Patents by Inventor Teppei Kikuchi

Teppei Kikuchi 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: 10996587
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of developer containers to contain different types of developers and a container mount in which the plurality of developer containers is removably installed and arranged adjacent to each other. Each of the developer containers includes an engagement portion. The engagement portion of one of the developer containers engages the engagement portion of another of the developer containers adjacent to the one of the developer containers when the developer containers are installed in the container mount in a predetermined order, to allow the developer containers to be installed. Further, the engagement portion of one of the developer containers interferes with the engagement portion of another of the developer containers adjacent to the one of the developer containers when the developer containers are installed in the container mount in a different order from the predetermined order, to prevent the developer containers from being installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Aso, Toshio Koike, Teppei Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20210080864
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro NODERA, Emi KITA, Akihiro TAKAYAMA, Susumu TATEYAMA, Shinnosuke KOSHIZUKA, Tatsuya KUBO, Teppei KIKUCHI
  • Publication number: 20210018860
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of developer containers to contain different types of developers and a container mount in which the plurality of developer containers is removably installed and arranged adjacent to each other. Each of the developer containers includes an engagement portion. The engagement portion of one of the developer containers engages the engagement portion of another of the developer containers adjacent to the one of the developer containers when the developer containers is installed in the container mount in a predetermined order, to allow the developer containers to be installed. Further, the engagement portion of one of the developer containers interferes with the engagement portion of another of the developer containers adjacent to the one of the developer containers when the developer containers is installed in the container mount in a different order from the predetermined order, to prevent the developer containers from being installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuhiro ASO, Toshio Koike, Teppei Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10871729
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Nodera, Emi Kita, Akihiro Takayama, Susumu Tateyama, Shinnosuke Koshizuka, Tatsuya Kubo, Teppei Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20200183302
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro NODERA, Emi KITA, Akihiro TAKAYAMA, Susumu TATEYAMA, Shinnosuke KOSHIZUKA, Tatsuya KUBO, Teppei KIKUCHI
  • Patent number: 10606187
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kentaro Nodera, Emi Kita, Akihiro Takayama, Susumu Tateyama, Shinnosuke Koshizuka, Tatsuya Kubo, Teppei Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10564592
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a removable component configured to be removably installed in an installation position in the apparatus body, a cover configured to open and close when the removable component is removed from or installed in the installation position, a replacement removable component configured to be installable in and removable from the installation position in which the removable component is installed, and a holder configured to hold the replacement removable component at a different position from the installation position when the removable component is installed in the installation position and the cover opens. The replacement removable component held by the holder is configured to inhibit the cover from closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD
    Inventors: Michiharu Suzuki, Jun Shiori, Hideo Yoshizawa, Toshio Koike, Teppei Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Aso, Keinosuke Kondoh
  • Patent number: 10558134
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes image bearers, developing devices, developer containers, and developer supply devices. The image bearers are arranged side by side along a movement direction of an intermediate transferor or a sheet. The developing devices, the developer containers, and the developer supply devices are configured to be rearrangeable for each color in the movement direction in a manner that one or each of a developing device, a developer container, and a developer supply device corresponding to each color of the different colors is detached from and attached to the image forming apparatus, separately from a rest of the developing device, the developer container, and the developer supply device. The image forming apparatus is configured to be available for use when colors of the developing device, the developer container, and the developer supply device correspond to each other after rearrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Koike, Teppei Kikuchi, Michiharu Suzuki, Keinosuke Kondoh, Jun Shiori, Kazuhiro Aso
  • Patent number: 10520856
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer bearer opposed to an image bearer, configured to bear developer and rotate in a direction of rotation of the developer bearer, and configured to develop a latent image on the image bearer and a casing opposed to the developer bearer at a position downstream from an opposed position, at which the developer bearer is opposed to the image bearer, in the direction of rotation of the developer bearer. A casing gap between the developer bearer and the casing continuously decreases or increases from a first end of the developing device to a second end of the developing device across a center of the developing device in a longitudinal direction of the developing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Koike, Jun Shiori, Hideo Yoshizawa, Keinosuke Kondoh, Teppei Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Aso, Michiharu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10409196
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an intermediate transferor to rotate in a predetermined rotation direction, a plurality of image bearers disposed along the intermediate transferor to bear latent images, a plurality of developing devices to develop the latent images, a plurality of developer containers to contain developers, and a plurality of conveyance paths each corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of developing devices and a respective one of the plurality of developer containers to supply the developers to the plurality of developing devices respectively. An arrangement of the plurality of developing devices in the predetermined rotation direction is configured to be changed without changing an arrangement of the plurality of developer containers. A layout of the plurality of conveyance paths is configured to be changed without changing connections between a supply source and a supply destination of the plurality of conveyance paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Koike, Jun Shiori, Teppei Kikuchi, Michiharu Suzuki, Kazuhiro Aso, Keinosuke Kondoh, Tadashi Ogawa, Hideo Yoshizawa
  • Publication number: 20190227479
