US 9,811,289 B1
Imaging system controller coordination
Bruce A Deboard, Georgetown, KY (US); Lucas D Barkley, Lexington, KY (US); and Michael A Marra, III, Lexington, KY (US)
Assigned to Funai Electric Co., Ltd, Osaka (JP)
Filed by Funai Electric Co., Ltd., Osaka (JP)
Filed on Apr. 19, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/132,387.
Int. Cl. G06F 3/12 (2006.01); G06K 15/00 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 3/1206 (2013.01) [G06F 3/1279 (2013.01); G06F 3/1294 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
6. A plurality of printers for printing an image on a substrate, each of the plurality of printers comprising,
an X axis motion controller for controlling motion of the printer in an X axis along a width of the substrate, and having no control of motion of either the substrate or the printer in a Y axis along a length of the substrate,
X axis motion components for implementing motion of the printer in the X axis under the control of the X axis motion controller,
a print head for printing image data in a swath along the width of the substrate, and
a communication module for,
receiving the image data,
receiving communications indicating that printing of the swath is authorized, and
sending communications indicating that printing of the swath is completed,
where authorization and all motion of the substrate in the Y axis along the length of the substrate is performed by a commonly-shared substrate unit that is not a part of any one of the plurality of printers,
wherein the commonly-shared substrate unit moves the substrate beneath the plurality of printers.