Patents by Inventor Kuniyori Takano

Kuniyori Takano 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).

  • Publication number: 20220206413
    Abstract: A powder container includes a collection port to communicate with an outlet port of a body or removable component, and to receive and collect powder flowing out through the outlet port. There is a shutter to open and close the collection port, and a rotation portion to be engageable with an engagement portion which is to open and close a cartridge shutter to open and close the outlet port through which the powder flows out. An operation device is to rotate the rotation portion in conjunction with an operation of the operation device, and a contact portion is included in the rotation portion to contact a restriction member. The contact portion is to cancel the restriction member from restricting rotation of the engagement portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki NIEDA, Kuniyori TAKANO, Shinichi ARASAWA
  • Patent number: 11307517
    Abstract: A powder container includes a collection port to communicate with an outlet port of a body or removable component, and to receive and collect powder flowing out through the outlet port. There is a shutter to open and close the collection port, and a rotation portion to be engageable with an engagement portion which is to open and close a cartridge shutter to open and close the outlet port through which the powder flows out. An operation device is to rotate the rotation portion in conjunction with an operation of the operation device, and a contact portion is included in the rotation portion to contact a restriction member. The contact portion is to cancel the restriction member from restricting rotation of the engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nieda, Kuniyori Takano, Shinichi Arasawa
  • Patent number: 11054762
    Abstract: A powder container includes a collection port to receive and collect powder from outside; a driven unit that is disposed on one end side in a width direction of the powder container and to which drive is transmitted from outside; a first rotary shaft that rotates by the drive transmitted to the driven unit; a first gear disposed on other end side of the powder container and rotating with the first rotary shaft; a second rotary shaft that is disposed on the other end side, that includes a second gear to which drive is transmitted from the first gear, and that rotates with the second gear; and a driving gear that is disposed on the second rotary shaft in a position between the second gear and a central portion in the width direction of the powder container, and that rotates with the second rotary shaft to transmit drive to outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniyori Takano, Emi Kita, Hiroyoshi Haga, Yasuhide Ohkubo
  • Publication number: 20210041805
    Abstract: A powder container includes a discharge port configured to discharge powder stored in the powder container, a container shutter configured to open and close the discharge port, a first rotation portion configured to be engageable with an engagement portion of a removable component, an operation device configured to rotate the first rotation portion in conjunction with an operation of the operation device, and a contact portion included in the first rotation portion. The engagement portion opens and closes a cartridge shutter to open and close an inlet port of the removable component. A restriction member of the removable component is configured to restrict the rotation of the engagement portion. The contact portion contacts the restriction member to cancel the restriction member from restricting rotation of the engagement portion in conjunction with attachment of the powder container to the removable component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroaki NIEDA, Kuniyori TAKANO, Shinichi ARASAWA
  • Patent number: 10866537
    Abstract: A powder container includes a discharge port configured to discharge powder stored in the powder container, a container shutter configured to open and close the discharge port, a first rotation portion configured to be engageable with an engagement portion of a removable component, an operation device configured to rotate the first rotation portion in conjunction with an operation of the operation device, and a contact portion included in the first rotation portion. The engagement portion opens and closes a cartridge shutter to open and close an inlet port of the removable component. A restriction member of the removable component is configured to restrict the rotation of the engagement portion. The contact portion contacts the restriction member to cancel the restriction member from restricting rotation of the engagement portion in conjunction with attachment of the powder container to the removable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nieda, Kuniyori Takano, Shinichi Arasawa
  • Patent number: 10816916
    Abstract: A toner conveyance device includes a conveying screw including a screw portion helically wound around an axis of rotation of the conveying screw in an axial direction of the conveying screw and a wall having an opening. The wall surrounds the conveying screw with a clearance relative to the conveying screw in a radial direction of the conveying screw. The toner conveyance device further includes a film attached to the wall at a predetermined distance away from an edge of the opening in the axial direction of the conveying screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhide Ohkubo, Kuniyori Takano
  • Publication number: 20200183301
    Abstract: A powder container includes a collection port to receive and collect powder from outside; a driven unit that is disposed on one end side in a width direction of the powder container and to which drive is transmitted from outside; a first rotary shaft that rotates by the drive transmitted to the driven unit; a first gear disposed on other end side of the powder container and rotating with the first rotary shaft; a second rotary shaft that is disposed on the other end side, that includes a second gear to which drive is transmitted from the first gear, and that rotates with the second gear; and a driving gear that is disposed on the second rotary shaft in a position between the second gear and a central portion in the width direction of the powder container, and that rotates with the second rotary shaft to transmit drive to outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Kuniyori TAKANO, Emi KITA, Hiroyoshi HAGA, Yasuhide OHKUBO
