Patents by Inventor Takamasa Hase

Takamasa Hase 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: 20210311420
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator that rotates in a rotation direction and a pressure rotator that presses against the fixing rotator to form a nip between the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator, through which a recording medium bearing a toner image formed with glitter toner is conveyed. A brush includes a loop that contacts a surface of the fixing rotator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi YOSHINAGA, Takamasa HASE
  • Publication number: 20210294229
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developing device accommodating toner, the toner containing: a binder resin; and a coloring agent; and a fixing device configured to fix a toner image formed with the toner on a recording medium, the fixing device comprising: a tubular belt member; a heating member configured to heat the tubular belt member directly or indirectly in contact with the tubular belt member; and a pressing member in contact with the tubular belt member, wherein the toner under a load of 2 kg has a flow index Tf of from 70 to 121 degrees C., a flow index Te of from 83 to 120 degrees C., and a softening index Tw of from 65 to 80 degrees C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Hideki SUGIURA, Maiko KOEDA, Masahiko ISHIKAWA, Hiroshi SEO, Yuusuke FURUICHI, Takamasa HASE
  • Publication number: 20210223730
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotary endless fixing belt; a nip forming member disposed in an interior of the fixing belt; a rotary opposed member to contact the nip forming member via the fixing belt to form a nip together with the fixing belt; a heat source to directly heat the fixing belt at a portion other than the nip, including at lease one heat-generation part disposed outside lateral ends of a maximum area of the fixing belt where a recording medium passes through, wherein a recording medium carrying an unfixed image is conveyed to the nip and the fixing device fixes the unfixed image onto the recording medium; and a shielding member disposed between the fixing belt and the heat generation part of the heat source and configured to shield heat from the heat source at least at an area outside the maximum passing area of the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa HASE, Hiroshi YOSHINAGA, Takeshi UCHITANI, Yutaka IKEBUCHI, Takuya SESHITA, Shuutaroh YUASA
  • Publication number: 20210214178
    Abstract: A conveying device includes a pair of rotary bodies and a movable member. The pair or rotary bodies includes a first rotary body disposed in a first region, and a second rotary body disposed in a second region and facing the first rotary body across a sheet conveyance passage through which a sheet applied with liquid is conveyed. The movable member is disposed upstream from the first rotary body in a sheet conveyance direction. The movable member is configured to move between the first region and the second region with respect to the sheet conveyance passage. The movable member is configured to move to the second region in a middle of conveyance of the sheet between the first rotary body and the second rotary body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi SETO, Takamasa HASE
  • Publication number: 20210200128
    Abstract: A novel heating device includes a heating member configured to heat a sheet on an opposite face opposite a liquid applied face. The heating member has a curved portion along which the sheet is conveyed and warped so that the liquid applied face has a concave shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi SETO, Takamasa HASE
  • Publication number: 20210197585
    Abstract: A heating device includes a first heat member and a second heat member. The first heat member is configured to heat a sheet on a liquid applied face. The second heat member is configured to heat the sheet on an opposite face opposite the liquid applied face of the sheet. A temperature of the second heat member to heat the sheet is higher than a temperature of the first heat member to heat the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Takamasa HASE, Takashi SETO
  • Patent number: 11003119
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotary endless fixing belt; a nip forming member disposed in an interior of the fixing belt; a rotary opposed member to contact the nip forming member via the fixing belt to form a nip together with the fixing belt; a heat source to directly heat the fixing belt at a portion other than the nip, including at lease one heat-generation part disposed outside lateral ends of a maximum area of the fixing belt where a recording medium passes through, wherein a recording medium carrying an unfixed image is conveyed to the nip and the fixing device fixes the unfixed image onto the recording medium; and a shielding member disposed between the fixing belt and the heat generation part of the heat source and configured to shield heat from the heat source at least at an area outside the maximum passing area of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa Hase, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takeshi Uchitani, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10935911
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless belt rotatable in a predetermined direction of rotation and a nip formation assembly disposed opposite an inner circumferential surface of the endless belt. An opposed rotary body is pressed against the nip formation assembly via the endless belt to form a fixing nip between the endless belt and the opposed rotary body through which a recording medium bearing a toner image is conveyed. A belt holder contacts and supports each lateral end of the endless belt in an axial direction thereof. The belt holder is isolated from the opposed rotary body with a first interval interposed therebetween in the axial direction of the endless belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Teppei Kawata, Masahiko Satoh, Masaaki Yoshikawa, Kenji Ishii, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Tadashi Ogawa, Takahiro Imada, Hiromasa Takagi, Kazuya Saito, Naoki Iwaya, Kensuke Yamaji, Takamasa Hase, Toshihiko Shimokawa, Shuutaroh Yuasa, Takuya Seshita, Takeshi Uchitani, Arinobu Yoshiura, Hajime Gotoh, Akira Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20200409300
