Patents by Inventor Munekazu HIRATA

Munekazu HIRATA 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: 11124003
    Abstract: An article includes a body member and a detachable member detachably attached to the body member. One of the body member and the detachable member includes a cover portion having an engaging portion on an inner wall face of the cover portion. The other includes a covered portion that is covered with the cover portion and has an engaged portion on an outer wall face of the covered portion. The engaging portion and the engaged portion are configured to be disengaged by warping the cover portion so that the cover portion displaces to an outer wall face side of the cover portion. The one of the body member and the detachable member includes a finger-applying-position indicator at a position deviated from a portion corresponding to the cover portion, on an outer wall face of the one. The finger-applying-position indicator indicates a position to be applied with fingers of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Ota, Munekazu Hirata, Kunihiko Nishioka, Tomoya Fujii, Yohei Osanai, Satoshi Narai, Masatoshi Ishida, Takayuki Andoh
  • Publication number: 20210276341
    Abstract: A portable image forming apparatus includes a recording section, at least one of a position detection device and a recording material detection device, and an accommodation unit. The recording section is configured to record an image on a recording material. The position detection device is configured to detect a position of the portable image forming apparatus. The recording material detection device is configured to detect presence or absence of the recording material. The accommodation unit includes an image formation material accommodation portion. A projection region of the at least one of the position detection device and the recording material detection device with respect to a virtual plane parallel to a recording surface to face the recording material at least partially overlaps with a projection region of the accommodation unit with respect to the virtual plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei OSANAI, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Tomoya FUJII, Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Munekazu HIRATA, Masashi OTA
  • Publication number: 20210245511
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device, an apparatus body, a cap, and an operation part. The image forming device includes an image forming face configured to face a recording medium. The image forming device is configured to form an image on the recording medium. The apparatus body is configured to support the image forming device. The cap is movable relative to the apparatus body between a capping position to cap the image forming face and a retracted position to be retracted from the image forming face. The operation part is configured to move the cap from the capping position to the retracted position. The operation part is not operable by a force from an object on which the apparatus body is placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi ISHIDA, Tomoya FUJII, Munekazu HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20210245514
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, movable to form an image on a recording medium, includes an image forming device, an apparatus body, and a cap. The image forming device includes an image forming face that is configured to face the recording medium. The image forming device is configured to form the image on the recording medium. The apparatus body is configured to support the image forming device. The cap is movable relative to the apparatus body between a capping position to cover the image forming face and a retracted position to be retracted from the image forming face. The retracted position is outside an area in which the image forming face is extended in a scanning direction, as viewed in a normal direction of the image forming face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi ISHIDA, Tomoya FUJII, Munekazu HIRATA
  • Patent number: 11016406
    Abstract: An image forming apparatuses includes an apparatus body configured to house a replacement part. The apparatus body includes a guiding face configured to guide a guided face of the replacement part. The guided face is on a side along a movement direction in which the replacement part moves between a set position in the apparatus body and an attaching and detaching position at which the replacement part is attached to and detached from the apparatus body. The apparatus further include a moving device configured to move the replacement part between the set position and the attaching and detaching position, and a pressing device configured to press the guided face of the replacement part against the guiding face of the apparatus body while the replacement part moves between the set position and the attaching and detaching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Ota, Masatoshi Ishida, Yohei Osanai, Satoshi Narai, Takayuki Andoh, Tomoya Fujii, Kunihiko Nishioka, Munekazu Hirata
  • Patent number: 10882333
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording device configured to record an image on a recording medium, a main body configured to house the recording device, and a cover rotatably attached to the main body. The main body includes a recording face to be disposed opposite the recording medium, a first face positioned opposite the recording face, and a second face positioned between the recording face and the first face. The cover includes a first cover portion configured to cover the first face of the main body, and a second cover portion configured to cover at least a portion of the second face, and the second cover portion is configured to house a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Osanai, Takayuki Andoh, Masatoshi Ishida, Satoshi Narai, Tomoya Fujii, Kunihiko Nishioka, Munekazu Hirata, Masashi Ota
  • Publication number: 20200230986
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a cover, a first positioning member, and a second positioning member. The apparatus body includes a mounted portion. The cover is detachably mounted on the apparatus body. The cover includes a mounting portion configured to be mounted on the mounted portion of the apparatus body. The first positioning member is configured to position the cover at a first target position in a first direction with respect to the apparatus body. The second positioning member is configured to position the cover at a second target position in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction with respect to the apparatus body, before the mounting portion is mounted on the mounted portion after the cover is positioned at the first target position by the first positioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Munekazu HIRATA, Tomoya FUJII, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Takayuki ANDOH, Masashi OTA, Yohei OSANAI, Satoshi NARAI
