Patents by Inventor Hideshi Nishiyama

Hideshi Nishiyama has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9946220
    Abstract: A developer cartridge includes a first gear having a first engagement part provided along a circumferential surface of the first gear, and a first trigger protruding from the circumferential surface. The developer cartridge also has a second gear having a small diameter gear part configured to be engaged to the first engagement part, a large diameter gear part rotatable together with the small diameter gear part, and a second trigger configured to contact and rotate the first gear. The large diameter gear part is configured to receive a driving force and rotate to move from a first position at which the large diameter gear part can rotate relative to the second trigger to a second position at which the large diameter gear part rotates together with the second trigger. The second trigger is configured to rotate together with the large diameter gear part to contact the first trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomonori Watanabe, Naoya Kamimura, Takashi Shimizu, Hideshi Nishiyama, Keita Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20180095416
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes a housing, a developing roller, a lever, and a storage medium. The housing may be configured to store a developing agent. The developing roller may be rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction. The storage medium may be swingable together with the lever in a swing direction. The storage medium may have an electric contact surface. The electric contact surface may be swingable between a retreat position and an advance position. The electric contact surface may be positioned at the retreat position when the lever is positioned at a first position. The electric contact surface may be positioned at the advance position in a case where the lever is positioned at a second position. The housing may be movable in the second direction relative to the lever and the electric contact surface in a case where the electric contact surface is positioned at the advance position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideshi NISHIYAMA, Nao ITABASHI
  • Publication number: 20180095382
    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: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideshi NISHIYAMA, Naoya KAMIMURA, Tomonori WATANABE, Yasuo FUKAMACHI, Shinya KUSUDA, Tomoya YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180095418
    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: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo SATO, Hideshi NISHIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180095406
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a housing, a cover a process cartridge, an LED array, and a link member. The cover is pivotally movable about an axis extending in a first direction between an open position and a closed position. The process cartridge includes a photosensitive drum and a developing unit, and is attachable to and detachable from the housing in an open state where the cover is at the open position. The link member is movable in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction in interlocking relation to movement of the cover. The link member is configured to: move the developing unit away from the axis in the second direction during movement of the cover from the closed position to the open position; and move the developing unit toward the axis in the second direction during movement of the cover from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Hideshi Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20180095415
    Abstract: A developing cartridge attachable to an image forming apparatus includes a developing roller, a housing, and a storage medium. The developing roller may be rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction. The housing may be pivotable between a first position and a second position with respect to the image forming apparatus in a state where the developing roller is positioned at one end portion of the housing and the developing cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus. The storage medium may include an electric contact surface. The electric contact surface may be out of contact with an electric connector of the image forming apparatus in a state where the housing is at the first position, the electric contact surface being in contact with the electric connector of the image forming apparatus in a state where the housing is at the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideshi NISHIYAMA, Nao ITABASHI
  • Publication number: 20180059576
    Abstract: In a developing apparatus, a housing has a first opening. A shutter is movable between an open position and a closed position. A locking member is movable between a lock position and a release position. The locking member is located between the housing and the shutter in a cartridge-attachment direction. The locking member is located at the lock position in a case where the toner cartridge is detached from the developing apparatus. The locking member is in contact with the toner cartridge, thereby moving from the lock position to the release position in a case where the toner cartridge is attached to the developing apparatus. A cover having a second opening that is in communication with the first opening in a state where the shutter is at the open position is located at an opposite side of the locking member with respect to the shutter in the cartridge-attachment direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideshi NISHIYAMA
  • Patent number: 9891581
    Abstract: A process cartridge including: a photosensitive member cartridge including a photosensitive member; and a developing cartridge including a developer carrier. The developing cartridge further includes: an inputting portion; a first cover; and a second cover. The first cover has a first engagement portion configured to move the developer carrier away from the photosensitive member. The first engagement portion is positioned between an axis of the developer carrier extending in an axial direction and an axis of the inputting portion extending in the axial direction, when projected in the axial direction. The second cover has a second engagement portion configured to move the developer carrier away from the photosensitive member. The second engagement portion is positioned between the axis of the developer carrier and the axis of the inputting portion, when projected in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Naoya Kamimura, Ryuya Yamazaki, Hideshi Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20170329257
