(19)
(11)EP 2 983 142 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
27.07.2022 Bulletin 2022/30

(21)Application number: 14778760.0

(22)Date of filing:  03.04.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G07D 7/00(2016.01)
G07D 7/12(2016.01)
H04N 1/12(2006.01)
H04N 1/00(2006.01)
G07D 7/04(2016.01)
H04N 1/04(2006.01)
H04N 1/193(2006.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
G07D 7/04; G07D 7/12; H04N 1/00339; H04N 1/12; H04N 1/193; H04N 2201/0081
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2014/059857
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/163148 (09.10.2014 Gazette  2014/41)

(54)

IMAGE READING DEVICE

BILDLESEVORRICHTUNG

DISPOSITIF DE LECTURE D'IMAGE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 05.04.2013 JP 2013079745

(43)Date of publication of application:
10.02.2016 Bulletin 2016/06

(73)Proprietor: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • MORIMOTO, Takuo
    Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)
  • OGOMI, Tomokazu
    Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)
  • SHOJI, Toshiaki
    Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)
  • HINO, Masashi
    Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)
  • ARAMAKI, Toru
    Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)
  • ITO, Atsushi
    Tokyo 100-8310 (JP)

(74)Representative: Sajda, Wolf E. 
Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB Postfach 86 06 24
81633 München
81633 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-02/097742
WO-A1-2012/157558
JP-A- H0 793 843
JP-A- H08 279 016
US-A- 5 790 693
WO-A1-2005/083457
GB-A- 2 114 795
JP-A- H0 822 652
JP-A- 2000 039 472
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to image reading including magnetic reading. More particularly, the present invention relates to an image reading device that detects image information and magnetic pattern information (magnetic information) of a sheet-like medium to be read.

    Background Art



    [0002] A device for handling sheet-like media to be read, for example, paper money, checks, or securities such as store credit vouchers, which has been conventionally known as, for example, an automated transaction machine, a passbook printer, a ticket issuing machine, and the like, is provided with an image reading sensor, a magnetic reading sensor, and the like, and obtains various information such as an optical image and a magnetic pattern of a printed pattern on the medium to be read.

    [0003] For example, a paper sheets handling device of Patent Literature 1 includes an optical sensor and a magnetic sensor as a first type of sensors. The image reading sensor and the magnetic reading sensor are disposed individually in an automated transaction machine, and information read by each sensor is handled as information in which positional information are not related mutually.

    [0004] Patent Literature 2, for example, describes an image reading device not including both of an optical sensor and a magnetic sensor but including multiple independent imaging optical systems that are each arranged in a main scanning direction. Multiple cells in the optical systems are provided so that each cell of each row is arranged in alternate manner in the main scanning direction so as to allow the formed images to be complementary between the cells of the image reading device of Patent Literature 2. Then, information of the image taken by each cell is combined to create a document image.

    [0005] Patent document GB2114795 A is considered relevant and relates to a system for the verification of a magnetically printed material as described in preamble of the independent claim.

    List of Citations


    Patent Literature



    [0006] 

    Patent Literature 1: Unexamined Japanese Patent Application Kokai Publication JP 2012-08459 A

    Patent Literature 2: Unexamined Japanese Patent Application Kokai Publication JP 2012-143 003 A.



    [0007] GB2114795 A disclosing a paper money verification system in which magnetic and photo sensors are arranged on one side of the conveyance plane reading the superimposed magnetic and the optical patterns at the same check point.

    Summary of the Invention


    Technical Problem



    [0008] The paper sheets handling device according to Patent Literature 1 is provided with the image reading device and the magnetic reading device, but arranging the devices individually results in different positions and areas for reading, the obtained information cannot be processed as the information of the same object. Furthermore, the optical image and the magnetic pattern that have no relation as images cannot be combined as with the combined image information in the image reading device of Patent Literature 2.

    [0009] The present invention has been made in view of the above circumstances, and an object of the present invention is to read the positional relationship between the optical image and the magnetic pattern as information.

    Solution to the Problem



    [0010] In order to achieve the above objective, an image reading device according to the present invention is outlined in the appended claim 1. Advantageous further developments of the invention are set forth in the dependent claims.