  • Publication number: 20200230984
    Abstract: An article includes a body member and a detachable member detachably attached to the body member. One of the body member and the detachable member includes a cover portion having an engaging portion on an inner wall face of the cover portion. The other includes a covered portion that is covered with the cover portion and has an engaged portion on an outer wall face of the covered portion. The engaging portion and the engaged portion are configured to be disengaged by warping the cover portion so that the cover portion displaces to an outer wall face side of the cover portion. The one of the body member and the detachable member includes a finger-applying-position indicator at a position deviated from a portion corresponding to the cover portion, on an outer wall face of the one. The finger-applying-position indicator indicates a position to be applied with fingers of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Masashi OTA, Munekazu HIRATA, Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Tomoya FUJII, Yohei OSANAI, Satoshi NARAI, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Takayuki ANDOH
  • Publication number: 20200101751
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording device configured to record an image on a recording medium and an apparatus body configured to house the recording device. The image forming apparatus further includes an attachment unit configured to be removably mounted in the apparatus body; a protection target disposed downstream, in a mounting direction of the attachment unit, from a mounting position of the attachment unit in the apparatus body; and a contact portion at least a part of which is positioned upstream from the protection target in the mounting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munekazu HIRATA, Takayuki ANDOH, Satoshi NARAI, Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Yohei OSANAI, Tomoya FUJII, Masashi OTA
  • Publication number: 20200101763
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording device and an apparatus body to internally house the recording device. The apparatus body includes an attachment unit to be removably mounted in the apparatus body and an apparatus body-side connector. The attachment unit includes an attachment-side connector to be electrically connected to the apparatus body-side connector. The apparatus body also includes a pressing portion to press the attachment unit in a direction in which the attachment-side connector faces the apparatus body-side connector in a state where the attachment unit is attached to the apparatus body. The direction is orthogonal to a mounting direction of the attachment unit. The apparatus body further includes a movable member holding the pressing portion movable between a first position where the pressing portion is closest to the apparatus body-side connector and a second position where the pressing portion is farthest from the apparatus body-side connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ishida, Kunihiko Nishioka, Yohei Osanai, Satoshi Narai, Tomoya Fujii, Takayuki Andoh, Masashi Ota, Munekazu Hirata
  • Publication number: 20200094548
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes an apparatus body, a liquid discharge head configured to discharge a liquid and be removably attached to the apparatus body, and a temperature detection device configured to detect a temperature of the liquid discharge head. The temperature detection device includes a temperature detector disposed in the apparatus body and configured to be in line contact with the liquid discharge head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Yohei OSANAI, Satoshi NARAI, Munekazu HIRATA, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Takayuki ANDOH, Tomoya FUJII, Masashi OTA
  • Publication number: 20200096897
    Abstract: An image forming apparatuses includes an apparatus body configured to house a replacement part. The apparatus body includes a guiding face configured to guide a guided face of the replacement part. The guided face is on a side along a movement direction in which the replacement part moves between a set position in the apparatus body and an attaching and detaching position at which the replacement part is attached to and detached from the apparatus body. The apparatus further include a moving device configured to move the replacement part between the set position and the attaching and detaching position, and a pressing device configured to press the guided face of the replacement part against the guiding face of the apparatus body while the replacement part moves between the set position and the attaching and detaching position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi OTA, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Yohei OSANAI, Satoshi NARAI, Takayuki ANDOH, Tomoya FUJII, Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Munekazu HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20200079112
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording device configured to record an image on a recording medium, a main body configured to house the recording device, and a cover rotatably attached to the main body. The main body includes a recording face to be disposed opposite the recording medium, a first face positioned opposite the recording face, and a second face positioned between the recording face and the first face. The cover includes a first cover portion configured to cover the first face of the main body, and a second cover portion configured to cover at least a portion of the second face, and the second cover portion is configured to house a battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei OSANAI, Takayuki Andoh, Masatoshi Ishida, Satoshi Narai, Tomoya Fujii, Kunihiko Nishioka, Munekazu Hirata, Masashi Ota
  • Publication number: 20200079110
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a body including a recording face to be disposed opposite a recording medium, a recording device supported by the body and configured to record an image on the recording medium, a rotator including a rotation shaft and configured to contact and rotate on the recording medium, and a rotator holder configured to hold the rotator. The rotator holder includes a tilt restriction portion and a normal direction pressed portion being a different component from the tilt restriction portion. The tilt restriction portion is to restrict a tilt of the rotation shaft of the rotator around a virtual axis orthogonal to the recording face. The normal direction pressed portion is to receive force in a direction normal to the recording face, exerted from the rotator, the normal direction pressed portion being a different component from the tilt restriction portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munekazu HIRATA, Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Yohei OSANAI, Satoshi NARAI, Tomoya FUJII, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Takayuki ANDOH, Masashi OTA