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a removable component configured to be removably installed in an installation position in the apparatus body, a cover configured to open and close when the removable component is removed from or installed in the installation position, a replacement removable component configured to be installable in and removable from the installation position in which the removable component is installed, and a holder configured to hold the replacement removable component at a different position from the installation position when the removable component is installed in the installation position and the cover opens. The replacement removable component held by the holder is configured to inhibit the cover from closing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Michiharu SUZUKI, Jun SHIORI, Hideo YOSHIZAWA, Toshio KOIKE, Teppei KIKUCHI, Kazuhiro ASO, Keinosuke KONDOH
  • Publication number: 20190219951
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer bearer opposed to an image bearer, configured to bear developer and rotate in a direction of rotation of the developer bearer, and configured to develop a latent image on the image bearer and a casing opposed to the developer bearer at a position downstream from an opposed position, at which the developer bearer is opposed to the image bearer, in the direction of rotation of the developer bearer. A casing gap between the developer bearer and the casing continuously decreases or increases from a first end of the developing device to a second end of the developing device across a center of the developing device in a longitudinal direction of the developing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Toshio KOIKE, Jun Shiori, Hideo Yoshizawa, Keinosuke Kondoh, Teppei Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Aso, Michiharu Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20190212668
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes image bearers, developing devices, developer containers, and developer supply devices. The image bearers are arranged side by side along a movement direction of an intermediate transferor or a sheet. The developing devices, the developer containers, and the developer supply devices are configured to be rearrangeable for each color in the movement direction in a manner that one or each of a developing device, a developer container, and a developer supply device corresponding to each color of the different colors is detached from and attached to the image forming apparatus, separately from a rest of the developing device, the developer container, and the developer supply device. The image forming apparatus is configured to be available for use when colors of the developing device, the developer container, and the developer supply device correspond to each other after rearrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Toshio KOIKE, Teppei KIKUCHI, Michiharu SUZUKI, Keinosuke KONDOH, Jun SHIORI, Kazuhiro ASO
  • Publication number: 20190064699
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Kentaro NODERA, Emi KITA, Akihiro TAKAYAMA, Susumu TATEYAMA, Shinnosuke KOSHIZUKA, Tatsuya KUBO, Teppei KIKUCHI
  • Patent number: 10203633
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an intermediate transferor, a plurality of image bearers, a plurality of developing devices, a plurality of developer containers, a plurality of conveyance paths, and a plurality of sub-hoppers. At least one set of an image bearer, a developing device, and a sub-hopper is disposed at a height different from other sets. The arrangement of the plurality of developing devices and the plurality of sub-hoppers in the rotation direction of the intermediate transferor is changed while satisfying the following. The arrangement of the plurality of developer containers is not changed and the connections between the plurality of developing devices and the plurality of sub-hoppers are not change, while the layout of the plurality of tubes as the plurality of conveyance paths is changed so that the connections between the plurality of tubes and the plurality of sub-hoppers are not changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michiharu Suzuki, Hideo Yoshizawa, Jun Shiori, Toshio Koike, Kazuhiro Aso, Teppei Kikuchi, Keinosuke Kondoh
  • Patent number: 10146154
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Nodera, Emi Kita, Akihiro Takayama, Susumu Tateyama, Shinnosuke Koshizuka, Tatsuya Kubo, Teppei Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20180335721
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an intermediate transferor to rotate in a predetermined rotation direction, a plurality of image bearers disposed along the intermediate transferor to bear latent images, a plurality of developing devices to develop the latent images, a plurality of developer containers to contain developers, and a plurality of conveyance paths each corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of developing devices and a respective one of the plurality of developer containers to supply the developers to the plurality of developing devices respectively. An arrangement of the plurality of developing devices in the predetermined rotation direction is configured to be changed without changing an arrangement of the plurality of developer containers. A layout of the plurality of conveyance paths is configured to be changed without changing connections between a supply source and a supply destination of the plurality of conveyance paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Toshio KOIKE, Jun SHIORI, Teppei KIKUCHI, Michiharu SUZUKI, Kazuhiro ASO, Keinosuke KONDOH, Tadashi OGAWA, Hideo YOSHIZAWA
  • Publication number: 20180321615
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an intermediate transferor, a plurality of image bearers, a plurality of developing devices, a plurality of developer containers, a plurality of conveyance paths, and a plurality of sub-hoppers. At least one set of an image bearer, a developing device, and a sub-hopper is disposed at a height different from other sets. The arrangement of the plurality of developing devices and the plurality of sub-hoppers in the rotation direction of the intermediate transferor is changed while satisfying the following. The arrangement of the plurality of developer containers is not changed and the connections between the plurality of developing devices and the plurality of sub-hoppers are not change, while the layout of the plurality of tubes as the plurality of conveyance paths is changed so that the connections between the plurality of tubes and the plurality of sub-hoppers are not changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Michiharu SUZUKI, Hideo YOSHIZAWA, Jun SHIORI, Toshio KOIKE, Kazuhiro ASO, Teppei KIKUCHI, Keinosuke KONDOH
  • Publication number: 20170363987
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Kentaro NODERA, Emi KITA, Akihiro TAKAYAMA, Susumu TATEYAMA, Shinnosuke KOSHIZUKA, Tatsuya KUBO, Teppei KIKUCHI
  • Patent number: 9835977
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder chamber for containing powder for forming images, a powder outlet formed in a face of the powder container, and a shutter assembly to open and close the powder outlet and including first and second shutters. The first shutter is movable between a sealing position to close the powder outlet and an open position to open the powder outlet and includes a pressed member to cancel retention of the first shutter at the sealing position. The second shutter includes a pressing projection that interferes with the pressed member of the first shutter and is movable between a shielding position to cover the pressed member without interference between the pressing projection and the pressed member and a releasing position to press the pressed member with the pressing projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Nodera, Emi Kita, Akihiro Takayama, Susumu Tateyama, Shinnosuke Koshizuka, Tatsuya Kubo, Teppei Kikuchi