Patents by Inventor Makoto Nakura

Makoto Nakura 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: 11073775
    Abstract: A transfer device includes a rotatable image bearer configured to bear a toner image to be transferred to a recording medium, a first rotator, and a second rotator. The second rotator is configured to contact the first rotator via the rotatable image bearer to form a transfer nip in which the recording medium is sandwiched. The second rotator is rotatable with the image bearer. The transfer device satisfies a conditional expression (t1+R)/(t2+R)>0.98, where t1 represents a thickness of a thinnest recording medium, t2 represents a thickness of a thickest recording medium, and R represents a radius of curvature of the transfer nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Nakura
  • Publication number: 20200301319
    Abstract: A transfer device includes a rotatable image bearer configured to bear a toner image to be transferred to a recording medium, a first rotator, and a second rotator. The second rotator is configured to contact the first rotator via the rotatable image bearer to form a transfer nip in which the recording medium is sandwiched. The second rotator is rotatable with the image bearer. The transfer device satisfies a conditional expression (t1+R)/(t2+R)>0.98, where t1 represents a thickness of a thinnest recording medium, t2 represents a thickness of a thickest recording medium, and R represents a radius of curvature of the transfer nip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Nakura
  • Publication number: 20170153591
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording medium; an edge detecting unit configured to detect edge positions at a plurality of portions along each side of the recording medium being conveyed; a shape detecting unit configured to detect a shape of the recording medium, based on an edge detection result obtained by the edge detecting unit; and an image correcting unit configured to correct the image to be formed on the recording medium, based on a change in the shape of the recording medium before and after image forming, the change being detected by the shape detecting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto NAKURA, Yuji KARIKUSA, Kohji TOKUYAMA, Tohru MATSUMOTO, Daisuke ARAI
  • Patent number: 9483018
    Abstract: A recording-material cooling device includes a first belt, a first cooling unit, and a second cooling unit. The first belt is disposed at a first face side of a recording material. The first cooling unit has a first heat absorbing surface to contact the first belt to absorb heat of the recording material. The second cooling unit has a second heat absorbing surface to directly or indirectly contact the recording material to absorb heat of the recording material. The second cooling unit is disposed at a second face side of the recording material. The first and second cooling units are offset from each other in a transport direction of the recording material. Each of the first and second surfaces has a shape in which an inner area protrudes beyond opposed ends in the transport direction. The first and second surfaces overlap each other in a direction crossing the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyasu Hirasawa, Kenichi Takehara, Hiromitsu Fujiya, Keisuke Yuasa, Yasuaki Toda, Yutaka Shoji, Kenji Ishii, Makoto Nakura, Susumu Tateyama, Hiroaki Miyagawa, Keisuke Ikeda, Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9411292
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit forming an image on a first recording medium based on image data, a measurement unit being positioned in an immediate vicinity of the image forming unit, being arranged upstream of a sheet-conveyance path than the image forming unit, and measuring a size of the first recording medium, an expansion ratio calculation unit calculating an expansion ratio of the first recording medium based on a first size of the first recording medium obtained before the first recording medium is passed through the image forming unit and a second size of the first recording medium obtained after the first recording medium is passed through the image forming unit, and a correction unit correcting the image data used for forming another image on a second recording medium conveyed after the first recording medium based on the expansion ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakura, Naoto Ueda, Satoshi Ueda, Shingo Takai, Koichi Kudo
  • Patent number: 9354537
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium; a width detector that detects positions of side edges of the recording medium in a width direction, which is orthogonal to a conveying direction in which the recording medium is conveyed, at multiple detection positions along the conveying direction; a shape calculator that calculates angles between the conveying direction and straight lines each connecting the positions of the same side edge detected at the multiple detection positions and calculates a shape of the recording medium based on the angles; and a correction unit that corrects image data of the image to be formed by the image forming unit based on the calculated shape of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Ueda, Makoto Nakura, Shingo Takai, Satoshi Ueda, Koichi Kudo
  • Publication number: 20160048106
    Abstract: A recording-material cooling device includes a first belt, a first cooling unit, and a second cooling unit. The first belt is disposed at a first face side of a recording material. The first cooling unit has a first heat absorbing surface to contact the first belt to absorb heat of the recording material. The second cooling unit has a second heat absorbing surface to directly or indirectly contact the recording material to absorb heat of the recording material. The second cooling unit is disposed at a second face side of the recording material. The first and second cooling units are offset from each other in a transport direction of the recording material. Each of the first and second surfaces has a shape in which an inner area protrudes beyond opposed ends in the transport direction. The first and second surfaces overlap each other in a direction crossing the transport direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Tomoyasu HIRASAWA, Kenichi TAKEHARA, Hiromitsu FUJIYA, Keisuke YUASA, Yasuaki TODA, Yutaka SHOJI, Kenji ISHII, Makoto NAKURA, Susumu TATEYAMA, Hiroaki MIYAGAWA, Keisuke IKEDA, Takeshi WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20150378297
