Patents Examined by Hoan H. Tran
  • Patent number: 10261465
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include a housing configured to hold toner. The cartridge may further include a developing roller including a developing roller shaft, a supply roller including a supply roller shaft, a developing electrode and a supply electrode. The developing electrode and supply electrode may be configured to guide an electrical contact of an image forming apparatus in one or more directions. In some examples, the developing electrode and supply electrode may have angled surfaces that extend toward one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeyuki Takagi, Hiroki Mori
  • Patent number: 10248056
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing member, a pressuring member and a temperature sensing part. The fixing member heated by a heat source contacts with a recording medium to heat a toner image on the recording medium. The pressuring member pressures the recording medium to the fixing member. The temperature sensing part in non-contact with the fixing member includes an infrared sensing element sensing infrared rays from the fixing member and a condensing member condensing the infrared rays to the infrared sensing element. Detection temperature of the fixing member is calculated with a sensing value by the infrared sensing element. The detection temperature or control temperature of the heat source is corrected with temperature deference between the infrared sensing element and the condensing member. Heating of the fixing member is controlled with the corrected detection temperature and the control temperature or the detection temperature and the corrected control temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Eriko Hayashi, Ryohei Tokunaga, Tatsuya Yamanaka, Takashi Kainuma
  • Patent number: 10241442
    Abstract: A process unit has an image carrying unit having an image carrying member configured to be rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction, and a developing agent removing member, a developing unit having a developing agent carrying member configured to be rotatable about a second axis parallel to the first axis, and a waste developing agent collecting unit configured to collect the developing agent removed by the removing member from the image carrying member. The waste developing agent collecting unit is arranged on one side in the first direction with respect to the developing unit such that the waste developing agent collecting unit faces the developing unit, and the developing unit is connected to the waste developing agent collecting unit such that the developing unit being movable in a second direction which is perpendicular to the first direction with respect to the waste developing agent collecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 7729650
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first image carrying member for carrying a first toner image; a second image carrying member for carrying a second toner image in a maximum amount, of the second toner image carried on the second image carrying member, larger than a maximum amount of the first image carried on the first image carrying member; a first transfer member for electrostatically transferring the first toner image onto a transfer medium in a first transfer nip formed by bringing the transfer medium into contact with the first image carrying member; and a second transfer member for electrostatically transferring the second toner image onto the transfer medium in a second transfer nip formed by bringing the transfer medium into contact with the second carrying member so that a length of the second transfer nip with respect to a movement direction of the second transfer member is longer than a length of the first transfer nip with respect to the movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayuki Tamaki
  • Patent number: 7729636
    Abstract: A plurality of process cartridges are installed and removed in a lateral direction of an image forming device main body. A conveying belt unit in the device main body includes a conveying belt that upwardly conveys a sheet on which an image is to be formed and a frame that supports an entraining roller at which the conveying belt is entrained. The image forming device includes a guide that guides the plurality of process cartridges to their installed positions in the device main body. The plurality of process cartridges correspond to respective toners of a plurality of colors. Each of the process cartridges includes a housing that supports a photosensitive drum which rotates in a predetermined direction. Each of the process cartridges also includes a handle having the same color as that of the frame of the conveying belt unit and which is formed integrally with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Ozawa, Takeshi Okoshi
  • Patent number: 7725063
    Abstract: An image-forming device includes a casing, a photosensitive drum, a transfer roller, a first guide member, and a second guide member. The first guide member is disposed upstream of the transfer point between the photosensitive drum and the transfer roller in a conveying direction of the recording medium and selectively movable between a first position and a second position. The second guide member is disposed between the first guide member and the transfer point and selectively movable between a third position and a fourth position farther from the photosensitive drum than the third position. The second guide member is movable in association with the movement of the first guide member in such a manner that when the first guide member is disposed in the first position, the second guide member is disposed in the third position for guiding the recording medium received from the first guide member to move toward the photosensitive drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junki Ueyama
