Patents by Inventor Shoh Tsuritani

Shoh Tsuritani 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: 20200125005
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Patent number: 10558145
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Publication number: 20190250533
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Patent number: 10295933
    Abstract: A removable device is to be detachably attached to an apparatus main body. The removable device includes a conveying drive gear attached to a first rotational shaft, an agitating drive gear attached to a second rotational shaft, and a torque transmission gear attached to a third rotational shaft. When an addendum circle diameter of the conveying drive gear is A, and an addendum circle diameter of the agitating drive gear is B, B>A is satisfied. The torque transmission gear moves around the conveying drive gear to access the agitating drive gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Publication number: 20190094758
    Abstract: A removable device is to be detachably attached to an apparatus main body. The removable device includes a conveying drive gear attached to a first rotational shaft, an agitating drive gear attached to a second rotational shaft, and a torque transmission gear attached to a third rotational shaft. When an addendum circle diameter of the conveying drive gear is A, and an addendum circle diameter of the agitating drive gear is B, B>A is satisfied. The torque transmission gear moves around the conveying drive gear to access the agitating drive gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Patent number: 10175607
    Abstract: A removable developer container includes a convex portion to be inserted into a groove of an apparatus main body, a rotator to rotate around a rotational shaft, and a recess convex portion to be inserted into a groove of an apparatus main body, at a rear side of the convex portion. One end of the rotational shaft is inserted into the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Publication number: 20170248870
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Tomohiro KUBOTA, Naoki NAKATAKE, Yoshiyuki SHIMIZU, Shoh TSURITANI, Manabu HAMADA, Masato TSUJI, Masanari FUJITA
  • Patent number: 9696657
    Abstract: A removable device to be detachably attached to an apparatus main body includes a container body to store developer; a discharge opening to discharge the developer inside the container body; an internal shutter to open and close the discharge opening; an external shutter to open and close the discharge opening, the external shutter being disposed at an outer side with respect to the internal shutter, wherein the internal shutter and the external shutter are configured to be driven separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Patent number: 9658574
    Abstract: A powder container is provided. The powder container includes a powder storage and a conveyer. The powder storage stores a powder to be used for image formation and has a vent hole to pass air between an inside and an outside of the powder storage. The conveyer conveys the powder inside the powder storage. The vent hole is on an upper surface of the powder storage facing the conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoh Tsuritani, Tomohiro Kubota, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Masato Tsuji, Akinori Harada, Kyoko Abe
  • Patent number: 9658565
    Abstract: A developing device includes a development unit, a developer amount detector, an accuracy requirement determiner, and a detection count setting unit. The development unit includes a developer container configured to store a developer. The development unit is configured to supply the developer from the developer container to a latent image bearer, on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed according to image data, to form a developer image. The developer amount detector is configured to detect a developer amount in the toner container of the development unit in every detection period. The accuracy requirement determiner is configured to a determine accuracy requirement required as a detection accuracy of the developer amount by the developer amount detector. The detection count setting unit is configured to set a number of times of detection of the developer amount by the developer amount detector based on the accuracy requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Oida, Shoh Tsuritani, Tomohiro Ohshima, Akinori Yamaguchi, Mizuho Ohmura
  • Publication number: 20160299455
    Abstract: A powder container is provided. The powder container includes a powder storage and a conveyer. The powder storage stores a powder to be used for image formation and has a vent hole to pass air between an inside and an outside of the powder storage. The conveyer conveys the powder inside the powder storage. The vent hole is on an upper surface of the powder storage facing the conveyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: Shoh TSURITANI, Tomohiro KUBOTA, Yoshiyuki SHIMIZU, Masato TSUJI, Akinori HARADA, Kyoko ABE
  • Publication number: 20160246213
    Abstract: A developing device includes a development unit, a developer amount detector, an accuracy requirement determiner, and a detection count setting unit. The development unit includes a developer container configured to store a developer. The development unit is configured to supply the developer from the developer container to a latent image bearer, on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed according to image data, to form a developer image. The developer amount detector is configured to detect a developer amount in the toner container of the development unit in every detection period. The accuracy requirement determiner is configured to a determine accuracy requirement required as a detection accuracy of the developer amount by the developer amount detector. The detection count setting unit is configured to set a number of times of detection of the developer amount by the developer amount detector based on the accuracy requirement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Takashi OIDA, Shoh TSURITANI, Tomohiro OHSHIMA, Akinori YAMAGUCHI, Mizuho OHMURA
  • Publication number: 20160139540
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Tomohiro KUBOTA, Naoki NAKATAKE, Yoshiyuki SHIMIZU, Shoh TSURITANI, Manabu HAMADA, Masato TSUJI, Masanari FUJITA
  • Patent number: 9280130
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Patent number: 9239565
    Abstract: A powder container that includes a container body to contain powder for image formation, a discharge outlet formed in the container body to discharge powder therefrom, a shutter movable between an open position to open the discharge outlet and a closed position to close the discharge outlet, and a seal member to be interposed between the container body and the shutter when the shutter is at the open position. In a state in which the shutter is at the open position, a downstream end of the seal member in an opening direction in which the shutter moves to open the discharge outlet is positioned downstream from a downstream end of the shutter in the opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoh Tsuritani, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Tomohiro Kubota, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20160004208
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Tomohiro KUBOTA, Naoki NAKATAKE, Yoshiyuki SHIMIZU, Shoh TSURITANI, Manabu HAMADA, Masato TSUJI, Masanari FUJITA
  • Patent number: 9201341
    Abstract: A developer container includes: a container body that stores a developer and includes a filling port for the developer; and a container terminal that is attachable to and detachable from the container body. The container body is provided with an identifier that engages with the container terminal and is caused to change own form that can be identified from an outside, by an external force that is applied to detach the container terminal from the container body. The container body is provided with a flow preparation part that separates an inside and outside of the container body before changing the form of the identifier and that allows the air to flow between the inside and outside of the container body after changing the form of the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Shoh Tsuritani, Naoki Nakatake, Manabu Hamada, Tomohiro Kubota
  • Patent number: 9176419
    Abstract: The developer container includes a rotator that is rotated in the container body, a sequence of gears disposed outside the developer container that transmits a torque to the rotator, and a container guiding portion that fits with a main body side guiding portion and guides the developer container in a direction in which the developer container is attached to a mounting portion of an image forming device main body. A first gear included in the sequence of the gears is movable between an operating position where the first gear engages with a second gear and a retracted position where the first gear is retracted. On a surface on which the container guiding portion is disposed, a part of the container guiding portion is disposed within a projected area of the first gear being disposed at the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubota, Naoki Nakatake, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Masato Tsuji, Masanari Fujita
  • Patent number: 9141028
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, an apparatus-side terminal provided to a first inner side wall of the apparatus body, a developer container to contain developer and to be removably installable in the apparatus body, a container-side terminal electrically connectable to the apparatus-side terminal and disposed in a first end portion of the developer container in a longitudinal direction thereof, and an apparatus-side protrusion projecting inward from the first inner side wall of the apparatus body. In removal of the developer container from the apparatus body, a second end portion of the developer container in the longitudinal direction is disengaged from the apparatus body before the first end portion is disengaged from the apparatus body, and the apparatus-side protrusion contacts the first end portion of the developer container immediately after removal of the developer container from the apparatus body is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoh Tsuritani, Manabu Hamada, Tomohiro Kubota, Yoshiyuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: D847254
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoh Tsuritani, Masato Tsuji, Akinori Harada