Patents by Inventor Katsumi Masuda

Katsumi Masuda 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: 11376566
    Abstract: Provided is a catalyst for removing NOx from a combustion exhaust gas, in particular, a low-NOx combustion exhaust gas, wherein the catalyst has a ratio of a pore volume in a range of not less than 500 ? and not more than 3000 ? in a pore diameter relative to a total pore volume of not less than 15% and not more than 40% and preferably a ratio of a pore volume in a range of not less than 1000 ? in the pore diameter relative to the total pore volume of not less than 10% and not more than 45% in a pore volume distribution in a range of not more than 105 ? in the pore diameter, and where SILICA is unlikely to be deposited and even when the amount of SILICA deposited is increased, denitration performance is hardly lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nochi, Koji Higashino, Tomotsugu Masuda
  • Patent number: 8824932
    Abstract: A development device includes a developer container, a developer carrier, exposed partly from a casing, facing a latent image carrier in a development area, a magnetic field generator inside the developer carrier, having multiple magnetic poles including a conveyance pole to convey the developer downstream from the development area to a developer release portion, a developer agitator, and a developer regulator. A predetermined gap is kept between an outer surface of the developer carrier and an inner wall of the casing downstream from an opening of the casing, upstream from a developer release portion, in a direction in which the developer carrier rotates. Multiple recesses are formed in the outer surface of the developer carrier at a pitch in a circumferential direction shorter than half a width of a magnetic flux density of the developer conveyance pole in a direction perpendicular to an axial direction of the developer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsumi Masuda, Takamasa Ozeki, Nobuyuki Taguchi, Yuuki Satoh, Toshiki Hayashi, Kyohta Koetsuka, Toshio Kojima, Masayuki Ohsawa, Noriyuki Kamiya, Takumi Terasaka
  • Patent number: 8682230
    Abstract: A development device including a developer container, a developer bearer, a magnetic field generator, a developer agitator to supply the developer to the developer bearer, and a developer regulator to adjust a layer thickness of the developer carried on the developer bearer. Multiple oval recesses oblique to the axial direction of the developer bearer are formed in the outer circumferential surface of the developer bearer and arranged in a circumferential direction and the axial direction thereof. An upstream inner wall of the recess in the rotational direction of the developer bearer applies a force to the developer as the developer bearer rotates, and an angle between a long axis of the recess and the axial direction is set so that the force applied by the upstream inner wall of the recess has a component in a direction substantially identical to the developer conveyance direction of the developer agitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Taguchi, Katsumi Masuda, Takamasa Ozeki, Yuuki Satoh, Toshiki Hayashi, Kyohta Koetsuka, Toshio Kojima, Masayuki Ohsawa, Noriyuki Kamiya, Takumi Terasaka
  • Patent number: 8331834
    Abstract: A developing unit includable in a process cartridge and in an image forming apparatus includes a developer bearing member including a magnetic field generator and a nonmagnetic hollow member, a developer container, an agitation/conveyance member, and a developer regulating member. The magnetic field generator has first and second magnetic poles to generate respective magnetic forces for removing the developer from the developer bearing member after the developer passes the development region. A developer-releasing region releases the developer from the developer bearing member using a release force. The developer is disposed higher than a surface of the developer in the developer storing chamber. A component of a magnetic flux density of the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator in a direction normal to the developer-releasing region is directed to a same direction as the first and second magnetic poles across the developer-releasing region without forming a local maximum point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyohta Koetsuka, Masayuki Ohsawa, Yoshiyuki Takano, Katsumi Masuda, Yoshio Hattori, Yuji Suzuki, Takamasa Ozeki, Hiroyuki Uenishi
  • Patent number: 8326189
    Abstract: There is provided a separation member for separating a first conveying path formed by a first conveying member from a second conveying path formed by a second conveying member. There is also provided an opposed member facing a magnetic pole H4 at an upstream side of two magnetic poles H4 and H6 that forms a developer-releasing magnetic pole H5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Katsumi Masuda, Nobuyuki Taguchi, Yuuki Satoh, Yasufumi Takahashi, Keiichi Yoshida, Yoshio Hattori, Akira Azami, Takamasa Ozeki, Toshiki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8135315
