Patents Examined by Arlene Heredia
  • Patent number: 10845734
    Abstract: A print agent application assembly is disclosed. The print agent application assembly may include a first roller to remove print agent from a surface of a print agent transfer roller. The print agent application assembly may include a second roller having an absorbent element to engage the first roller as the second roller rotates relative to the first roller, the absorbent element to absorb print agent from the first roller. The print agent application assembly may include a wiper assembly. The wiper assembly may include a wiper element to scrape print agent from the surface of the first roller as the first roller rotates, and an engagement element to engage with and compress a portion of the absorbent element of the second roller as the second roller rotates relative to the wiper assembly. A method and a roller cleaning assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: David Sabo, John W. Godden
  • Patent number: 10838353
    Abstract: A developing apparatus includes a developer carrying member configured to carry developer, and a developer supply member configured to supply the developer to the developer carrying member, the developer supply member including a shaft, first and second driving members disposed at a first end and a second end of the shaft, respectively, and a toner supply unit disposed between the first end and the second end of the shaft, wherein the first driving member receives a driving force for rotating the developer supply member, and the second driving member outputs the driving force, and wherein the second driving member is mounted to the shaft without play in a rotational direction of the developer supply member with respect to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuki Matsumoto, Tsukasa Abe, Kazutaka Sueshige
  • Patent number: 10831126
    Abstract: A developing roller is capable of preventing the generation of a difference in image density between a central portion and an end portion of an electrographic image. The developing roller has an electro-conductive mandrel and an electro-conductive layer on the mandrel, the electro-conductive layer has a crown shape in which an outer diameter of a central portion in a direction along the mandrel is larger than outer diameters of both end portions in the direction along the mandrel, an outer surface of the developing roller includes a first region having an electrically insulating property and a second region having a higher conductive property than the first region, and the first region and the second region are disposed adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Matsunaga, Minoru Nakamura, Kazuaki Nagaoka, Ryo Sugiyama, Masashi Uno, Fumihiko Utsuno
  • Patent number: 10809654
    Abstract: A pressure roller, and the pressure roller to be used in a fixing apparatus of in an image forming apparatus, the fixing apparatus configured to heat a toner image formed on a recording material and fix the toner image on the recording material, the pressure roller including a first elastic layer, and a second elastic layer provided on an outside of the first elastic layer, wherein a thermal conductivity of the first elastic layer is higher than a thermal conductivity of the second elastic layer, and wherein the first elastic layer contains a plurality of void portions, hole pathway portions joining the plurality of void portions to each other, and a needle-shaped high thermal conductive filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Taguchi, Naofumi Murata, Katsuhisa Matsunaka, Yutaka Arai
  • Patent number: 10802434
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a heating member heating a toner on a medium, a pressuring member, a pressure applying member, a pressure adjusting mechanism and a separating member. The pressuring member pressure-contacts with the heating member to form a pressuring area and pressurizes the medium passing through the pressuring area. The pressure applying member presses the pressuring member to generate fixing pressure in the pressuring area. The pressure adjusting mechanism switches the fixing pressure between first pressure and second pressure lower than the first pressure. The separating member contacts with the heating member to release the medium from the heating member. The separating member contacts with the heating member by interlocking with the pressure applying member when the pressure applying member applies the first pressure, and is separated from the heating member by interlocking with the pressure applying member when the pressure applying member applies the second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Fumito Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 10802437
    Abstract: A static eliminating device includes a light guide body formed in a bar shape and attached to a drum frame, and a light source. The light source is arranged at one end side in a longitudinal direction of the light guide body. The light guide body includes a plurality of reflection parts and an attachment part. The plurality of reflection parts is arranged in parallel in the longitudinal direction within a range at the other end side from a start position spaced a predetermined distance from one end in the longitudinal direction. The attachment part is arranged between one end in the longitudinal direction and the start position to act as a start point of thermal deformation in the longitudinal direction. The attachment part is composed of two protrusions to interpose an edge of a positioning hole provided in the drum frame at one end side in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hironobu Oi, Teruhiko Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10775726
