds from step 134 to step 135. After the notification destination and the type of event to be notified are registered (stored) in the memory 14C or the database 24, the process proceeds to step 136. When the output format and image data transmitted in step 182 of FIG. 7 are received, the setting information of the event notification destination and the type of event to be notified is not included. The status of the printer 16 designated to be executed is confirmed, and it is determined from the status confirmed in step 138 whether printing is possible. If an error occurs in the printer 16 designated for printing and printing cannot be performed, a printing impossible signal is transmitted to the scanner 12 in step 130. As a result, the scanner 12 determines in step 188 that a print disable signal has been received after transmission of the output format and image data. As described above, the scanner 12 is operated so as to re-designate the printer 16 in step 172. When an instruction is given on the screen and the operator re-designates the printer 16 to be output by operating the display panel 12B, a printable signal is received, and when scanning is instructed, the image is read, and the output format and image Information on the data, output format, image data, notification destination of the set event and the type of event to be notified is transmitted to the server 14 again. Then, until it is determined in step 189 that the predetermined time has elapsed, the process returns to step 188 to repeatedly determine whether or not a print disable signal has been received.
[0073]
Even if the printer 16 is re-designated after the output format and image data are transmitted from the scanner 12 to the server 14, the output format and the image data are normally not changed. You may make it utilize the output format and image data which have already been transmitted to the server 14, without transmitting. If the output format must be changed due to re-designation of the printer 16, only the output format may be transmitted and changed.
[0074]
On the other hand, when it is determined in step 138 that printing is possible, an image output format signal indicating the paper size, number of copies, etc., and image data input from the scanner 12 to the printer 16 designated for printing by the server 14 in step 140. Is transmitted via the network 10. If it is determined in step 104 in FIG. 5 that the output format and image data transmitted from the server 14 have been received, the printer 16 prints an image based on the image data in the output format specified in step 106. The recording paper on which the image is formed is output.
[0075]
[Event monitoring process]
The event monitoring process is a process that is always executed in the background process in the server 14, and this background process will be described with reference to FIG. Note that the server 14 always repeatedly executes the process shown in FIG. 8 by the controller 14A with a time interruption every predetermined time during its startup.
[0076]
In the event monitoring process, in step 190, an event occurring in the scanner 12 and the printer 16 connected to the network 10 is confirmed.
[0077]
It is confirmed that the event registered (stored) in the memory 14C or the database 24 in step 113 or step 135 in FIG. 6, that is, the event set by the operator has occurred, and the operator is in charge of image reading or printing. If the display panel 12B is operated within a predetermined time, the process proceeds from step 192 to steps 194 and 196. In step 196, a signal indicating that the event has occurred is transmitted to the scanner 12. By this signal transmission, for example, a message based on the signal is displayed on the display panel 12B.
[0078]
Thus, immediately after operating the display panel 12B for image reading or printing instruction, that is, before the operator moves from the location of the scanner 12, the event occurrence is notified to the scanner 12 and the event occurrence is notified to the operator. it can.
[0079]
When it is confirmed that a notification setting event has occurred after a predetermined time or more has passed since the operator operated the display panel 12B for image reading or printing instructions, the process proceeds from step 192 to step 194 to step 198. . In step 198, the e-mail address or host (client 18) set as the notification destination registered (stored) in the memory 14C or the database 24 in step 113 or 135 in FIG. 1 ~ 18 n ) Transmits a signal indicating that the event has occurred. By this signal transmission, for example, when the notification destination is a mail address, an email indicating that an event has occurred is transmitted to the mail address, and the notification destination is the host (client 18). 1 ~ 18 n In the case of (), a message indicating the occurrence of an event is displayed on the display provided in the host.
[0080]
As a result, when the operator leaves the location of the scanner 12 such as returning to his seat or moving to the printer 16 to take an output image, for example, after a predetermined time has elapsed since the operation of the display panel 12B, the operator sets it. The event occurrence can be notified to the notified party, and the event occurrence can be notified to the operator.