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording medium; an edge detecting unit configured to detect edge positions at a plurality of portions along each side of the recording medium being conveyed; a shape detecting unit configured to detect a shape of the recording medium, based on an edge detection result obtained by the edge detecting unit; and an image correcting unit configured to correct the image to be formed on the recording medium, based on a change in the shape of the recording medium before and after image forming, the change being detected by the shape detecting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto NAKURA, Yuji KARIKUSA, Kohji TOKUYAMA, Tohru MATSUMOTO, Daisuke ARAI
  • Patent number: 9217979
    Abstract: A recording-material cooling device includes a first belt, a first cooling unit, and a second cooling unit. The first belt is disposed at a first face side of a recording material. The first cooling unit has a first heat absorbing surface to contact the first belt to absorb heat of the recording material. The second cooling unit has a second heat absorbing surface to directly or indirectly contact the recording material to absorb heat of the recording material. The second cooling unit is disposed at a second face side of the recording material. The first and second cooling units are offset from each other in a transport direction of the recording material. Each of the first and second surfaces has a shape in which an inner area protrudes beyond opposed ends in the transport direction. The first and second surfaces overlap each other in a direction crossing the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyasu Hirasawa, Kenichi Takehara, Hiromitsu Fujiya, Keisuke Yuasa, Yasuaki Toda, Yutaka Shoji, Kenji Ishii, Makoto Nakura, Susumu Tateyama, Hiroaki Miyagawa, Keisuke Ikeda, Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9179027
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form an image on a recording medium; an inverting transport unit to invert first and second surfaces of the recording medium, and front and rear ends of the recording medium to transport the inverted recording medium; a recording medium width measuring unit to measure an end position of the recording medium in a width direction orthogonal to a transporting direction of the recording medium at a measuring position having an approximately identical distance from one end of the recording medium in the transporting direction before and after the image is formed on the recording medium; and a correcting unit to correct an image to be formed on a subsequent recording medium based on a change in a shape of the recording medium computed based on a measured result from the recording medium width measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakura, Naoto Ueda, Shingo Takai, Satoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 9152118
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit that conveys a sheet including a drive roller, a driven roller, and a rotary encoder provided on a rotational axle of one of the drive roller and the driven roller; a conveying amount measuring unit that measures a conveying amount of the sheet; a first detection unit positioned downstream of the sheet conveying unit, the first detection unit being positioned apart from the drive roller and the driven roller not to overlap with the drive roller and the driven roller in the conveying direction; a second detection unit positioned upstream of the sheet conveying unit; and a conveying distance calculation unit that calculates a conveying distance of the sheet based on the measured result by the conveying amount measuring unit and the detected results detected by the first detection unit and the second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakura, Takuro Kamiya, Shingo Takai, Naoto Ueda, Satoshi Ueda, Akira Kobashi, Koichi Kudo
  • Patent number: 9132977
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit including a drive roller and a driven roller; a downstream detection unit and an upstream detection unit; a conveying amount measuring unit that measures a conveying amount of the sheet; and a conveying distance calculation unit that calculates a conveying distance of the sheet, wherein a distance between the downstream detection unit and the upstream detection unit or a perimeter of one of the drive roller and the driven roller is set such that an expected conveying distance calculated based on a set sheet length of an expected value of the sheet becomes a substantially integer multiple of a perimeter of the one of the drive roller and the driven roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto Ueda, Makoto Nakura, Shingo Takai, Koichi Kudo, Satoshi Ueda, Akira Kobashi
  • Patent number: 9046872
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a cooling member to cool a recording material. The cooling member includes a cooling surface member, a heat exchanging member, and a fastening member. The cooling surface member has a cooling surface to directly or indirectly contact the recording material and absorb heat of the recording material to cool the recording material. The heat exchanging member is directly or indirectly joined to the cooling surface member to radiate heat absorbed by the cooling surface member directly or indirectly via a radiation member. The fastening member fastens the cooling surface member and the heat exchanging member to retain a joined state in which the cooling surface member and the heat exchanging member are directly or indirectly joined to each other. The cooling surface member and the heat exchanging member are separable from the joined state to a separated state without damaging the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Ikeda, Makoto Nakura, Susumu Tateyama, Hiroaki Miyagawa, Yasuaki Toda, Yutaka Shoji, Kenji Ishii, Kenichi Takehara, Hiromitsu Fujiya, Keisuke Yuasa, Shinji Kato, Tomoyasu Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 8965257
