Patents Examined by Arlene Heredia
  • Patent number: 11016430
    Abstract: A transfer unit includes: a transfer body that forms a transfer nip together with an image holding member provided to hold a developer image and allows a recording medium to be nipped in and transported through the transfer nip so that a developer image is transferred to the recording medium; and a guide member that intersects a tangent to the transfer nip and has a tip end portion located closer to the image holding member across the tangent when viewed in an axial direction, and guides the recording medium transported from an upstream side to the transfer nip, wherein the tip end portion has plural regions having different distances from the image holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunari Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 11009815
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member, a transfer roller, an electric energy supply member, a voltage source, a detector, and a controller for adjusting a transfer voltage. A circumferential length 2K of the transfer roller and a distance k measured along an outer periphery of the transfer roller from the electric energy supplying member to the transfer roller satisfy 0.8K?k?1.2K. The controller controls the voltage source so as to satisfy 0.7T?t?1.3T, where 2T is time required for one full rotation of the transfer roller, and t is time during which the voltage source supplies the test current or the test voltage per one level in the operation of a setting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Matsuzaki, Shozo Aiba, Tomohiro Saito
  • Patent number: 11009806
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes a photosensitive drum, a developing roller, a cam, a switching mechanism, a cam follower, and a controller for controlling the switching mechanism to control rotation of the cam. The cam is rotatable to move the developing roller between a contact position in contact with the photosensitive drum and a separated position in separation from the photosensitive drum. To maintain the developing roller at the contact position after being moved from the separated position, the cam is rotated to move the cam follower from a first holding surface to a second holding surface of the cam through a second guide surface, and is stopped rotating to hold the cam follower in contact with a first guide surface of the cam at a position closer to the first holding surface than to the second holding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahito Saeki, Toshiyuki Sano, Shintaro Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 11003124
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit, a fixing device, and circuitry is provided. The image forming unit is configured to perform a special image forming operation that forms a color toner image and a special toner image with a color toner and a special toner, respectively, on a recording medium and a normal image forming operation that forms the color toner image without forming the special toner image on the recording medium. The fixing device is configured to fix the color toner image and the special toner image on the recording medium. The circuitry is configured to perform, in the special image forming operation, a toner amount suppression control that makes an amount of the color toner on the recording medium per unit area smaller than that in the normal image forming operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Tanaka, Keiji Kunimi, Masaki Yoshino, Kazumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11003111
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a conveyor. The apparatus also includes a first developer unit. The first developer unit is to concentrate first printing liquid. The first developer unit also is to deliver the first printing liquid to the conveyor. The apparatus also includes a second developer unit. The second developer unit is to concentrate second printing liquid. The second developer also is to deliver the second printing liquid to the conveyor to form a thick layer of printing liquid comprising the first and second printing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Giries Kadis, Marc Klein, Mark Sandler, Peter Nedelin, Marko Richter
  • Patent number: 10996588
    Abstract: A powder transport apparatus includes a first transport path disposed in the first transport path, a second transport path connected to the first transport path through a first connection port and a junction port, a third transport path connected to the second transport path through a second connection port, a second transport member that is disposed in the second transport path and includes a first shaft provided with a first spiral blade that transports powder toward the first connection port, a second spiral blade that is provided in a portion of the first shaft between the first connection port and the junction port and that has a transport force smaller than a transport force of the first spiral blade in the one direction, and a third transport member disposed in the third transport path. The third transport member transports the powder toward the second connection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Kato, Shinichi Kuramoto, Yoshifumi Ozaki, Tomoyuki Yoshii, Yoshitaka Nakajima, Norihiro Tamazawa, Shigemi Murata, Takashi Ochi
  • Patent number: 10996597
    Abstract: A pair of pressure members are disposed at both ends of a pressure roller and rotatably support the pressure roller to press the pressure roller against a fixing roller including an elastic layer via a fixing belt. One of the pressure members that includes a fulcrum engaging section engaged with a rotation fulcrum at one end and is locked to a biasing member at a side opposite to the fulcrum engaging section is moved by a moving member in a direction intersecting a pressing direction of the pressure roller in a state where deformation of the elastic layer is regulated. Thus, a force acting on a fixing nip formed by the deformation of the elastic layer of the fixing roller is stabilized. As a result, the traveling performance of the fixing belt is stabilized, whereby the offset control can be performed with high accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kimihide Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 10996621