[0081]
As described above, in this embodiment, when an operator sets a notification destination and an event occurs in the scanner 12 or the printer 16, the occurrence of the event is notified to the set notification destination. Can be reliably notified of the occurrence of an event even if the user is away from the location of the scanner 12.
[0082]
In the present embodiment, the case where the event notification destination is changed according to time has been described as an example. However, the notification destination may not be changed. Further, the case where the event occurrence is notified to the operator has been described as an example. However, the system administrator may be notified of the event occurrence by setting the mail address of the system administrator or the host used as the notification destination. Further, the case where the notification destination and the event type to be notified can be set / registered for each job has been described as an example. However, the notification destination and the event type to be notified are set and registered in advance, and the operator is notified for each job. Event notification ON / OFF is selected, only for jobs for which event notification is ON, event notification is performed based on the setting information that has been set and registered in advance, and event notification is performed if not selected It may not be possible.
[0083]
In the present embodiment, an example has been described in which the scanner generates an operation screen based on transmitted text data and the like, and the generated operation screen is displayed on the display panel as a user interface. It can also be installed in a multifunction device and operated from a client or multifunction device.
[0084]
For example, when a multifunction peripheral is connected to the print system of the present embodiment, it normally operates as a single multifunction peripheral, and when the “network copy mode” is instructed, the multifunction peripheral is a user interface device or an image input device. Alternatively, it can be configured to operate as an image output device.
[0085]
Normally, the multifunction device operates as a multifunction device that operates independently by displaying its own user interface screen on the display panel. However, when an instruction to shift to the “network copy mode” is given, A request for acquiring information for generating a user interface screen is issued to the server connected via the server, and other information connected via the network to the display panel of the multifunction device based on the information transmitted from the server. Display a user interface screen that allows you to specify the setting and output format for the device. From this screen, you can select the output destination printer, set the output format, and instruct the start of network copying.If the original is scanned by the image reading unit of the multifunction device, the scanned image and the output destination printer and output format It is also possible to send information on the server to the server for print processing.
[0086]
Also, in this embodiment, the configuration is such that processing from reading a document to printing is automatically performed only by pressing a start button after first setting an output parameter so as to operate a normal copying machine. However, as described below, the stored image can be printed out by issuing a reprint instruction after reading and storing the image from the scanner with the scan service.
[0087]
When accumulating images recorded on a document, a scan service is selected from a menu screen (not shown) displayed on the touch panel 12B of the scanner 12, the document is set on the scanner unit 12A, and a start button is pressed. Thus, it is determined that there is an image reading instruction, and the scanner unit 12A is controlled to read the image recorded on the document. The read image data is stored as electronic image data in the memory 12D of the scanner. In this case, for example, a printer having a color output function (color printer) and a printer having a monochrome output function (monochrome printer) are connected so that image data used by a printer having a higher function can be obtained. In this case, an image is read so that image data for a color printer can be obtained, and when a high resolution printer and a low resolution printer are connected, image data for a high resolution printer can be obtained. Is preferred.
[0088]
Note that when image data is input from an external storage device in which image data is stored in advance, the above-described image reading process is unnecessary, and the image data read from the external storage device using a reading device (not shown) is stored once. The image data may be stored as common image data in the memory 12D by the above operation.
[0089]
Next, when printing an image accumulated by the scan service, a reprint service is selected on a menu screen (not shown). In the reprint service, a desired image can be re-output from the image stored in the memory 12D of the scanner by performing a process similar to the process described in the “print instruction process”.
[0090]
In the present embodiment, the image read by the scanner is temporarily stored in the memory 12D of the scanner 12, transmitted to the server 14 from the memory 12D when output to the printer 16, and transmitted to each printer 16. However, the read image may be transmitted to the server 14 and stored in the server 14 when the document is read, and may be transmitted to each printer 16 when output to the printer 16. Alternatively, the image read by the scanner may be temporarily stored in the memory 12D of the scanner 12, and may be transmitted directly from the memory 12D to the printer without going through the server 14 during printing.
