Patents by Inventor Yasunobu Youda

Yasunobu Youda 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: 10507995
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a separator to separate a sheet from sheets. The separator includes a separation conveyor; a separation resistance member to press against the separation conveyor via the sheet; a resistance-member holder; a biasing member to contact and bias the resistance-member holder to press the separation resistance member toward the separation conveyor, the resistance-member holder to rotate about a resistance-member rotary shaft to separate from the biasing member in detaching from an apparatus body; and a biasing-member holder configured to rotate about a biasing-member rotary shaft to more incline the biasing member in a state, in which the biasing member is spaced apart from the resistance-member holder, in a moving direction of the resistance-member holder to detach from the apparatus body than the biasing member in a biasing state in which the biasing member biases the resistance-member holder in contact with the resistance-member holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Munekazu Hirata, Satoshi Narai, Yasunobu Youda, Tatsuaki Nagano, Takayuki Andoh, Daisuke Imaki, Tomoya Fujii, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Naoto Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10491768
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a plurality of conveyance rollers to convey a sheet, a motor to drive the plurality of conveyance rollers, an image reading unit to read an image of the sheet, a control device to perform a stop control that stops the sheet in a course of a conveyance path, and a clutch to transmit a driving force of the motor. A first conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers upstream from a leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in a conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted via the clutch. A second conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers downstream from the leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in the conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted without the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Andoh, Yasunobu Youda, Tatsuaki Nagano, Daisuke Imaki, Satoshi Narai, Tomoya Fujii, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Munekazu Hirata, Naoto Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20190283989
    Abstract: A medium conveying device includes a conveying lower face and a placing table. The conveying lower face has an introduction end and an ejection end. The conveying lower face inclines upward and extends linearly from the introduction end to the ejection end. The placing table is provided pivotally on an introduction end side and displaced between a first position and a second position to place a sheet-like conveyance target medium to be introduced from the introduction end. The placing table forms a linear conveying route when occupying the first position and forms a bent conveying route when occupying the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Tada, Takayuki Andoh, Yasunobu Youda
  • Patent number: 10412246
    Abstract: An image-reading unit includes an original document conveyor that includes a first original document tray to hold an original document to be read, a first original document feeding port to feed the original document placed on the first original document tray, and an original document conveying path to convey the original document from the first original document feeding port to an original document discharging port. The original document conveyor further includes an openable second original document tray attached near an intermediate portion of the original document conveying path to hold an original document when opened, and a second original document feeding port to feed the original document on the second original document tray. The image-reading unit further includes an image reader to read an image of the original document being conveyed along the original document conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuji Kawai, Yasunobu Youda, Yohei Osanai, Tatsuaki Nagano, Satoshi Narai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Daisuke Imaki, Takayuki Andoh, Susumu Miyazaki, Tetsuo Inui, Yuki Fujii, Koichi Ono, Takeshi Shikama, Shingo Shiramura, Hideo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10341516
    Abstract: A rotation drive device includes a driven rotation member, a driving rotation member, a rotation relay member, a shaft, and a holder. The rotation relay member transmits only a unidirectional rotational driving force from the driving rotation member to the driven rotation member. The rotation relay member includes a housing and a cylindrical one-way clutch. A contact portion between the driving rotation member and the shaft is configured to rotate the driving rotation member and the shaft to transmit the driving force to an inner peripheral side of the cylindrical one-way clutch via the shaft. The driving rotation member includes a boss projected toward the holder and rotatably held in the holder. A portion of the shaft to support the driving rotation member and an inner wall surface of a through hole of the driving rotation member are shaped to rotate the shaft and the driving rotation member. together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Imaki, Yohei Osanai, Genta Hagiwara, Masatoshi Ishida, Tatsuaki Nagano, Satoshi Narai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Yasunobu Youda, Takayuki Andoh, Kaoru Tada
  • Publication number: 20190068815