    Advantageous Effects of the Invention



    [0011] According to the present invention, the reading areas at the respective positions for the optical image reading and the magnetic reading have overlapped areas. Therefore, the information on the optical image and the magnetic pattern is obtained simultaneously, and the positional relationship between the optical image and the magnetic pattern can also be read as information. This results in improvement of identification accuracy of the medium to be read.

    Brief Description of Drawings



    [0012] 
    FIG. 1
    is a cross sectional view orthogonal to a main scanning direction of an image reading device according to Embodiment 1 of the present invention;
    FIG. 2
    is a perspective view of the image reading device according to Embodiment 1;
    FIG. 3
    is a cross sectional view orthogonal to the main scanning direction of an optical reader according to Embodiment 1;
    FIG. 4
    is a cross sectional view orthogonal to the main scanning direction of a magnetic reader according to Embodiment 1;
    FIG. 5
    is a drawing illustrating a distribution of lines of magnetic force caused by a magnetic circuit in FIG. 4;
    FIG. 6A
    is a vector diagram of the line of magnetic force at a magnetoresistive effect element according to Embodiment 1;
    FIG. 6B
    is a vector diagram of the line of magnetic force when a medium to be read approaches the magnetoresistive effect element;
    FIG. 6C
    is a vector diagram of the line of magnetic force when the medium to be read moves away from the magnetoresistive effect element;
    FIG. 7
    is a drawing illustrating reading areas of the optical reader and the magnetic reader;
    FIG. 8
    is a drawing illustrating a variation of the reading areas of the optical reader and the magnetic reader;
    FIG. 9
    is a drawing illustrating reading areas of an optical reader and a magnetic reader according to Embodiment 2 of the present invention; and
    FIG. 10
    is a cross sectional view orthogonal to a main scanning direction of an image reading device according to Embodiment 3 of the present invention.

    Description of Embodiments



    [0013] Embodiments of the present invention are described below with reference to the drawings. Throughout the drawings, the same or like parts are given the same signs.

    Embodiment 1



    [0014] FIG. 1 is a cross sectional view orthogonal to a main scanning direction of an image reading device according to Embodiment 1 of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the image reading device according to Embodiment 1. The image reading device of the present embodiment reads an optical image as well as a magnetic pattern, but is herein referred to as an image reading device. However, this does not mean that the optical reading is primary and the magnetic reading is subordinate.

    [0015] The image reading device according to Embodiment 1 of the present invention includes an optical reader 2 that is disposed on one side of a conveyance plane P (in FIG. 1, at the upper side thereof) in which sheet-like medium to be read containing a magnetic component, such as paper money, securities, checks, or the like is conveyed along a direction of a sheet surface thereof. A magnetic reader 3 is disposed on the other side of the conveyance plane P (in FIG. 1, at the lower side thereof).

    [0016] Upon the medium to be read 1 passing between the optical reader 2 and the magnetic reader 3, the optical reader 2 obtains an optical image such as leading position information and pattern information of the medium to be read 1, and the magnetic reader 3 obtains a magnetic pattern by detecting a magnetic material contained in the medium to be read 1.

    [0017] Here, the magnetic material contained in the medium to be read 1 includes a material printed with magnetic ink. In other words, the magnetic material contained in the medium to be read 1 includes a material existing on the surface thereof.

    [0018] The plane in which the medium to be read 1 is conveyed is referred to as a conveyance plane P, and the direction in which the medium to be read 1 is conveyed (in FIG. 1, from the left side to the right side) is referred to as a conveyance direction or a sub-scanning direction. The direction parallel to the conveyance plane P and orthogonal to the conveyance direction (sub-scanning direction), that is, the direction perpendicular to the plane of the paper of FIG. 1, is referred to as a main scanning direction.

    [0019] The optical reader 2 obtains an optical image from the medium to be read 1 in the main scanning direction (the direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction (sub-scanning direction)). The magnetic reader 3 obtains a magnetic pattern from the medium to be read 1 in the main scanning direction (the direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction (sub-scanning direction)).

    [0020] The optical reader 2 is configured to have a contact image sensor (hereinafter referred to as CIS), a camera, a reduction optical system, or the like. The configuration of the optical reader 2 is explained using the CIS as an example. A light guide 4, an imaging optical system 5, and a light receiver 7 are accommodated in a housing 8 of the optical reader 2, each of which is held in a predetermined position.

