Patent Number: 6,169,612

Title: Image processor provided with document detecting means

Abstract: An image processor has a transparent plate on which a document is placed, and a document cover which covers the document placed thereon. The document cover moves freely between a closed position at which it covers the transparent plate and the document placed thereon and an open position at which it permits the transparent plate to be exposed. Provision is further made of a document illumination source which moves relative to the document placed on the transparent plate, and an image sensor which receives light irregularly reflected by the document that is illuminated by the document illumination source. The image processor further has a document detector which detects the region of the transparent plate where the document exists based on an output signal from the image sensor. The document covering surface of the document cover has a regular reflectance of from 1.5 to 40% and gives a relative intensity of irregularly reflected light as received by the image sensor of from N2.5 to N8.5 in terms of lightness in the Munsell color system. The document detector discriminates whether a document exists on the region of the transparent plate or not in a different manner depending upon whether the document cover is at the closed position or whether the document cover is at the open position.

Inventors: Deguchi; Hiroyuki (Osaka, JP)

Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation

International Classification: G03G 15/00 (20060101); H04N 001/04 (); H04N 001/00 (); H04N 001/46 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018