  • Publication number: 20200174399
    Abstract: A toner conveyance device includes a conveying screw including a screw portion helically wound around an axis of rotation of the conveying screw in an axial direction of the conveying screw and a wall having an opening. The wall surrounds the conveying screw with a clearance relative to the conveying screw in a radial direction of the conveying screw. The toner conveyance device further includes a film attached to the wall at a predetermined distance away from an edge of the opening in the axial direction of the conveying screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuhide OHKUBO, Kuniyori TAKANO
  • Publication number: 20190286011
    Abstract: A powder container includes a discharge port configured to discharge powder stored in the powder container, a container shutter configured to open and close the discharge port, a first rotation portion configured to be engageable with an engagement portion of a removable component, an operation device configured to rotate the first rotation portion in conjunction with an operation of the operation device, and a contact portion included in the first rotation portion. The engagement portion opens and closes a cartridge shutter to open and close an inlet port of the removable component. A restriction member of the removable component is configured to restrict the rotation of the engagement portion. The contact portion contacts the restriction member to cancel the restriction member from restricting rotation of the engagement portion in conjunction with attachment of the powder container to the removable component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroaki NIEDA, Kuniyori TAKANO, Shinichi ARASAWA
  • Patent number: 9405227
    Abstract: A powder conveying device, including: a powder conveying path including a curved portion; and a conveying screw, wherein the conveying screw is disposed in the powder conveying path, and includes: a rotation axis portion having flexibility; and a blade portion, where the blade portion is helically formed on an outer periphery of the rotation axis portion, and is configured to convey a powder, wherein the conveying screw includes a conveying screw curved portion located in the curved portion of the powder conveying path, and wherein at least a surface of the blade portion of the conveying screw curved portion includes a slipping layer containing a silicon-containing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizusawa, Kuniyori Takano, Takuya Sekine, Kohsuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9310754
    Abstract: A retractor that is applicable to an image forming apparatus includes a moving unit to move a latent image forming device between an image forming position and a retracted position, a first guide into which a first projection of the latent image forming device is fitted in different ranges and changing an attitude of the one end side of the latent image forming device, and a second guide into which a second projection of the latent image forming device is fitted in different ranges and changing the attitude of the opposed end side of the latent image forming device. The different ranges include a first range and a second range. An amount of play in at least a part of the first range with respect to the corresponding projection is greater than an amount of play in the second range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kuniyori Takano
  • Publication number: 20160018779
    Abstract: A retractor that is applicable to an image forming apparatus includes a moving unit to move a latent image forming device between an image forming position and a retracted position, a first guide into which a first projection of the latent image forming device is fitted in different ranges and changing an attitude of the one end side of the latent image forming device, and a second guide into which a second projection of the latent image forming device is fitted in different ranges and changing the attitude of the opposed end side of the latent image forming device. The different ranges include a first range and a second range. An amount of play in at least a part of the first range with respect to the corresponding projection is greater than an amount of play in the second range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kuniyori TAKANO
  • Publication number: 20150346638
    Abstract: A powder conveying device, including: a powder conveying path including a curved portion; and a conveying screw, wherein the conveying screw is disposed in the powder conveying path, and includes: a rotation axis portion having flexibility; and a blade portion, where the blade portion is helically formed on an outer periphery of the rotation axis portion, and is configured to convey a powder, wherein the conveying screw includes a conveying screw curved portion located in the curved portion of the powder conveying path, and wherein at least a surface of the blade portion of the conveying screw curved portion includes a slipping layer containing a silicon-containing compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroshi MIZUSAWA, Kuniyori TAKANO, Takuya SEKINE, Kohsuke YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 9188901
