Patents Examined by Quana Grainger
  • Patent number: 10389897
    Abstract: A light scanning apparatus including: a first holder attached to a housing and configured to hold a first laser light source; a second holder attached to the housing and configured to hold a second laser light source; and a lens to which the laser lights are first incident, wherein the first holder and the second holder are attached to the housing in mutually different positions in a rotation axis direction of a rotary polygon mirror and in an optical axis direction of the lens, so that a first incident light path from the first laser light source to the rotary polygon mirror is placed between a second incident light path from the second laser light source to the rotary polygon mirror and the lens, and the first holder and the second holder overlap one another in the rotation axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichiro Imai
  • Patent number: 10379462
    Abstract: A developer supply container is detachably mountable to a developer receiving apparatus, which includes a developer receiving portion for receiving a developer, and a filter for permitting venting of the developer receiving portion in and out. The developer supply container includes a developer accommodating portion for accommodating a developer, a discharge opening for permitting discharging of the developer from the developer accommodating portion toward the developer receiving portion, a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force from the developer receiving apparatus, and a pump portion capable of being driven by the driving force received by the driving force receiving portion to alternate repeatedly a discharging operation and a suction operation through the discharge opening while venting into and out of the developer receiving portion through the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ayatomo Okino, Toshiaki Nagashima, Katsuya Murakami, Fumio Tazawa, Yusuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 10371941
    Abstract: A light beam scanning device deflecting, by using a rotating polygon mirror, a light beam emitted from a light source and condensing, by using a scanning lens, the deflected light beam onto a scanned surface. The light beam scanning device includes: a base made of a metal or a resin; a motor unit attached to the base and rotating the polygon mirror; a holding member holding the scanning lens; and one or more fixing members disposed between the base and the holding member, fixing the holding member to the base with the scanning lens spaced away from the base. In the light beam scanning device, the base has, between at least one of the fixing members and the motor unit, a penetrating hole or groove around which heat transmitted from the motor unit through the base to the fixing member passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Ryo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10374002
    Abstract: A layered structure includes a thyristor and a light-emitting element. The thyristor at least includes four layers. The four layers are an anode layer, a first gate layer, a second gate layer, and a cathode layer arranged in this order. The light-emitting element is disposed such that the light-emitting element and the thyristor are connected in series. The thyristor includes a semiconductor layer having a bandgap energy smaller than bandgap energies of the four layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10353327
    Abstract: A fixing device fixes an image onto a recording material. The recording material is fed through and heated in a nip to fix the image. A nip plate is provided with a projection in a region downstream of the nip with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material, the projection projecting toward a roller and extending in a longitudinal direction of a cylindrical belt. The nip plate has a recess on a side opposite from an outside provided with the projection at a position corresponding to that of the projection with respect to the feeding direction, the recess extending in the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical belt. At least a part of one of the two end portions of a supporting member overlaps the recess of the nip plate with respect to the feeding direction of the recording material and a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Yasui, Takaaki Tsuruya
  • Patent number: 10345578
    Abstract: Scanning optical unit includes: light source; incident optical system including one coupling lens for converting light from the light source into a light beam; optical deflector having a reflecting surface and configured to reflect and deflect the light beam in main scanning direction; and scanning optical system for focusing the deflected light beam on an image surface. The incident optical system converges the light beam on the reflecting surface in sub-scanning direction. Further, 0.01?(?s/?m)2?0.27 and ?s2<1 are satisfied, where ?m is a lateral magnification of the entire optical system from the light source to the image surface in the main scanning direction, ?s is a lateral magnification of the entire optical system in the sub-scanning direction, and ?s2 is a lateral magnification of the scanning optical system from the reflecting surface of the optical deflector to the image surface in the sub-scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ominato, Hitoshi Fujino
  • Patent number: 10338511
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes: a reader that reads an image formed on a sheet; an opposed reading member provided opposite to the reader; a first feeding path that feeds a sheet on an upstream of the reader in a sheet feeding direction; a second feeding path that is continuous to the first feeding path and feeds a sheet between the reader and the opposed reading member; a pair of feeding rollers that feeds a sheet on the first feeding path to the second feeding path; a guide member that guides a sheet fed from the first feeding path to the second feeding path; and a roller that is arranged on the second feeding path and is rotatably driven, wherein the first feeding path and the second feeding path form a feeding path bent, a downstream end of the guide member is positioned in a first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kenji Kawatsu
