Patents by Inventor Ryota SAEKI

Ryota SAEKI 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: 20210181660
    Abstract: A heating device includes a belt, a heater that is in contact with an inner surface of the belt and divided into heater blocks in a width direction thereof, a pressing member that presses a sheet against the belt, a temperature sensor disposed on each of a number of the heater blocks that is at least one-half of the total number thereof, and a processor configured to select one or more of the heater blocks based on a width of the sheet, and select one or more temperature sensors disposed on one or more of the selected heater blocks having the non-paper passing region and control electric power supplied to said one or more of the selected heater blocks to protect against an excessive temperature rise in the non-paper passing region based on temperatures detected by the temperature sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Chie MIYAUCHI, Osamu TAKAGI, Ryota SAEKI
  • Patent number: 11029631
    Abstract: A heating device includes a cylindrical film, a heater arranged inside the cylindrical film and extending along a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical film, a heat conductor extending along the longitudinal direction, and a first grease layer between the heater and the heat conductor and having a consistency grade less than or equal to three.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Saeki
  • Publication number: 20210157258
    Abstract: A fixing belt and a fixing device suppress charging of the fixing belt and permit securing of a withstand voltage of secondary parts of the fixing belt are provided in addition to a heater. The fixing belt is formed of a tubular endless fixing film including, in order from an inner peripheral side of the film, a base layer, an elastic layer, and a release layer. A surface resistivity of the fixing belt measured from the base layer side is 7 [LOG ?/sq.] or more and 10 [LOG ?/sq.] or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota SAEKI
  • Patent number: 11003112
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device and a processor. The fixing device has a heat generating element, a fixing belt which moves along a surface of the heat generating element while an inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt makes contact with the heat generating element, a rotatable body configured to be pressed against an outer peripheral surface of the fixing belt, and a lubricant which is applied to and in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt. The processor is configured to acquire a physical quantity which changes in accordance with a magnitude of a torque that is applied to rotate the rotatable body, and cause the rotatable body to execute a predetermined operation to adjust a gap between the heat generating element and the fixing belt, based on the physical quantity acquired while the fixing device is carrying out image formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Saeki
  • Publication number: 20210124296
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fixing device includes a belt, a heater, and a holder. The belt is formed into a cylindrical shape, is rotated in a circumferential direction to transport a sheet, and applies heat to the sheet. The heater is arranged on an inner side of the belt and extends in a predetermined longitudinal direction to heat the belt. The holder extends in the longitudinal direction of the heater and holds the heater. The holder includes a support portion and a retraction portion. The support portion comes into contact with the heater and supports the heater. The retraction portion is provided at a position avoiding the support portion in the longitudinal direction of the heater, and includes a smaller contact area with the heater than the contact area between the support portion and the heater or does not come into contact with the heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventor: Ryota Saeki
  • Patent number: 10990044
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a fixing unit including a heater and a fixing belt. The fixing belt is electrically connected between a first power source and a ground terminal. A controller is configured to control the heater to heat the fixing belt. The controller is further configured to determine whether a current is flowing through the fixing belt and, upon determining that a current is not flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater not to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Doi, Eiji Shinohara, Kazuhiko Kikuchi, Sasuke Endo, Masaya Tanaka, Ryota Saeki, Kousei Miyashita, Ryosuke Kojima, Yuki Kawashima, Kiyotaka Murakami
  • Patent number: 10962909
    Abstract: A heating device includes a belt, a heater that is in contact with an inner surface of the belt and divided into heater blocks in a width direction thereof, a pressing member that presses a sheet against the belt, a temperature sensor disposed on each of a number of the heater blocks that is at least one-half of the total number thereof, and a processor configured to select one or more of the heater blocks based on a width of the sheet, and select one or more temperature sensors disposed on one or more of the selected heater blocks having the non-paper passing region and control electric power supplied to said one or more of the selected heater blocks to protect against an excessive temperature rise in the non-paper passing region based on temperatures detected by the temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chie Miyauchi, Osamu Takagi, Ryota Saeki
