Patent Number: 7,102,489

Title: Image forming apparatus and control method thereof

Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a first detector for detecting that a consumption article has reached its life, a second detector for detecting that the consumption article has reached a certain timing before its life, a third detector for detecting an application of power and/or releasing of a power saving mode of the image forming apparatus, a first controller for making a display portion display an alarm advising a replacement of the consumption article and for making the image forming apparatus inactivate, and a second controller for releasing the alarm display and enabling the use of the image forming apparatus when a specific input is operated during the displaying of the alarm on the display portion.

Inventors: Motosugi; Toshihisa (Okazaki, JP), Matsumoto; Kenichi (Toyokawa, JP), Yamahata; Taketoshi (Toyokawa, JP), Yoneyama; Tsuyoshi (Hachioji, JP), Goto; Jiro (Aichi-ken, JP)

Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: G08B 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018