Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a conveying unit conveying a recoding medium on which labels are placed, a sensor detecting each of the labels, an image forming unit performing an image forming process at an image forming position, and a control unit adjusting the image forming position for the labels by synchronizing with a cycle with respect to label pitch based on the detection result by the sensor, the cycle with respect to label pitch being determined with a repeating unit that is composed with a predetermined number of the labels that is more than one, and the label pitch being determined by two of the labels adjoining in the conveying direction.
Abstract: A developer container includes a body and a shutter member. The body has an opening and a containing part. The containing part is to contain a developer put into the containing part through the opening. The shutter member includes a tip portion in a first direction. The shutter member is slidable between a closing position at which the shutter member closes the opening and an open position at which the shutter member leaves the opening open. The shutter member slides in the first direction and thereby moves from the open position to the closing position. The tip portion includes a top surface and a pair of side surfaces. The top surface has inclination that causes a distance in a third direction from the opening to the top surface to decrease in a second direction. Spacing in a fourth direction between the side surfaces is narrowed in the second direction.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developing unit, a transfer section, and a calculator. The developing unit includes an image carrier carrying a developer image. The transfer section includes a transfer belt, a cleaning member, and a container, and transfers the developer image onto a print medium. The transfer belt is disposed in contact with the image carrier. The cleaning member removes a developer attached to the transfer belt. The container contains the developer removed by the cleaning member. The calculator calculates a collection amount on the basis of medium information of the print medium. The collection amount is an amount of the developer collected in the container.
Abstract: An image formation apparatus according to an embodiment may include: an image formation unit; an apparatus main body including therein the image formation unit; a cover rotatable about a first rotation axis to open and close the apparatus main body; an exposure unit including an exposure head; and a holding member fixed to an inner surface of the cover and holds the exposure unit. The holding member includes a first support portion at a side of the holding member closer to the first rotation axis and a second support portion at a side of the holding member farther from the first rotation axis. The first support portion supports the exposure unit to be rotatable, about a second rotation axis parallel to the first rotation axis, and the second support portion supports the exposure unit to be swingable in directions closer to and away from the inner surface of the cover.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first image forming unit that forms a clear toner image with a clear toner; a second image forming unit that forms a color toner image with a color toner; a transfer unit that transfers at least one of the clear toner image and the color toner image onto a medium; and a controller that controls formation of the clear toner image and the color toner image. When the medium is a heat transfer medium and the color toner image is formed on the heat transfer medium, the controller performs control so that the clear toner image is formed on a region where the color toner image is formed and a weight per unit area of the color toner is less than 0.29 mg/cm2, and a weight per unit area of the clear toner image is 0.15 to 0.55 mg/cm2.
Abstract: A power supply device includes a rectifying/smoothing circuit that receives an AC voltage input and converts the AC voltage into a DC voltage by rectification and smoothing, an AC voltage cut-off detection circuit that detects a cut-off of the AC voltage, and a voltage processing circuit that is connected to a post-stage of the rectifying/smoothing circuit wherein the post-stage means a downstream side from the rectifying/smoothing circuit and operates when the AC voltage cut-off detection circuit has detected a cut-off of the AC voltage. The AC voltage cut-off detection circuit is provided with a signal transmitting element that is connected to the post-stage of the rectifying/smoothing circuit, and receives power supplied from the rectifying/smoothing circuit and sends a signal to the voltage processing circuit when the AC voltage is cut off.
Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless belt. A heat supply part is disposed inside the belt, contacts an inner circumferential surface thereof, and supplies heat thereto. A pressure member contacts an outer circumferential surface of the belt to form a nip portion, and conveys a recording medium while nipping the recording medium together with the belt. The heat supply part includes a heater having a plurality of heating sections arranged in a widthwise direction of the belt, and a thermal diffusion member extending in the widthwise direction between the heater and the belt. One surface of the thermal diffusion member contacts the inner circumferential surface of the belt, and the other surface contacts the heating sections. A plate thickness t (mm) between the surfaces of the thermal diffusion member, and a thermal diffusivity D (mm2/s) of the thermal diffusion member satisfy the relationship: t×D?6.7.
Abstract: A medium cutting device cutting a continuous medium carried along a carrying path in a carrying direction includes a sandwiching part that is provided capable of sandwiching a medium; and a cutting blade that includes an edge extending in a width direction (X) of the medium, which is perpendicular to the carrying direction, wherein the medium is cut by the edge while the medium is sandwiched and held by the sandwiching part. Wherein the edge is in a shape depicting an involute curve in which path lengths (PL) of the medium, which are determined from the sandwiching part to the edge in the carrying direction, are substantially constant over the edge in the width direction.
Abstract: An image forming system includes a first mobile terminal and an image forming apparatus. The first mobile terminal transmits first image data by carrying out first wireless communication. The image forming apparatus receives the first image data by carrying out the first wireless communication and forms an image on the basis of the first image data. The first mobile terminal includes first storage, a first communicator, and a first setting section. The image forming apparatus includes second storage, a second communicator, a second setting section, and an image forming section. The first and second storages both hold first communication setting information and are respectively able to hold second and third communication setting information.
Abstract: A charging device includes a charging member and a cleaning member. The charging member electrically charges a surface of a charging target member and is rotatable while being in contact with the surface of the charging target member. The cleaning member is in contact with a surface of the charging member and removes a foreign object attached to the surface of the charging member. Surface free energy of the surface of the charging member is 5.00 dynes per centimeter or more. A dynamic friction coefficient of the surface of the charging member and a surface of the cleaning member falls within a range from 0.48 to 0.88 both inclusive. The surface free energy and the dynamic friction coefficient satisfy a relation represented by the following expression (1). E??63?+69??(1) “E” is the surface free energy in dynes per centimeter, and “u” is the dynamic friction coefficient.
Abstract: An exposure device according to an embodiment may include: a holding member provided with a reference surface; an optical system being in contact with the reference surface and slidable in a first direction parallel to the reference surface; and a board including a light emitting element and being fixed to the holding member such that the optical system is sandwiched between the reference surface and the board.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a storage section (118) that stores apparatus setting information including a plurality of setting values corresponding to a plurality of setting items in the image forming apparatus; a backup setting generation section (115) that generates a BSF including a setting value extracted from the apparatus setting information and first identification information assigned to the image forming apparatus in a network; a backup setting control section (114) that sends the generated BSF to another printer (110) and receives the BSF from the another printer (110); and a backup setting update section (117) that specifies a setting value that is able to be set in the image forming apparatus and updates a setting value included in the apparatus setting information to the specified setting value.
Abstract: An image forming method includes: placing developer on a medium in accordance with image data to form a developer image; and fixing the developer image to the medium while conveying the medium along a conveying direction. The image forming method further includes: determining, as a blocked region, a region of the developer image where no developer is placed and whose upstream side in the conveying direction is blocked by a developer region where the developer is placed; and forming at least one groove extending in the conveying direction in an upstream region of the developer image that is located upstream of the blocked region in the conveying direction and included in the developer region.
Abstract: An information processing apparatus according an embodiment includes: a storing unit capable of storing one or more setting information each of which is set for executing image formation processing, wherein each setting information is associated with and stored with first apparatus information indicating a first configuration of the image formation apparatus for the corresponding setting information, the storing unit further being capable of storing second apparatus information indicating a second configuration of the image formation apparatus, which is a latest configuration of the image formation apparatus; and a processing unit that, when receiving an instruction to select one of the one or more setting information as actual setting, compares the first apparatus information associated with the selected setting information and the second apparatus information, and determines, based on the comparison result, to accept or reject to reflect the selected setting information to the actual setting.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image processing part that creates bitmap data based on print data input from outside, a density correction part that performs pre-determined density correction such that a density of a print image, which is formed on a print medium, is maintained within a regulated range, and a determination part that determines whether or not it is necessary to re-create the bitmap data based on the print data according to a comparison result between a first density value which is created at a timing when the bitmap data is created and a second density value which is created at a timing when the density correction is performed by the density correction part. Wherein the image processing part re-creates the bitmap data based on the print data when the determination part determines that it is necessary to re-create the bitmap data, and does not re-create the bitmap data when the determination part determines that it is not necessary to re-create the bitmap data.
Abstract: A developer container includes: a body in which a plurality of developer chambers that store developer are arranged, each developer chamber having an opening; and a plurality of covers that seal the openings of the plurality of developer chambers, the plurality of covers being separately provided to correspond to the openings of the plurality of developer chambers.
Abstract: An information acquisition method includes steps of selecting, transmitting, and determining. The selecting step is a step of selecting one function demanding an input of a destination. The transmitting step is a step of transmitting information indicating one or more destinations from a mobile terminal to a multifunction device. The determining step is a step of determining at least one destination corresponding to the one function.