    [0021] The light guide 4 includes a light emitting element such as an LED at the end thereof in the main scanning direction, and is a light source to irradiate an optical reading area 201 of the conveyance plane P with light from a light exit portion on the side surface in the main scanning direction.

    [0022] The imaging optical system 5 focuses light emitted from the light guide 4 and reflected by the medium to be read 1, and forms an image on the light receiver 7. The light receiver 7 is mounted to a sensor substrate 6 and converts the image of the optical reading area 201 formed by the imaging optical system 5 into an electrical signal.

    [0023] The conveyance plane P side of the housing 8 is covered with a transmission body 9 formed of glass, an acrylic plate, or the like, and the transmission body 9 transmits the light emitted from the light guide 4 and the light reflected by the medium to be read 1 therethrough. The transmission body 9 protects the light guide 4, the imaging optical system 5, and the light receiver 7.

    [0024] The magnetic reader 3 includes a magnet 11 with north and south poles arranged in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance plane P, a yoke 12, a yoke 13, a magnetoresistive effect element (MR element) 14, and a substrate 15 to which an output terminal of the MR element 14 is connected. The yoke 12 is disposed on an end surface of the magnet 11, facing the conveyance plane P, that is, at the conveyance plane P side of the magnet 11.

    [0025] The yoke 13 has a bottom portion being in contact with the end surface of the magnet 11 at the farthest side from the conveyance plane P, and extension portions extending from the bottom portion toward the conveyance plane P at both sides of the magnet 11 in the conveyance direction.

    [0026] The yoke 13 is U-shaped in cross section orthogonal to the main scanning direction. The yokes 12 and 13 are provided to improve the uniformity of magnetic field. Here, the magnet 11, the yoke 12, and the yoke 13 constitute a magnetic circuit. Of course, the magnet 11 alone may constitute a magnetic circuit.

    [0027] Furthermore, the configuration excluding the magnetic circuit from the magnetic reader 3 may be referred to as a magnetic reader 3, or the MR element 14 alone may be referred to as a magnetic reader 3.

    [0028] The magnetoresistive effect element (MR element) 14 is mounted at the conveyance plane P side of the yoke 12, and detects the intensity variation in a conveyance direction component of the magnetic field in the magnetic reading area 202 of the conveyance plane P. The magnetoresistive effect element 14 detects magnetic information (magnetic pattern information) of the magnetic reading area 202 and outputs the magnetic information electrically as a change in a resistance value.

    [0029] The electrical signal output from the MR element 14 is transmitted via the substrate 15 through a signal line 17 to a signal processing board 16. The signal processing board 16 processes the electrical signal output from the MR element 14 and outputs the magnetic pattern information.

    [0030] The magnet 11, the yoke 12, the yoke 13, the MR element 14, the substrate 15, and the signal line 17 are accommodated in a housing 19, and are each held in a predetermined position. The signal processing board 16 is mounted to the opposite side of the housing 19 from the conveyance plane P. The conveyance plane P side of the housing 19 is covered with a non-magnetic top plate 18 to protect the MR element 14.

    [0031] FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view orthogonal to the main scanning direction of the optical reader according to Embodiment 1. FIG. 3 is also an enlarged view of the optical reader 2 of FIG. 1. Light generated from an LED (not shown) provided at an end in the main scanning direction of the light guide 4 enters the light guide 4, and propagates within the light guide 4 in the main scanning direction.

    [0032] The light guide 4 has a perfectly circular or substantially circular cross section, and a light scattering layer (light scattering area) for scattering or reflecting light is formed on the light guide 4 in the main scanning direction. The light scattering layer is configured in a white silk screen printed pattern or vapor deposition pattern on the surface of the light guide 4.

    [0033] As an alternative method to provide the light scattering layer, cutting grooves in the light guide 4 or surface roughening of the light guide 4 can be used. The light scattering layer is formed so that the pattern shapes or pitches thereof are adjusted appropriately to achieve uniform light emission along the main scanning direction.