  • Publication number: 20210088947
    Abstract: A fixing unit or device that can be used in an image forming apparatus includes a first heater element that is formed of a material that increases in electrical resistance with increases in temperature. A controller of the fixing unit is configured to vary a duty ratio of electric power applied to the first heater element during a start-up operation in which the temperature of the first heater element is raised to a target operating temperature. By varying the duty ratio during the start-up operation, changes in the resistance of the first heater element with the heating can be compensated. For example, the duty ratio can be increased during the course of the start-up to achieve the target operating temperature faster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Kiyotaka MURAKAMI, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Eiji SHINOHARA
  • Publication number: 20210080880
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heater, a fixing device, and a controller. The heater includes a heat generator that generates heat when the heater is turned on. The fixing device may fix a developer image on a surface of an image forming medium using the heat from the heat generator. The controller detects a voltage of a power supply for supplying electric power to the heater, and determines an occurrence of an abnormality in the heater if a voltage drop amount at the time the heater is turned on as compared to a case in which the heater is turned off is smaller than a first threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji SHINOHARA, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20210072679
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a fixing unit including a heater and a fixing belt. The fixing belt is electrically connected between a first power source and a ground terminal. A controller is configured to control the heater to heat the fixing belt. The controller is further configured to determine whether a current is flowing through the fixing belt and, upon determining that a current is not flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater not to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Yohei DOI, Eiji SHINOHARA, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20210063926
    Abstract: A heating device includes a cylindrical film, a heater arranged inside the cylindrical film and extending along a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical film, a heat conductor extending along the longitudinal direction, and a first grease layer between the heater and the heat conductor and having a consistency grade less than or equal to three.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventor: Ryota SAEKI
  • Publication number: 20210063927
    Abstract: A heating device includes a cylindrical film configured to be rotated about an axis, a heater including a substrate that extends along a longitudinal direction parallel to the axis, and a heater element on the substrate and facing an inner surface of the cylindrical film. A heat conductor extends along the longitudinal direction and has first and second surfaces. A first portion of the heat conductor contacts the substrate and a second portion of the heat conductor has a groove in the first surface. A temperature sensing element is disposed at a position on the second surface at a position opposite the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Eiji SHINOHARA
  • Patent number: 10915049
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fixing device includes a belt, a heater, and a holder. The belt is formed into a cylindrical shape, is rotated in a circumferential direction to transport a sheet, and applies heat to the sheet. The heater is arranged on an inner side of the belt and extends in a predetermined longitudinal direction to heat the belt. The holder extends in the longitudinal direction of the heater and holds the heater. The holder includes a support portion and a retraction portion. The support portion comes into contact with the heater and supports the heater. The retraction portion is provided at a position avoiding the support portion in the longitudinal direction of the heater, and includes a smaller contact area with the heater than the contact area between the support portion and the heater or does not come into contact with the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Saeki
  • Publication number: 20200333734
    Abstract: A heating device includes a belt, a heater that is in contact with an inner surface of the belt and divided into heater blocks in a width direction thereof, a pressing member that presses a sheet against the belt, a temperature sensor disposed on each of a number of the heater blocks that is at least one-half of the total number thereof, and a processor configured to select one or more of the heater blocks based on a width of the sheet, and select one or more temperature sensors disposed on one or more of the selected heater blocks having the non-paper passing region and control electric power supplied to said one or more of the selected heater blocks to protect against an excessive temperature rise in the non-paper passing region based on temperatures detected by the temperature sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Chie MIYAUCHI, Osamu TAKAGI, Ryota SAEKI
  • Patent number: 10732550
