Patents Examined by David M. Gray
  • Patent number: 10353319
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer sleeve, a developer container, a partition partitioning the developer container into first and second chambers with first and second ports and first and second feeding members provided in respective chambers. The first feeding member includes a rotation shaft, a first helical portion on an outer periphery of the rotation shaft, a first plate-like radial projection on the rotation shaft at a position opposed to the second port in a downstream side of the first helical portion, and a second plate-like radial projection on the rotation shaft at a position which is opposed to the second port in a downstream side of the first plate-like radial projection and which is spaced from the first plate-like radial projection in a phase. A surface of the first plate-like radial projection and a surface of the second plate-like radial projection are inclined relative to a rotational axis of the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10353338
    Abstract: There is provided a configuration in which a foreign object is less likely to drop onto a detection surface of a sensor when a protection member moves. The protection member is disposed above the sensor movably between a first position and a second position, and has a detection hole formed to expose a detection surface of the sensor at the first position. The protection member covers the detection surface in a part, in which the detection hole is not formed, at the second position. A protruding wall portion is provided at least at an upstream edge of the detection hole, with respect to a direction in which the protection member moves from the second position to the first position, so as to protrude upward from a top surface of the protection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kentaro Yamana
  • Patent number: 10352754
    Abstract: A probe unit having a coaxial structure and including a probe electrode, a guard electrode and a contacting module arranged on a section of the probe electrode, which contacting module including an insulating sleeve, a flexible circuit board with a first conduction path for the electrical contacting of the probe electrode and a second conduction path for the electrical contacting of the guard electrode, and a module housing, wherein a first contact plate is provided that electrically contacts the first conduction path, the module housing including a second contact plate that electrically contacts the second conduction path, wherein the module housing has a pot-shaped geometry with a cylindrical wall, which wall substantially surrounds, protects and/or electromagnetically shields at least the probe electrode in the region in which the contacting module is arranged, at least a part of the insulating sleeve, and at least sections of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser SE+Co. KG
    Inventors: Robert Schmidt, Andreas Krumbholz, Armin Wernet, Kaj Uppenkamp
  • Patent number: 10353324
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes the following. An image carrier carries a toner image. A transfer unit transfers a toner image held by the image carrier onto a sheet. A controller controls a relation of a position between the image carrier and the sheet so that the sheet continues to come into contact with the image carrier from a position where a distance from a transfer nip is within a predetermined range when the sheet enters the transfer nip during an image forming job. The transfer nip is formed by the image carrier and the transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Keisuke Oura
  • Patent number: 10338506
    Abstract: A fixing device includes: a fixing rotator; a pressure rotator configured to be pressed into contact with the fixing rotator to form a nip portion; a heating section configured to be provided over an outer circumference of the fixing rotator in a non-contact manner with the fixing rotator and heat the fixing rotator; and a power shutdown section configured to shut down power supply to the heating section when temperature becomes higher than a predetermined setting temperature, wherein the heating section includes an infrared heater and a reflection member which covers the infrared heater and whose portion facing the fixing rotator is an opening portion, a longitudinal length of the reflection member is longer than a length in an axis direction of a light emitting unit of the infrared heater, and a temperature detection unit of the power shutdown section is arranged outside the reflection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Yamamoto, Mamoru Fukaya, Toru Hayase
  • Patent number: 10337849
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor includes a sensor sheet having a central electrode layer and a measuring instrument. A first dielectric layer is laminated on the upper surface of the central electrode layer. A second dielectric layer is laminated on the lower surface of the central electrode layer. A first outer electrode layer is formed on the surface of the first dielectric layer. A second outer electrode layer is formed on the surface of the second dielectric layer. The central electrode layer and the first outer electrode layer face each other at a first detection portion. The central electrode layer and the second outer electrode layer face each other at a second detection portion. Capacitances of the detection portions change with deformation. The state of deformation of the sensor sheet is measured on the basis of the total capacitance by adding the capacitances of the first detection portion and the second detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Otaka, Masaya Yonezawa, Yusuke Bessho
  • Patent number: 10338494