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a transfer unit to transfer the image onto a recording medium, a torque limit unit to transmit drive force to the transfer unit at a torque less than the torque for transmitting drive force, and drive the transfer unit to rotate at a circumferential velocity higher than that of the image carrier when the image carrier and the transfer unit are in contact with each other, and a drive unit to output drive force to drive the transfer unit such that the transfer unit rotates at a circumferential velocity lower than that of the image carrier when the image carrier and the transfer unit are separate from each other, and the transfer unit rotates at a circumferential velocity higher than that of the image carrier when the image carrier and the transfer unit are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakura, Shinya Tomita, Naoto Ueda, Yoshinari Onuma, Masanori Takayasu
  • Publication number: 20150008639
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit including a drive roller and a driven roller; a downstream detection unit and an upstream detection unit; a conveying amount measuring unit that measures a conveying amount of the sheet; and a conveying distance calculation unit that calculates a conveying distance of the sheet, wherein a distance between the downstream detection unit and the upstream detection unit or a perimeter of one of the drive roller and the driven roller is set such that an expected conveying distance calculated based on a set sheet length of an expected value of the sheet becomes a substantially integer multiple of a perimeter of the one of the drive roller and the driven roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto UEDA, Makoto NAKURA, Shingo TAKAI, Koichi KUDO, Satoshi UEDA, Akira KOBASHI
  • Patent number: 8910939
    Abstract: A disclosed sheet carrying device includes a first carrying unit that includes a first rotary body, a first driving unit outputting a driving force at a first peripheral speed, a one-way clutch transmitting the driving force only in a sheet carrying direction, and a second rotary body driven by the first rotary body via the sheet; and a second carrying unit including a third rotary body rotating at a second peripheral speed being the first peripheral speed or more, a fourth rotary body carrying the sheet with the third rotary body, a second driving unit outputting a driving force for driving the fourth rotary body at a third peripheral speed being the second peripheral speed or more, and a torque limiter having a slip torque smaller than a sheet carrying torque and cutting off the driving force while the sheet is interposed between the third and fourth rotary bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakura, Naoto Ueda, Koichi Kudo, Shingo Takai
  • Publication number: 20140348563
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit that conveys a sheet including a drive roller, a driven roller, and a rotary encoder provided on a rotational axle of one of the drive roller and the driven roller; a conveying amount measuring unit that measures a conveying amount of the sheet; a first detection unit positioned downstream of the sheet conveying unit, the first detection unit being positioned apart from the drive roller and the driven roller not to overlap with the drive roller and the driven roller in the conveying direction; a second detection unit positioned upstream of the sheet conveying unit; and a conveying distance calculation unit that calculates a conveying distance of the sheet based on the measured result by the conveying amount measuring unit and the detected results detected by the first detection unit and the second detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto NAKURA, Takuro KAMIYA, Shingo TAKAI, Naoto UEDA, Satoshi UEDA, Akira KOBASHI, Koichi KUDO
  • Publication number: 20140312562
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a detecting unit configured to detect a sheet; a conveying unit including a driving roller and a driven roller that rotates in conformity with the driving roller and configured to convey the sheet by holding the sheet between the driving roller and the driven roller; a disk configured to rotate in correspondence with the driven roller and including multiple slits arranged in a periphery thereof; first and second sensors configured to detect the multiple slits and output detection signals, the first and second sensors being provided substantially opposite to each other where a rotational axle of the disk is positioned at a center between the first and second sensors; and a conveyance distance calculating unit configured to calculate a sheet conveying distance based on a detection result of the detecting unit and the detection signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto UEDA, Makoto NAKURA, Shingo TAKAI, Satoshi UEDA
  • Patent number: 8838010
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit that conveys a sheet; a conveying amount measuring unit that measures a conveying amount of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit; a first detection unit that detects the sheet downstream of the sheet conveying unit in a conveying direction of the sheet; a second detection unit that detects the sheet upstream of the sheet conveying unit in the conveying direction of the sheet; and a conveying distance calculation unit that calculates a conveying distance of the sheet based on the measured result by the conveying amount measuring unit and the detected results detected by the first detection unit and the second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakura, Takuro Kamiya, Shingo Takai, Naoto Ueda, Satoshi Ueda, Akira Kobashi, Koichi Kudo
  • Publication number: 20140233996
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a cooling member to cool a recording material. The cooling member includes a cooling surface member, a heat exchanging member, and a fastening member. The cooling surface member has a cooling surface to directly or indirectly contact the recording material and absorb heat of the recording material to cool the recording material. The heat exchanging member is directly or indirectly joined to the cooling surface member to radiate heat absorbed by the cooling surface member directly or indirectly via a radiation member. The fastening member fastens the cooling surface member and the heat exchanging member to retain a joined state in which the cooling surface member and the heat exchanging member are directly or indirectly joined to each other. The cooling surface member and the heat exchanging member are separable from the joined state to a separated state without damaging the fastening member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Keisuke IKEDA, Makoto NAKURA, Susumu TATEYAMA, Hiroaki MIYAGAWA, Yasuaki TODA, Yutaka SHOJI, Kenji ISHII, Kenichi TAKEHARA, Hiromitsu FUJIYA, Keisuke YUASA, Shinji KATO, Tomoyasu HIRASAWA