    [0034] Light passing through an internal light guide path of the light guide 4 is scattered on the light scattering layer and emitted toward the medium to be read 1 from an exit portion (light exit portion) that is a portion opposite to the light scattering layer around the central axis of the light propagating direction of the light guide 4. The light emitted from the light guide 4 illuminates the optical reading area 201 of the conveyance plane P (medium to be read 1).

    [0035] The light that illuminates the optical reading area 201 is reflected on the medium to be read 1, enters as scattered light the imaging optical system 5 that is an optical system for forming an image, and is focused by the imaging optical system 5, and then the optical reading area 201 is imaged on the light receiver 7.

    [0036] The formed image of the optical reading area 201 is received by photodiodes or the like and converted into electrical signals by the light receiver 7. The electrical signals output from the light receiver 7 is subject to signal processing by the sensor substrate 6 and an optical image of the optical reading area 201 is obtained.

    [0037] FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view orthogonal to the main scanning direction of the magnetic reader according to Embodiment 1. FIG. 4 is also an enlarged view of the magnetic reader 3 of FIG. 1. FIG. 5 is a drawing illustrating a distribution of lines of magnetic force caused by a magnetic circuit in FIG. 4.

    [0038] The lines of magnetic force 21 generated by the magnet 11 exit from the north pole of the magnet 11 to the surrounding space. The lines of magnetic force 21 are concentrated around the end of the north pole of the magnet 11, and the magnetic flux density near the upper surface of the magnet 11 (near the end of the magnet 11 facing toward the conveyance path) increases.

    [0039] The lines of magnetic force 21 exiting from the magnet 11 to the surrounding space enter the side wall portions of the yoke 13, pass through the interior of the yoke 13, and return to the south pole of the magnet 11 to form a closed loop. The use of the yoke 13 shaped in this manner reduces the space through which the lines of magnetic force 21 pass, thus increasing the magnetic flux density.

    [0040] A magnetic flux vector 22 indicates the direction of the magnetic flux at a location of the MR element 14. A vertical component 22a indicates a component of the magnetic flux vector 22, perpendicular to the conveyance plane P. A conveyance direction component 22b indicates a conveyance direction component of the magnetic flux vector 22.

    [0041] The lines of magnetic force 21 exiting to the surrounding space are distributed in a manner to extend laterally around the centerline 11 a of the magnet 11, as viewed in the cross section orthogonal to the main scanning direction. Hence, as shown with the MR element 14 in FIG. 5, the line of magnetic force at a location shifted slightly in the conveyance direction from the centerline 11a has a vertical component 22a with a high magnetic flux density and also a small conveyance direction component 22b. The operation of the magnetic reader 3 is explained hereinafter.

    [0042] In FIG. 5, at the location where the MR element 14 is placed, the vertical component 22a with a high magnetic flux density exists, and the small conveyance direction component 22b also exists. This is because the MR element is designed to be placed in a location slightly away from the centerline 11a. Such a placement can provide the MR element 14 with a bias magnetic field in the conveyance direction required for appropriate operation of the MR element 14.

    [0043] The passage of the medium to be read 1 containing magnetic material through the field in such a state causes changes in the magnetic field distribution. At this time, the direction of the magnetic flux vector 22 applied to the MR element 14 changes slightly. Even slight change in the direction of the magnetic flux vector 22 results in an occurrence of significant change on percentage of the conveyance direction component 22b, thus allowing the change to be detected sufficiently by the MR element 14.

    [0044] FIG. 6A is a vector diagram of the line of magnetic force at the magnetoresistive effect element according to Embodiment 1 . The vertical component 22a that is a magnetic field crossing the conveyance plane P is a main component of the lines of magnetic force 21 near the location where the MR element 14 is placed.

    [0045] The slight shift of the MR element 14 in the conveyance direction from the centerline 11a causes the magnetic flux vector 22 to tilt in the conveyance direction slightly from the vertical direction, as shown in FIG. 6A. The conveyance direction component 22b of the magnetic field serves as a bias magnetic field of the MR element 14.

    [0046] FIG. 6B is a vector diagram of the line of magnetic force when the medium to be read approaches the magnetoresistive effect element. As the medium to be read 1 containing magnetic material approaches the magnetic reading area 202, as shown in FIG. 6B, the magnetic flux vector 22 tilts toward the medium to be read 1 as if the magnetic flux vector 22 were being physically sucked by the medium to be read 1, which reduces the conveyance direction component 22b in the conveyance direction. In FIG. 6B, the magnetic flux vector 22 in the absence of the medium to be read 1 is indicated with the dotted arrow.

