Patents by Inventor Shizuka Okada

Shizuka Okada 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: 9031472
    Abstract: A developing device includes a housing containing a developer, a developer carrier, a developer conveying path, a developer conveying member, and a plurality of paddle members. The developer conveying path includes a first conveying path and a second conveying path. The developer conveying member is disposed in the second conveying path and includes a rotating shaft and spiral blades formed around the rotating shaft. The developer conveying member is rotationally driven to convey the developer in the second direction and feeds the developer to the developer carrier. The plurality of paddle members project in a radial direction from the rotating shaft of the developer conveying member at one circumferential position on the rotating shaft. The plurality of paddle members is contiguously arranged in the axial direction of the rotating shaft to connect the spiral blades adjacent to each other in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takefumi Yotsutsuji, Akifumi Yamaguchi, Takahisa Nakaue, Tamotsu Shimizu, Minoru Wada, Shizuka Okada
  • Patent number: 8958724
    Abstract: A developing device of this disclosure has: a housing, a developing roller, a developer conveying path, a partition board, a second communication path, a developer receiving port, a first conveying member, a second conveying member, and a conveyance capability inhibition part. A toner is cyclically conveyed in a first conveying path and a second conveying path. A first stirring screw is disposed in the first conveying path and driven into ration around a first rotation axis for toner conveyance. Formed downstream of the first stirring screw by the conveyance capability inhibition part is a toner accumulation part, and the amount of toner refilled from a toner refill port is adjusted. Where an aperture area of the first communication path is A1 and a circular area formed by an outer circumferential edge of the first stirring screw in section orthogonal to the first rotation axis is A2, relationship 0.5×A2<A1<1.2×A2 is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takahisa Nakaue, Minoru Wada, Shizuka Okada, Takefumi Yotsutsuji, Akifumi Yamaguchi, Tamotsu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8942600
    Abstract: A developing apparatus according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a developing roller, a development housing, a first agitating screw, a toner supply inlet, a downstream-side reduction wall, and an upstream-side reduction wall. The developing roller is driven to rotate in the development housing, and carries toner on the circumferential surface thereof. Toner is circulated and conveyed in a first conveying path and a second conveying path in the development housing. The first agitating screw is disposed in the first conveying path, and conveys toner in a first direction. The downstream-side reduction wall is disposed downstream of the toner supply inlet. Further, the upstream-side reduction wall is disposed upstream of the toner supply inlet. An accumulation portion for toner is formed downstream and upstream of the toner supply inlet due to the downstream-side reduction wall and the upstream-side reduction wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takahisa Nakaue, Tamotsu Shimizu, Ikuo Makie, Kenichi Tamaki, Minoru Wada, Takefumi Yotsutsuji, Shizuka Okada
  • Patent number: 8843035
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer bearing member, a layer restricting member, a facing magnet and a nonmagnetic member. The developer bearing member has a sleeve for bearing magnetic toner and a fixed magnet included inside the sleeve. The layer restricting member faces one magnetic pole of the fixed magnet, is arranged at a distance from the sleeve and made of a magnetic material. The facing magnet is arranged upstream of the layer restricting member in a rotation direction of the sleeve and at a distance from the sleeve, includes a first facing surface facing a position overlapping with a position with a maximum magnetic force of the one magnetic pole and has a magnetic pole having the same polarity as the one magnetic pole on the first facing surface. The nonmagnetic member is connected at an upstream side of the facing magnet in the rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Shimizu, Shizuka Okada
  • Publication number: 20140233985
    Abstract: A developing device includes: a housing, a refill developer storage part, a developing roller, a developer conveyance path, a developer receiving port, a conveyance member, and a magnetic member. The developing roller is driven into rotation in the developing housing and carries a toner on a circumferential surface thereof. The toner is conveyed inside the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path of the developing housing in a circulating manner. A first stirring screw is disposed on the first conveyance path and conveys the toner in a first direction. Downstream of the toner refill port, a magnet is arranged. The magnetic member forms a magnetic blush from a top panel of the developing housing towards the first stirring screw. A refill toner flowed-in through the toner refill port is so conveyed as to fall below the magnetic blush whereby the refill toner is favorably stirred with a surrounding toner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Minoru Wada, Takahisa Nakaue, Tamotsu Shimizu, Ikuo Makie, Kenichi Tamaki, Takefumi Yotsutsuji, Shizuka Okada
  • Publication number: 20140205324
    Abstract: A developing device includes a housing containing a developer, a developer carrier, a developer conveying path, a developer conveying member, and a plurality of paddle members. The developer conveying path includes a first conveying path and a second conveying path. The developer conveying member is disposed in the second conveying path and includes a rotating shaft and spiral blades formed around the rotating shaft. The developer conveying member is rotationally driven to convey the developer in the second direction and feeds the developer to the developer carrier. The plurality of paddle members project in a radial direction from the rotating shaft of the developer conveying member at one circumferential position on the rotating shaft. The plurality of paddle members is contiguously arranged in the axial direction of the rotating shaft to connect the spiral blades adjacent to each other in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takefumi Yotsutsuji, Akifumi Yamaguchi, Takahisa Nakaue, Tamotsu Shimizu, Minoru Wada, Shizuka Okada
  • Publication number: 20140205325
    Abstract: A developing unit includes a casing, a developer carrier, a developer conveying path, a developer conveying member, and a layer thickness regulator. The developer carrier is driven to rotate in the casing and carries a toner on the circumferential surface. The developer conveying member is located in the developer conveying path and driven to rotate so as to convey the developer in a second direction and to supply the toner to the developer carrier. The layer thickness regulator is spaced from the developer carrier, and regulates a layer thickness of the developer supplied to the developer carrier. The developing unit is configured to satisfy a condition of 2.0<Vd/Vs<7.0, where Vd denotes a circumferential velocity of the developer carrier and Vs denotes a circumferential velocity of the developer conveying member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Shimizu, Shizuka Okada, Takefumi Yotsutsuji, Akifumi Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140147175
    Abstract: A developer storage container includes a container main body, a tubular portion projecting from the container main body, and a rotary member extending from the container main body to the tubular portion. The rotary member includes a first section located in the container main body and a second section located in the tubular portion. A first conveying member for conveying developer in a first conveying direction is arranged on the second section of a rotary shaft, and a second conveying member for conveying the developer in a second conveying direction is arranged radially outwardly of the first conveying member around the first section. A first flexible member radially extending to a side outward of the second conveying member and a second flexible member radially extending to a side outward of the second conveying member and having a shorter length than the first flexible member are mounted on the rotary shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Ikuo Makie, Kenichi Tamaki, Minoru Wada, Shizuka Okada, Tamotsu Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20140140732
    Abstract: A developing apparatus according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a developing roller, a development housing, a first agitating screw, a toner supply inlet, a downstream-side reduction wall, and an upstream-side reduction wall. The developing roller is driven to rotate in the development housing, and carries toner on the circumferential surface thereof. Toner is circulated and conveyed in a first conveying path and a second conveying path in the development housing. The first agitating screw is disposed in the first conveying path, and conveys toner in a first direction. The downstream-side reduction wall is disposed downstream of the toner supply inlet. Further, the upstream-side reduction wall is disposed upstream of the toner supply inlet. An accumulation portion for toner is formed downstream and upstream of the toner supply inlet due to the downstream-side reduction wall and the upstream-side reduction wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takahisa Nakaue, Tamotsu Shimizu, Ikuo Makie, Kenichi Tamaki, Minoru Wada, Takefumi Yotsutsuji, Shizuka Okada
  • Publication number: 20140140734
    Abstract: A developing device of this disclosure has: a housing, a developing roller, a developer conveying path, a partition board, a second communication path, a developer receiving port, a first conveying member, a second conveying member, and a conveyance capability inhibition part. A toner is cyclically conveyed in a first conveying path and a second conveying path. A first stirring screw is disposed in the first conveying path and driven into ration around a first rotation axis for toner conveyance. Formed downstream of the first stirring screw by the conveyance capability inhibition part is a toner accumulation part, and the amount of toner refilled from a toner refill port is adjusted. Where an aperture area of the first communication path is A1 and a circular area formed by an outer circumferential edge of the first stirring screw in section orthogonal to the first rotation axis is A2, relationship 0.5×A2<A1<1.2×A2 is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takahisa Nakaue, Minoru Wada, Shizuka Okada, Takafumi Yotsutsuji, Akifumi Yamaguchi, Tamotsu Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20140140733
    Abstract: In a development device, a developer carrier arranged in a housing containing a one-component developer has a circumferential surface carrying the developer. A developer conveying path includes one conveying path along the developer carrier in a first direction and another conveying path in a second direction opposite to the first direction. The developer is circulated and conveyed between the conveying paths. A developer conveying member is arranged in the one conveying path and rotationally driven to convey the developer along the first direction and to supply the developer to the developer carrier. A layer thickness adjusting member is arranged at a distance from the circumferential surface to adjust a layer thickness of the developer supplied to the developer carrier. The developer carrier has a circumferential speed Vd and the developer conveying member has a circumferential speed Vs so that a circumferential speed ratio Vd/Vs satisfies a relationship represented by 1.3?Vd/Vs?5.0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Tamotsu SHIMIZU, Shizuka OKADA, Takefumi YOTSUTSUJI, Akifumi YAMAGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20130243496
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer bearing member, a layer restricting member, a facing magnet and a nonmagnetic member. The developer bearing member has a sleeve for bearing magnetic toner and a fixed magnet included inside the sleeve. The layer restricting member faces one magnetic pole of the fixed magnet, is arranged at a distance from the sleeve and made of a magnetic material. The facing magnet is arranged upstream of the layer restricting member in a rotation direction of the sleeve and at a distance from the sleeve, includes a first facing surface facing a position overlapping with a position with a maximum magnetic force of the one magnetic pole and has a magnetic pole having the same polarity as the one magnetic pole on the first facing surface. The nonmagnetic member is connected at an upstream side of the facing magnet in the rotation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Shimizu, Shizuka Okada