Patents Examined by Quana Grainger
  • Patent number: 11555893
    Abstract: Disclosed are a laser scanning device, a radar device, and a scanning method thereof. The laser scanning device comprises a scanning prism comprising a plurality of scanning mirror surfaces, wherein the plurality of scanning mirror surfaces rotates about a scanning axis, a normal of each of the scanning mirror surfaces forms a certain angle with respect to the scanning axis, and the angles thereof are not all the same; a transceiving component comprising a laser transmitting unit and a laser receiving unit, wherein the laser transmitting unit generates a scanning line by rotation of the scanning mirror surfaces, and the same laser transmitting unit generates a plurality of scanning lines by rotation of the scanning prism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignees: HEFEI SURESTAR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BEIJING SURESTAR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiwu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11556075
    Abstract: A light emitting device, includes: a base plate extending in a first direction; multiple light emitting units arranged on a surface of the base plate while being shifted from each other in the first direction, and each including a support body extending in the first direction and multiple light sources supported on the support body while being arranged in the first direction; and a flow path disposed over the surface of the base plate to surround at least part of the light emitting units and allowing air to flow therethrough in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Yosuke Kasuya, Tsutomu Otsuka
  • Patent number: 11556083
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless fixing belt capable of rotational movement, a pressure member that presses from the outside of the fixing belt, a nip forming member arranged on the inner circumference surface side of the fixing belt and forms a fixing nip region between the fixing belt and the pressure member, and a support member supporting the nip forming member from the side opposite to the fixing belt. The support member includes a first support portion and a second support portion. The first support portion supports the nip forming member. The second support portion stands from the surface of the first support portion opposite to the nip forming member so that the center portion in the conveying direction of the recording medium is located at the downstream side of the center portion of the fixing nip region in the conveying direction and within the fixing nip region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiro Maeda
  • Patent number: 11543765
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator, a heater, a pressure rotator, a stay, a biasing member fixed to the stay, and a nip formation pad. The nip formation pad is supported by the stay, disposed inside the fixing rotator, and forms a nip. The nip formation pad includes at least one engaged portion at a position other than both ends of the nip formation pad or engaged portions at both ends of the nip formation pad. The at least one engaged portion engages an engaging portion in the stay to generate a first rotational moment. The engaged portions at both ends engage engaging portions in the stay to generate a second rotational moment. Each rotational moment is smaller than a rotational moment generated by engagement between an engaging portion in the stay and an engaged portion at only one end of the nip formation pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 11531297
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a fixing device with a heating element to heat a sheet. A controller is configured to control electric power supplied to the heating element based on a prior use metric. The controller reduces the electric power supplied to the heating element during a startup period if an electric power level supplied from a power supply is equal to or greater than a threshold value and the prior use metric is equal to or greater than a reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11526105
    Abstract: A fixing device includes: an annular belt including an elastic layer formed of elastic material and a surface layer formed on a surface of the elastic layer, the annular belt having an internal diameter r [?m]; and a pressing member that makes contact with the surface layer of the annular belt, thereby forming a nip region, wherein t x ยท W r ? 245 ? ? ?m is satisfied, where tx [?m] denotes a thickness of the annular belt and W [?m] denotes a nip width of the nip region in a short-side direction of the nip region, the short-side direction being orthogonal to both a width direction and a thickness direction of the annular belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaaki Furukawa
  • Patent number: 11520088
    Abstract: An improved mount assembly for an optical structure, is provided. The mount assembly for the optical structure, comprising an optical structure comprising at least one mirror panel, the mirror panel comprising a reflective surface, a back surface substantially opposite the reflective surface and at least one side surface extending between the reflective and back surfaces, at least one mounting member extending from the optical structure, a housing for receipt therein of at least a portion of the optical structure and all of the mounting member extending from the optical structure, the housing having at least one opening therethrough, and at least one screw received and tightened within the at least one opening such that a first end of the screw presses against and at least partially secures the mounting member within the housing. A method for assembling the same is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: PLX, INC.
    Inventor: Itai Vishnia
  • Patent number: 11520263
    Abstract: The heating apparatus including a plurality of heat generation members including first, second and third generation members, the second heat generation member and the third heat generation member having lengths in a longitudinal direction shorter than a length of the first heat generation member, the heating apparatus including first, second, third, and fourth contacts, and a first switching unit configured to bring an electric path between the second contact and the fourth contact into one of a connecting state and an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nozomu Nakajima, Tomohiro Nakamori
  • Patent number: 11520283
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a cartridge replaceable by detachably mounting to the image forming apparatus, a door that takes a closed state or an open state, a locking pin that switches a state of the regulation unit between a regulating state in which the replacement unit is prevented to be detached from the image forming apparatus and a release state in which the replacement unit is to be detachable from the image forming apparatus, and a lock control unit (a control unit) that makes a determination as to whether or not the state of the regulation unit is to be switched from the release state to the regulating state, at a predetermined timing when initial processing is completed after a power source is turned on or a state of the door becomes the closed state from the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiteru Kaida
  • Patent number: 11507001
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is operable in a first small-sheet printing in which power is supplied to the first heat generating element and the second heat generating element and in a second small-sheet printing in which power is supplied to the first heat generating element and the third heat generating element. A first power ratio, which is a proportion of power supplied to the first heat generating element to power supplied to the second heat generating element in the first small-sheet printing, is higher than a second power ratio, which is a proportion of power supplied to the first heat generating element to power supplied to the third heat generating element in the second small-sheet printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuguhiro Yoshida, Kazuhiro Doda, Kohei Wakatsu
  • Patent number: 11507003