    Abstract: A developing apparatus includes a developer carrier that carries a developer, and a developer casing that contains the developer to be supplied to the developer carrier. An opening/closing part is capable of controlling a moving amount of the developer between a first region on one side in an axial direction of the developer carrier and a second region on the other side in the axial direction of the developer carrier by opening or closing the first region and the second region. A hardware processor controls an open/closed state of the opening/closing part in accordance with the state of the developer in the first region and the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shunichi Takaya, Hideaki Tanaka, Kazuteru Ishizuka, Shota Sakurai, Kei Okamura, Kei Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10335726
    Abstract: A gas purification device includes an inflow port provided in an upper part of the gas purification device in a gravitational direction so that gas flows therein, a removing member that removes powder contained in the gas when the gas passes through the removing member, the removing member being disposed at a position such as not to overlap with the inflow port when viewed from above in the gravitational direction, and an outflow port provided in a lower part of the gas purification device in the gravitational direction so that the gas flows out therefrom after passing through the removing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Kuroda, Kokichi Kasai, Tetsuya Kawatani, Satoshi Takada
  • Patent number: 10338501
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a guiding portion that acts on a shutter member to open and close the shutter member when a unit, including the shutter member, is mounted to and dismounted from a main assembly. The guiding portion includes an opening operating portion that moves the shutter member from the closing position to the opening position in interrelation with an inserting operation of the unit, a closing operating portion that moves the shutter member from the opening position to the closing position in interrelation with an extracting operation of the unit, and a shutter closing portion contacted to the shutter member at a position upstream of the opening operating portion and the closing operating portion, with respect to an inserting direction of the unit relative to the guiding portion, to move the shutter member from the opening position to the closing position in interrelation with the inserting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ran Kudo, Fukashi Hatano
  • Patent number: 10338492
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a rotatable image bearing member, a developing device including a developing carrying member and configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member with developer, an electrostatic capacity detecting portion configured to detect information on electrostatic capacity between the developer carrying member and the image bearing member, and a toner content detecting portion configured to detect information on a toner content of the developer accommodated in a developing container. On the basis of the detected electrostatic capacity and the detected toner content, a controller controls a driving speed at which the developer carrying member is rotationally driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10338504
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing member, a pressing member, a cover, and a separation member. The cover is movable between a closing position at which a conveyance path is formed and an opening position at which the conveyance path is exposed. The cover includes a recess. The separation member is movable between a contact position at which the separation member comes in contact with a face of the fixing member and a withdrawing position at which the separation member is separated from the fixing member. The separation member separates a medium from the face of the fixing member in a state in which the separation member is arranged at the contact position. A tip end part of the separation member enters an interior of the recess of the cover in a state in which the separation member is arranged at the withdrawing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuya Shimohora
  • Patent number: 10331073
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a method of cleaning a silicon photoconductor includes contacting the silicon photoconductor with a base-peroxide solution, rinsing the silicon photoconductor with a liquid, and heating the silicon photoconductor to evaporate the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Reut Diamant, Sasi Moalem, Boaz Tagansky
  • Patent number: 10331067
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image formed using a liquid developer containing toner particles and a carrier liquid, a transfer member, an input portion into which information on a kind of a recording material is inputted, an adjusting device configured to adjust an amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image, and an executing portion configured to execute an operation of the adjusting device depending on the information when the toner image is in the adjusting position. The executing position executes either of a plurality of operations including a first operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image is increased, a second operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid is decreased, and a third operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid is not adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shohei Okumura
  • Patent number: 10324403
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing member, a blowing section, and a hard ware processor. The blowing section generates airflow toward the fixing nip, and the airflow is used for separating a sheet from the fixing member. The hardware processor performs a control of the blowing section so that airflow amounts of the blowing section toward the fixing nip are different in an axial direction of the fixing member and part of the airflow flowing from the blowing section toward a non-sheet-passing region of the fixing nip is directed in the moving direction of the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Nobuyasu Tamura