    [0047] FIG. 6C is a vector diagram of the line of magnetic force when the medium to be read moves away from the magnetoresistive effect element. The magnetic flux vector 22 in the absence of the medium to be read 1 is indicated with the dotted arrow, as also shown in FIG. 6C.

    [0048] As the medium to be read 1 containing magnetic material moves away, as shown in FIG. 6C, the magnetic flux vector 22 tilts toward the medium to be read 1 as if the magnetic flux vector 22 were being physically pulled by the medium to be read 1, which increases the conveyance direction component 22b. The movement of the magnetic material of the medium to be read 1 in the conveyance direction changes the resistance value of the MR element 14 that senses the conveyance direction component 22b of the magnetic field.

    [0049] Thus the passage of the medium to be read 1 causes the conveyance direction component 22b in the conveyance direction to change, which in turn changes the resistance value of the MR element 14 that senses magnetically the conveyance component, and enables detecting the magnetic component of the medium to be read 1.

    [0050] Such a change of the magnetic flux vector 22 results from the passage of the magnetic material of the medium to be read 1. This configuration enables the detection of the passage of the medium to be read 1. As a result, a slight change of the magnetic field caused by the medium to be read 1 can be read.

    [0051] FIG. 7 is a drawing illustrating reading areas of the optical reader and the magnetic reader. The light receiver 7 and the magnetoresistive effect element 14 extend in the main scanning direction and the optical reading area (area to be irradiated) 201 and the magnetic reading area 202 have an elongated shape in the main scanning direction. In FIGS. 1 and 7, the optical reading area (area to be irradiated) 201 of the optical reader 2 is disposed to accord with the magnetic reading area 202 of the magnetic reader 3.

    [0052] Therefore, the light guide 4 irradiates with light the magnetic reading area 202 of the conveyance plane P. Such an overlap of the reading areas enables to obtain the image information and the magnetic information at the same time and location, which in turn enables to read a positional relationship with the optical image and the magnetic pattern as information. As a result, accurate information can be obtained.

    [0053] FIG. 8 is a drawing illustrating a variation of the reading areas of the optical reader and the magnetic reader. In FIG. 8, the optical reading area (area to be irradiated) 201 of the optical reader 2 and the magnetic reading area 202 of the magnetic reader 3 are accorded with each other in the main scanning direction, but are shifted in the conveyance direction to be overlapped partially.

    [0054] The optical reading area (area to be irradiated) 201 of the optical reader 2 and the magnetic reading area 202 of the magnetic reader 3 are not completely overlapped, but the presence of the overlapped area in the conveyance direction enables to obtain the image information and the magnetic information at the same time and location for the overlapped area.

    [0055] Therefore, error-free and accurate data of the optical image and the magnetic pattern can be obtained, so that determination of conformity of the medium to be read 1 such as paper money and the like is accurately conducted. Furthermore, the similar effect can also be obtained when the optical reading area (area to be irradiated) 201 of the optical reader 2 and the magnetic reading area 202 of the magnetic reader 3 are shifted in the main scanning direction but still overlapped.

    [0056] Embodiment 1 describes the CIS as an example of the optical reader 2. However, the optical reader 2 of Embodiment 1 is not limited to the CIS. An optical system for forming a reduced image of the optical reading area 201 on a charge-coupled device (CCD) or the like can be used as the optical reader 2.

    Embodiment 2



    [0057] FIG. 9 is a drawing illustrating reading areas of an optical reader and a magnetic reader according to Embodiment 2 of the present invention. In FIG. 9, the magnetic reading area 202 of the magnetic reader 3 is a portion of the optical reading area 201 along the main scanning direction.

    [0058] If the whole area in the main scanning direction of the medium to be read 1 is not required to be read, for example, when the magnetic information portion of the medium to be read 1 such as paper money or the like is limited, the configuration of FIG. 9 enables the magnetic reading area 202 of the magnetic reader 3 to be limited to the area where the magnetic material is assumed to pass through.