    Abstract: In a developing cartridge, a first supporting member is attached to a housing and has a first developing supporting portion and a driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion. The first developing supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a first part of a rotational shaft and the driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a driving-force-receiving member. The second supporting member is attached to the housing and has a second developing supporting portion and a detection-rotational-body supporting portion. The second developing supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a second part of the rotational shaft and the detection-rotational-body supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a detection rotational body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Hideshi Nishiyama, Yasuo Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 9785093
    Abstract: In a developing cartridge, a first supporting member is attached to a housing and has a first developing supporting portion and a driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion. The first developing supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a first part of a rotational shaft and the driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a driving-force-receiving member. The second supporting member is attached to the housing and has a second developing supporting portion and a detection-rotational-body supporting portion. The second developing supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a second part of the rotational shaft and the detection-rotational-body supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a detection rotational body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Hideshi Nishiyama, Yasuo Fukamachi
  • Publication number: 20170285528
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a casing, a toner conveyance unit, a cover, and a first protrusion. The casing includes a first toner-accommodating section having a first internal space for accommodating toner. The first toner-accommodating section has a first opening. The toner conveyance unit is rotatable and configured to convey toner from the first internal space to the first opening. The cover covers the first opening and has a second opening for allowing toner to be discharged therethrough. The cover has a circumferential surface at which a plurality of gear teeth is provided. The gear teeth are configured to move a developing shutter provided at a developing unit for opening or closing an opening of the developing unit. The first protrusion is configured to release the developing shutter from a locking member of the developing unit for locking the developing shutter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideshi NISHIYAMA, Takashi SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20170285568
    Abstract: A process cartridge including a drum cartridge, a developing cartridge, and a waste toner container, is provided. The drum cartridge includes a photosensitive drum including a photosensitive layer and a rotation axis extending in an axial direction, a drum cleaner arranged to contact the photosensitive drum, a cleaner frame configured to accommodate the drum cleaner therein, and a waste toner conveyer tube connected with the cleaner frame. The developing cartridge is movable to be attached to and detached from the drum cartridge and includes a developer roller. The waste toner container is movable to be attached to and detached from the drum cartridge. When the developing cartridge and the waste toner container are attached to the drum cartridge, the waste toner container is connected with the waste toner conveyer tube and is located on an opposite side of the developing cartridge to the photosensitive drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Hideshi Nishiyama, Atsushi Fukaya, Aya Adachi, Ryosuke Hayashi, Masaaki Furukawa, Shougo Sato
  • Publication number: 20170285567
    Abstract: A process cartridge, comprising: a drum cartridge; and a waste toner case, the drum cartridge comprising: a development roller; a first side wall to support one end of a shaft of the development roller; a second wall to support the other end of the shaft; a photosensitive drum; a cleaner; and a conveying tube, the conveying tube comprising: a first part disposed on an opposite side of the second side wall with respect to the first side wall in an axis direction, the first part being connected to the cleaner; a second part disposed closer to the second side wall relative to the first part and connected to the waste toner case; and a third part connecting the first part with the second part, wherein a direction in which the waste toner case is attached is equal to a direction in which the second part extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Atsushi Fukaya, Aya Adachi, Hideshi Nishiyama, Shougo Sato
  • Publication number: 20170285530
    Abstract: Toner cartridge includes a housing, an agitator, an auger, a first protrusion, and a second protrusion. The housing includes a first toner accommodating portion having and a second toner accommodating portion. The auger is rotatable about a second axis extending in a first direction and is configured to convey toner from a first toner accommodating portion to the second toner accommodating portion. The first protrusion is positioned at a first side of the second toner accommodating portion. The first protrusion extends in the first direction. The second protrusion is positioned at a second side of the second toner accommodating portion and extends in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Hideshi Nishiyama, Keita Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20170285529
    Abstract: A cartridge includes a shutter that opens and closes when the cartridge is attached and detached to a developing unit or image forming apparatus. The cartridge includes a casing having a chamber with a first opening at one end portion allowing toner to flow out of the casing. The cartridge includes a cover that covers the first opening, movable with the casing and having a second opening allowing toner to flow out of the cover. The shutter is located at the one end portion and has a protrusion further from the one end portion than the cover. The developing unit supports the protrusion when the cartridge is mounted thereon, and the casing pivots with the cover relative to the developing unit between a first position where the shutter closes the second opening and a second position where a third opening of the shutter overlaps the second opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventor: Hideshi Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20170123346
    Abstract: A developer cartridge may include: a first gear having a small-diameter gear portion and a large-diameter gear portion; and a second gear including: a first columnar portion centered on a second axis; a second columnar portion having a smaller diameter than the first columnar portion; a first engagement portion extending along a portion of a peripheral surface of the first columnar portion and engageable with the small-diameter gear portion; a second engagement portion extending along a portion of a peripheral surface of the second columnar portion and positioned closer to a housing than the first engagement portion in an axial direction and engageable with the large-diameter gear portion; and a protruding portion protruding in the axial direction and rotatable together with the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion. The second engagement portion may engage the large-diameter gear portion after the first engagement portion engages the small-diameter gear portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita SHIMIZU, Takashi SHIMIZU, Hideshi NISHIYAMA, Naoya KAMIMURA, Tomonori WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20170123347
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include: a casing; a first gear; and a second gear. The first gear may include: a small-diameter gear portion and a large-diameter gear portion. The second gear may include: a first columnar portion; a second columnar portion; a first engaging portion; a second engaging portion; and a protrusion. The first engaging portion may be provided at the first columnar portion and may be engageable with the small-diameter gear portion. The second engaging portion may be provided at the second columnar portion and positioned closer than the first engaging portion to the casing in the axials direction. The second engaging portion may be engageable with the large-diameter gear portion. The protrusion may be rotatable together with the first and second engaging portions. The second engaging portion may be engageable with the large-diameter gear portion after the first engaging portion has engaged with the small-diameter gear portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita SHIMIZU, Takashi SHIMIZU, Hideshi NISHIYAMA, Naoya KAMIMURA, Tomonori WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20170097607
    Abstract: A developer cartridge including a first gear having a first engagement part provided along a circumferential surface of the first gear, and a first trigger protruding from the circumferential surface, and a second gear having a small diameter gear part configured to be engaged to the first engagement part, a large diameter gear part rotatable together with the small diameter gear part, and a second trigger configured to contact and rotate the first gear, wherein the large diameter gear part is configured to receive a driving force and rotate to thus move from a first position at which the large diameter gear part can rotate relative to the second trigger to a second position at which the large diameter gear part rotates together with the second trigger, and wherein the second trigger is configured to rotate together with the large diameter gear part to thus contact the first trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Tomonori Watanabe, Naoya Kamimura, Takashi Shimizu, Hideshi Nishiyama, Keita Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20170060082
    Abstract: A process cartridge including: a photosensitive member cartridge including a photosensitive member; and a developing cartridge including a developer carrier. The developing cartridge further includes: an inputting portion; a first cover; and a second cover. The first cover has a first engagement portion configured to move the developer carrier away from the photosensitive member. The first engagement portion is positioned between an axis of the developer carrier extending in an axial direction and an axis of the inputting portion extending in the axial direction, when projected in the axial direction. The second cover has a second engagement portion configured to move the developer carrier away from the photosensitive member. The second engagement portion is positioned between the axis of the developer carrier and the axis of the inputting portion, when projected in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Naoya Kamimura, Ryuya Yamazaki, Hideshi Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20170052481
    Abstract: In a developing cartridge, a first supporting member is attached to a housing and has a first developing supporting portion and a driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion. The first developing supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a first part of a rotational shaft and the driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a driving-force-receiving member. The second supporting member is attached to the housing and has a second developing supporting portion and a detection-rotational-body supporting portion. The second developing supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a second part of the rotational shaft and the detection-rotational-body supporting portion is configured to rotatably support a detection rotational body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Hideshi Nishiyama, Yasuo Fukamachi