Patents by Inventor Takuya Seshita

Takuya Seshita 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: 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
  • 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: 10962911
    Abstract: A fixing device is provided that includes a rotatable endless fixing member; a heat source for heating the fixing member; a pressure member that forms a nip with the fixing member; and a nip forming portion that faces the pressure member inside the fixing member and forms the nip; wherein the nip forming portion has a base material and a heat equalizing member, the heat equalizing member has a flat portion between the base material and the pressure member and a bent portion that begins to bend away from the pressure member at an upstream side edge of the base material with respect to a conveyance direction of a recording medium that is configured to be conveyed between the pressure member and the fixing member, and then the bent portion further bends to at least partially hook over a convex part of the base material that is formed at the upstream side of the base material such that an end portion of the bent portion is farther downstream with respect to the conveyance direction of a recording medium than the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Seshita
  • Patent number: 10955780
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator, a pressure rotator configured to press the fixing rotator, a fixing structure, a temperature detector, a discharger, and a holder. The fixing structure is configured to hold at least one of the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator. The temperature detector is configured to contact a detected member that is at least one of the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator and detect a temperature of the detected member. The discharger is configured to contact and discharge the detected member. The holder is fixed on the fixing structure and configured to hold the temperature detector and the discharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Seshita, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Hitoshi Fujiwara
  • 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: 20210041815
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device, control circuitry, and a controller. The fixing device includes a first rotating body, a second rotating body in pressure contact with the first rotating body, and a heat source to heat the first rotating body. The circuitry, at startup of the fixing device, causes the fixing device to perform a rotating operation to rotate the first rotating body while causing the heat source to perform a heating operation to heat the first rotating body, thereby performing a fixing startup operation to raise a temperature of the first rotating body. The circuitry delays at least one of a timing for start of the rotating operation and a timing for start of the heating operation to be later than a start of a controller startup operation such that the fixing startup operation is completed in time with completion of the controller startup operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventor: Takuya Seshita
  • Publication number: 20210011400
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator, a pressure rotator configured to press the fixing rotator, a fixing structure, a temperature detector, a discharger, and a holder. The fixing structure is configured to hold at least one of the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator. The temperature detector is configured to contact a detected member that is at least one of the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator and detect a temperature of the detected member. The discharger is configured to contact and discharge the detected member. The holder is fixed on the fixing structure and configured to hold the temperature detector and the discharger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Takuya SESHITA, Hiroshi KAJIYAMA, Hitoshi FUJIWARA
  • Publication number: 20200272080
    Abstract: A fixing device is provided that includes a rotatable endless fixing member; a heat source for heating the fixing member; a pressure member that forms a nip with the fixing member; and a nip forming portion that faces the pressure member inside the fixing member and forms the nip; wherein the nip forming portion has a base material and a heat equalizing member, the heat equalizing member has a flat portion between the base material and the pressure member and a bent portion that begins to bend away from the pressure member at an upstream side edge of the base material with respect to a conveyance direction of a recording medium that is configured to be conveyed between the pressure member and the fixing member, and then the bent portion further bends to at least partially hook over a convex part of the base material that is formed at the upstream side of the base material such that an end portion of the bent portion is farther downstream with respect to the conveyance direction of a recording medium than the
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventor: Takuya SESHITA
  • 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: 10558154
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a pressing device, an apparatus body, an opening body, and a vibration insulator. The pressing device housed in the apparatus body is configured to press a pressing body to a pressing target body. The opening body is configured to open and close to the apparatus body. The opening body presses a pressing target portion of the apparatus body, at a first pressing portion to cancel a pressing state of the pressing device by opening of the opening body and at a second pressing portion to enter the pressing state of the pressing device by closing of the opening body. The vibration insulator is provided on at least one of the pressing target portion and the second pressing portion, at a contact portion at which the pressing target portion contacts the second pressing portion when the first pressing portion cancels the pressing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kajiyama, Naoki Iwaya, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Takuya Seshita, Takahiro Imada, Yoshiharu Takahashi, Natsuki Watanabe
  • 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: 20200033764
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a pressing device, an apparatus body, an opening body, and a vibration insulator. The pressing device housed in the apparatus body is configured to press a pressing body to a pressing target body. The opening body is configured to open and close to the apparatus body. The opening body presses a pressing target portion of the apparatus body, at a first pressing portion to cancel a pressing state of the pressing device by opening of the opening body and at a second pressing portion to enter the pressing state of the pressing device by closing of the opening body. The vibration insulator is provided on at least one of the pressing target portion and the second pressing portion, at a contact portion at which the pressing target portion contacts the second pressing portion when the first pressing portion cancels the pressing state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kajiyama, Naoki Iwaya, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Takuya Seshita, Takahiro Imada, Yoshiharu Takahashi, Natsuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10345747