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a plurality of conveyance rollers to convey a sheet, a motor to drive the plurality of conveyance rollers, an image reading unit to read an image of the sheet, a control device to perform a stop control that stops the sheet in a course of a conveyance path, and a clutch to transmit a driving force of the motor. A first conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers upstream from a leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in a conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted via the clutch. A second conveyance roller group includes at least one of the plurality of conveyance rollers downstream from the leading end of the sheet stopped by the stop control in the conveyance direction, to which the driving force is transmitted without the clutch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki ANDOH, Yasunobu YOUDA, Tatsuaki NAGANO, Daisuke IMAKI, Satoshi NARAI, Tomoya FUJII, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Koji HATAYAMA, Kaoru TADA, Munekazu HIRATA, Naoto KITAMURA
  • Publication number: 20190052767
    Abstract: A reading device includes a feeder, a reading unit, and circuitry. The feeder feeds a document. The reading unit reads the document fed by the feeder. The circuitry acquires image data of the document read by the reading unit, in a mode selected in accordance with a predetermined selection condition from a plurality of modes that includes a first mode for acquiring image data including a document area of the document and an outside area other than the document area and a second mode for acquiring image data of an area not including the outside area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Tatsuaki NAGANO, Koji HATAYAMA, Satoshi NARAI, Daisuke IMAKI, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Kaoru TADA, Takayuki ANDOH, Yohei OSANAI, Genta HAGIWARA, Yasunobu YOUDA
  • Publication number: 20190047809
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a separator to separate a sheet from sheets. The separator includes a separation conveyor; a separation resistance member to press against the separation conveyor via the sheet; a resistance-member holder; a biasing member to contact and bias the resistance-member holder to press the separation resistance member toward the separation conveyor, the resistance-member holder to rotate about a resistance-member rotary shaft to separate from the biasing member in detaching from an apparatus body; and a biasing-member holder configured to rotate about a biasing-member rotary shaft to more incline the biasing member in a state, in which the biasing member is spaced apart from the resistance-member holder, in a moving direction of the resistance-member holder to detach from the apparatus body than the biasing member in a biasing state in which the biasing member biases the resistance-member holder in contact with the resistance-member holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munekazu HIRATA, Satoshi NARAI, Yasunobu YOUDA, Tatsuaki NAGANO, Takayuki ANDOH, Daisuke IMAKI, Tomoya FUJII, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Koji HATAYAMA, Kaoru TADA, Naoto KITAMURA
  • Patent number: 10200564
    Abstract: An image reading device includes: a reading unit; a first detecting unit that detects a position of the reading unit in the sub-scanning direction; a second detecting unit that detects a position of the reading unit in the sub-scanning direction; and a calculating unit that calculates a skew quantity and a skew direction of the reading unit, based on a difference, introduced by the skew, between a travel distance by which the reading unit has travelled from a measurement reference position located on an upstream side of the first detecting unit and the second detecting unit in a moving direction to a point where the reading unit is detected by the first detecting unit, and a travel distance by which the reading unit has travelled from the measurement reference position to a point where the reading unit is detected by the second detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Fujii, Yasunobu Youda, Yohei Osanai, Tatsuaki Nagano, Satoshi Narai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Takuji Kawai, Daisuke Imaki, Takayuki Andoh, Susumu Miyazaki, Tetsuo Inui, Koichi Ono, Takeshi Shikama, Shingo Shiramura, Hideo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10118781
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a sheet container, a separation feeder, a plurality of conveyance drivers, a multifeed detector, a sheet detector, and a conveyance controller. The conveyance drivers are driven to convey a sheet to a conveyance completion position on a sheet conveyance path. The multifeed detector detects occurrence of a multifeed on the conveyance path. The sheet detector detects presence or absence of the sheet at a sheet detection point on the conveyance path. The conveyance controller controls the conveyance drivers to be continuously driven until a preceding sheet preceding multifed sheets is conveyed to the conveyance completion position after the multifeed detector detects the occurrence of the multifeed. The conveyance controller controls the conveyance drivers to stop in a period in which at least one of the multifed sheets is present at the sheet detection point after the preceding sheet is conveyed to the conveyance completion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Andoh, Munekazu Hirata, Naoto Kitamura, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Yasunobu Youda
  • Patent number: 10108128
