Ricoh had 137 patents in future of work during Q4 2023. Ricoh Co Ltd filed patents for a jig determination method for controlling production, an attribute setting method for equipment, an embroidery data creation apparatus, a medication support device, and an embroidery system with coloring and embroidery devices. These inventions aim to improve efficiency and accuracy in various production processes. GlobalData’s report on Ricoh gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Ricoh grant share with future of work as a theme is 51% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Jig determination method, production base system, and information processing system (Patent ID: US20230418533A1)

The patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd. describes a jig determination method executed by an information processing system for controlling the production of an ordered product by printing. The method involves acquiring correspondence information associating jigs with image forming apparatuses, determining which jig to attach to an image forming apparatus based on the correspondence information and the required jig for printing, and outputting information indicating a change of the jig attached to the image forming apparatus. The system also includes features such as registering print jobs and jigs in job management information, prioritizing jigs based on frequency of use, and real-time updating of correspondence information based on input and output device data.

Furthermore, the patent also covers a production base system and an information processing system for implementing the jig determination method. The production base system includes an information processing system and input/output devices, with the system determining the appropriate jig to be attached to an image forming apparatus and transmitting relevant information to the input/output devices. The information processing system, on the other hand, is equipped with circuitry to acquire correspondence information, determine jigs for attachment, and output information indicating changes in jigs. Additional functionalities include handling newly generated print jobs, prioritizing print jobs based on elapsed time, and suspending print jobs if necessary. Overall, the patent aims to streamline the production process by efficiently managing jigs attached to image forming apparatuses for printing ordered products.

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