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a movement mechanism. The movement mechanism moves a pressing mechanism from a first position to a second position along with a start of an image forming operation and moves the pressing mechanism from the second position to the first position along with an end of the image forming operation, when image formation is carried out. The movement mechanism moves the pressing mechanism from the first position to the second position along with detection by a detection unit that a main body cover is opened, when the image formation is not carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10996589
    Abstract: A method for disassembling a developing device. The developing device includes a frame configured to store a developer, a developer bearing member, a regulation member configured to regulate the developer borne by the developer bearing member, and a fixing member configured to fix the regulation member to the frame. The fixing member has a holding portion configured to hold the regulation member. The developing device includes a cover portion attached to the regulation member and configured to cover at least a part of the holding portion. The disassembling method includes cover removing for removing at least a part of the cover portion to reduce the size of a region of the holding portion covered by the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruhiko Sasaki, Osamu Anan, Yuuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10983457
    Abstract: A sealing assembly according to one example embodiment includes a housing and an imaging component positioned on the housing. A seal has opposed first and second edges extending along a longitudinal dimension of the seal. A lateral dimension of the seal is perpendicular to the longitudinal dimension and extends in a direction from the first edge to the second edge. The seal is attached to the housing along the first edge and contacts the imaging component along the second edge. Upon attachment to the housing, the seal is elastically deformed from an unassembled state in which the second edge has a first profile that varies in the lateral dimension along the longitudinal dimension to an assembled state in which the second edge is deformed relative to the first profile to a second profile having less variation in the lateral dimension along the longitudinal dimension than the first profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Amann, Richard Louis Goin, Randal Scott Williamson
  • Patent number: 10976685
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus in which when toner remaining on a development roller in an area from a developer nip to a regulating blade disposed upstream of a rotation direction of the development roller during a stoppage of the image forming apparatus passes through the developer nip, a bias is applied so that the toner is drawn to the development roller, and a relative speed difference between the photosensitive drum and the development roller is created so as to be larger than the that during an image forming operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Mitsui, Takuya Oka, Yasukazu Ikami
  • Patent number: 10962904
    Abstract: An image forming unit includes an image carrier, a body, a shutter unit, a first guiding portion, and a holding portion. The body holds the image carrier with a portion of the image carrying surface being exposed. The shutter unit includes first and second shutter members. The first shutter member is held by the body, being pivotable about a first rotational axis relative to the body, and includes a first inner surface. The second shutter member is held by the first shutter member, being pivotable about a second rotational axis relative to the first shutter member, and includes a second inner surface and first and second contact portions. The shutter unit is shiftable between a closed state and an open state. The closed state is a state extended with the image carrying surface being covered. The open state is a state with the image carrying surface being exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisatoshi Saito, Yasushi Nakasone
  • Patent number: 10942475
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator that rotates and includes an inner face. A pressure rotator is disposed opposite the fixing rotator and rotates. A nip former sandwiches the fixing rotator together with the pressure rotator to form a nip between the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator. The nip former includes an outer face disposed opposite the inner face of the fixing rotator. The inner face of the fixing rotator and the outer face of the nip former sandwich a lubricant. At least one of the inner face of the fixing rotator and the outer face of the nip former includes a projection having a volume smaller than 0.3 ml/m2 and a recess having a spatial volume greater than 0.08 ml/m2. The volume and the spatial volume are three-dimensional surface roughness parameters, respectively, defined by the International Organization for Standardization 25178 standard in an initial state before the fixing rotator rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ippei Fujimoto, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Takashi Seto, Hiroyuki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10942473
