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Details for Patent: 8,885,234

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Details for Patent: 8,885,234

Title:Upright image processing apparatus with pivotable image reading portion
Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: an image reading portion which has a box-shaped first housing with a reading surface, and a scanning device displaceable along the reading surface in the first housing, and reads a first image on a document by relatively displacing the document and scanning device; and an image recording portion which includes a recording medium supply device accommodating a recording medium, a feeding mechanism feeding the recording medium fed out of the supply device, a recording device recording a second image on the recording medium, and a second housing incorporating at least the feeding mechanism and recording device. The apparatus is placed on a rest surface in a substantially upright position, and the reading portion is changeable in position between an upright position in which the reading surface is opposed to the recording portion, and a horizontal position in which the reading surface faces upward.
Inventor(s): Takemoto; Takatoshi (Nagoya, JP), Ishigami; Michifumi (Nagoya, JP), Kobayashi; Sakiko (Nagoya, JP), Aoki; Kazuma (Kasugai, JP), Furuhashi; Masahiko (Toyoake, JP), Isshiki; Manabu (Nagoya, JP), Yazawa; Hiroaki (Nagoya, JP)
Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, JP)
Filing Date:Aug 05, 2013
Application Number:13/959,037
Claims:1. An image processing apparatus comprising: an image recording portion including a first housing having a flat box shape and a pathway which is formed in the first housing and along which a recording medium is fed so that a first image is recorded on the recording medium; and an image reading portion configured to read a second image of a document on a reading surface, the image reading portion having a second housing, the second housing having a flat box shape, an external surface that constitutes the reading surface that is opposable to the first housing, and a lower end portion pivotally connected to the first housing such that an upper portion of the second housing is configured to open and close with respect to the first housing; and a holding mechanism configured to hold the second housing with respect to the first housing such that the reading surface of the second housing is inclined at a first predetermined angle with respect to a vertically extending external surface of the first housing, wherein an inlet into which the document is inserted is formed by the second housing and the vertically extending external surface of the first housing.

2. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a stopper which is provided at a lower end of the reading surface and is configured to stop the document when it is inserted into the inlet.

3. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image reading portion is further configured to read the second image of the document on the reading surface when the image reading portion is placed in a fully open position where the reading surface is inclined downward by a second predetermined angle from a horizontal plane that intersects the lower end portion of the second housing and is perpendicular to the vertically extending external surface of the first housing.

4. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image reading portion is configured to be selectively placed at least in a closed position at which the reading surface is fixed in a position adjacent to the vertically extending external surface of the first housing, an inclined position at which the second housing is inclined at the first predetermined angle with respect to the vertically extending external surface of the first housing, and a fully open position where the reading surface is inclined downward by a second predetermined angle from a horizontal plane that intersects the lower end portion of the second housing and is perpendicular to the vertically extending external surface of the first housing.

5. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image reading portion is configured to rotate frontward away from the first housing and backward toward the first housing to be selectively placed in either one of an inclined position at which the second housing is inclined at the first predetermined angle with respect to the vertically extending external surface of the first housing and a fully open position where the reading surface is inclined downward by a second predetermined angle from a horizontal plane that intersects the lower end portion of the second housing and is perpendicular to the vertically extending external surface of the first housing.

6. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image reading portion is disposed on a front side of the image recording portion.

7. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the first predetermined angle is equal to or greater than 2 degrees and equal to or less than 10 degrees.
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