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image carrier unit that includes an image carrier and is configured to be capable of being housed in and removed from an image-forming-apparatus main body; an exposure device that is arranged close to the image carrier to form an electrostatic latent image; a retracting mechanism that holds the exposure device close to the image carrier when the image carrier unit is housed in the image-forming-apparatus main body, and holds the exposure device away from the image carrier when the image carrier unit is being removed from the image-forming-apparatus main body; a covering member that covers the retracting mechanism in a state where backlash of the exposure device at least in a main-scanning direction is allowed; and a guide mechanism that positions the exposure device in the main-scanning direction when the exposure device comes closer to the image carrier through the retracting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kenji Nakamura, Kohta Sakaya, Kuniyori Takano, Jong Ho Park, Min Jae Chung
  • Patent number: 9008547
    Abstract: A moving device includes a rotary member rotatably supported by a frame of the image forming apparatus to move a latent image forming device between a first position at which the latent image forming device forms a latent image on a latent image bearing member and a second position at which the latent image forming device is separated from the latent image bearing member, a biasing member for biasing the rotary member, and a restriction member for restricting rotation of the rotary member in a state in which the latent image forming device is at the first position. A direction of the force of the biasing member is changed from a stopping direction in which rotation of the rotary member is stopped to a direction opposite the stopping direction while the rotary member is rotated to move the latent image forming device from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniyori Takano
  • Patent number: 8870183
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of rotary members, a conveyance belt, an image forming device, and a switchback device. The conveyance belt is looped around the plurality of rotary members so as to circulate to intermittently feed a sheet in a sheet transport direction. The image forming device is disposed opposing the conveyance belt to form an image on the sheet fed by the conveyance belt. The switchback device is disposed downstream from the image forming device in the sheet transport direction to feed the sheet having passed the image forming device to a position downstream from the conveyance belt in the sheet transport direction and switch back the sheet. When the sheet is fed by the conveyance belt and the switchback device, a drive start timing of the switchback device is delayed from a drive start timing of the conveyance belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniyori Takano
  • Patent number: 8757792
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a body, a conveyance belt, an image forming device, a refeeding unit, a reverse passage, a charging unit, an openable cover, and a unit-interlocked moving device. The charging unit forms part of the reverse passage and includes a charger between an inner side of the reverse passage and one of rotation members. The cover is pivotable between a closed position to cover an internal area including at least the charger and the reverse passage and an open position to open the internal area to an outside of the body. With a pivoting movement of the cover from the closed position to the open position, the moving device moves the charging unit toward an outside of the reverse passage to a removable position at which the charging unit is removable from the body with the cover placed at the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniyori Takano
  • Patent number: 8757791
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming device to form an ink image on a recording sheet, a discharger to discharge the sheet bearing the ink image in a face-down manner, and a stacker to stack the discharged sheet thereon. The stacker includes a first surface to deform a rear end portion of the sheet, and a second surface which has a surface to press a front end portion of the sheet and is slanting so as to rise in the sheet discharging direction. The first and second surfaces are arranged such that the first surface or an extended surface thereof intersects at an angle with the second surface or an extended surface thereof to form an intersection line and such that when the front edge of the recording sheet reaches the second surface, the rear edge of the recording sheet has not yet been discharged by the discharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Tanaka, Yoichi Ito, Kuniyori Takano
  • Patent number: 8752953
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording head, a conveyance belt, a charger, a reverse passage, and an auxiliary conveyance roller. The belt is looped around at least two rollers to adhere a recording medium thereto by electrostatic force and convey the medium. The belt defines a normal conveyance area in which the medium is conveyed in a first direction. The reverse passage delivers the medium turned around in an area downstream from the belt in the first direction and sends the medium back again to a portion of the belt upstream from the head in the first direction. The reverse passage includes an opposite conveyance area of the belt in which the medium is conveyed in a second direction opposite the first direction. The auxiliary conveyance roller is disposed at least one of an entry part and an exit part of the opposite conveyance area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Tanaka, Yoichi Ito, Kuniyori Takano, Hideaki Iijima
  • Patent number: 8740349
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is disclosed, including a carriage which moves and scans, the carriage being provided with a recording head which ejects liquid droplets; and a sheet-shaped receiving face member which forms a receiving face which receives non-contributing liquid droplets which do not contribute to image forming, the non-contributing liquid droplets being ejected from the recording head. The receiving face member is movably arranged, and the image forming apparatus further includes a drive unit which moves the receiving face member in conjunction with movement of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniyori Takano, Honriku Jo