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device, a fixing device having a fixing nip region and configured to fix the image to a sheet, and a decurler including a decurling guide configured to correct a curl of the sheet while guiding the sheet after the fixing device. The decurling guide is configured to correct the curl of the sheet while guiding the sheet in a ?X direction, where a sheet conveyance direction at a point of origin is a Y direction and a direction perpendicular to the Y direction is an X direction. A relation of 15 mm?G1y?25 mm being satisfied, where G1y represents a position from the point of origin in the Y direction is at a point of ?15 mm from the point of origin in the X direction on a guide face of the decurling guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamasa HASE
  • Patent number: 10802428
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a resistive heat generator, a temperature detector, and a power controller that detects a temperature-resistance property of the resistive heat generator before the resistive heat generator is used when the resistive heat generator is removably installed. The power controller obtains power supplied to the resistive heat generator and a change in a temperature of the resistive heat generator, that is detected by the temperature detector, while the power controller supplies the power at a predetermined power duty cycle for adjustment to the resistive heat generator. The power controller calculates the temperature-resistance property of the resistive heat generator based on the power and the change in the temperature that are obtained. The power controller adjusts a power duty cycle at which the power is supplied to the resistive heat generator in use of the resistive heat generator, based on the temperature-resistance property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Adachi, Yuusuke Furuichi, Yukimichi Someya, Masahiro Samei, Takamasa Hase, Daisuke Inoue
  • Patent number: 10712695
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heating device including a heat generator and a resistance value identifier, a body, a resistance value acquisition unit, a detector to detect detachment and attachment of the heating device from and to the body, and an electric power controller. The resistance value identifier corresponds to a resistance value of the heat generator. The resistance value acquisition unit acquires the resistance value from the resistance value identifier. The electric power controller causes the resistance value acquisition unit to acquire the resistance value when the detector detects detachment and attachment of the heating device. The electric power controller changes a lighting duty of the heat generator when the acquired resistance value of the heat generator is different from the resistance value before the detector detects detachment and attachment of the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Inoue, Tomoya Adachi, Yuusuke Furuichi, Yukimichi Someya, Masahiro Samei, Takamasa Hase
  • Publication number: 20200117126
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotary endless fixing belt; a nip forming member disposed in an interior of the fixing belt; a rotary opposed member to contact the nip forming member via the fixing belt to form a nip together with the fixing belt; a heat source to directly heat the fixing belt at a portion other than the nip, including at lease one heat-generation part disposed outside lateral ends of a maximum area of the fixing belt where a recording medium passes through, wherein a recording medium carrying an unfixed image is conveyed to the nip and the fixing device fixes the unfixed image onto the recording medium; and a shielding member disposed between the fixing belt and the heat generation part of the heat source and configured to shield heat from the heat source at least at an area outside the maximum passing area of the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa HASE, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takeshi Uchitani, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10571834
    Abstract: A fixing method is provided including the step of fixing a toner on a recording medium with a fixing device. The toner has a binder resin, a colorant, and a release agent, and has a release agent amount indicator of from 0.01 to 0.20. The release agent amount indicator is represented by a ratio (P2850/P828) of an intensity (P2850) at a wave number of 2,850 cm?1 to an intensity (P828) at a wave number of 828 cm?1 of the toner measured by a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy attenuated total reflection method. The fixing device includes a fixing rotator driven to rotate by a driving source, a pressure rotator driven to rotate by rotation of the fixing rotator, a fixing belt interposed between the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator, and a heater to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohei Matsuda, Takamasa Hase, Daisuke Inoue, Teppei Kawata, Akio Takei
  • Patent number: 10551777
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotary endless fixing belt; a nip forming member disposed in an interior of the fixing belt; a rotary opposed member to contact the nip forming member via the fixing belt to form a nip together with the fixing belt; a heat source to directly heat the fixing belt at a portion other than the nip, including at lease one heat-generation part disposed outside lateral ends of a maximum area of the fixing belt where a recording medium passes through, wherein a recording medium carrying an unfixed image is conveyed to the nip and the fixing device fixes the unfixed image onto the recording medium; and a shielding member disposed between the fixing belt and the heat generation part of the heat source and configured to shield heat from the heat source at least at an area outside the maximum passing area of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Hase, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takeshi Uchitani, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Publication number: 20200033775
