Patents Examined by Thomas S Giampaolo, II
  • Patent number: 11567436
    Abstract: An image heating apparatus includes a first rotary member, a second rotary member, a frame member, a guide portion, and a cover. The first rotary member is configured to heat a toner image formed on a recording material. The second rotary member is configured to contact the first rotary member and form a fixing nip portion with the first rotary member. The frame member is configured to support the first rotary member and the second rotary member. The guide portion is configured to guide the first rotary member to be moved upstream in a conveyance direction of the recording material when the first rotary member is being removed. The cover is attached to the frame member and configured to turn around a rotation shaft to open and close the guide portion. The cover is configured to turn in a direction toward the conveyance direction to open the guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Youichi Chikugo, Rikiya Takemasa, Hidekazu Tatezawa, Takeshi Kozuma, Yutaro Tsuno
  • Patent number: 11567437
    Abstract: A photo finisher includes a heating roller, a pressing roller, a belt, a supporting roller and a duct. The heating roller is to generate heat. The pressing roller is pressed against the heating roller to form a heating nip. The belt is supported by the supporting roller and the heating roller to pass through the heating nip, and the belt is extending to a downstream side of the heating nip. The duct is positioned apart from the belt, the duct includes a first end in the width direction being provided with an air inlet port and a second end, opposite to the first end, being blocked, and the duct includes an air discharge port opening towards the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Seung-Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 11561495
    Abstract: A pressing rotating member comprising a base layer, an elastic layer and a surface layer, in this order, the surface layer having pores, wherein when placing an observation region of 8 ?m long×11 ?m wide at a cross section of the surface layer in a thickness direction of the surface layer—a direction perpendicular to a circumferential direction of the pressing rotating member, a degree of orientation f of the pores observed in the observation region is 0.20 or higher, and an orientation angle ? of the pores observed in the observation region is 0° to 10°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoko Kasai, Yohei Miyauchi, Yasuharu Notoya, Takuji Oishi, Yasuhiro Miyahara, Masaaki Takahashi, Yusuke Baba, Hiroki Muramatsu, Ryo Ishifuji
  • Patent number: 11550249
    Abstract: A heating device (9) includes a heater (22), a holder (23), a device frame (40), a primary positioner (A), a secondary positioner (B), and a tertiary positioner (C). The heater includes a heat generator (60). The holder holds the heater. The device frame is configured to support the holder. The primary positioner is configured to position the heater and the holder in a longitudinal direction of the heater. The secondary positioner is configured to position the holder and the device frame in the longitudinal direction of the heater. The tertiary positioner is configured to position the device frame and a body of an image forming apparatus in the longitudinal direction of the heater. The primary positioner and one of the secondary positioner and the tertiary positioner are disposed on an identical side defined by a center of the heat generator in the longitudinal direction of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuusuke Furuichi, Tomoya Adachi, Yukimichi Someya, Takayuki Seki
  • Patent number: 11537073
    Abstract: A fixing belt includes, in the following order: a base material layer containing a resin; an elastic layer containing an elastic material; and a release layer, in which each of the base material layer and the elastic layer further contains an aggregate in which plural fibrous carbons are entangled with each other, a maximum diameter of the aggregate in the base material layer is 50% or less of a film thickness of the base material layer, and a maximum diameter of the aggregate in the elastic layer is 15% or less of a film thickness of the elastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Ryohei Yoshikawa, Tomotake Inagaki
  • Patent number: 11531295
    Abstract: A fixing belt includes, in the following order: a resin base material layer; an elastic layer; and a release layer, in which the elastic layer contains an elastic material and an aggregate in which plural fibrous carbons are entangled with each other, and a maximum diameter of the aggregate is 15% or less of a film thickness of the elastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Ryohei Yoshikawa, Tomotake Inagaki
  • Patent number: 11520262
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fixing device, includes a fixing member having a first surface configured to be pressed against a recording medium and a heater on a second surface of the fixing member. A first heat conducting member contacts aback surface side of the heater, and a second heat conducting member is provided to be moveable between a first state, in which the second heat conducting member is in contact with the first heat conducting member and the second surface of the fixing member, and a second state, in which the second heat conducting member is contacting the first heat conducting member, but separated from the second surface of the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11513457
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a heating and fixing rotator, a pressing rotator, a blower, a guide, an opening and closing device, and a driving device. The heating and fixing rotator is rotatable and heats an unfixed image on a recording medium to fix the unfixed image on the recording medium. The pressing rotator is rotatable, faces the heating and fixing rotator, and is pressed against the recording medium. The guide has an air blowing port and guides air sent from the blower to at least one of the heating and fixing rotator and the pressing rotator. The opening and closing device moves to open and close the air blowing port. The driving device includes a driver to move the opening and closing device and at least one member other than the opening and closing device and separately drives the opening and closing device and the at least one member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikuni Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11507004
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a heater, a heater holding member, a stay sheet-metal, and a belt holding member. The stay sheet-metal includes a top plate and side plates and is configured to control a load applied to the heater holding member, the side plates extending respectively from opposite sides of the top plate in a short-length direction of the top plate, toward the heater holding member. The belt holding member holds the fixing belt such that the fixing belt can peripherally rotate, the belt holding member holding at least one end of the heater holding member in a longitudinal direction thereof and at least one end of the stay sheet-metal in a longitudinal direction thereof. The top plate of the stay sheet-metal is formed to extend to at least one end of the stay sheet-metal in the longitudinal direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Masakazu Uehara, Tomohiro Watatani, Yuhiro Sakai, Fumito Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 11500316
    Abstract: A heater holding member circulatably guides a fixing belt and holds a heater that heats the fixing belt. A stay sheet metal reinforces the heater holding member. The heater holding member has a base plate and side walls. The stay sheet metal is placed on the base plate. A side wall is erected on either side of the base plate in a short direction thereof. A pocket which keeps the stay sheet metal is formed in each side wall. The stay sheet metal has a top plate and side plates. A side plate bends and extends from either edge of the top plate in a short direction thereof. A slit is formed in each side plate such that the side plates are kept in the pockets of the heater holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Masakazu Uehara, Tomohiro Watatani, Yuhiro Sakai, Fumito Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 11487231
    Abstract: A heater includes a first heat generator and a second heat generator each of which has a hypothetical center line that divides each of the first heat generator and the second heat generator into a first section and a second section. A first conductor connects a first electrode to the first heat generator and the second heat generator. A second conductor connects a second electrode to the first heat generator and the second heat generator. A first primary connector connects the first conductor to the first section of the first heat generator. A second primary connector connects the first conductor to the second section of the second heat generator. A first secondary connector connects the second conductor to the first heat generator. A second secondary connector connects the second conductor to the second heat generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Inoue, Yuusuke Furuichi
  • Patent number: 11480900
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device and a cooling device provided on a side downstream of the fixing device with respect to a sheet feeding direction. The cooling device includes a first unit including a first belt and a first roller, a second unit including a second belt for forming a nip in cooperation with the first belt, a heat sink and a second roller, and a driving motor for rotating the first roller and the second roller. The second unit is movable between a contact position where the first belt and the second belt are in contact with each other so as to form the nip and a separated position where the first belt and the second belt are in separation from each other so as to release the nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Tanaka, Keita Kondo, Yuki Inoue, Shingo Katano
  • Patent number: 11480901
    Abstract: Provided is a fixing device to press a printing medium. The fixing device includes a rotating member and a pressure roller disposed to face the rotating member. The pressure roller includes a first groove and a second groove that extend along an outer circumferential surface respectively from a first end portion and a second end portion of the pressure roller. The first and second grooves are inclined with respect to a rotational axis of the pressure roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: YongHo Chun, Sunhyung Lee, Jaehyeok Jang, SeaChul Bae, Jingue Ko
  • Patent number: 11448986
    Abstract: Provided is an image heating apparatus including: a heater having a plurality of heating elements arranged in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and a control portion that controls electric power to be supplied to the plurality of heating elements and is capable of individually controlling the plurality of heating elements, the image heating apparatus heating an image formed on the recording material with heat by the heater, wherein the control portion sets a heating condition when controlling each of the plurality of heating elements, according to the thermal history of a heating region heated by one heating element and the thermal history of a heating region heated by a heating element adjacent to the one heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Nomura, Atsushi Iwasaki, Takahiro Uchiyama, Keisuke Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 11448988
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator that rotates and a heat source that heats the fixing rotator. A pressure rotator contacts an outer circumferential surface of the fixing rotator. A nip former is disposed opposite the pressure rotator via the fixing rotator to form a nip between the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator. A support supports the nip former and includes a metal member. The nip former includes a resin nip forming member made of resin and a metal nip forming member made of metal and interposed between the resin nip forming member and the fixing rotator. The metal nip forming member includes a contact face disposed in at least a part of a lateral end span of the nip former in a longitudinal direction of the nip former. The contact face contacts the metal member of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuya Saito
  • Patent number: 11429044
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes a rotary member including a heat-generation layer with a plurality of rings, a temperature detecting portion configured to detect a temperature of the rotary member, a conduction detecting unit configured to detect a conduction failure in an opposing ring that is one of the plurality of rings of the heat-generation layer and that opposes the temperature detecting portion, and a controller configured to control the supply of power to the magnetic field generator. The conduction detecting unit includes a first magnetic core, a second magnetic core, and a current detecting portion that includes a detection coil. A length of one of the first magnetic core and the second magnetic core around which the detection coil is wound is less than a length of another of the first magnetic core and the second magnetic core around which the detection coil is not wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Tsuruya, Yuki Nishizawa, Minoru Hayasaki, Aoji Isono, Akira Kuroda
  • Patent number: 11429045
    Abstract: A heating device includes a cylindrical body with a hollow interior and a heater inside the hollow interior. A first surface of the heater faces the inner surface of the cylindrical body. A heat transfer member is on a second surface of the heater. A grease is between the heater and the heat transfer member. A support member is provided including a first portion fixed to the second surface of the heater and a second portion contacting a surface of the heat transfer member. The support member includes a third portion between the first and second portions. The third portion does not contact the second surface of the heater between the first and second portions and provides a space for grease from between the heater and the heat transfer member to accumulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sasuke Endo
  • Patent number: 11402773
    Abstract: A fuser configured to nip a sheet by a heating member and a pressurizing member and to thermally fix an image formed in a toner on the sheet, is provided. The fuser includes a supporting member, a temperature sensor, and a sensor cover. The supporting member supports the heating member. The temperature sensor is attached to the supporting member and is configured to detect a temperature of the heating member without contacting the heating member. The sensor cover is located on a side of the temperature sensor opposite to the heating member to cover the temperature sensor. The sensor cover includes a base having an opening at an upper position with respect to the temperature sensor and a windshield wall located in adjacent to the base. The windshield wall protrudes upward and extends in a lengthwise direction for the heating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Mingguang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11402779
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion, a fixing portion, and a control portion. The fixing portion forms a nip portion to nip a recording material and includes heat-generating elements along a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material. The fixing portion fixes the image on the recording material using heat. The image forming apparatus changes a control target temperature for each heating area heated by each of the heat-generating elements in accordance with the image to be formed on the recording material. When forming the image after a jam clearing process in which the recording material nipped in the nip portion is removed, the control portion changes a distribution of a control target temperature of the whole heater in the direction in which the heat-generating elements are aligned to a second distribution different from a first distribution corresponding to the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriaki Sato
  • Patent number: 11402781
    Abstract: A novel heating device includes a heating member configured to heat a sheet on an opposite face opposite a liquid applied face. The heating member has a curved portion along which the sheet is conveyed and warped so that the liquid applied face has a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Seto, Takamasa Hase