    Abstract: A heating device includes an belt, a heater contacting the belt and divided into heater blocks, a pressing member pressing a sheet against the belt, a temperature sensor disposed on a number of the heater blocks being at least one-half of a total number of the blocks, and a processor configured to select heater blocks based on a width of the sheet, select first temperature sensors on the selected heater blocks not having a non-paper passing region and control electric power supplied to the heater blocks so that temperatures detected by the first sensors are within a predetermined range, and select second temperature sensors on the selected heater blocks having the non-paper passing region and control electric power supplied to the heater blocks having the non-paper passing region to protect against an excessive temperature rise in the non-paper passing region based on second temperatures detected by the second sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chie Miyauchi, Osamu Takagi, Ryota Saeki
  • Publication number: 20200233342
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device and a processor. The fixing device has a heat generating element, a fixing belt which moves along a surface of the heat generating element while an inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt makes contact with the heat generating element, a rotatable body configured to be pressed against an outer peripheral surface of the fixing belt, and a lubricant which is applied to and in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt. The processor is configured to acquire a physical quantity which changes in accordance with a magnitude of a torque that is applied to rotate the rotatable body, and cause the rotatable body to execute a predetermined operation to adjust a gap between the heat generating element and the fixing belt, based on the physical quantity acquired while the fixing device is carrying out image formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventor: Ryota SAEKI
  • Publication number: 20200209790
    Abstract: A heating device includes an belt, a heater contacting the belt and divided into heater blocks, a pressing member pressing a sheet against the belt, a temperature sensor disposed on a number of the heater blocks being at least one-half of a total number of the blocks, and a processor configured to select heater blocks based on a width of the sheet, select first temperature sensors on the selected heater blocks not having a non-paper passing region and control electric power supplied to the heater blocks so that temperatures detected by the first sensors are within a predetermined range, and select second temperature sensors on the selected heater blocks having the non-paper passing region and control electric power supplied to the heater blocks having the non-paper passing region to protect against an excessive temperature rise in the non-paper passing region based on second temperatures detected by the second sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chie MIYAUCHI, Osamu TAKAGI, Ryota SAEKI
  • Patent number: 10620572
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless belt, a heater in contact with an inner surface of the belt and divided into a plurality of heater blocks in a width direction of the belt, a pressing member positioned to face the heater with the belt interposed therebetween and configured to press a conveyed sheet against the belt and the heater, a temperature sensor disposed in each of at least half of the heater blocks, and a processor. The processor selects heater blocks based on width and position of the conveyed sheet to form a heat generation block, controls power supplied to the heater blocks so that a temperature of the heat generation block is within a predetermined temperature range, and selects the temperature sensor disposed in a heater block having a non-paper passing region and control an excessive temperature rise in the non-paper passing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chie Miyauchi, Osamu Takagi, Ryota Saeki
  • Publication number: 20200050136
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fixing device includes a belt, a heater, and a holder. The belt is formed into a cylindrical shape, is rotated in a circumferential direction to transport a sheet, and applies heat to the sheet. The heater is arranged on an inner side of the belt and extends in a predetermined longitudinal direction to heat the belt. The holder extends in the longitudinal direction of the heater and holds the heater. The holder includes a support portion and a retraction portion. The support portion comes into contact with the heater and supports the heater. The retraction portion is provided at a position avoiding the support portion in the longitudinal direction of the heater, and includes a smaller contact area with the heater than the contact area between the support portion and the heater or does not come into contact with the heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventor: Ryota Saeki
  • Patent number: RE48099
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fuser includes a heat roller, an endless belt, a first press roller and a second press roller. The heat roller rotates and contacts a toner surface side of a sheet, and heats the sheet. The endless belt contacts a part of an outer peripheral surface of the heat roller. The first press roller contacts a part of an inner peripheral surface of the endless belt, and is provided at an insertion part of the sheet in a nip portion where the heat roller contacts the endless belt. The second press roller contacts a part of the inner peripheral surface of the endless belt, is provided at an exit part of the sheet in the nip portion, and has a lower rotational resistance than the first press roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Takahashi, Satoshi Kinouchi, Ryota Saeki, Shoko Shimmura, Toshihiro Sone