  • Patent number: 7725067
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus according to the present invention includes a heat roller 2 which includes an elastic member 2b having an outer diameter which is different from another one in an axial direction, and a conductive layer 2c provided outside of the elastic member 2b, wherein a maximum outer diameter and a minimum outer diameter of the elastic member 2b has a difference therebetween ranging from 0.2 mm to 3.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsueda, Satoshi Kinouchi, Osamu Takagi, Toshihiro Sone
  • Patent number: 7715734
    Abstract: A method for detecting a media change includes the steps of comparing a previous media condition to a current media condition, detecting a media change when the previous media condition is in one state and the current media condition is not that one state and, prompting a user to make appropriate menu selections when the media change is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Edwards, Charles Jarratt Simpson, Robert Edward Stoss, Sogra Nishath
  • Patent number: 7706716
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus which prevents deformation of a structural frame caused by external force or weight of the apparatus itself, when set on a surface such as a conventional desk or floor, prevents image defects such as image deformation and the like without reducing the degree of accuracy of positioning support of respective printing devices inside the image forming apparatus, and furthermore also makes precise color matching possible while also being low price, easily assembled, compact, lightweight, highly reliable, and capable of obtaining high quality images. The structural frame of the image forming apparatus includes side wall portions made of resin and provided on either side of the apparatus, and at least two connectors formed from metal, for connecting the side wall portions, an image forming unit being supported by the side wall portions, and the connectors joining the side wall portions in substantially perpendicular and substantially horizontal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Tada, Tadashi Okano, Genta Hagiwara, Nobuhiko Kita, Kazuyoshi Kondo, Ryoh Idehara
  • Patent number: 7706722
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for shifting a photoreceptor in a cross-process direction to reduce the formation of a paper edge ghost on the photoreceptor. The shifting can occur continuously or in steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert E. Hildebrand, Michael J. Martin
  • Patent number: 7702251
    Abstract: A cartridge is detachably mountable to an electrophotographic image forming apparatus having a main assembly electrical contact. The cartridge includes: an electrophotographic photosensitive member; a memory; a cartridge electrical contact electrically connectable to the main assembly electrical contact; a contact including the cartridge electrical contact; and a support supporting the contact. The support includes first and second regulators of the contact member in widthwise and thickness directions, respectively, with a gap therebetween. Also provided is an opening permitting insertion of the contact into the support that opens in one direction perpendicular to the widthwise and thickness directions. The main assembly electrical contact includes a spring movable by a stroke in the contact thickness direction, and the gap of the second regulator W1, a length W2 of the contact in the thickness direction, the stroke U satisfy, W2<W1, and (W1?W2)<U.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeo Miyabe, Takahito Ueno
  • Patent number: 7702248
    Abstract: A powder container is configured to be installed in a substantially horizontal manner in an apparatus in which the powder container is used. A powder inlet is provided, through which a powder enters into the powder container. A powder detecting unit includes a powder detector for detecting a full of the powder. A powder conveying unit is provided between the powder inlet and the powder detecting unit. A space between the powder inlet and the powder detecting unit is divided into a plurality of areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tomoya Adachi, Tomofumi Inoue, Takafumi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 7702275
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes: a first shaft; a cleaning roller which is operable to come into contact with a surface of a photosensitive drum, and is integrally rotated with the first shaft; a pressing member for pressing the cleaning roller against the surface of the photosensitive drum; a second shaft; a spiral roller which is integrally rotated with the second shaft, and is operative to collect toner residues from the surface of the photosensitive drum; a driving force transmitting mechanism for transmitting a driving force of the photosensitive drum to the first shaft and the second shaft; and a pair of arm members which are pivotally interlocked with the second shaft, and are pivotally interlocked with the first shaft. The cleaning device allows for suppressing image jitter or noise resulting from jitter of the photosensitive drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Morishita
  • Patent number: 7697855