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a driving unit, a pressing roller, a heater, a fixing belt, a pressing roller, a nip formation pad that presses against an inner surface of the fixing belt toward the pressing roller via the fixing belt to form a nip, a separation mechanism, a lubricant between the fixing belt and the nip formation pad, and a processor to execute a warming-up operation of the fixing device. In the warming-up operation, before the heater heats the fixing belt, the separation mechanism moves the nip formation pad in a direction of separating the nip formation pad from the pressing roller to set a nip pressure lower than an ordinary nip pressure, and the driving unit rotates the pressing roller that rotates the fixing belt. Thereafter, the heater starts heating, and the separation mechanism moves the nip formation pad to contact the fixing belt at an ordinary nip pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Seshita, Kohichi Utsunomiya, Hajime Gotoh, Takahiro Imada, Yutaka Ikebuchi
  • Publication number: 20190121271
    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 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Takamasa HASE, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takeshi Uchitani, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10248055
    Abstract: A fixing device is provided that includes a fixing belt rotatable in a predetermined direction, a heater to heat the fixing belt, a pressure rotator in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt, a nip formation pad disposed inside a loop formed by the fixing belt and pressed against the pressure rotator via the fixing belt to form a fixing nip, and a pair of guides in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt at both ends of the fixing belt in a width direction thereof, to maintain a substantially cylindrical posture of the fixing belt. Each of the guides includes a guide portion in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt and a lubricant holder holding a lubricant that is disposed adjacent to the guide portion and not in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Yasuharu Kawarasaki, Kohichi Utsunomiya
  • Patent number: 10209654
    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: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Hase, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takeshi Uchitani, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Publication number: 20180373187
    Abstract: A fixing device is provided that includes a fixing belt rotatable in a predetermined direction, a heater to heat the fixing belt, a pressure rotator in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt, a nip formation pad disposed inside a loop formed by the fixing belt and pressed against the pressure rotator via the fixing belt to form a fixing nip, and a pair of guides in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt at both ends of the fixing belt in a width direction thereof, to maintain a substantially cylindrical posture of the fixing belt. Each of the guides includes a guide portion in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt and a lubricant holder holding a lubricant that is disposed adjacent to the guide portion and not in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Yasuharu Kawarasaki, Kohichi Utsunomiya
  • Publication number: 20180329342
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a driving unit, a pressing roller, a heater, a fixing belt, a pressing roller, a nip formation pad that presses against an inner surface of the fixing belt toward the pressing roller via the fixing belt to form a nip, a separation mechanism, a lubricant between the fixing belt and the nip formation pad, and a processor to execute a warming-up operation of the fixing device. In the warming-up operation, before the heater heats the fixing belt, the separation mechanism moves the nip formation pad in a direction of separating the nip formation pad from the pressing roller to set a nip pressure lower than an ordinary nip pressure, and the driving unit rotates the pressing roller that rotates the fixing belt. Thereafter, the heater starts heating, and the separation mechanism moves the nip formation pad to contact the fixing belt at an ordinary nip pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Seshita, Kohichi Utsunomiya, Hajime Gotoh, Takahiro Imada, Yutaka Ikebuchi
  • Patent number: 10001735
    Abstract: A fixing device may include an endless fixing member; a heater inside the fixing member; and a nip forming unit configured to form a nip through which a recording sheet is conveyed, the nip forming unit including a supporting member and a contact member supported by the supporting member, the supporting member including at least one contact surface and the contact member including a plurality of protrusions protruding towards the supporting member such that two or more of the plurality of protrusions are configured to contact one of the at least one contact surface of the supporting member, each of the plurality of protrusions having a height associated there with such that the height of the plurality of protrusions increases in a direction from ends of the contact member towards a center of the contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Imada, Masaaki Yoshikawa, Kenji Ishii, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Yuji Arai, Naoki Iwaya, Tetsuo Tokuda, Hiromasa Takagi, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Ippei Fujimoto, Takuya Seshita, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Arinobu Yoshiura, Toshihiko Shimokawa, Hajime Gotoh
  • Patent number: 9989904
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator unit. The fixing rotator unit includes a fixing rotator formed into a loop; a holder to hold an end in a longitudinal direction of the fixing rotator; a pressure rotator disposed opposite the fixing rotator to press against the fixing rotator; a pressure pad disposed inside the loop to receive pressure from the pressure rotator via the fixing rotator to form an area of contact between the fixing rotator and the pressure rotator; a stay to support the pressure pad against the pressure from the pressure rotator; and a positioner to secure the holder and to position the stay with one end of the stay projecting outwards from the positioner. The positioner has a limited moving distance in a thrust direction. The limited moving distance is shorter than a length of a part of the holder entering the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Arai, Hajime Gotoh, Takuya Seshita, Takahiro Imada