Patents by Inventor Kenji Honjoh

Kenji Honjoh 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: 10401764
    Abstract: A cam drive device includes a cam to rotate; a displacement body to be displaced in response to a change in a rotation position of the cam in contact with the displacement body; a motor to rotate the cam; and a power source to output an electric current to be supplied to the motor. An electric current to cause a stall torque to the motor being a stop state is changed in response to a change in a rotation stop position of the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruki Nagata, Ryo Hasegawa, Atsushi Nagata, Kenji Honjoh
  • Patent number: 10261450
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a plurality of image bearers, an endless belt, a contact and separation mechanism to generate a first trajectory and a second trajectory of the endless belt, a sensor to detect an object on a surface of the endless belt, and a positioning mechanism to enable the sensor to detect the object in the first trajectory and the second trajectory of the endless belt. The positioning mechanism includes a stay to support the sensor, a first bracket, a second bracket, a first positioning portion attached to the apparatus body to position the sensor in a direction of rotation of the first bracket and the second bracket at a time of the first trajectory, and a second positioning portion attached to the second bracket to position the sensor in the direction of rotation of the first bracket at a time of the second trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo Hasegawa, Kenji Honjoh, Atsushi Nagata, Haruki Nagata
  • Publication number: 20190025735
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a plurality of image bearers, an endless belt, a contact and separation mechanism to generate a first trajectory and a second trajectory of the endless belt, a sensor to detect an object on a surface of the endless belt, and a positioning mechanism to enable the sensor to detect the object in the first trajectory and the second trajectory of the endless belt. The positioning mechanism includes a stay to support the sensor, a first bracket, a second bracket, a first positioning portion attached to the apparatus body to position the sensor in a direction of rotation of the first bracket and the second bracket at a time of the first trajectory, and a second positioning portion attached to the second bracket to position the sensor in the direction of rotation of the first bracket at a time of the second trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo HASEGAWA, Kenji HONJOH, Atsushi NAGATA, Haruki NAGATA
  • Publication number: 20180164720
    Abstract: A cam drive device includes a cam to rotate; a displacement body to be displaced in response to a change in a rotation position of the cam in contact with the displacement body; a motor to rotate the cam; and a power source to output an electric current to be supplied to the motor. An electric current to cause a stall torque to the motor being a stop state is changed in response to a change in a rotation stop position of the cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruki Nagata, Ryo Hasegawa, Atsushi Nagata, Kenji Honjoh
  • Patent number: 9798288
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer to bear a toner image, a lubricant supply roller to supply lubricant to a surface of the image bearer, a rotation speed changer to change a rotation speed of the lubricant supply roller, and a controller to control the rotation speed changer to change the rotation speed of the lubricant supply roller to a target speed based on a predetermined condition. The controller is configured to control the rotation speed changer to avoid a predetermined speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maehata, Kenji Honjoh, Takeshi Shintani, Nobuo Kuwabara, Daisuke Tomita, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9696648
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a process cartridge that includes an image bearer including a rotary shaft and rotates about the rotary shaft; a charger to charge a surface of the image bearer; and a developing device to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearer into a visible toner image. The charger includes a charging roller that rotates about a shaft together with the image bearer during image formation and electrically charges a surface of the image bearer. A surface linear speed of the charging roller is made slower than a surface linear speed of the image bearer. The image forming apparatus includes a charging roller controller that switches the rotational speed of the charging roller to a first rotational speed slower than the linear speed of the image bearer and a second rotational speed identical to the linear speed of the image bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maehata, Nobuo Kuwabara, Kenji Honjoh, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka, Takeshi Shintani
  • Patent number: 9632475
    Abstract: A lubricant applicator includes a lubricant, a supply member contactable against the lubricant to supply the lubricant to a target, and a lubricant gauge to detect whether an amount of lubricant remaining is less than a threshold value. The lubricant gauge includes a rotary member rotatable about a shaft, a pressing member to press and rotate the rotary member as the lubricant is consumed, a contact part of the rotary member pressed by the pressing member, and a detection part of the rotary member opposite to the contact part across the shaft of the rotary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Uenishi, Takeshi Shintani, Kenji Honjoh, Shinya Karasawa, Daisuke Tomita, Kohsuke Yamamoto, Norio Kudo
  • Publication number: 20160334757
