Patents by Inventor Rumi Miyazaki

Rumi Miyazaki 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: 9164435
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a nip formation pad disposed opposite an inner circumferential surface of an endless belt and a pressing rotary body pressed against the nip formation pad via the endless belt to form a fixing nip between the endless belt and the pressing rotary body, through which a recording medium is conveyed. The pressing rotary body has a diameter increasing from a center to each lateral end in an axial direction thereof. The nip formation pad includes a projection disposed downstream from a rotation axis of the pressing rotary body in a recording medium conveyance direction. The projection projects toward the pressing rotary body in an amount increasing from each lateral end to a center in a longitudinal direction of the nip formation pad parallel to the axial direction of the pressing rotary body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Adachi, Atsushi Takehara, Tomohiko Fujii, Yutaka Naitoh, Minoru Toyoda, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Yasuharu Kawarasaki, Naoki Nakatake, Keiji Kunimi, Takahiro Sanada, Yasuhide Matsuno, Rumi Miyazaki, Kyoko Abe, Takeshi Yamashita, Yasuhiro Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9134642
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device to form a toner image according to image data, a density adjustment toner pattern, and a timing adjustment toner pattern on an image bearer, a detector to detect the density adjustment toner pattern and the timing adjustment toner pattern, and an image density adjustment unit to execute image density adjustment based on an amount of toner adhering to the density adjustment toner pattern detected by the toner amount detector. The image density adjustment unit causes the image forming device to form the timing adjustment toner pattern before the density adjustment toner pattern is formed, and the image density adjustment unit adjusts a detection timing of the density adjustment toner pattern based on a detection timing of the timing adjustment toner pattern detected by the toner amount detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rumi Miyazaki, Kyoko Abe
  • Patent number: 8983323
    Abstract: Provided is a color image forming apparatus that includes: image carriers that form toner image of black and other colors; an intermediate transfer body that makes contact with the image carriers; and transfer units that transfer the toner images on the image carriers to the intermediate transfer body. A line velocity difference is set between the image carriers and the intermediate transfer body. An accelerated cohesion degree of toner is equal to or larger than 54%. A linear velocity difference X1 between the image carrier for black and the intermediate transfer body satisfies a relation of 0<X1?1.2 mm/sec. A linear velocity difference X2 between the image carriers for the colors and the intermediate transfer body satisfies a relation of 2.1?X2?4.0 mm/sec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamashita, Yuji Nagatomo, Naoki Nakatake, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Takafumi Miyazaki, Yasuhide Matsuno, Takahiro Sanada, Rumi Miyazaki, Kyoko Abe, Tomoya Adachi, Yoshie Iwakura
  • Patent number: 8805222
    Abstract: An image developing device includes a developer supporting body; a first conveyance path in which a first conveyance member is arranged; a second conveyance path in which a second conveyance member is arranged; and a partition member that partitions the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path and that has a first communication port and a second communication port. The first communication path and the second communication path communicates with each other through the first communication port and the second communication port. The image developing device includes a developer amount detection unit that includes an optical detection unit arranged in the second conveyance path and that optically detects an amount of the developer in the image forming device. The developer is caused to accumulate in the vicinity of the developer amount detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Nakatake, Tomohiro Kubota, Shoh Tsuritani, Yuji Nagatomo, Yasuhide Matsuno, Hiroaki Katoh, Tomoya Adachi, Rumi Miyazaki, Takafumi Miyazaki, Takeshi Yamashita, Kyoko Abe, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Takahiro Sanada
  • Publication number: 20140153982
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a nip formation pad disposed opposite an inner circumferential surface of an endless belt and a pressing rotary body pressed against the nip formation pad via the endless belt to form a fixing nip between the endless belt and the pressing rotary body, through which a recording medium is conveyed. The pressing rotary body has a diameter increasing from a center to each lateral end in an axial direction thereof. The nip formation pad includes a projection disposed downstream from a rotation axis of the pressing rotary body in a recording medium conveyance direction. The projection projects toward the pressing rotary body in an amount increasing from each lateral end to a center in a longitudinal direction of the nip formation pad parallel to the axial direction of the pressing rotary body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya ADACHI, Atsushi TAKEHARA, Tomohiko FUJII, Yutaka NAITOH, Minoru TOYODA, Hitoshi FUJIWARA, Yasuharu KAWARASAKI, Naoki NAKATAKE, Keiji KUNIMI, Takahiro SANADA, Yasuhide MATSUNO, Rumi MIYAZAKI, Kyoko ABE, Takeshi YAMASHITA, Yasuhiro FUJIWARA