    Abstract: A heating device includes a heater including a heat generator that generates heat as the heat generator is supplied with power. A feeding member contacts the heater and feeds the power to the heat generator. An endless belt rotates and is heated by the heater. A driving roller contacts an outer circumferential surface of the endless belt. A driving force transmitter is disposed at one lateral end of the driving roller in an axial direction of the driving roller. The driving force transmitter transmits a driving force that drives and rotates the driving roller. The feeding member is made of a corson copper alloy and is disposed in a non-driving side defined by a center of the heat generator in a longitudinal direction of the heater. The non-driving side is opposite a driving side in the longitudinal direction of the heater, where the driving force transmitter is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuusuke Furuichi
  • Patent number: 10775738
    Abstract: An air blowing cooling mechanism includes a duct, a fan, a first shutter member, a second shutter member, a first drive transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force to the second shutter member, and a second drive transmitting portion for transmitting the driving force from the second shutter member to the first shutter member. The second shutter member is supported by the duct so as to be slidable relative to the duct. The first shutter member is supported by the second shutter member so as to be slidable relative to the second shutter member. The second shutter member includes a slidable portion slidable relative to the first shutter member when said first shutter member slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Mogi
  • Patent number: 10725420
    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: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Tanaka, Keiji Kunimi, Masaki Yoshino, Kazumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10712692
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit to fix a toner image which has been transferred onto a sheet by a transfer portion, a loop detector to detect an amount of a loop formed on the sheet at a position between the transfer portion and the fixing unit, and a controller to control a sheet conveyance speed of the fixing unit based on a detection result of the loop detector and control a rotational speed of rotary members to convey the sheet based on an area ratio which is a ratio of an area in which the toner image is formed by the transfer portion within a predetermined region set on a printing surface of the sheet onto which the toner image is transferred. The predetermined region is located at a position distant from a leading edge of the sheet more than a distance between the transfer portion and the fixing unit in the sheet conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Munehito Kurata, Shinji Hashiguchi, Satoshi Murasaki
  • Patent number: 10705483
    Abstract: A particle collecting device includes a vent pipe having a channel space through which air flows, a first air blower that delivers air including a particle at a first end of the vent pipe into the channel space, a collector that is disposed to block a channel in the channel space at an intermediate part of the vent pipe and that collects the particle included in the air delivered by the first air blower, and a second air blower that collects the air traveling through the collector at a second end of the vent pipe and that delivers the air outward from the channel space. The first and second air blowers operate such that a first pressure in a first channel space extending from the first air blower to the collector and a second pressure in a second channel space extending from the collector to the second air blower are maintained to have a relationship in which the second pressure<the first pressure?atmospheric pressure. The first and second channel spaces are included in the channel space of the vent pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuka Nomura, Tetsuya Kawatani, Kokichi Kasai, Kazunari Ishii, Ryosuke Nara, Satoshi Takada, Akira Numazaki, Satoru Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10684583
    Abstract: An abnormality detection device is configured to detect abnormality in a subject to be driven by a motor via a drive transmission member. The abnormality detection device includes an output signal acquisition unit, a rotational frequency acquisition unit, and a determining unit. The output signal acquisition unit is configured to acquire a rotational frequency output signal output from the motor. The rotational frequency acquisition unit is configured to acquire a motor rotational frequency calculated from the rotational frequency output signal acquired by the output signal acquisition unit. The determining unit is configured to distinctively determine abnormality in the subject to be driven and abnormality in the motor based on the rotational frequency output signal acquired by the output signal acquisition unit and the motor rotational frequency acquired by the rotational frequency acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Nakamoto, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Keiichi Yoshida, Takuya Murata
  • Patent number: 10656550
    Abstract: In an optical scanning device, a light source includes a first light emitting point of an amount of light corresponding to a first mode and a second light emitting point of an amount of light corresponding to a second mode, and a control unit uses light beams emitted from a light emitting point of an amount of light corresponding to a mode set by a setting unit when the writing of image data is performed and uses light beams emitted from one prescribed light emitting point as light beams for synchronization detection, regardless of the mode set by the setting unit, when synchronization detection is performed before the writing of the image data is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Ryotaro Todokoro
  • Patent number: 10656580