    Abstract: A fixing unit includes a film with a tubular shape, a nip forming unit including a heater and configured to be in sliding contact with an inner surface of the film. The heater includes a substrate made of metal. The fixing unit further includes a power supply connector electrically connected to the power supply electrode so that the power supply connector is connected to the heating element at a first end portion of the substrate in a longitudinal direction of the heater, and a pressing member opposed to the nip forming unit. The fixing unit further includes a voltage application circuit configured to apply a voltage of a same polarity as a normal charging polarity of the toner to the substrate, the voltage application circuit being connected to the substrate at a second end portion of the substrate opposite to the first end portion in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kinukawa, Sho Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11507006
    Abstract: A power supply device includes a first circuit and a second circuit. The first circuit includes an adjustment unit, a detection unit, a processing unit including a conversion unit, a first communication unit, and a power storage unit. The second circuit includes a second communication unit performing wireless communication with the first communication unit, and a control unit outputting a carrier wave used in the wireless communication. After outputting the carrier wave during a first period, the control unit stops output of the carrier wave during a second period. During the second period, the conversion unit operates on the power stored in the power storage unit. The control unit outputs the carrier wave during a third period after the second period. During the third period, the processing unit transmits information about a conversion result. The control unit controls the adjustment unit based on the transmitted information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Uzawa
  • Patent number: 11493876
    Abstract: An assembly for an image forming device includes an electrical connector movable relative to a frame of the image forming device between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position the electrical connector is disengaged from a first corresponding electrical connector of a first replaceable unit and a second corresponding electrical connector of a second replaceable unit when the first and second replaceable units are installed in the image forming device. In the extended position the electrical connector is engaged with the first corresponding electrical connector of the first replaceable unit and the second corresponding electrical connector of the second replaceable unit when the first and second replaceable units are installed in the image forming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Virgil Johnson, Jr., Darren Adam Keese, James Richard Leemhuis
  • Patent number: 11493874
    Abstract: A control circuit of an image forming apparatus outputs a pulse signal. A clock signal generation circuit generates a clock signal, based on the pulse signal. A pulse signal conversion circuit generates a pulse conversion control signal of a voltage value associated with a duty ratio of the pulse signal. An AC voltage generation circuit generates an AC voltage of a frequency based on the clock signal. Either the AC voltage generation circuit or a DC voltage generation circuit generates a voltage whose amplitude or voltage value increases as a voltage value of the received pulse conversion control signal increases, and whose amplitude or voltage value decreases as a voltage value of the pulse conversion control signal decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Aikawa
  • Patent number: 11487221
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a container accommodating toner and including a discharge opening. A pump is configured to alternately generate (i) a first air flow from outside to inside of the toner cartridge and (ii) a second air flow from inside to outside of the toner cartridge, with the pump being configured to supply the toner from the discharge opening to outside of the toner cartridge with the second air flow. The cartridge also includes a rotational force receiving portion configured to receive a rotational force from outside of the toner cartridge, with the rotational force receiving portion being configured to drive the pump with rotation of the rotational force receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ayatomo Okino, Toshiaki Nagashima, Katsuya Murakami, Fumio Tazawa, Yusuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 11487235
    Abstract: A printer system includes a first apparatus including a first voltage source for converting an inputted AC voltage to a first DC voltage and for outputting the converted first DC voltage, and a first controller operable by a voltage based on the first DC voltage outputted from the first voltage source; and a second apparatus including a second voltage source for converting an inputted AC voltage to a second DC voltage and for outputting the converted second DC voltage, and a second controller operable by a voltage based on the first DC voltage outputted from the first voltage source. The second apparatus includes a first switching portion for switching a state thereof between a connection state in which the AC voltage is supplied to the second voltage source and a non-connection state in which supply of the AC voltage is cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuya Hirano
  • Patent number: 11480906
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit configured to form an image on an image bearing member based on an image forming condition, an optical sensor including: a light emitter configured to irradiate the image bearing member with light based on a supplied current; and a light receiver configured to receive reflected light of the light emitted from the light emitter; a temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the optical sensor; and a controller configured to: control the image forming unit to form a detection image on the image bearing member; control the optical sensor to detect reflected light from the detection image; and adjust the image forming condition based on a result of detecting the detection image by the optical sensor. The controller is configured to control the light emitter to emit light; and generate a correction condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichiro Ino
  • Patent number: 11480897
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit, a first guiding unit having a first surface forming a first feeding passage, and a second guiding unit forming a second feeding passage. The second guiding unit includes a first member made of metal and having a first guiding surface on which a leading end of a sheet is guided in a first section including an upstream end portion of the second feeding passage with respect to a sheet feeding direction, and includes a second member made of a resin material and having a second guiding surface on which the sheet is guided in a second section downstream of the first section in the second feeding passage with respect to the sheet feeding direction. The first guiding surface is spaced from a first phantom contact surface extending from an end portion of the first surface and contacting the second guiding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Hayashi, Atsushi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11474464
    Abstract: A mechanism for shutting off drive so that drive of pressing release is not rotated even when a pressing roller is rotated as a driving source is provided, and a torque when drive of a shutting-off portion is connected is set at a torque value to which a one-way idling torque is added. Therefore, during jam clearance, connection of pressing release drive by pressing roller rotation can be carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Tanaka, Shutaro Saito, Takuya Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11474446
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a print engine including a photosensitive drum forming an image on an image forming medium, a charging member charging the photosensitive drum, a power supply to provide a charging power supply having a reference charging voltage to the charging member, a sensor to detect an image density of an image formed on the image forming medium, and a processor to control the power supply to change a magnitude of voltage of the charging power supply within a predetermined voltage range at predetermined periods, and to identify an occurrence of a background with respect to the photosensitive drum based on an image density detected by the sensor while the charging power supply is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jinman Hong, Jaebeom Yoo