[0091]
Further, the image read by the scan service is temporarily stored in the memory 12D of the scanner 12, information indicating the image storage location is transmitted to the server or printer, and the image storage location is indicated when output to the printer 16. The server 14 or the printer 16 may be configured to read an image based on the information.
[0092]
In the above description, an example in which an image is output to a printer has been described. However, in addition to a printer, the image can be output to a multifunction machine or a facsimile machine. Moreover, you may make it output to the other apparatus (for example, mobile phone) connected via the network as an email.
[0093]
【The invention's effect】
As described above, the present invention has an excellent effect that an event occurrence can be reliably notified to an operator.
[Brief description of the drawings]
FIG. 1 is a network configuration diagram showing a schematic configuration of a print system according to an embodiment.
FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a detailed configuration of the scanner.
FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a detailed configuration of a printer.
FIG. 4 is a block diagram showing a detailed configuration of a server.
FIG. 5 is a processing routine executed by a printer controller.
FIG. 6 is a processing routine executed by the controller of the server.
FIG. 7 is a processing routine executed by the controller of the scanner.
FIG. 8 is an event monitoring processing routine executed by a time interrupt by the controller of the server.
FIG. 9 is an example of an event notification setting operation screen displayed for setting an event notification of a scanner.
FIG. 10 is an example of an event notification setting operation screen displayed for setting event notification of a printer.
[Explanation of symbols]
10 network
12 Scanner
12B Display panel
14 servers
16 1 ... 16 n Printer
18 1 ... 18 n client
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Claims (3)

  1. A plurality of image output apparatuses and the previous SL management device for use in an image output system in which an image input apparatus and is configured by connecting each network for inputting image data for outputting an image based on image data,
    The image input / output operation in the image input device and the image output device is monitored , the elapsed time since the image input / output operation is instructed, and when a predetermined event occurs, the image input / output operation If the elapsed time since the instruction is within the predetermined time, the device that has instructed the image input / output operation is designated in advance if the elapsed time since the image input / output operation has passed has passed the predetermined time. To each notification destination, a signal for notifying the occurrence of the event,
    A management device characterized by that.
  2. A plurality of image output devices each connected to a network and outputting an image based on image data transmitted via the network;
    Image data input means for inputting the image data; information input means for inputting information for specifying a notification destination of an event relating to an image input / output operation; and connected to the network and via the network, An image input device comprising image data input from the image data input means and transmission means for transmitting information input from the information input means;
    Connected to the network, monitors the image input and output operation in the image input device and said image output device, counts the elapsed time since the instruction to the image input and output operations, when a predetermined event occurs In addition , if the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation is within a predetermined time, the elapsed time after instructing the image input / output operation is set to the predetermined time to the device instructing the image input / output operation elapsed in the notification destination specified if a management device for transmitting respective signals for informing the event generation,
    An image output system.
  3. A plurality of image output devices each connected to a network and outputting an image based on image data transmitted via the network; image data input means for inputting the image data; and connection to the network And an image input device having an image data transmission means for transmitting the image data input from the image data input means via the network, and information for designating a notification destination of an event related to an image input / output operation An information input means for inputting the information; and an information input device connected to the network and having an information transmission means for transmitting the information input from the information input means via the network; and connected to the network is, the image input and output operation in the image input device and the image output device monitoring result co , Measures the elapsed time since the instruction to the image input and output operations, when the event has occurred, the elapsed time is the image input and output if it is within a predetermined time from when an instruction to the image input and output operations the apparatus has instructed the operation, the elapsed time from instructing the image input operation in the notification destination specified if the elapsed predetermined time, and transmits each the signal for informing the event generation management Equipment,
    An image output system.
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