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer to bear a toner image, a lubricant supply roller to supply lubricant to a surface of the image bearer, a rotation speed changer to change a rotation speed of the lubricant supply roller, and a controller to control the rotation speed changer to change the rotation speed of the lubricant supply roller to a target speed based on a predetermined condition. The controller is configured to control the rotation speed changer to avoid a predetermined speed range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Yasuhiro MAEHATA, Kenji Honjoh, Takeshi Shintani, Nobuo Kuwabara, Daisuke Tomita, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9436152
    Abstract: A lubricant supplying device used with a solid lubricant, includes a supplying member to supply lubricant taken from the solid lubricant to an object to be supplied with the lubricant, and a remaining amount detecting section to detect a remaining amount of the solid lubricant becoming below a predetermined value. A detection of the remaining amount of the solid lubricant is executed when an operation to supply the lubricant to the object to be supplied with the lubricant stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Honjoh, Takeshi Shintani, Kohsuke Yamamoto, Daisuke Tomita, Norio Kudo
  • Publication number: 20160209771
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a process cartridge that includes an image bearer including a rotary shaft and rotates about the rotary shaft; a charger to charge a surface of the image bearer; and a developing device to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearer into a visible toner image. The charger includes a charging roller that rotates about a shaft together with the image bearer during image formation and electrically charges a surface of the image bearer. A surface linear speed of the charging roller is made slower than a surface linear speed of the image bearer. The image forming apparatus includes a charging roller controller that switches the rotational speed of the charging roller to a first rotational speed slower than the linear speed of the image bearer and a second rotational speed identical to the linear speed of the image bearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maehata, Nobuo Kuwabara, Kenji Honjoh, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka, Takeshi Shintani
  • Patent number: 9395686
    Abstract: A process cartridge removably installable in an image forming apparatus includes a cartridge body including an image bearer; a cleaning unit removably attached to the cartridge body and including a lubricant supply device to lubricate the image bearer; a first contact terminal disposed in one of the cleaning unit and the cartridge body; and a second contact terminal disposed in the other of the cleaning unit and the cartridge body. The second contact terminal is disposed to contact the first contact terminal to establish electrical continuity between the cartridge body and the cleaning unit, and an end of the first contact terminal includes a sliding contact portion to slidingly contact the second contact terminal in attachment and removal of the cleaning unit to and from the cartridge body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shintani, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka, Kenji Honjoh, Nobuhiro Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 9383715
    Abstract: A lubricant supplying device includes a lubricant supplier contacting an image bearer, a solid lubricant contacting the roller, a detector detecting a lubricant amount, and a controller controlling a supplying of the roller based on a detector detection. The detector outputs to the controller a first signal of a near-end state when the amount reaches a first amount, a second signal of an end state when the amount reaches a second amount smaller than the first amount, and a third signal of an absolute end state when the amount reaches a third amount smaller than the second amount. The controller temporarily stops the supplying when the second signal is output, cancels a roller temporary stopped state even when lubricant replacement is not completed after this state, stops the supplying when the third signal is output, and maintains a roller stopped state until the replacement is completed after this state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Honjoh, Takeshi Shintani, Nobuo Kuwabara, Yasuhiro Maehata, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9367021
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a controller and multiple image forming units each of which includes an image bearer, a toner image forming device to form a toner image on the image bearer, a transfer device to transfer the toner image from the image bearer onto a transfer medium, a cleaning device to remove toner from a surface of the image bearer, a waste-toner tube through which toner removed by the cleaning device is transported, and a toner conveying member to transport toner by rotation and disposed inside the waste-toner tube. The controller changes a rotation speed of the toner conveying member for each of the multiple image forming units according to toner type including a first toner and a second toner having poorer flow properties than the first toner, and at least one image forming units uses the second toner and the rest use the first toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Ishizuka, Takeshi Shintani, Nobuo Kuwabara, Kenji Honjoh, Yasuhito Kuboshima
  • Publication number: 20160139555
    Abstract: A lubricant supplying device includes a lubricant supplier contacting an image bearer, a solid lubricant contacting the roller, a detector detecting a lubricant amount, and a controller controlling a supplying of the roller based on a detector detection. The detector outputs to the controller a first signal of a near-end state when the amount reaches a first amount, a second signal of an end state when the amount reaches a second amount smaller than the first amount, and a third signal of an absolute end state when the amount reaches a third amount smaller than the second amount. The controller temporarily stops the supplying when the second signal is output, cancels a roller temporary stopped state even when lubricant replacement is not completed after this state, stops the supplying when the third signal is output, and maintains a roller stopped state until the replacement is completed after this state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Kenji Honjoh, Takeshi Shintani, Nobuo Kuwabara, Yasuhiro Maehata, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka
  • Publication number: 20160011562
    Abstract: A process cartridge removably installable in an image forming apparatus includes a cartridge body including an image bearer; a cleaning unit removably attached to the cartridge body and including a lubricant supply device to lubricate the image bearer; a first contact terminal disposed in one of the cleaning unit and the cartridge body; and a second contact terminal disposed in the other of the cleaning unit and the cartridge body. The second contact terminal is disposed to contact the first contact terminal to establish electrical continuity between the cartridge body and the cleaning unit, and an end of the first contact terminal includes a sliding contact portion to slidingly contact the second contact terminal in attachment and removal of the cleaning unit to and from the cartridge body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi SHINTANI, Yasuhito KUBOSHIMA, Yusuke ISHIZUKA, Kenji HONJOH, Nobuhiro KUWABARA
  • Publication number: 20150370218
    Abstract: A lubricant supplying device used with a solid lubricant, includes a supplying member to supply lubricant taken from the solid lubricant to an object to be supplied with the lubricant, and a remaining amount detecting section to detect a remaining amount of the solid lubricant becoming below a predetermined value. A detection of the remaining amount of the solid lubricant is executed when an operation to supply the lubricant to the object to be supplied with the lubricant stops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji HONJOH, Takeshi SHINTANI, Kohsuke YAMAMOTO, Daisuke TOMITA, Norio KUDO
  • Publication number: 20150355594
    Abstract: A lubricant applicator includes a lubricant, a supply member contactable against the lubricant to supply the lubricant to a target, and a lubricant gauge to detect whether an amount of lubricant remaining is less than a threshold value. The lubricant gauge includes a rotary member rotatable about a shaft, a pressing member to press and rotate the rotary member as the lubricant is consumed, a contact part of the rotary member pressed by the pressing member, and a detection part of the rotary member opposite to the contact part across the shaft of the rotary member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyuki UENISHI, Takeshi SHINTANI, Kenji HONJOH, Shinya KARASAWA, Daisuke TOMITA, Kohsuke YAMAMOTO, Norio KUDO
  • Patent number: 9158267
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including multiple image forming units; a waste-toner container; and a waste-toner conveyance device including a common conveyance channel member disposed in an arrangement direction of the image forming units and provided with toner inlets to receive the waste toner from toner outlets of the cleaning units, communicating channel members identical in structure and respectively disposed between the toner outlets and the toner inlets of the common conveyance channel member, and a rotatable conveying member to transport the waste toner inside the common conveyance channel member linearly along a rotation axis thereof. The common conveyance channel member is shaped to equalize relative positions of each of the toner outlets and a corresponding one of the toner inlets of the common conveyance channel member among the multiple image forming units among which a distance from the toner outlet to the rotation axis differs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuo Kuwabara, Shinichi Kawahara, Norio Kudoh, Takeshi Shintani, Kenji Honjoh, Yasuhito Kuboshima, Yusuke Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9146517
    Abstract: A lubricant supplying device used with a solid lubricant, includes a supplying member to supply lubricant taken from the solid lubricant to an object to be supplied with the lubricant, and a remaining amount detecting section to detect a remaining amount of the solid lubricant becoming below a predetermined value. A detection of the remaining amount of the solid lubricant is executed when an operation to supply the lubricant to the object to be supplied with the lubricant stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Honjoh, Takeshi Shintani, Kohsuke Yamamoto, Daisuke Tomita, Norio Kudo
  • Patent number: 9128452
    Abstract: A solid lubricant supply system includes a solid lubricant supplier to receive and supply solid lubricant to a solid lubricant supplying target. A pair of first and second moveable planar electrodes is opposed to each other. The second moveable planar electrode is partially moved toward the first moveable planar electrode as the solid lubricant is consumed. A residual solid lubricant quantity detecting unit is provide to detect a quantity of the residual solid lubricant at a first stage, in which the residual solid lubricant quantity is below a given level, by detecting electric conduction between the pair of first and second moveable planar electrodes when the pair of first and second moveable planar electrodes contacts each other. The first moveable planar electrode is enabled to further move together with the second moveable planar electrode when it is contacted and pressed by the second moveable planar electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hatori, Kenji Honjoh, Ryohta Gotoh, Akira Fujimori, Kaoru Yoshino, Naohiro Kumagai, Hideyasu Seki, Shinichi Kawahara, Takeshi Shintani, Nobuo Kuwabara, Norio Kudoh, Daisuke Tomita