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder, which is included in an image reading device and an image forming apparatus, includes first and second document trays, a document output tray, a document conveying passage, multiple document conveying bodies, a drive source, a detector, and a controller. The multiple document conveying bodies include a document holding and conveying body to convey and hold the original document sheet on the second document tray. On detection of the original document sheet on the second document tray while conveying a different original document sheet from the first document tray, the controller stops feeding the different original document sheet, causes the different original document sheet downstream from the document holding and conveying body in a document conveying direction to be conveyed to the document output tray, and stops the drive source after the different original document has been conveyed to the document output tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuaki Nagano, Yasunobu Youda, Satoshi Narai, Yohei Osanai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Masatoshi Ishida, Takuji Kawai
  • Publication number: 20180295247
    Abstract: An image-reading unit includes an original document conveyor that includes a first original document tray to hold an original document to be read, a first original document feeding port to feed the original document placed on the first original document tray, and an original document conveying path to convey the original document from the first original document feeding port to an original document discharging port. The original document conveyor further includes an openable second original document tray attached near an intermediate portion of the original document conveying path to hold an original document when opened, and a second original document feeding port to feed the original document on the second original document tray. The image-reading unit further includes an image reader to read an image of the original document being conveyed along the original document conveying path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuji KAWAI, Yasunobu YOUDA, Yohei OSANAI, Tatsuaki NAGANO, Satoshi NARAI, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Daisuke IMAKI, Takayuki ANDOH, Susumu MIYAZAKI, Tetsuo INUI, Yuki FUJII, Koichi ONO, Takeshi SHIKAMA, Shingo SHIRAMURA, Hideo TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180270375
    Abstract: A rotation drive device includes a driven rotation member, a driving rotation member, a rotation relay member, a shaft, and a holder. The rotation relay member transmits only a unidirectional rotational driving force from the driving rotation member to the driven rotation member. The rotation relay member includes a housing and a cylindrical one-way clutch. A contact portion between the driving rotation member and the shaft is configured to rotate the driving rotation member and the shaft to transmit the driving force to an inner peripheral side of the cylindrical one-way clutch via the shaft. The driving rotation member includes a boss projected toward the holder and rotatably held in the holder. A portion of the shaft to support the driving rotation member and an inner wall surface of a through hole of the driving rotation member are shaped to rotate the shaft and the driving rotation member. together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: DAISUKE IMAKI, Yohei OSANAI, Genta HAGIWARA, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Tatsuaki NAGANO, Satoshi NARAI, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Yasunobu YOUDA, Takayuki ANDOH, Kaoru TADA
  • Patent number: 10070010
    Abstract: An image reading device, which may be incorporated in an image forming apparatus, includes an image reader, a color reference body, a biasing body, a reading gap forming device, and a driving device. The image reader reads an image of an original document. The color reference body has a white reference face to position facing the image reader within a predetermined range in a document width direction. The biasing body biases the color reference body to the image reader. The reading gap forming device forms a reading gap while receiving a biasing force from the biasing body on the outside of the predetermined range. The driving device has a force drive transmission body engaged with a center of the color reference body in the document width direction and drives the color reference body in the document width direction at the center via the force drive transmission body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Hatayama, Tatsuaki Nagano, Takayuki Andoh, Kaoru Tada, Munekazu Hirata, Yasunobu Youda
  • Patent number: 10044898
    Abstract: An image reading device, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a first transparent body, a second transparent body, a holding body, and a reading body. The second transparent body is disposed separated from and inclined at a predetermined angle to the first transparent body. The holding body holds the first and second transparent bodies. The reading body moves in a sub-scanning direction along the first and second transparent bodies. The holding body includes a flat face and a frame-shaped face. The flat face is contiguous to the first transparent body on a same plane and smoothly connected with the second transparent body. The frame-shaped face projects outwardly beyond the second transparent body facing the reading body. The reading body moves and contacts the first transparent body and the holding body, and moves with a gap relative to the second transparent body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Osanai, Yasunobu Youda, Masatoshi Ishida, Tatsuaki Nagano, Daisuke Imaki, Satoshi Narai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Takuji Kawai
  • Patent number: 10027831