    Abstract: A developing unit includable in a process cartridge and in an image forming apparatus includes a developer bearing member including a magnetic field generator and a nonmagnetic hollow member, a developer container, an agitation/conveyance member, a developer regulating member to regulate the thickness of a layer of the two-component developer. The magnetic field generator has first and second magnetic poles to generate respective magnetic forces for removing the developer from the developer bearing member after the developer passes the development region. The second magnetic pole generates a magnetic force to attract the developer to form a magnetic brush on the developer bearing member. The developer regulating member includes a magnetic member outwardly disposed on an exterior perimeter surface of the developer bearing member upstream from the developer regulating member, and one planar surface of the magnetic member faces the second magnetic pole across an effective development region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa Ozeki, Katsumi Masuda, Yoshio Hattori, Hiroyuki Uenishi, Yuji Suzuki, Kyohta Koetsuka, Masayuki Ohsawa, Yoshiyuki Takano, Takeroh Kurenuma, Akira Azami, Nobuyuki Taguchi
  • Publication number: 20120057907
    Abstract: A development device including a developer container, a developer bearer, a magnetic field generator, a developer agitator to supply the developer to the developer bearer, and a developer regulator to adjust a layer thickness of the developer carried on the developer bearer. Multiple oval recesses oblique to the axial direction of the developer bearer are formed in the outer circumferential surface of the developer bearer and arranged in a circumferential direction and the axial direction thereof. An upstream inner wall of the recess in the rotational direction of the developer bearer applies a force to the developer as the developer bearer rotates, and an angle between a long axis of the recess and the axial direction is set so that the force applied by the upstream inner wall of the recess has a component in a direction substantially identical to the developer conveyance direction of the developer agitator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Nobuyuki TAGUCHI, Katsumi Masuda, Takamasa Ozeki, Yuuki Satoh, Toshiki Hayashi, Kyohta Koetsuka, Toshio Kojima, Masayuki Ohsawa, Noriyuki Kamiya, Takumi Terasaka
  • Publication number: 20110194874
    Abstract: A development device includes a developer container, a developer carrier, exposed partly from a casing, facing a latent image carrier in a development area, a magnetic field generator inside the developer carrier, having multiple magnetic poles including a conveyance pole to convey the developer downstream from the development area to a developer release portion, a developer agitator, and a developer regulator. A predetermined gap is kept between an outer surface of the developer carrier and an inner wall of the casing downstream from an opening of the casing, upstream from a developer release portion, in a direction in which the developer carrier rotates. Multiple recesses are formed in the outer surface of the developer carrier at a pitch in a circumferential direction shorter than half a width of a magnetic flux density of the developer conveyance pole in a direction perpendicular to an axial direction of the developer carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Katsumi Masuda, Takamasa Ozeki, Nobuyuki Taguchi, Yuuki Satoh, Toshiki Hayashi, Kyohta Koetsuka, Toshio Kojima, Masayuki Ohsawa, Noriyuki Kamiya, Takumi Terasaka
  • Publication number: 20110058858
    Abstract: There is provided a separation member for separating a first conveying path formed by a first conveying member from a second conveying path formed by a second conveying member. There is also provided an opposed member facing a magnetic pole H4 at an upstream side of two magnetic poles H4 and H6 that forms a developer-releasing magnetic pole H5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Katsumi Masuda, Nobuyuki Taguchi, Yuuki Satoh, Yasufumi Takahashi, Keiichi Yoshida, Yoshio Hattori, Akira Azami, Takamasa Ozeki, Toshiki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7813680
    Abstract: To downsize a developing device in the developing carrier axial direction without generating image concentration irregularities from recirculation of developer in the magnetic roller end regions, an N2 pole and an N3 pole, which are mutually adjacent having the same polarity (N polarity), and which are for generating a magnetic force for removing from a developing sleeve a developer that has passed through a developing region, are provided on a magnetic roller. Magnets of this developing device, which are for generating a magnetic field to displace to the inside in the axial direction magnetic force lines that cause peeling force in the direction of separation from the developing sleeve to act on developer on the developing sleeve, based on the magnetic force of the N2 pole and the N3 pole, and that pass through the axial direction end regions within a developer separation region on the developing sleeve, are provided on the outside of the magnetic roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsumi Masuda, Yoshio Hattori, Hiroyuki Uenishi, Yuji Suzuki, Takamasa Ozeki
