Patents Examined by Hoan H. Tran
  • Patent number: 10359716
    Abstract: A developer supply member according to an embodiment includes: a shaft with conductivity; and a conductive foam layer that is formed on a surface of the shaft. The conductive foam layer contains silicone rubber as a main component and includes a stress decay of 25% or less and a residual strain of 100 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiharu Sato
  • Patent number: 10338516
    Abstract: Examples of refreshing a photoconductive layer in an image forming apparatus are described. In one example, a method includes performing a first refreshing cycle comprising applying, at a first refresh unit, a first refresh voltage to the photoconductive layer and applying, at a second refresh unit, a second refresh voltage to the photoconductive layer. A second refreshing cycle is performed including applying, at the first refresh unit, a third refresh voltage to the photoconductive layer, the third refresh voltage being higher than the first refresh voltage and higher than the second refresh voltage. Each of the first and second refreshing cycles electrically bias the photoconductive layer to a refresh polarity opposite to a print polarity applied during a print routine of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Sasi Moalem, Dmitry Maister, Seongsik Chang, Dekel Green
  • Patent number: 10338512
    Abstract: An image forming system includes: an image former that performs an image forming process on a paper sheet, the image forming process including foil pressing, and a controller that controls the image former to perform the image forming process by selectively setting one of a first test print mode and a second test print mode when a test print mode is set, an amount of foil consumption at the image former being normal in the first test print mode, an amount of foil consumption at the image former being reduced in the second test print mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Minoru Asakawa
  • Patent number: 10331056
    Abstract: In certain examples, a liquid electrophotographic printer has a charge erasing element and a charging element. The charge erasing element at least partially discharges a charged photo imaging plate and a charged layer of liquid toner and the charging element at least partially recharges the layer of liquid toner and the photo imaging plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Asaf Anufa, Shmuel Borenstain, Maty Verner
  • Patent number: 10334127
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus displays, based on detection of a maintenance event, a first maintenance screen including a moving image illustrating a maintenance method corresponding to the maintenance event, and displays a second maintenance screen including the moving image illustrating the maintenance method based on receipt of a display instruction to display the maintenance method in a state where the maintenance event is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiro Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10317829
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a rotary member which transports a recording material; a first detecting unit which is provided upstream of the rotary member in a transport direction of the recording material and detects the recording material; a second detecting unit which is provided downstream of the rotary member in the transport direction of the recording material and detects the recording material; a driving unit which drives the rotary member; a control unit which controls the driving unit to rotate and stop the rotary member; and stopping units which operate independently of the control unit and forcibly stop the driving unit based on detection results of the first detecting unit and the second detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoritsugu Maeda
  • Patent number: 10317822
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a photosensitive member, a charger, a developing device, a transfer device, and a controller. In a printing control, the controller rotates the photosensitive member in a forward direction and applies a first transfer bias. In a reverse rotation control, the controller rotates the photosensitive member in a reverse direction and applies a second transfer bias being zero after finishing the printing control. In a forward rotation control, the controller rotates the photosensitive member in the forward direction and applies a third transfer bias for a period including a time that a part of the photosensitive member reaches the transfer device after finishing the reverse rotation control. The part faces the developing device when the rotating direction of the photosensitive member is switched. The third transfer bias has an opposite polarity to the first transfer bias and an absolute value larger than the second transfer bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Tsunemitsu Fukami
  • Patent number: 10310438
    Abstract: A drive gear for a generally cylindrical imaging component. The drive gear includes a body for engaging the generally cylindrical imaging component; a cylindrical shaft attached to the body, the cylindrical shaft having an end surface; and lobes extending longitudinally outward from the end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Static Control Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Huck, Anthony D. Causey
  • Patent number: 10310443
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an openable-closable member, an image carrier, a cover sheet, and a cover moving mechanism. The openable-closable member is arranged in an open position where it keeps a recording medium conveying passage open and in a closed position where it keeps the recording medium conveying passage closed. The cover sheet is reciprocatable between a protection position where it covers the recording medium conveying passage side of the image carrier and a retracted position where it is retracted from the recording medium conveying passage. The cover moving mechanism moves the cover sheet to the retracted position or to the protection position by opening and closing the openable-closable member. Drawing out the cover sheet in the protection position to the recording medium conveying passage side causes the cover sheet to be arranged in a recording medium removal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 10310428
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including: a photoconductor; an exposing device configured to expose the photoconductor and form an electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor; a developing device including a developing roller configured to form a developer image on the photoconductor; a developer storage storing developer; a supplier configured to supply the developer from the developer storage to the developing device; and a controller configured to execute: a rotating process of rotating the developing roller; a developing process of developing, by the developing device, the electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor; a supplying process of supplying, by the supplier, the developer to the developing device; and a stopping process of stopping rotation of the developing roller after the supplying process has been suspended in a case where the supplying process is being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Kazuma Hinoue, Takashi Yasuda, Takashi Shimizu, Yoshifumi Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 10310407
    Abstract: A development device includes a developer carrier, a blade and a cover. The developer carrier carries a developer containing a toner. The blade regulates a thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrier. The cover includes a cover main body covering an outer side of the blade and a facing rib protruding from an inner face of the cover main body and facing the developer carrier at an interval. A storage space to store the toner which contacts the facing rib and falls is formed below the facing rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Maezawa
  • Patent number: 10310434