  • Publication number: 20200079109
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a body including a recording side to be disposed opposite a recording medium and an operation face opposite the recording side. The image forming apparatus further include an image forming device supported on the recording side and configured to form an image on the recording medium, an operation input device configured to input an image formation instruction, and a power operation device configured to power on and off the image forming apparatus. On the operation face, the operation input device is disposed at a first position shifted from a center position on the operation face in a predetermined direction, and the power operation device is disposed at a second position located on an opposite side of the first position with respect to the center position on the operation face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi OTA, Tomoya FUJII, Munekazu HIRATA, Satoshi NARAI, Kunihiko NISHIOKA, Yohei OSANAI, Takayuki ANDOH, Masatoshi ISHIDA
  • Patent number: 10507995
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a separator to separate a sheet from sheets. The separator includes a separation conveyor; a separation resistance member to press against the separation conveyor via the sheet; a resistance-member holder; a biasing member to contact and bias the resistance-member holder to press the separation resistance member toward the separation conveyor, the resistance-member holder to rotate about a resistance-member rotary shaft to separate from the biasing member in detaching from an apparatus body; and a biasing-member holder configured to rotate about a biasing-member rotary shaft to more incline the biasing member in a state, in which the biasing member is spaced apart from the resistance-member holder, in a moving direction of the resistance-member holder to detach from the apparatus body than the biasing member in a biasing state in which the biasing member biases the resistance-member holder in contact with the resistance-member holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Munekazu Hirata, Satoshi Narai, Yasunobu Youda, Tatsuaki Nagano, Takayuki Andoh, Daisuke Imaki, Tomoya Fujii, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Naoto Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10491768
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a plurality of conveyance rollers to convey a sheet, a motor to drive the plurality of conveyance rollers, an image reading unit to read an image of the sheet, a control device to perform a stop control that stops the sheet in a course of a conveyance path, and a clutch to transmit a driving force of the motor. A first conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers upstream from a leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in a conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted via the clutch. A second conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers downstream from the leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in the conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted without the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Andoh, Yasunobu Youda, Tatsuaki Nagano, Daisuke Imaki, Satoshi Narai, Tomoya Fujii, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Munekazu Hirata, Naoto Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20190068815
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a plurality of conveyance rollers to convey a sheet, a motor to drive the plurality of conveyance rollers, an image reading unit to read an image of the sheet, a control device to perform a stop control that stops the sheet in a course of a conveyance path, and a clutch to transmit a driving force of the motor. A first conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers upstream from a leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in a conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted via the clutch. A second conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers downstream from the leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in the conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted without the clutch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki ANDOH, Yasunobu YOUDA, Tatsuaki NAGANO, Daisuke IMAKI, Satoshi NARAI, Tomoya FUJII, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Koji HATAYAMA, Kaoru TADA, Munekazu HIRATA, Naoto KITAMURA
  • Publication number: 20190047809
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a separator to separate a sheet from sheets. The separator includes a separation conveyor; a separation resistance member to press against the separation conveyor via the sheet; a resistance-member holder; a biasing member to contact and bias the resistance-member holder to press the separation resistance member toward the separation conveyor, the resistance-member holder to rotate about a resistance-member rotary shaft to separate from the biasing member in detaching from an apparatus body; and a biasing-member holder configured to rotate about a biasing-member rotary shaft to more incline the biasing member in a state, in which the biasing member is spaced apart from the resistance-member holder, in a moving direction of the resistance-member holder to detach from the apparatus body than the biasing member in a biasing state in which the biasing member biases the resistance-member holder in contact with the resistance-member holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munekazu HIRATA, Satoshi NARAI, Yasunobu YOUDA, Tatsuaki NAGANO, Takayuki ANDOH, Daisuke IMAKI, Tomoya FUJII, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Koji HATAYAMA, Kaoru TADA, Naoto KITAMURA
  • Patent number: 10131512
    Abstract: A document feeder, which may be incorporated in an image forming apparatus, includes a sheet conveying guide, at least one recess, a frame, and at least one protrusion. The sheet conveying guide is disposed facing an exposure glass on an apparatus body and guides an original document passing over the exposure glass when the document feeder is closed to the apparatus body. The recess is disposed on the apparatus body at both ends of the exposure glass in a lateral direction orthogonal to a document conveying direction. The frame is openably closable about one end side of the apparatus body in the lateral direction and vertically movably holds the sheet conveying guide. The protrusion is disposed on the frame facing the recess. The sheet conveying guide and the frame are secured to each other while the recess and the protrusion are engaged with each other in the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kaoru Tada, Takayuki Andoh, Yohei Osanai, Tatsuaki Nagano, Koji Hatayama, Munekazu Hirata, Toshiyuki Horikawa