  • Patent number: 7599650
    Abstract: A developer bearing member on which grooves slanting in a thrust direction of the developer bearing member cross other grooves reversely slanting relative to the thrust direction, wherein each of the grooves and the reversely slanting grooves is slanting at an angle of greater than 0° and not greater than 40°. Any two adjacent intersections of the grooves and the reversely slanting grooves in the thrust (or peripheral) direction are preferably on different levels in the peripheral (or thrust) direction. The distance between two adjacent intersections in the thrust direction is preferably from 1.3 mm to 4.8 mm. The distance between two adjacent intersections in the thrust direction is preferably from 0.38 Vd/Vi (mm) to 1.1 Vd/Vi (mm). The deviation in depth of grooves present on a 36° arc surface portion of the member is not greater than 15% of the gap between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Limited
    Inventors: Shunji Katoh, Katsumi Masuda, Hideo Yoshizawa, Yoshio Hattori, Hideki Kimura, Kiyotaka Sakai, Kenji Nakajima, Keiichi Yoshida, Akira Azami, Yuji Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20090245889
    Abstract: A developing unit includable in a process cartridge and in an image forming apparatus includes a developer bearing member including a magnetic field generator and a nonmagnetic hollow member, a developer container, an agitation/conveyance member, and a developer regulating member. The magnetic field generator has first and second magnetic poles to generate respective magnetic forces for removing the developer from the developer bearing member after the developer passes the development region. A developer-releasing region releases the developer from the developer bearing member using a release force. The developer is disposed higher than a surface of the developer in the developer storing chamber. A component of a magnetic flux density of the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator in a direction normal to the developer-releasing region is directed to a same direction as the first and second magnetic poles across the developer-releasing region without forming a local maximum point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Kyohta Koetsuka, Masayuki Ohsawa, Yoshiyuki Takano, Katsumi Masuda, Yoshio Hattori, Yuji Suzuki, Takamasa Ozeki, Hiroyuki Uenishi
  • Publication number: 20090245887
    Abstract: To downsize a developing device in the developing carrier axial direction without generating image concentration irregularities from recirculation of developer in the magnetic roller end regions, an N2 pole and an N3 pole, which are mutually adjacent having the same polarity (N polarity), and which are for generating a magnetic force for removing from a developing sleeve a developer that has passed through a developing region, are provided on a magnetic roller. Magnets of this developing device, which are for generating a magnetic field to displace to the inside in the axial direction magnetic force lines that cause peeling force in the direction of separation from the developing sleeve to act on developer on the developing sleeve, based on the magnetic force of the N2 pole and the N3 pole, and that pass through the axial direction end regions within a developer separation region on the developing sleeve, are provided on the outside of the magnetic roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Katsumi Masuda, Yoshio Hattori, Hiroyuki Uenishi, Yuji Suzuki, Takamasa Ozeki
  • Publication number: 20090245882
    Abstract: A developing unit includable in a process cartridge and in an image forming apparatus includes a developer bearing member including a magnetic field generator and a nonmagnetic hollow member, a developer container, an agitation/conveyance member, a developer regulating member to regulate the thickness of a layer of the two-component developer. The magnetic field generator has first and second magnetic poles to generate respective magnetic forces for removing the developer from the developer bearing member after the developer passes the development region. The second magnetic pole generates a magnetic force to attract the developer to form a magnetic brush on the developer bearing member. The developer regulating member includes a magnetic member outwardly disposed on an exterior perimeter surface of the developer bearing member upstream from the developer regulating member, and one planar surface of the magnetic member faces the second magnetic pole across an effective development region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Takamasa OZEKI, Katsumi Masuda, Yoahio Hattori, Hiroyuki Uenishi, Yuji Suzuki, Kyohta Koetsuka, Masayuki Ohsawa, Yoshlyuki Takano, Takeroh Kurenuma