  • Patent number: 10325269
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a home appliance diagnosis system and to a diagnosis method for same, and more particularly, to a home appliance diagnosis system and to a diagnosis method for same, which involve receiving product information on the home appliance, which is outputted in a predetermined signal form from the home appliance, and analyzing the received product information to check the condition of the home appliance and to diagnose faults in the home appliance. According to the present invention, a diagnosis server easily extracts product information from a signal, and improves the accuracy of the product information through a multi-stage verification process when the diagnosis server outputs product information from the signal received thereat to diagnose the home appliance, to thereby achieve improved accuracy and reliability of the result of the diagnosis based on the product information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eui Hyeok Kwon, Hyun Sang Kim
  • Patent number: 10317823
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator and a lateral end heater to heat a lateral end span of the fixing rotator in an axial direction thereof. A thermal conduction aid contacts the fixing rotator. A nip formation pad contacts the thermal conduction aid. A lateral end temperature detector detects a temperature of the fixing rotator in a lateral end detection span in the axial direction of the fixing rotator. The thermal conduction aid contacts the nip formation pad in a first span including the lateral end detection span in the axial direction of the fixing rotator with a first contact area. The thermal conduction aid contacts the nip formation pad in a second span disposed outboard from the first span in the axial direction of the fixing rotator with a second contact area smaller than the first contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ippei Fujimoto, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Kenji Ishii, Hiroyuki Shimada, Takashi Seto, Takayuki Seki, Kazunari Sawada
  • Patent number: 10317821
    Abstract: An intermediate transfer unit, which is supported by an image forming apparatus, includes a moving mechanism which is capable of moving to an abutting position at which a first transfer member abuts against an intermediate transfer belt and a separating position at which the first transfer member is separated from the intermediate transfer belt; and a changing mechanism which changes a biasing force for abutting a second transfer member against the intermediate transfer belt. The biasing force is changed such that the biasing force when the first transfer member is at the separating position becomes weaker than the biasing force when the first transfer member is at the abutting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takao Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10317815
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided which can properly manage individual information after replacement and history of replacement on the apparatus side. If individual information is successfully read from a toner cartridge storing the individual information, the image forming apparatus records the individual information in an apparatus-side memory. At a predetermined timing of when there is a possibility that the toner cartridge is replaced, the image forming apparatus attempts to read information from the toner cartridge. If the reading fails and the individual information recorded in the apparatus-side storage is not information read from the toner cartridge, the image forming apparatus writes new individual information about the toner cartridge to the apparatus-side storage, and records information generated on the apparatus side in the written individual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Saiki
  • Patent number: 10310444
    Abstract: An elastic force of an elastic member 11 required for rotating a driven rotational body 8b is decreased. A first rotational body 8d and a second rotational body 9a arranged downstream of a driven rotational body 8b in a drive train that transmits a driving force from a driving rotational body 7 to a driven member 4 are included. The first rotational body 8d rotates in synchronization with the driven rotational body 8b. The second rotational body 9a is rotated by the first rotational body 8d and rotates the driven member 4. The first rotational body 8d rotates without rotating the second rotational body 9a when the driven rotational body 8b rotates by an elastic force of an elastic member 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideto Chino, Junichi Ochi
  • Patent number: 10310414
    Abstract: In a cartridge, a developing roller is configured to rotate around a first rotational axis extending in a predetermined direction and to carry developer thereon, the developing roller having a first end and a second end apart from each other in the predetermined direction, a from-first-to-second direction being defined along the predetermined direction as being directed from the first end to the second end. A developing electrode is formed of a conductive material and is configured to be electrically connected to the developing roller, the developing electrode including a main part and a protruding portion protruding from the main part in the from-first-to-second direction. A detection body is formed of an insulating material and is rotatably supported by the protruding portion, the detection body including a first opening that exposes part of the protruding portion and a covering portion covering part of the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi