Patents Examined by Trevor J Bervik
  • Patent number: 8958709
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, one of a plurality of support members supporting an intermediate transfer belt is a guide member configured to regulate the rotational direction of the intermediate transfer belt while being held in sliding contact with the intermediate transfer belt at a position opposite the secondary transfer member across the intermediate transfer belt. This guide member is equipped with a first resistor portion in sliding contact with the intermediate transfer belt and a second resistor portion of a higher electrical resistance than the first resistor portion, with the second resistor portion provided upstream of the first resistor portion in the rotational direction of the intermediate transfer belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Suzuki, Masaru Shimura, Shinji Katagiri, Tatsuya Kinukawa, Shigeru Hoashi, Akinori Takayama, Takeo Kawanami, Michio Uchida
  • Patent number: 8934801
    Abstract: Upon recovery from a power-saving mode to a normal mode and then restart of fixing temperature control from a state in which the fixing temperature control is stopped, a control part (display control part 10 obtains a current temperature of a fixing part based on output of a temperature detector and required stabilization time T1 based on required stabilization time data, and based on necessary time data A and the number of remaining setting screens on which settings need to be made in a wizard format, issues a restart signal RS for restarting the fixing temperature control between a first time point TP1 reached by tracing back by the required stabilization time T1 from a predicted time point at which making the settings is predicted to complete and a second time point TP2 as a time point the necessary time before the first time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yasushi Saito
  • Patent number: 8913924
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus of the present invention includes: a developing section which includes a developer bearing member which bears toner to be supplied to an image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed; and a developer regulating section which regulates a layer thickness of the toner borne by the developer bearing member, the developer regulating section being electrically connected to the charger case, the developer regulating section being at least partially electroconductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toyoka Aimoto
  • Patent number: 8913925
    Abstract: A developer conveying device includes a housing, a developer conveyance path and a conveying member. The developer conveyance path extends between a pair of wall portions. The conveying member includes a spiral member, an inner wall portion and shaft portions. The spiral member is formed by connecting spiral pieces, each forming one spiral turn, in a conveying direction of the developer and includes a hollow interior formed by the connected spiral pieces. The inner wall portion includes a plurality of planar portions which define the hollow interior of the spiral member and are connected at predetermined angles in a circumferential direction of the rotation of the conveying member. The shaft portions are arranged at opposite end parts of the spiral member, rotatably supported on the wall portions and serve as a rotary shaft for the rotation of the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Kuramashi, Yoshihiro Yamagishi, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Kuniaki Nakano, Eiji Nimura
  • Patent number: 8903284
    Abstract: A developer storage container includes a container main body, a tubular portion projecting from the container main body and including a developer discharge opening, and a rotary member extending from the container main body to the tubular portion and having a function of conveying the developer in the container main body. The rotary member includes a first section located in the container main body and a second section located in the tubular portion. A first conveying member for conveying the developer from the tubular portion side toward the container main body side, a second conveying member for conveying the developer in an opposite direction, and a flexible member are mounted on the rotary shaft. The flexible member includes a fixed end portion fixed onto the circumferential surface of the rotary shaft and a free end portion arranged at a side radially outward of the second conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Shimizu, Takahisa Nakaue, Teruhiko Nagashima, Takashi Morita
  • Patent number: 8897673
    Abstract: A photosensitive drum assembly and a process cartridge and a process cartridge having an improved structure in which a protrusion for receiving a driving force transmitted from a main body of an image forming apparatus may not be easily worn or damaged. The photosensitive drum assembly that is capable of being combined with a driving shaft including a twisted hole with a non-circular cross-section having a plurality of corners, includes: a support disposed at one side of the photosensitive drum; and an insertion body disposed at one side of the support and including a plurality of protrusions that are capable of being inserted in the twisted hole, wherein at least portions of each of the plurality of protrusions based on a cross-section of each protrusion that is perpendicular to the driving shaft, closely contacts two side surfaces of the twisted hole that constitute one of the plurality of corners of the twisted hole, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Baiksan OPC Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bom Jin Lee, Chang Rae Seong, Jang Soon Park
  • Patent number: 8897687
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a heating rotatable body; a rotatable endless belt having inner and outer peripheral surfaces; and a presser component having first and second presser portions and a recess. The first presser portion is provided within the inner peripheral surface and presses the outer peripheral surface onto the rotatable body to form a fixation nip, through which a recording medium passes, between the endless belt and the rotatable body. The second presser portion guides the recording medium by pressing the endless belt toward the rotatable body at an upstream side of the fixation nip in a recording-medium transport direction to bring the recording medium into contact with the rotatable body at the upstream side of the fixation nip. The recess is spaced apart from the endless belt and is located upstream of the first presser portion and downstream of the second presser portion in the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ichiki, Motoyuki Yagi, Shigeru Watanabe, Megumi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8891997
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus determines that an input AC voltage has reached a voltage at which a power supply control IC can start operating, based on the voltage at an auxiliary winding of a transformer included in a first converter. Note that since the first converter operates so as to maintain a constant voltage at the auxiliary winding, whether the input AC voltage has fallen to an operation lower limit voltage or lower cannot be detected by only monitoring the voltage at the auxiliary winding. The power supply apparatus monitors a second voltage that is proportional to the input AC voltage is generated from the voltage being applied to the primary side of a second converter. Accordingly, the power supply control IC starts and stops operating in accordance with the input AC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Samejima, Keizo Kojima
  • Patent number: 8891998
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a fan, a first louver, and a second louver. The first louver includes first rectifier vanes that direct airflow produced by the fan. The second louver is located on an inner side of an apparatus body with respect to the first louver and faces the first louver in such a manner as to overlap the first louver in a direction of an axis of rotation of the fan. The second louver includes second rectifier vanes that direct the airflow produced by the fan. Each of the first rectifier vanes and a corresponding one of the second rectifier vanes that is adjacent thereto extend in one plane inclining at a specific angle with respect to the axis of rotation of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hirakawa, Keiichi Tanida
  • Patent number: 8892008
    Abstract: An approach is provided for reducing an amount of residual toner remaining in a rotating container. The approach involves rotating a rotatable vessel configured to contain a toner. The approach also involves a causing a plurality of beads that include at least one material configured to be attracted to a magnetic strip that extends in a direction parallel to an axial direction of movement of the toner between a first end and a second end of the vessel. The plurality of beads, when attracted to the magnetic strip, cooperate with helical features of the vessel and the internal surface of a body section of the vessel to transport at least a portion of the toner in an axial direction from the first end of the vessel to the second end of the vessel as the vessel is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ian G. Harpur, Michael John Wilsher, Richard David Emms, Derek William Judd
  • Patent number: 8879974
    Abstract: An image heating device includes an endless belt including a base layer and an elastic layer formed around the base layer, a contact member contacting an inner surface of the endless belt, a pressure rotating member forming a nip portion configured to convey a recording material while nipping the recording material along with the contact member via the endless belt, wherein an image formed on the recording material is heated at the nip portion using heat from the endless belt, and wherein one end of the endless belt is coated with the elastic layer and the other end of the endless belt is not coated with the elastic layer, and a belt lateral shifting direction regulating mechanism configured to regulate a direction in which the endless belt shifts when the endless belt is rotated, toward the end coated with the elastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsutoshi Ando, Tohru Saito, Eiji Uekawa, Masashi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8874001
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photosensitive body carrying an electrostatic latent image on a surface thereof, a charge device charging the surface of the photosensitive body, an exposure device forming the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive body, a development device developing the electrostatic latent image so that a developer image is formed, and a transfer device transferring the developer image on a print medium. Wherein, a positive charge dark decay rate of the photosensitive body is greater than a negative charge dark decay rate when a dark decay rate is expressed by ? V ? ? 0 ? - ? V ? ? 5 ? ? V ? ? 0 ? × 100 ? ( % ) where V0 [V] is a surface potential of the photosensitive body immediately after a completion of the charging by the charge device, and V5 [V] is the surface potential when the photosensitive body is left in a dark place for 5 seconds immediately after the completion of the charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Motomura
  • Patent number: 8867954