    [0059] Such a limitation of the magnetic reading area 202 enables minimization of the magnetic reader 3 and reduction in the number of parts. Furthermore, the optical reading area 201 of the optical reader 2 and the magnetic reading area 202 of the magnetic reader 3 are overlapped in the sub-scanning direction, so that the effect similar to Embodiment 1 can be obtained.

    Embodiment 3



    [0060] FIG. 10 is a cross sectional view orthogonal to a main scanning direction of an image reading device according to Embodiment 3 of the present invention. Embodiment 3 includes an optical reader (second optical reader) 20 in a magnetic reader 3. The optical reader 20 is disposed on the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane P.

    [0061] The optical reader 20 is configured to have a light guide (second light guide) 24, an imaging optical system (second imaging optical system) 25, and a light receiver (second light receiver) 27. The light guide 24, the imaging optical system 25, and the light receiver 27 are identical to the light guide 4, the imaging optical system 5, and the light receiver 7 of Embodiment 1, respectively. The light receiver 27 is mounted on a signal processing board 16.

    [0062] The imaging optical system 25 forms on the light receiver 27 an image of the optical reading area 101 at the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane P. The signal processing board 16 processes the electrical signal output from the light receiver 27, and then obtains an optical image of the optical reading area 101.

    [0063] Embodiment 3 includes, in addition to the structure of Embodiment 1, the optical reader 20 disposed on the magnetic reader 3 side with respect to the conveyance plane P, so that the image information (101) of the medium to be read 1 at the magnetic reader 3 side can also be obtained. The image reading device of Embodiment 3 can obtain the image information on both sides of the medium to be read 1. This results in further improvement in identification accuracy of the medium to be read 1.

    [0064] The present invention can be embodied in various ways and can undergo various modifications without departing from the invention. Moreover, the embodiment described above is for explaining the present invention, and does not limit the range of the present invention.

    [0065] In other words, the range of the present invention is as set forth in the claims and not the embodiment. Various changes and modifications that are within the range disclosed in the claims are also included within the range of the present invention.

    [0066] This application claims the benefit of priority based on Japanese Patent Application JP 2013-79 745 A, filed on April 5, 2013, including the specification, claims, and abstract.

    List of Reference Signs



    [0067] 
    1
    Medium to be read
    2
    Optical reader
    3
    Magnetic reader
    4
    Light guide
    5
    Imaging optical system
    6
    Sensor substrate
    7
    Light receiver
    8
    Housing
    9
    Transmission body
    11
    Magnet
    11a
    Centerline
    12
    Yoke
    13
    Yoke
    14
    MR element
    15
    Substrate
    16
    Signal processing board
    17
    Signal line
    18
    Top plate
    19
    Housing
    20
    Optical reader (second optical reader)
    21
    Line of magnetic force
    22
    Magnetic flux vector
    22a
    Vertical component
    22b
    Conveyance direction component
    24
    Light guide (second light guide)
    25
    Imaging optical system (second imaging optical system)
    27
    Light receiver (second light receiver)
    101
    Optical reading area (second optical reading area)
    201
    Optical reading area
    202
    Magnetic reading area
    P
    Conveyance plane



    Claims

    1. An image reading device comprising:

    - a magnetic circuit disposed on one side of a conveyance plane, configured to convey a sheet-like medium to be read along a direction of a sheet surface of the medium to be read, and to generate a magnetic field in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance plane;

    - a magnetoresistive effect element (14) disposed between the magnetic circuit and the conveyance plane and configured to detect an intensity variation in a conveyance direction component of the magnetic field in a magnetic reading area when the medium to be read is conveyed along the conveyance plane;

    - a light source (4) disposed on a side opposite to the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane and configured to irradiate the magnetic reading area of the conveyance plane with light; and

    - an imaging optical system (5) and a light receiver (7) disposed on the side opposite to the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane, wherein the imaging optical system (5) forms an image of an optical reading area, which includes at least a portion in the conveyance direction of the magnetic reading area in the conveyance plane, on the light receiver (7), characterized in that the magnetic circuit, the magnetoresistive effect element (14), the imaging optical system (5), and the light receiver (7) each extend in a main scanning direction that is parallel to the conveyance plane and orthogonal to the conveyance direction, and the magnetic reading area is a portion of the optical reading area along the main scanning direction, and wherein the length in the main scanning direction of the magnetic reading area is shorter than the length in the main scanning direction of the optical reading area.