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing drum; a drum charging member, disposed at a charging position opposed to the drum, for applying the drum with a charging bias; a developing member for developing an electrostatic image formed on the drum with toner, with a developing bias; a transfer member for transferring a toner image from the drum onto a sheet, with a transfer bias; a transfer bias source for outputting the transfer bias; and a controller for effecting control to start raising of the transfer bias so as to correspond to a timing at which an area of the drum passing at a timing of starting of raising of the charging bias passes the transfer position and to complete the raising of the transfer bias so as to correspond to a timing at which an area of the drum passing at a timing of completion of raising of the charging bias passes the transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Ogawara, Takashi Uehara
  • Patent number: 10642219
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus including a main body and a cartridge having an image carrier and a first coupling configured to rotate the image carrier. The main body includes a second coupling, a rotator and a receiving member. The second coupling is configured to rotate together with the first coupling about a rotation axis coaxially with the first coupling. The rotator includes gear teeth. The rotator is configured to rotate the second coupling in response to receiving the drive force from the drive source, and to rotate together with the second coupling about the rotation axis coaxially with the second coupling. The rotator, which is configured to rotate about the rotation axis coaxially with the first coupling configured to rotate the image carrier, overlaps with the receiving member when viewed from an axial direction parallel to the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10627779
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body including a first guide portion and a second guide portion, a process cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a support frame configured to support the process cartridge and move between an inside position and an outside position. The support frame includes a first side frame. The first side frame includes a first guided portion to be guided by the first guide portion. The second side frame includes a second guided portion guided by the second guide portion. A dimension of the process cartridge is greater than or equal to a dimension of the first side frame. A dimension of the process cartridge is greater than or equal to a dimension of the second side frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10627744
    Abstract: A developing device includes a housing, a developer carrier, a regulating blade forming a regulating portion for regulating the layer thickness of developer on the developer carrier, a magnetic member arranged inside the developer carrier and having a plurality of magnetic poles including S and N poles, and a blade magnet inducing a magnetic pole at the tip end of the regulating blade. The magnetic member is movable between a first position where a magnetic pole having the same polarity as that of the facing magnetic pole of the blade magnet facing the developer carrier is arranged at a regulating portion and a second position where a magnetic pole having a different polarity is arranged at the regulating portion. The developing device can perform a first developer eliminating mode where the magnetic member is moved to a second position and the developer carrier is rotated forward during non-image forming period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Masaki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10606186
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, an image forming apparatus comprises an image forming section configured to form an image using a toner supplied from a toner cartridge; a remaining amount acquisition section configured to acquire a remaining amount of the toner in the toner cartridge; a determining section configured to determine whether or not the toner cartridge satisfies a predetermined condition; and a deciding section configured to decide a toner cartridge to be subjected to determination processing by the determining section based on the remaining amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masanaka Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10599076
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a fixer including a halogen heater; and a hardware processor that controls power supplied to the halogen heater, wherein the hardware processor switches, according to a state of the fixer, a control state for controlling the power supplied to the halogen heater between a first control state in which a lower limit of an amount of power per cycle of the power supplied to the halogen heater is set to a first value and a second control state in which the lower limit of the amount of power per cycle of the power supplied to the halogen heater is set to a second value lower than the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Satoshi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10599063
    Abstract: In a state where a developer borne by a developer bearing member is sandwiched by an opposing portion of an image bearing member and the developer bearing member, C denotes capacitance between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member, ?V denotes a development contrast, Q/S denotes a charge amount per unit area of the developer borne by the developer bearing member, and Av denotes a peripheral velocity ratio, which is a ratio of a peripheral velocity of the developer bearing member to a peripheral velocity of the image bearing member. A first peripheral velocity ratio is set so that |Q/S×?v|?|C×?V| is satisfied, and a second peripheral velocity ratio which is larger than the first peripheral velocity ratio is set so that |Q/S×?v|>|C×?V| is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norihito Naito, Go Shindo, Masataka Mochizuki