Patents Examined by Sandra Brase
  • Patent number: 10976694
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cartridge, a first door, and a second door. The first door is movable between a first closed position and a first open position to permit dismounting the cartridge from the main. The second door is movable, independently of the first door, between a second closed position for closing the main assembly and a second opened position for uncovering the first door and for opening the main assembly. The second door is provided with a recess. When the first door is in the first open position, the recess of the second door is capable of accommodating at least a part of the first door. The cartridge is capable of being inserted into the main assembly while sliding on the second door and then on the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taisuke Hyodo, Joji Goto, Takashi Kuwata
  • Patent number: 10969715
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a control unit that changes a ratio between an execution time for executing printing and a stop time for stopping the printing according to any one of a stop control number that is the number of times that an operation of the printing is stopped, a stop control time that is the time during which the operation of the printing is stopped, a printing execution time that is the time during which the printing is executed, and a printing execution control number that is the number of times that the printing is executed, in an intermittent mode that operates by switching between executing the printing and stopping the printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi Yoshida, Takashi Ogiwara, Kazumasa Yasui
  • Patent number: 10969727
    Abstract: The fixing apparatus includes a heater including at least two heat generation members, a relay, a triac, a zero-crossing circuit unit connected between a first pole and a second pole of an AC power supply, and configured to output a zero-crossing signal, and a CPU configured to control the relay and the triac, and the CPU determines which one of the at least two heat generation members is the heat generation member to which electric power is being supplied from the AC power supply, based on the zero-crossing signal output from the zero-crossing circuit unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10962908
    Abstract: A heating device includes a first rotator, a heater, a second rotator to contact an outer surface of the first rotator, a nip formation pad inside a loop of the first rotator to form a nip, a thermal equalizer to cover a surface of the nip formation pad opposite the first rotator and transport heat in an axial direction of the first rotator, and a lubricant disposed between the thermal equalizer and the first rotator. The thermal equalizer has a plurality of concave portions on a surface opposite the inner surface of the first rotator. The concave portion has a shape substantially symmetrical with respect to a first center line extending in a longitudinal direction of the thermal equalizer and a second center line in a cross section of the concave portion viewed from a direction perpendicular to a direction of movement of the first rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Ippei Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10962924
    Abstract: A developing roller and a photosensitive drum are aligned in a second direction different from a first direction. A toner storage portion stores toner to be supplied to the photosensitive drum by the developing roller. A waste-toner storage portion stores toner conveyed through a conveyance pipe. The waste-toner storage portion has a main portion and a protruding portion protruding from the main portion in the first direction. A drum cartridge has a guide portion configured to guide the protruding portion of the waste-toner storage portion when a developing cartridge is being mounted on the drum cartridge. The guide portion includes first and second guides. The first guide extends in a third direction different from the first and second directions. The second guide continues from the first guide and is located closer to the photosensitive drum than the first guide is. The second guide extends in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Hideshi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10962917
    Abstract: An image heating device has a paper-passing heating region in which a recording material passes through at least a part of a heating region and a non-paper-passing heating region in which the recording material does not pass through the heating region, and changes a heating amount applied to a fixing member in the non-paper-passing heating region in accordance with a longitudinal distance between a boundary position between the paper-passing heating region and the non-paper-passing heating region in the longitudinal direction and the boundary position side end portion of the recording material in the paper-passing heating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Sako, Hideaki Yonekubo
  • Patent number: 10955779
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of heater elements arranged in a direction perpendicular to a sheet transport direction to heat the sheet, a plurality of temperature sensors, each of which is configured to detect a temperature of one of the heater elements, and a controller configured to control each of the sensors to detect a first temperature before the sheet is passed by the corresponding heater element and a second temperature of the heater element after the sheet is passed by the corresponding heater element, and determine one or more of the heater elements to be energized based on the first temperatures and the second temperatures detected by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaya Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10955768