  • Publication number: 20140153941
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device to form a toner image according to image data, a density adjustment toner pattern, and a timing adjustment toner pattern on an image bearer, a detector to detect the density adjustment toner pattern and the timing adjustment toner pattern, and an image density adjustment unit to execute image density adjustment based on an amount of toner adhering to the density adjustment toner pattern detected by the toner amount detector. The image density adjustment unit causes the image forming device to form the timing adjustment toner pattern before the density adjustment toner pattern is formed, and the image density adjustment unit adjusts a detection timing of the density adjustment toner pattern based on a detection timing of the timing adjustment toner pattern detected by the toner amount detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Rumi MIYAZAKI, Kyoko Abe
  • Publication number: 20130236217
    Abstract: A development device to develop a latent image using developer having a degree of agglomeration of 54% or greater includes a developer bearer to carry developer thereon, and a developer supply member to contact the developer bearer to supply developer to a surface of the developer bearer. The developer supply member is disposed to satisfy at least one of two conditions: a biting amount of the developer supply member relative to the developer bearer is 0.7 mm or greater; and a contact pressure of the developer supply member against the developer bearer is 30 N/m or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Yuji NAGATOMO, Yasuhide Matsuno, Takahiro Sanada, Naoki Nakatake, Takafumi Miyazaki, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Kyoko Abe, Rumi Miyazaki, Takeshi Yamashita, Tomoya Adachi
  • Publication number: 20130195487
    Abstract: Provided is a color image forming apparatus that includes: image carriers that form toner image of black and other colors; an intermediate transfer body that makes contact with the image carriers; and transfer units that transfer the toner images on the image carriers to the intermediate transfer body. A line velocity difference is set between the image carriers and the intermediate transfer body. An accelerated cohesion degree of toner is equal to or larger than 54%. A linear velocity difference X1 between the image carrier for black and the intermediate transfer body satisfies a relation of 0<X1?1.2 mm/sec. A linear velocity difference X2 between the image carriers for the colors and the intermediate transfer body satisfies a relation of 2.1?X2?4.0 mm/sec.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Takeshi YAMASHITA, Yuji NAGATOMO, Naoki NAKATAKE, Yasuhiro FUJIWARA, Takafumi MIYAZAKI, Yasuhide MATSUNO, Takahiro SANADA, Rumi MIYAZAKI, Kyoko ABE, Tomoya ADACHI, Yoshie IWAKURA
  • Publication number: 20130058670
    Abstract: An image developing device includes a developer supporting body; a first conveyance path in which a first conveyance member is arranged; a second conveyance path in which a second conveyance member is arranged; and a partition member that partitions the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path and that has a first communication port and a second communication port. The first communication path and the second communication path communicates with each other through the first communication port and the second communication port. The image developing device includes a developer amount detection unit that includes an optical detection unit arranged in the second conveyance path and that optically detects an amount of the developer in the image forming device. The developer is caused to accumulate in the vicinity of the developer amount detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Naoki Nakatake, Tomohiro Kubota, Shoh Tsuritani, Yuji Nagatomo, Yasuhide Matsuno, Hiroaki Katoh, Tomoya Adachi, Rumi Miyazaki, Takafumi Miyazaki, Takeshi Yamashita, Kyoko Abe, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Takahiro Sanada
  • Patent number: 8295717
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a toner-image forming unit, a photosensor, an information obtaining unit, and a toner-amount calculating unit. The toner-image forming unit forms a toner image on the image carrier with toner. The photosensor detects a toner area where the toner is sticking to the image carrier. The information obtaining unit obtains particle-size-change information about how particle size distribution of the toner changes over time. The toner-amount calculating unit calculates a toner amount of the toner image based on the toner area and the particle-size-change information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Rumi Miyazaki, Atsushi Takehara, Keiji Kunimi
  • Publication number: 20100098441
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a toner-image forming unit, a photosensor, an information obtaining unit, and a toner-amount calculating unit. The toner-image forming unit forms a toner image on the image carrier with toner. The photosensor detects a toner area where the toner is sticking to the image carrier. The information obtaining unit obtains particle-size-change information about how particle size distribution of the toner changes over time. The toner-amount calculating unit calculates a toner amount of the toner image based on the toner area and the particle-size-change information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Rumi MIYAZAKI, Atsushi TAKEHARA, Keiji KUNIMI