    Abstract: A developing device includes a housing having an opening in a wall thereof, a developing roller rotatably arranged within the housing, and a magnetic pole structure, wherein the developing roller is configured to carry a developer on an outer surface thereof using the magnetic force of the magnetic pole structure. The developing device further includes a gap forming member located within, and spaced from, the housing at a location downstream, in the rotation direction of the developing roller, of the opening in the wall of the housing, forming a first gap with respect to the developing roller and forming a second gap with respect to the housing, a blocking member arranged in the first gap, and a guide section configured to guide airflow passing through the second gap in a general direction toward the developing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Ogasawara, Masayuki Kasukawa, Koji Imamiya, Nobuaki Takahashi, Takao Izumi
  • Patent number: 10942477
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit, an image forming unit, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive image data corresponding to a target image to be formed on a sheet, convert the received image data to modified image data corresponding to a modified image that includes the target image and an added margin on at least one side of the target image in a sheet width direction side, control the image forming unit to form the modified image based on the modified image data, and cause the sheet to be conveyed to the image forming unit such that a positioning of the sheet in the sheet width direction overlaps with the target so that a fixing portion of the fixing unit overlaps with the target image in the modified image formed on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ono
  • Patent number: 10942478
    Abstract: A device includes a rotator having a rotation axis, a belt, a nip forming member surrounded by the belt, a holder holding the nip forming member, a first stay supporting the holder, an urging member urging the first stay toward the rotator, a second stay, and a connector. The nip forming member is configured to, with the rotator, pinch the belt to form a nip. The first stay extends in a width direction parallel to the rotation axis. The second stay is positioned upstream of the first stay in a moving direction of the belt at the nip. The moving direction is perpendicular to the width direction. The connector extends through at least one of the first stay and the second stay to connect the first stay to the second stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Hiroshi Handa, Shuhei Fukue, Tomonori Watanabe, Kenji Takeuchi, Tatsuo Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10935920
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main assembly, a grip, a first guiding member, and a second guiding member. The grip is linearly movable between a first position accommodated inside the main assembly and a second position projecting from the main assembly. The grip has a projection of resin material projecting downwardly from a lower surface of the grip. The first guiding member is provided above the grip to guide the movement of the grip, and the second guiding member is provided below the grip and configured to guide the movement of the grip together with the first guiding member. The second guiding member is provided with an engaging portion projecting from an upper surface of the second guiding member and capable of engaging with the projection to restrict movement of the grip toward the second position when the grip is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koki Sato
  • Patent number: 10928762
    Abstract: A device includes a rotator, a belt facing the rotator and having an outer peripheral surface which contacts the rotator to form a nip therebetween, a first pad configured to press the belt toward the rotator to form one part of the nip, a second pad configured to press the belt toward the rotator, to form another part of the nip, a holder holding the first pad and the second pad, a stay supporting the holder, and an urging member urging the stay toward the rotator in an urging direction. The second pad is located upstream of the first pad in a conveyance direction in the nip orthogonal to the urging direction. At least a portion of a contact area between the stay and the holder is located downstream of a center of the nip and upstream of a front edge of the first pad in the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Tomonori Watanabe, Kenji Takeuchi, Hiroshi Handa, Mingguang Zhang, Shuhei Fukue, Hirotaka Imaeda
  • Patent number: 10921735
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a belt unit and an opposite member. The belt unit and opposite member are configured to, when a recording medium with a developer image transferred thereon passes through a nip region formed by the belt unit and opposite member, fix the developer image to the recording medium. The belt unit includes an endless belt, a heater group including a plurality of stacked heaters, and a holder that holds the heater group inside the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Teruo Soeda
  • Patent number: 10921730
    Abstract: A replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a reservoir for storing toner. A rotatable shaft is positioned within the reservoir and has an axis of rotation. A first magnet and a second magnet are connected to the shaft and rotatable around the axis of rotation in response to rotation of the shaft. The first magnet and the second magnet are detectable by a magnetic sensor when the replaceable unit is installed in the image forming device. A polarity of the first magnet is oriented opposite a polarity of the second magnet relative to the shaft. An amount of angular offset between the first magnet and the second magnet varies depending on an amount of toner in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Carpenter, Michael Craig Leemhuis, Robert Watson McAlpine