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present invention, a developing apparatus includes a developer container, a conveyance screw, and an inductance sensor. The conveyance screw further comprises a rib, protruding in a radial direction from the shaft portion, provided at a position opposed to the inductance sensor, and a second blade portion provided continuously to an upstream end portion of the rib with respect to the conveyance direction and configured to convey the developer to the conveyance direction by rotation. The second blade portion is formed to extend not more than one-third of a turn from the upstream end portion of the rib downstream in a direction of rotation of the conveyance screw when viewed in an axial direction of the conveyance screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Osamu Ariizumi
  • Patent number: 10955790
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a motor, a first photosensitive drum, a second photosensitive drum, a first developing roller, a second developing roller, a first cam, a second cam, a first clutch, a second clutch, a first phase sensor, and a controller, is provided. On condition that a triggering condition is satisfied, the controller starts the motor to operate, place the first clutch in a transmittable condition to cause the first developing roller to move for a first separated position, and place the second clutch in a discontinuing condition; and place the second clutch in the transmittable condition to cause the second developing roller to move to the second separated position in one of cases where a predetermined period since the first clutch is placed in the transmittable condition elapses and where the controller receives the separation signal from the first phase sensor before the predetermined period elapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro Sakaguchi, Toshiyuki Sano, Masahito Saeki
  • Patent number: 10935925
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a main body casing, a drum cartridge, a developing cartridge, and an intermediate transfer belt. The drum cartridge includes a photosensitive drum, a drum frame, and a first memory. The intermediate transfer belt is positioned above of the drum cartridge and the developing cartridge in a state where the drum cartridge and the developing cartridge are attached to the main body casing. The drum frame includes a first end and a second end being apart from the first end in an up-down direction. The photosensitive drum is positioned at the first end. The first memory is positioned at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Yokoi, Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10935923
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes: a photosensitive drum; a developing cartridge including a developing roller; a developing pressing member for pressing the developing cartridge; a first developing guide; and a second developing guide. The developing cartridge is movable among a detachable position; a contact position at which the developing roller contacts the photosensitive drum; and a separated position at which the developing roller is separated from the photosensitive drum. The developing pressing member presses the developing cartridge to place the developing cartridge at the contact position. The developing pressing member is disabled from pressing the developing cartridge to place the developing cartridge at the separated position lower than the contact position. The first developing guide can guide movement of the developing cartridge between the detachable position and the contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10928750
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include: a casing; a developing roller extending in a first direction; a developing-roller gear; a coupling including a coupling gear; a first idle gear; a second idle gear; an agitator; a first agitator gear; and a protrusion. The developing-roller gear, the coupling, the first idle gear, the second idle gear, the first agitator gear, and the protrusion may be positioned at an outer surface of the casing. The protrusion may be positioned between a first axis of the coupling and a third axis of the first agitator gear in a second direction connecting the first and third axes. The protrusion may be positioned outside an addendum circle of the developing-roller gear, an addendum circle of the coupling gear, an addendum circle of the first idle gear, and an addendum circle of the second idle gear. The first agitator gear may be spaced apart from the protrusion in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Fukamachi, Kazuna Taguchi, Takuya Kanda
  • Patent number: 10928747
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that includes a cover. By rotation of the cover from a closed position toward an open position, a pressing portion urges a portion-to-be-urged, and a slidable portion is slid (moved) from one end side toward the other end side with respect to a rotational axis direction of a photosensitive drum by the urging, so that an optical print head moves from an exposure position toward a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiro Ishidate, Hitoshi Iwai, Yuya Tamura, Toshiki Momoka
  • Patent number: 10928752
    Abstract: A method of production or reproduction of an assembly is provided. The assembly includes: a storage medium having an electrical contact surface; and a holder holding the electrical contact surface. The holder has: first and second outer surfaces; and an elastic member positioned between the first and second outer surfaces. A separation distance in a first direction between the first and second outer surfaces is changeable in accordance with expansion and contraction of the elastic member. The method includes: reducing the separation distance to a prescribed distance by compressing the elastic member in the first direction; maintaining the separation distance at the prescribed distance; and performing at least one of writing information to, deleting information from, and updating information in the storage medium by bringing a probe into contact with the electrical contact surface in a state where the separation distance is maintained at the prescribed distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junichi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10921750