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: photoconductors rotatable and having toner images to be formed on surfaces; a transfer belt on which the toner images formed on the photoconductors are sequentially transferred; and a hardware processor that estimates timing of arrival of end of life of one photoconductor of the photoconductors due to depletion of the surface of the one photoconductor, wherein the hardware processor calculates a depletion amount of the one photoconductor due to a toner, as a first depletion amount, based on a first parameter having a positive correlation with an amount of the toner used for the toner image formed on the surface of another photoconductor that transfers the toner image on the transfer belt before the one photoconductor, and compares the calculated first depletion amount with a predetermined life estimation threshold value to estimate the timing of arrival of end of life of the one photoconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yu Mukobayashi
  • Patent number: 10303095
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit having a heater, an energization control unit configured to control energization to a first heat generation member of the heater depending on a temperature detected by a temperature detection element of the fixing unit, a resistance detecting unit configured to detect a resistance of a second heat generation member of the heater, and a temperature acquiring unit configured to acquire a temperature of the heater in the region in which the second heat generation member is formed based on the resistance detected by the resistance detecting unit. An image, formed on a recording material, is fixed to the recording material with heat form the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Takagi, Masamitsu Watahiki
  • Patent number: 10303076
    Abstract: According to one example, there is provided an electrostatic printer. The printer includes a photoconductor member, an imaging unit to generate a latent electrostatic image on the photoconductor member, a developer unit including a colored toner, the developer unit to develop a colored toner image on the photoconductor member using an associated base developer voltage, and a controller. The controller is to obtain image data including color separation data representing a variant of the colored toner, to control the imaging unit to generate a latent electrostatic image on the photoconductor member in accordance with the obtained color separation data, to determine a variant developer voltage corresponding to the variant of the colored toner, and to control the developer unit to develop a toner image on the photoconductor member using the variant developer voltage to develop a toner image corresponding to the variant of the colored toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Nedelin, Mark Sandler
  • Patent number: 10295938
    Abstract: A separator includes a base and a sheet. The base includes a first face to face a medium, a second face being opposite to the first face, and a third face being an end face in a longitudinal direction of the base. The sheet is disposed on a portion of each of the first and second faces that contacts or is adjacent to a rotator. The sheet has a length in a longitudinal direction thereof substantially equal to a length of the base in the longitudinal direction thereof. The sheet includes a projecting portion outboard from the length of the sheet in the longitudinal direction thereof. A combined length of the sheet and the projecting portion in the longitudinal direction of the sheet is greater than the length of the base in the longitudinal direction thereof. The projecting portion is attached to the second and third faces of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kato, Kenji Maeda, Hirochika Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 10295929
    Abstract: An optical scanning device includes a correction mechanism that rotates a synchronization detection mirror around a sub-scanning axis in accordance with a change in the temperature of a casing, wherein the correction mechanism includes a fixing support part provided to the casing and fixing the synchronization detection mirror thereto, and a first adhesive part and a second adhesive part respectively provided at one end side and the other end side of the synchronization detection mirror in a width direction perpendicular to a sub-scanning direction and serving as adhesives for allowing the synchronization detection mirror to adhere to the fixing support part. The correction mechanism is configured to rotate the synchronization detection mirror around the sub-scanning axis due to a difference between of thermal deformation amounts of the first adhesive part and the second adhesive part in a thickness direction when the temperature inside the casing has changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Ryotaro Todokoro
  • Patent number: 10295956
    Abstract: A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer receiving apparatus, the developer supply container includes an accommodating portion for accommodating a developer; a discharge opening for discharging the developer accommodated in the accommodating portion from the developer supply container; a developer feeding portion for feeding the developer in the accommodating portion toward the discharge opening; a rotatable drive receiving portion for receiving a rotational force; a drive transmitting portion for transmitting the rotational force received by the drive receiving portion to the feeding portion; a portion-to-be-detected for detecting rotation of the drive receiving portion; a contact surface for contacting a rotatable member provided in the developer receiving apparatus; wherein the drive receiving portion, the portion-to-be-detected and the contact are formed integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Enokuchi, Manabu Jimba, Ayatomo Okino
  • Patent number: 10281871
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a first opening on a side surface of the casing, first and second frames, a cartridge detachably attached through the first opening, and light receiver and light emitter respectively provided to the first and second frames. The cartridge shields the light from the light emitted when attached to an attachment position. The first and second frames face across the attachment position. The light reaches the light receiver when the cartridge is detached from the casing. A door is movably secured to the casing between closing and opening positions, and a second opening allowing a sheet to pass through is formed on the door. External light entering through the second opening and directed toward the light receiver is shielded by a light shielding part provided to the first frame, which also serves as a guiding part to guide attachment of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshimune, Tomoyuki Mizuno, Masahito Saeki, Tomoya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10274865
    Abstract: A developing device includes: an image bearing member; a plurality of developing rollers each supplying toner to the image bearing member, and developing an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member into a toner image; and a hardware processor analyzing values representing density fluctuations during the toner being supplied from the developing rollers to the image bearing member, for the respective developing rollers, and correcting a control value for an image density of at least one developing roller among the developing rollers based on an result of the analyzing so as to eliminate the density fluctuations, in consideration of an effect caused at the developing roller on a downstream side in a rotational direction of the image bearing member by correcting the control value for the image density of the developing roller on an upstream side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Furuta, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Hiroyuki Saito, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Ryoei Ikari, Aiko Kubota
  • Patent number: 10268133
    Abstract: This conductive roll includes: at least one elastic layer 12 including primarily a conductive rubber body and provided along the outer periphery of a core 11; and a coating layer 14 provided along the outer periphery of the elastic layer 12. The conductive roll satisfies the following expressions: circumference Sm1?135 ?m and circumference Sm1<circumference Sm2 wherein circumference Sm1 represents an average interval Sm of irregularities along the circumferential direction of the elastic layer 12, and circumference Sm2 represents an average interval Sm of irregularities along the circumferential direction of the coating layer 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: NOK CORPORATION, SYNZTEC CO., LTD., NOK KLUEBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kousuke Oura, Hiroshi Ogura, Masaki Tahara