Patent Number: 6,311,024

Title: System for detecting the status of an image forming apparatus

Abstract: An engine control unit of a printer engine checks he status of each part of the printer, and if there is any change in the status, generates a predetermined representative status of changes and outputs a status change signal to a controller (RIP). The controller is informed of a change in the status by the status change signal, and reads the predetermined representative status to discriminate the changed status from unchanged statuses. In accordance with the discriminated status, the current status can be read. Accordingly, it is not necessary to periodically read the statuses, improving the efficiency of an image forming process. A status change informing control unit in the engine control unit sets a changing status bit of a basic status or status change signal and sends it to the controller, when there occurs a change in any data of a presence/absence and paper size of a paper sheet at a paper feeding port and a loading state of an optional paper feeder. The controller periodically monitors the basic status or status change signal. Only when the changing status bit becomes true, the controller requests the engine control unit to supply the status data representative of a presence/absence, paper size, or loading state of an optional paper feeder.

Inventors: Serizawa; Yoji (Kawasaki, JP), Takahashi; Masako (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G06F 3/12 (20060101); G06K 15/00 (20060101); G06K 15/12 (20060101); G03G 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018