    Abstract: An image-reading unit includes an original document conveyor that includes a first original document tray to hold an original document to be read, a first original document feeding port to feed the original document placed on the first original document tray, and an original document conveying path to convey the original document from the first original document feeding port to an original document discharging port. The original document conveyor further includes an openable second original document tray attached near an intermediate portion of the original document conveying path to hold an original document when opened, and a second original document feeding port to feed the original document on the second original document tray. The image-reading unit further includes an image reader to read an image of the original document being conveyed along the original document conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuji Kawai, Yasunobu Youda, Yohei Osanai, Tatsuaki Nagano, Satoshi Narai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Daisuke Imaki, Takayuki Andoh, Susumu Miyazaki, Tetsuo Inui, Yuki Fujii, Koichi Ono, Takeshi Shikama, Shingo Shiramura, Hideo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9988223
    Abstract: An automatic document feeding device includes a document tray, an ejection tray, and a document takeout port. The document tray is rotatably attached to a rotation fulcrum provided in a body of the automatic document feeder, to load a document. The document tray includes a first positioner and a second positioner. The first positioner is disposed at a front side of the body in a direction perpendicular to a document feed direction. The second positioner is disposed at a depth side of the body in the direction perpendicular to the document feed direction. The first positioner is disposed upstream from the rotation fulcrum in the document feed direction and above the document takeout port in the body. An upper portion and side surfaces of the first positioner in the direction perpendicular to the document feed direction are surrounded by the document tray in a closed state of the document tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Munekazu Hirata, Takayuki Andoh, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Tatsuaki Nagano, Yasunobu Youda, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Yohei Osanai, Kazushige Kawamura, Takuji Kawai
  • Publication number: 20180086579
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a sheet container, a separation feeder, a plurality of conveyance drivers, a multifeed detector, a sheet detector, and a conveyance controller. The conveyance drivers are driven to convey a sheet to a conveyance completion position on a sheet conveyance path. The multifeed detector detects occurrence of a multifeed on the conveyance path. The sheet detector detects presence or absence of the sheet at a sheet detection point on the conveyance path. The conveyance controller controls the conveyance drivers to be continuously driven until a preceding sheet preceding multifed sheets is conveyed to the conveyance completion position after the multifeed detector detects the occurrence of the multifeed. The conveyance controller controls the conveyance drivers to stop in a period in which at least one of the multifed sheets is present at the sheet detection point after the preceding sheet is conveyed to the conveyance completion position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Andoh, Munekazu Hirata, Naoto Kitamura, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Yasunobu Youda
  • Publication number: 20170351209
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder, which is included in an image reading device and an image forming apparatus, includes first and second document trays, a document output tray, a document conveying passage, multiple document conveying bodies, a drive source, a detector, and a controller. The multiple document conveying bodies include a document holding and conveying body to convey and hold the original document sheet on the second document tray. On detection of the original document sheet on the second document tray while conveying a different original document sheet from the first document tray, the controller stops feeding the different original document sheet, causes the different original document sheet downstream from the document holding and conveying body in a document conveying direction to be conveyed to the document output tray, and stops the drive source after the different original document has been conveyed to the document output tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuaki NAGANO, Yasunobu Youda, Satoshi Narai, Yobei Osanai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Masatoshi Ishida, Takuji Kawai
  • Publication number: 20170331970
    Abstract: An image reading device, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a first transparent body, a second transparent body, a holding body, and a reading body. The second transparent body is disposed separated from and inclined at a predetermined angle to the first transparent body. The holding body holds the first and second transparent bodies. The reading body moves in a sub-scanning direction along the first and second transparent bodies. The holding body includes a flat face and a frame-shaped face. The flat face is contiguous to the first transparent body on a same plane and smoothly connected with the second transparent body. The frame-shaped face projects outwardly beyond the second transparent body facing the reading body. The reading body moves and contacts the first transparent body and the holding body, and moves with a gap relative to the second transparent body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei OSANAI, Yasunobu YOUDA, Masatoshi ISHIDA, Tatsuaki NAGANO, Daisuke IMAKI, Satoshi NARAI, Toshiyuki HORIKAWA, Takuji KAWAI