     
    2. The image reading device according to Claim 1,
    characterized in that the magnetic circuit includes different magnetic poles arranged alternately in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance plane and generates a magnetic field perpendicular to the conveyance plane from an end surface, facing the conveyance plane of the magnetic circuit.
     
    3. The image reading device according to Claim 1 or 2,
    characterized in that the magnetic circuit includes a yoke (12) disposed at an end, facing the conveyance plane, of the magnetic circuit.
     
    4. The image reading device according to any one of Claims 1 to 3, characterized in that the magnetic circuit includes a yoke (13) having a bottom portion in contact with an end surface at a farthest side from the conveyance plane and extension portions extending from the bottom portion toward the conveyance plane at both sides thereof in the conveyance direction, the yoke (13) being U-shaped in cross section orthogonal to the main scanning direction.
     
    5. The image reading device according to any one of Claims 1 to 4, comprising:

    - a second light source (24) disposed on the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane and configured to irradiate with light a second optical reading area at the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane; and

    - a second imaging optical system (25) and a second light receiver (27) disposed on the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane, wherein the second imaging optical system (25) forms an image of the second optical reading area on the second light receiver (27).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Bildlesevorrichtung, die Folgendes aufweist:

    - einen Magnetkreis, der auf einer Seite einer Transportebene angeordnet ist, konfiguriert, um ein zu lesendes blattartiges Medium entlang einer Richtung einer Blattoberfläche des zu lesenden Mediums zu transportieren und ein Magnetfeld in einer Richtung senkrecht zur Transportebene zu erzeugen;

    - ein Element (14) mit magnetoresistivem Effekt, das zwischen dem Magnetkreis und der Transportebene angeordnet und so konfiguriert ist, dass es eine Intensitätsänderung in einer Transportrichtungskomponente des Magnetfelds in einem magnetischen Lesebereich erfasst, wenn das zu lesende Medium entlang der Transportebene transportiert wird;

    - eine Lichtquelle (4), die auf einer Seite angeordnet ist, die der Seite des Magnetkreises in Bezug auf die Transportebene gegenüberliegt, und die konfiguriert ist, um den magnetischen Lesebereich der Transportebene mit Licht zu bestrahlen; und

    - ein abbildendes optisches System (5) und einen Lichtempfänger (7), die auf der Seite angeordnet sind, die der Magnetkreisseite in Bezug auf die Transportebene gegenüberliegt,

    wobei das abbildende optische System (5) auf dem Lichtempfänger (7) ein Bild eines optischen Lesebereichs erzeugt, der zumindest einen Bereich in der Transportrichtung des magnetischen Lesebereichs in der Transportebene aufweist,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Magnetkreis, das Element (14) mit magnetoresistivem Effekt, das abbildende optische System (5) und der Lichtempfänger (7) sich jeweils in einer Hauptabtastrichtung erstrecken, die parallel zu der Transportebene und orthogonal zu der Transportrichtung ist, und der magnetische Lesebereich ein Bereich des optischen Lesebereichs entlang der Hauptabtastrichtung ist, und

    wobei die Länge in der Hauptabtastrichtung des magnetischen Lesebereichs kürzer ist als die Länge in der Hauptabtastrichtung des optischen Lesebereichs.


     
    2. Bildlesevorrichtung nach Anspruch 1,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Magnetkreis verschiedene Magnetpole aufweist, die abwechselnd in einer Richtung senkrecht zur Transportebene angeordnet sind, und von einer Endfläche, die der Transportebene des Magnetkreises zugewandt ist, ein Magnetfeld senkrecht zur Transportebene erzeugt.
     
    3. Bildlesegerät nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Magnetkreis ein Joch (12) aufweist, das an einem der Transportebene zugewandten Ende des Magnetkreises angeordnet ist.
     
    4. Bildlesegerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Magnetkreis ein Joch (13) aufweist, das einen Bodenbereich in Kontakt mit einer Endfläche an einer von der Transportebene am weitesten entfernten Seite und Verlängerungsbereiche aufweist, die sich von dem Bodenbereich in Richtung auf die Transportebene an beiden Seiten davon in der Transportrichtung erstrecken, wobei das Joch (13) im Querschnitt orthogonal zur Hauptabtastrichtung U-förmig ist.
     