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of image holding units that include first and second image holding units and on which toner images are formed through developing while the image holding units rotate; a plurality of developing units that respectively face the plurality of image holding units and develop an electrostatic latent image on each of the plurality of image holding units with toner under a developing bias voltage applied to each developing unit; a power supply unit that applies a developing bias voltage to the plurality of developing units, and is common to the plurality of image holding units; an intermediate transfer unit that receives transfer of a toner image from the plurality of image holding units and transfers the toner image to a transfer receiver while circulating in a circulation path including a moving path along the plurality of image holding units, the intermediate transfer unit having first and second modes, wherein in the first mode, the intermediate transfer unit recei
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taichiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 10921738
    Abstract: An error proof device for restricting assembling of a specific toner cartridge into an electronic image-forming apparatus only after the toner cartridge is rotated about a rotation axis includes a guiding portion at the apparatus and a retaining portion at the toner cartridge. The guiding portion has an axial groove and a positioning groove having a circular arc section. The retaining portion has an axial post located at the rotation axis and inserted into the axial groove, and a lateral post spaced from the axial post and inserted into the positioning groove. When the toner cartridge is rotated about the rotation axis, the lateral post moves along the circular arc section of the positioning groove. With the error proof device, a user can positively install a toner cartridge into an accuracy position, thereby avoiding material waste and undesired cleaning procedure due to error installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shao-Yuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 10915055
    Abstract: A drum unit usable with a process cartridge includes a photosensitive drum having an axis L1; and a coupling member having an axis L2 and connected to an end portion of the photosensitive drum, the coupling member being provided with a projection extending toward an end portion of the coupling member, wherein the coupling member is movable along the axis L2 between a first position, and a second position in which the projection is closer to the photosensitive drum than in the first position, wherein the projection is provided with a force receiving portion for receiving a rotational force and an outer surface facing away from the axis L2, and wherein at least a part of the outer surface is more distant from the axis L2 as is further from the photosensitive drum in a direction of the axis L1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigemi Kamoshida, Yu Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 10915047
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a control portion configured to output, in a test mode, a recording member which has passed through a fixing nip portion in a case of a first temperature difference in which a center part temperature of a first rotary member is higher than an end part temperature of the first rotary member and a recording member which has passed through the fixing nip portion in a case of a second temperature difference in which the center part temperature is lower than the end part temperature by one operation of starting test mode to the input portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuma Tadomi, Daigo Matsuura, Shigeaki Takada, Masayuki Tamaki, Yasuharu Chiyoda, Masahiro Tsujibayashi
  • Patent number: 10908540
    Abstract: A fixing device fixes a toner image to a medium conveyed in a conveying direction, the toner image formed on the medium, the fixing device including a heating rotating body, a heater, a pressing member, a pressing rotating body, and a lubricant holding member. The heater heats the heating rotating body, which is supported to be rotatable. The pressing member is disposed inside the heating rotating body. The pressing rotating body is pressed against the pressing member through the heating rotating body to form a nip through which the medium passes. The lubricant holding member has an abutting surface that abuts against an inner circumferential surface of the heating rotating body, and the abutting surface includes a first region filled with a first lubricant and a second region filled with a second lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takaho Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10901346
    Abstract: A roll includes an electrically-conductive shaft; an elastic layer provided on the shaft; and a non-electrically-conductive annular unit that is attached to at least one of ends of the shaft that protrude from end surfaces of the elastic layer in a shaft direction while being in contact with the end surface of the elastic layer. A fixing part that fixes an attachment position of the annular unit in the shaft direction is provided on a part of the ends of the shaft to which the annular unit is attached, and a fixed part fixed by the fixing part of the shaft is provided on a part of an inner circumferential surface of the annular unit in the shaft direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuya Ogishima