    Abstract: Disclosed is a toner cartridge, which comprises a case, a toner outlet and a gate that can slide to close the toner outlet. The inside of the gate has a bump which can be resisted by the opening mechanism to open the toner outlet. The outside of the gate has an elastic buckle which can be resisted by the closing mechanism to close the toner outlet. The outside of the toner feeding compartment has a notch; the bottom surface of the notch is connected with the outside of the toner feeding compartment through the guiding slope. When the gate is in the closing position, the elastic buckle and the notch coordinate; when the gate is in the opening position the elastic buckle separates from the notch and is put on the outside surface of the toner feeding compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Print-Rite ° Unicorn Image Products Co., Ltd. of Zhuhai
    Inventor: Quan Liu
  • Patent number: 8855511
    Abstract: A storage container for a developer, includes: a first storage unit in which a collected developer is stored; a second storage unit which is disposed at an end of the first storage unit, in which the developer conveyed from the first storage unit is stored; a detection member which detects the developer stored in the second storage unit; a full-state determining unit which determines whether the first storage unit is a full state or not, based on a detected result of the detection member; and a conveyance member which is disposed in the first storage unit, and is rotated to convey the developer stored in the first storage unit to the second storage unit, and the conveyance member has: a first region as defined herein; a second region as defined herein; and a third region as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 8831500
    Abstract: A microwave heating device includes a microwave generating portion outputting a microwave, a conductive heating chamber into which the microwave is led and having a short-circuited terminal end in a traveling direction of the microwave, and a tuner provided between the microwave generating portion and the heating chamber. The heating chamber has an opening for passing a member to be heated therethrough. The tuner re-reflects the microwave reflected at the terminal end of the heating chamber onto the heating chamber side. The microwave output end of the microwave generating portion and the tuner are connected by a square tubular waveguide made of a conductive material. The tuner and the terminal end of the heating chamber are connected by a square tubular waveguide, which is made of a conductive material except for the opening for passing the member to be heated therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Murata Machinery, Ltd., The Doshisha
    Inventors: Shinzo Yoshikado, Yoshihiro Shojo, Ryosuke Tahara, Isao Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8824944
    Abstract: A method for fixing toner onto a receiver medium includes depositing a pattern of toner onto a surface of the receiver medium. The toner has a toner glass transition temperature. At least one surface of the receiver medium is brought into contact with a heating liquid, the heating liquid being at a temperature greater than the toner glass transition temperature. Heat is transferred from the heating liquid to the toner, thereby raising a temperature of the toner to a level above the toner glass transition temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alan Richard Priebe, Donald Saul Rimai, Christopher J. White
  • Patent number: 8818252
    Abstract: A toner fixing system fixes toner onto a receiver medium. A reservoir contains a heating liquid. A liquid-heating system warms the heating liquid in the reservoir to a temperature greater than a toner glass transition temperature. A media-transport system transports the receiver medium along a transport path which passes through the reservoir. The receiver medium is submerged in the warmed heating liquid, so heat is transferred from the warmed heating liquid to the toner. The temperature of the toner is raised to a level above the toner glass transition temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alan Richard Priebe, Donald Saul Rimai, Christopher J. White
  • Patent number: 8811870
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image formed on a recording material includes a fixing roller; a cleaning unit for cleaning the fixing roller, the cleaning unit including a first shaft, a second shaft, and cleaning fabric extended between the first shaft and the second shaft and wound on the first shaft and the second shaft to be fed out from the first shaft and wound up on the second shaft, wherein at the time of cleaning the fixing roller, an outer surface of the cleaning fabric wound on the first shaft contacts the fixing roller, and wherein an outer diameter of the cleaning fabric wound on the first shaft is larger than that wound on the second shaft irrespective of amount of the cleaning fabric on the first shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Mitsuhashi, Hideo Nanataki
  • Patent number: 8781367
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing with cover for covering and uncovering an opening in communication with an internal space. A drive portion generates a drive force that is transmitted intermittently by a clutch mechanism. The clutch mechanism includes a transmission member with first a transmission portion that receives a drive force from the drive portion and a second transmission portion that engages an image forming portion. A link mechanism reciprocates the transmission member in a first direction in which the transmission member moves away from image forming portion and a second direction opposite the first direction. A flexible link connects the cover to the link mechanism. The link mechanism coordinates with cover and moves the transmission member in the first direction when the cover uncovers the opening. The link mechanism coordinates with cover and moves the transmission member in the second direction when cover covers the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuki Tamura