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus including a belt, a cleaning roller opposed to a surface of the belt, a voltage generating circuit generating a voltage applied to the cleaning roller, a voltage value detecting circuit detecting a voltage value applied to the cleaning roller, a control unit controlling the voltage generating circuit by inputting a control signal to the voltage generating circuit such that the voltage value detected by the voltage value detecting circuit is set to the same value as a target voltage value, and a target voltage value setting section setting the target voltage value based on a duty of the control signal input from the control unit to the voltage generating circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsunemitsu Fukami, Kazushi Fukuta
  • Patent number: 7697865
    Abstract: A frame structure includes a base plate 70, and a pair of side plates 72, 73. The base plate 70 has a bottom surface 70a, and an attachment edge 70b formed by drawing the edge of the base place downward around the entire periphery of the bottom surface 70a. The pair of side plates 72, 73 is attached on the attachment edge 70b of the base plate 70, and serves to support components used by an image forming device in image formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 7697864
    Abstract: A developing device includes a housing that stores developer; a developing roll that is rotatably supported in the housing and has a developing region with a roughened surface that supplies developer to an image region of an image holding member; a step portion that is formed at both sides of the developing region of the developing roll and whose diameter is smaller than that of the developing region; and a seal member that contacts a region of the step portion that is opposite to the image holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Inaba, Shota Oba, Takashi Yamamuro, Makoto Hirota, Masahiro Andoh
  • Patent number: 7693471
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes a fixing member to be heated and a pressure-contacting member for pressure contacting the fixing member. The fixing apparatus directs and conveys a recording member through a nip formed between the fixing member and pressure applying member in such a manner that a toner image carried on a recording member contacts the fixing member in order to be fixed thereto with heat and pressure. The fixing apparatus is configured to direct a tip margin of the recording member toward the pressure applying member across a virtual linear extension line drawn from a downstream end to upstream end of the nip when only the tip margin exits from the nip. A fixing member side separation device may be separately provided from the surface of the fixing apparatus so as to separate the recording member exiting from the nip. A gap formed between the downstream end of the nip and the tip of the fixing member side separation device is set smaller than the width of the tip margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Kikuchi, Shigeo Kurotaka, Kiyoshi Ohshima, Takashi Fujita, Toshihiko Baba, Atsushi Nakafuji, Hirokazu Ikenoue, Jun Yura, Echigo Katsuhiro, Hideki Kosugi
  • Patent number: 7693460
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided which includes a switching mechanism which selectively shifts developing rollers among an all-color non-contact state in which all photosensitive members are kept apart from the corresponding developing rollers, a black contact state in which only the photosensitive member for black is kept in contact with the corresponding developing roller, and an all-color contact state in which all the photosensitive members are kept in contact with the corresponding developing rollers, and a control section which, when an operation mode of the apparatus is shifted from a color mode to a monochrome mode, causes the switching mechanism to shift the developing rollers from the all-color contact state to the all-color non-contact state to perform a transferring process to once transfer developing agents from recovery members onto the corresponding photosensitive members and further transfer the developing agents from the photosensitive members onto a transfer belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshio Furukawa
  • Patent number: 7693455
    Abstract: A conductive member to be disposed so as to abut on an image carrier is provided. The conductive member includes an elongate conductive supporter, an electrical resistance adjusting layer formed on a circumferential surface of the supporter, and a pair of gap maintaining members provided respectively to the two ends of the adjusting layer. A gap with a certain clearance between an outer circumferential surface of the adjusting layer and an outer circumferential surface of the image carrier provided in parallel to the adjusting layer is formed. A stepped portion is formed in a joint section between the adjusting layer and each of the gap maintaining members with the joint section. An inclination is formed so as to be continuously inclined from the outer circumferential surface of each of the gap maintaining members to the outer circumferential surface of the adjusting layer in the stepped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taisuke Tokuwaki, Yutaka Narita, Toshio Kojima, Tadaaki Hattori, Makoto Nakamura, Tadayuki Oshima, Hiroki Furubayashi
  • Patent number: 7693431
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which is capable of performing a failsafe image forming operation even when a memory device of a replaceable unit mounted thereon is faulty. A controller of the image forming apparatus determines whether or not a memory tag of a toner cartridge is faulty. If the memory tag is determined to be faulty, the controller causes image adjustment to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Eda, Kenji Kuroki, Hiroaki Tomiyasu, Takashi Fujimori, Eiichi Motoyama