  • Patent number: 10338499
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a casing, an auger rotatable about an axis extending in a first direction, an auger gear rotatable with the auger, an agitator aligned with the auger in a second direction, an agitator gear rotatable with the agitator, and a detection gear positioned opposite to the auger gear with respect to the agitator gear in the second direction. The detection gear is rotatable from a first position to a second position. At the first position, a through-hole or a cutout of the detection gear is positioned farther away from the auger than an outer surface of another end portion of the casing in the second direction is. At the second position, a portion of the detection gear different from the through-hole or the cutout is positioned farther away from the auger than the outer surface of the another end portion of the casing is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideshi Nishiyama, Naoya Kamimura, Tomonori Watanabe, Yasuo Fukamachi, Shinya Kusuda, Tomoya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10331075
    Abstract: An imaging device or other device having a sequencing device to ensure a proper closing sequence of two mating doors. The sequencing device includes a door stop, a link, and a hinge. The hinge and door stop are pivotally connected to a side panel of a frame. The hinge, link, and door stop are pivotally connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Ryan Keniston, Jimmy Zamora Lucas
  • Patent number: 10317816
    Abstract: A developing cartridge is provided. The developing cartridge includes a housing which accommodates developer therein, a receiving member provided which couples with a force output member of an image forming apparatus to receive a driving force, a developing roller which rotates by the driving force received by the receiving member; a detectable rotary member having a first detectable portion and a second detectable portion and rotates by the driving force from a first rotational position where the first detectable portion is detected by a detection member provided in the image forming apparatus to a second rotational position where the second detectable portion is detected by the detection member, and a cut-off mechanism which cuts off a transmission of the driving force from the receiving member to the detectable rotary member in a state where the detectable rotary member is positioned in the second rational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeyuki Takagi
  • Patent number: 10317827
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotatable cylindrical film, an elongated plate-like heater, a heat conducting member, and a supporting member, wherein the heat conducting member includes an extension portion which extends along a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the film from a portion extending in a direction along a thickness surface of the heater perpendicular to the first surface outside an end portion at one side of the heater in the rotation direction of the film and which contacts the inner surface of the film, wherein the supporting member includes a facing portion which faces the extension portion in a thickness direction of the heater, and wherein a void space is provided between the extension portion of the heat conducting member and the facing portion of the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Sekiyama, Ryo Iwasawa
  • Patent number: 10313551
    Abstract: A control system controls an image forming unit that includes a charging device, an image bearer to be charged by the charging device, a light-emitting device array including a plurality of light emitting devices, and a driving causing the light emitting devices to emit light to form a latent image on the image bearer. The control system includes a storage unit, a corrector, and a controller. The storage unit is configured to store a light-amount correction value of each of the light emitting devices. The corrector is configured to correct a pixel value of each pixel in image data, based on the light-amount correction value of each light emitting device stored in the storage unit. The controller is configured to control the driver to cause each light emitting device to emit light based on image data for which a pixel value of each pixel has been corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Shiraishi, Shinji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10310412
    Abstract: A developing apparatus, a cartridge, and an image forming apparatus in which, in a longitudinal direction, an edge portion of a carrying portion is disposed so as to be positioned outside an inner edge portion of an edge portion sealing member, and inside an outer edge portion of the edge portion sealing member. An edge portion of the restricting member is disposed so as to be positioned outside the edge portion of the carrying portion, and inside the outer edge portion of the edge portion sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Fukatsu, Yuta Isobe, Shunsuke Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 10310406
    Abstract: Provided is a developing device including a developer carrier that holds developer, a supply member that supplies the developer to the developer carrier while agitating the developer, a transport member that is disposed obliquely upward in a vertical direction of the supply member, delivers and transports the developer with agitating the developer through a passageway portion provided at each end portion in an axial direction of the supply member, and a regulating member that is provided at a position corresponding to the passageway portion that delivers the developer from the supply member to the transport member, to regulate movement of the developer from the supply member to the developer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taichiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 10295930