  • Patent number: 7457570
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a process unit and an image forming apparatus in which generation of loss of image density due to flying off of developer and the edge effect occurring as a side-effect under developing conditions aimed at improving development performance can be reduced, even when a DC bias development system is adopted, and which can suppress developing density unevenness caused by impact occurring on contact of the teeth of gears in the drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Kasai, Hideki Kimura, Tsuyoshi Imanura, Katsumi Masuda, Hideo Yoshizawa, Kiyotaka Sakai
  • Patent number: 7272342
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming mechanism and an image bearing member. The image forming mechanism is configured to form an image. The image bearing mechanism is detachably provided to the image forming apparatus. The image bearing mechanism includes an image bearing member configured to bear the image formed by the image forming mechanism, and a through shaft configured to support the image bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nagashima, Kazuyuki Sugihara, Katsumi Masuda, Hideki Kimura, Kiyotaka Sakai, Kazuhisa Sudo, Tsuyoshi Imamura
  • Patent number: 7228093
    Abstract: An image forming method and apparatus includes a development device in which two rotary shafts enclosed in respective separate chambers for spirally circulating the developer between the two chambers to supply the developer to a development roller. The development device is provided with an extended circulation enclosure having a fill opening communicating with the two chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Sakai, Hideo Yoshizawa, Katsumi Masuda, Hideki Kimura, Tsuyoshi Imamura
  • Publication number: 20070104516
    Abstract: A developer bearing member on which grooves slanting in a thrust direction of the developer bearing member cross other grooves reversely slanting relative to the thrust direction, wherein each of the grooves and the reversely slanting grooves is slanting at an angle of greater than 0° and not greater than 40°. Any two adjacent intersections of the grooves and the reversely slanting grooves in the thrust (or peripheral) direction are preferably on different levels in the peripheral (or thrust) direction. The distance between two adjacent intersections in the thrust direction is preferably from 1.3 mm to 4.8 mm. The distance between two adjacent intersections in the thrust direction is preferably from 0.38 Vd/Vi (mm) to 1.1 Vd/Vi (mm). The deviation in depth of grooves present on a 36° arc surface portion of the member is not greater than 15% of the gap between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: May 10, 2007
    Inventors: Shunji KATOH, Katsumi Masuda, Hideo Yoshizawa, Yoshio Hattori, Hideki Kimura, Kiyotaka Sakai, Kenji Nakajima, Keiichi Yoshida, Akira Azami, Yuji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7212773
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus whereby it is possible to prevent unevenness in developing density caused by misalignment between the central axes of a driven side rotational coupling section for rotating a developer carrier and a drive side rotational coupling section for transmitting rotational drive force to the driven side rotational coupling section. The driven side rotational coupling section is fixed and the position thereof can be corrected slightly, by engaging the driven side rotational coupling section with a drive side rotational coupling section. A transmission gear is provided which meshes with the driven side rotational coupling section and transmits rotational drive force used to move the surface of the developer carrier. By means of an axle provided on at least one end of the transmission gear engaging with a positioning member on the main body of the image forming apparatus, the developer carrier is positioned in the main body of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Sudo, Kazuyuki Sugihara, Hideo Yoshizawa, Katsumi Masuda, Hideki Kimura, Kiyotaka Sakai, Tsuyoshi Imamura
  • Publication number: 20060275053
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming mechanism and an image bearing member. The image forming mechanism is configured to form an image. The image bearing mechanism is detachably provided to the image forming apparatus. The image bearing mechanism includes an image bearing member configured to bear the image formed by the image forming mechanism, and a through shaft configured to support the image bearing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nagashima, Kazuyuki Sugihara, Katsumi Masuda, Hideki Kimura, Kiyotaka Sakai, Kazuhisa Sudo, Tsuyoshi Imamura