    5. Bildlesevorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4,
    welche Folgendes aufweist:

    - eine zweite Lichtquelle (24), die auf der Magnetkreisseite in Bezug auf die Transportebene angeordnet und so konfiguriert ist, dass sie einen zweiten optischen Lesebereich auf der Magnetkreisseite in Bezug auf die Transportebene mit Licht bestrahlt; und

    - ein zweites optisches Abbildungssystem (25) und einen zweiten Lichtempfänger (27), die auf der Magnetkreisseite in Bezug auf die Transportebene angeordnet sind,

    wobei das zweite optische Abbildungssystem (25) ein Bild des zweiten optischen Lesebereichs auf dem zweiten Lichtempfänger (27) erzeugt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif de lecture d'image comprenant:

    - un circuit magnétique disposé sur un côté d'un plan de transport, configuré pour transporter un support de type feuille à lire le long d'une direction d'une surface de feuille du support à lire et pour générer un champ magnétique dans une direction perpendiculaire au plan de transport;

    - un élément à effet magnétorésistif (14) disposé entre le circuit magnétique et le plan de transport et configuré pour détecter une variation d'intensité dans une composante de direction de transport du champ magnétique dans une zone de lecture magnétique lorsque le support à lire est transporté le long du plan de transport;

    - une source de lumière (4) disposée sur un côté opposé au côté circuit magnétique par rapport au plan de transport et configurée pour irradier avec de la lumière la zone de lecture magnétique du plan de transport; et

    - un système optique de formation d'image (5) et un récepteur de lumière (7) disposés sur le côté opposé au côté circuit magnétique par rapport au plan de transport, dans lequel le système optique de formation d'image (5) forme une image d'une zone de lecture optique, qui inclut au moins une partie dans la direction de transport de la zone de lecture magnétique dans le plan de transport, sur le récepteur de lumière (7),

    caractérisé en ce que le circuit magnétique, l'élément à effet magnétorésistif (14), le système optique de formation d'image (5) et le récepteur de lumière (7) s'étendent chacun dans une direction de balayage principale qui est parallèle au plan de transport et orthogonale à la direction de transport, et la zone de lecture magnétique est une partie de la zone de lecture optique le long de la direction de balayage principale, et dans lequel la longueur dans la direction de balayage principale de la zone de lecture magnétique est plus courte que la longueur dans la direction de balayage principale de la zone de lecture optique.
     
    2. Dispositif de lecture d'image selon la revendication 1,
    caractérisé en ce que le circuit magnétique inclut différents pôles magnétiques agencés alternativement dans une direction perpendiculaire au plan de transport et génère un champ magnétique perpendiculaire au plan de transport à partir d'une surface d'extrémité, faisant face au plan de transport, du circuit magnétique.
     
    3. Dispositif de lecture d'image selon la revendication 1 ou 2,
    caractérisé en ce que le circuit magnétique inclut une culasse (12) disposée à une extrémité, faisant face au plan de transport, du circuit magnétique.
     
    4. Dispositif de lecture d'image selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, caractérisé en ce que le circuit magnétique inclut une culasse (13) ayant une partie inférieure en contact avec une surface d'extrémité sur un côté le plus éloigné du plan de transport et des parties d'extension s'étendant à partir de la partie inférieure vers le plan de transport sur ses deux côtés dans la direction de transport, la culasse (13) étant en forme de U dans une section transversale orthogonale à la direction de balayage principale.
     
    5. Dispositif de lecture d'image selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, comprenant:

    - une seconde source de lumière (24) disposée sur le côté circuit magnétique par rapport au plan de transport et configurée pour irradier avec de la lumière une seconde zone de lecture optique sur le côté circuit magnétique par rapport au plan de transport; et

    - un second système optique de formation d'image (25) et un second récepteur de lumière (27) disposés sur le côté circuit magnétique par rapport au plan de transport, dans lequel le second système optique de formation d'image (25) forme une image de la seconde zone de lecture optique sur le second récepteur de lumière (27).


     




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