Patent Number: 6,168,081

Title: Method and apparatus for reading invisible symbol

Abstract: An invisible symbol reading apparatus includes a heating unit for heating an invisible symbol formed on a sample and containing a material which emits infrared light when heated, a detecting unit for detecting infrared light emitted from the invisible symbol, and an arithmetic operation unit for binarizing a detection signal from the detecting unit. The arithmetic operation unit calculates a differential coefficient of the detection signal, that corresponds to a position on the sample. On the basis of upper and lower threshold values set for the differential coefficient, the arithmetic operation unit determines a maximum value of the differential coefficient in a region exceeding the upper threshold value and a minimum value of the differential coefficient in a region smaller than the lower threshold value. The arithmetic operation unit binarizes the detection signal by using the maximum or minimum value as a leading or trailing edge of a binary function.

Inventors: Urano; Taeko I. (Kawasaki, JP), Sano; Kenji (Tokyo, JP), Nagai; Hideo (Nagareyama, JP), Domon; Tomokazu (Yokosuka, JP), Fukuda; Hironori (Kawasaki, JP)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

International Classification: G06K 7/14 (20060101); G06K 007/10 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018