    Abstract: An applied voltage control device includes a potential difference determiner and an applied voltage controller. The potential difference determiner determines a potential difference between a maximum alternating current development voltage and a minimum alternating current development voltage, depending on a developing potential that is an absolute value of a difference between an average electric potential of an alternating current development and an electric potential of a latent image, so as to maintain a constant maximum voltage of a developing bias in the alternating current development. The applied voltage controller controls an alternating current development voltage, applied to move developer from a developer bearer to the latent image, so as to obtain the potential difference determined by the potential difference determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Emiko Shiraishi, Hiroaki Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 10295940
    Abstract: A belt unit includes an endless belt including a metal layer, a nip forming member having a heater that includes a heat generating element, a metal stay that presses the nip forming member toward a rotatable member, and a temperature detecting element. A metal leaf spring urges the temperature detecting element toward the inner peripheral surface of the endless belt, and an insulating supporting member is positioned inside the stay and supports the leaf spring. A cord electrically connects with the temperature detecting element through the leaf spring, and an insulating holder portion includes an interposed portion interposed between an exposed portion of the leaf spring and the stay, so as to provide insulation therebetween, and to hold the supporting member. A creepage distance from the heat generating element to the exposed portion of the leaf spring, through the stay and the interposed portion, is 2.5 mm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tempei Okanemasa
  • Patent number: 10281858
    Abstract: A roller usable in an image fixing device for an electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a first elastic layer; a second elastic layer provided closer to a center of the roller than the first elastic layer, the second elastic layer having a thermal conductivity in a thickness direction higher than that of the first elastic layer; a third elastic layer provided between the first elastic layer and the second elastic layer, wherein an indentation elastic modulus EIT1 of the first elastic layer, an indentation elastic modulus EIT2 of the second elastic layer, and an indentation elastic modulus of the third elastic layer satisfy E1T1<E1T3<E1T2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naofumi Murata, Shoichiro Ikegami, Yutaka Arai, Jun Miura
  • Patent number: 10281874
    Abstract: A terminal contact structure includes a first terminal provided on a removable body; a second terminal provided on an apparatus body in which the removable body is inserted, the second terminal not being in contact with the first terminal when the removable body is in a removable state, the second terminal being in contact with the first terminal when the removable body is in a fixed state; and a guide member provided on the apparatus body and having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface guiding the first terminal in an insertion direction in which the removable body is inserted, the second surface guiding the second terminal in a contact direction in which the second terminal comes into contact with the first terminal, the contact direction being a crossing direction that crosses the insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohyu Shigemori, Tsutomu Komiyama, Kaoru Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10281850
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless fixing belt, a heat source, an opposed member, a nip formation pad, and a heat conductive member. The nip formation pad includes an abutment region, a first opening portion, and second opening portions. The abutment region includes a plurality of abutment surfaces abutting a first face of the heat conductive member. The first opening portion is disposed at a center of the abutment region to form a non-contact area at which the nip formation pad does not contact the heat conductive member. The abutment region includes an upstream abutment area and a downstream abutment area from the first opening portion in a direction of conveyance of a recording medium. The second opening portions divide at least one area of the upstream abutment area and the downstream abutment area into a plurality of portions in a longitudinal direction of the nip formation pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohei Matsuda, Ippei Fujimoto, Kenji Ishii, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takayuki Seki, Kazunari Sawada
  • Patent number: 10281867
    Abstract: A developer cartridge according to one aspect described herein is attachable to a photoconductor unit that comprises a photoconductive drum. The developer cartridge may comprise a main body having an opening, the main body comprising an electric circuit, a front cover configured to move to an opening position in which the opening of the main body is exposed and to a closing position in which the opening of the main body is closed, a first terminal electrically connected to the electric circuit, a photosensitive drum, and a developer cartridge comprising a developing roller, developing frame having a pressed portion, memory unit and second terminal. The front cover may include a pressing portion configured to press the pressed portion of the developing frame in a direction from the developing roller toward the photosensitive drum, and wherein the second terminal faces to the front cover when the front cover is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Ishii, Fumio Morita