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heating device including a heat generator and a resistance value identifier, a body, a resistance value acquisition unit, a detector to detect detachment and attachment of the heating device from and to the body, and an electric power controller. The resistance value identifier corresponds to a resistance value of the heat generator. The resistance value acquisition unit acquires the resistance value from the resistance value identifier. The electric power controller causes the resistance value acquisition unit to acquire the resistance value when the detector detects detachment and attachment of the heating device. The electric power controller changes a lighting duty of the heat generator when the acquired resistance value of the heat generator is different from the resistance value before the detector detects detachment and attachment of the heating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: DAISUKE INOUE, TOMOYA ADACHI, YUUSUKE FURUICHI, YUKIMICHI SOMEYA, MASAHIRO SAMEI, TAKAMASA HASE
  • Publication number: 20200033767
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a resistive heat generator, a temperature detector, and a power controller that detects a temperature-resistance property of the resistive heat generator before the resistive heat generator is used when the resistive heat generator is removably installed. The power controller obtains power supplied to the resistive heat generator and a change in a temperature of the resistive heat generator, that is detected by the temperature detector, while the power controller supplies the power at a predetermined power duty cycle for adjustment to the resistive heat generator. The power controller calculates the temperature-resistance property of the resistive heat generator based on the power and the change in the temperature that are obtained. The power controller adjusts a power duty cycle at which the power is supplied to the resistive heat generator in use of the resistive heat generator, based on the temperature-resistance property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya ADACHI, Yuusuke Furuichi, Yukimichi Someya, Masahiro Samei, Takamasa Hase, Daisuke Inoue
  • Publication number: 20200033766
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a power controller that starts an examination mode by an external operation. The examination mode detects a temperature-resistance property of a resistive heat generator. The power controller supplies power at a predetermined power duty cycle to the resistive heat generator, The power controller obtains the power supplied to the resistive heat generator and a change in a temperature of the resistive heat generator, that is detected by a temperature detector, while the power controller supplies the power at the predetermined power duty cycle to the resistive heat generator. The power controller calculates the temperature-resistance property of the resistive heat generator based on the power and the change in the temperature that are obtained. The power controller adjusts a power duty cycle at which the power is supplied to the resistive heat generator based on the temperature-resistance property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa Hase, Tomoya Adachi, Yuusuke Furuichi, Yukimichi Someya, Masahiro Samei, Daisuke Inoue
  • Publication number: 20200033779
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing member and a pressure member that comes into contact with the fixing member to form a nip. The fixing device conveys a recording medium carrying a not-fixed image to the nip and fixes the not-fixed image onto the recording medium. A vibration attenuation rate of the pressure member is set to 5% or higher, with respect to a maximum value of a frequency response function of the pressure member at 300 Hz or lower in a vibration test of the pressure member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa HASE, Yutaka NAKANO, Hiroki TAKAHARA
  • Patent number: 10539912
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a power controller that starts an examination mode by an external operation. The examination mode detects a temperature-resistance property of a resistive heat generator. The power controller supplies power at a predetermined power duty cycle to the resistive heat generator. The power controller obtains the power supplied to the resistive heat generator and a change in a temperature of the resistive heat generator, that is detected by a temperature detector, while the power controller supplies the power at the predetermined power duty cycle to the resistive heat generator. The power controller calculates the temperature-resistance property of the resistive heat generator based on the power and the change in the temperature that are obtained. The power controller adjusts a power duty cycle at which the power is supplied to the resistive heat generator based on the temperature-resistance property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa Hase, Tomoya Adachi, Yuusuke Furuichi, Yukimichi Someya, Masahiro Samei, Daisuke Inoue
  • Publication number: 20190243291
    Abstract: A fixing method is provided including the step of fixing a toner on a recording medium with a fixing device. The toner comprises a binder resin, a colorant, and a release agent, and has a release agent amount indicator of from 0.01 to 0.20. The release agent amount indicator is represented by a ratio (P2850/P828) of an intensity (P2850) at a wave number of 2,850 cm?1 to an intensity (P828) at a wave number of 828 cm?1 of the toner measured by a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy attenuated total reflection method. The fixing device includes a fixing rotator driven to rotate by a driving source, a pressure rotator driven to rotate by rotation of the fixing rotator, a fixing belt interposed between the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator, and a heater to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Ryohei MATSUDA, Takamasa Hase, Daisuke Inoue, Teppei Kawata, Akio Takei