Patents by Inventor Yoshihiko Tanaka

Yoshihiko Tanaka 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: 20240034073
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photosensitive member and a scanning unit including a light source, a rotatable polygonal mirror, and a sensor. The image forming apparatus includes setting of an operation in a first mode and setting of an operation in a second mode. The image forming apparatus further comprises, a surface identifying portion and a correction data storing portion configured to prestore correction data including first correction data for a first rotational speed and second correction data for a second rotational speed. Positional deviation in a main scan direction of laser light is corrected on the basis of the first correction data or the second correction data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Takatoshi Tanaka, Fumihiko Yamaya, Naoki Matsushita, Hiroki Katayama
  • Patent number: 11852988
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to form an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member, an exposure device to form a latent image on the photosensitive member, a tubular body defining a space in which at least a part of the exposure device is contained, and a support portion that supports the exposure device and is provided along a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member in the space of the tubular body. The image forming apparatus further includes, in the rotation axis direction, a first side plate fixed to one end portion of the tubular body, and a second side plate fixed to another end portion of the tubular body. One support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the first side plate, and another support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the second side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Akira Yoshimura, Shogo Nagamine, Naoki Matsushita, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama, Akitoshi Toyota
  • Patent number: 11820158
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photosensitive member and a scanning unit including a light source, a rotatable polygonal mirror, and a sensor. The image forming apparatus includes setting of an operation in a first mode and setting of an operation in a second mode. The image forming apparatus further comprises, a surface identifying portion and a correction data storing portion configured to prestore correction data including first correction data for a first rotational speed and second correction data for a second rotational speed. Positional deviation in a main scan direction of laser light is corrected on the basis of the first correction data or the second correction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Takatoshi Tanaka, Fumihiko Yamaya, Naoki Matsushita, Hiroki Katayama
  • Patent number: 11714372
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a lifetime detection unit acquires an activation time threshold using a threshold stored in an activation time storage unit and an environmental temperature detected by a temperature detection unit, and, in a case where activation time acquired by an activation time acquisition unit is shorter than the activation time threshold, makes a notification of at least one of a lifetime or replacement of a deflection unit or an optical scanning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takatoshi Tanaka, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Naoki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11703776
    Abstract: A light deflector includes a rotary polygon mirror and a motor to rotate the rotary polygon mirror. The rotary polygon mirror includes reflecting surfaces to reflect light emitted from a light source and a hole portion provided in a rotational axis direction. The motor includes a shaft portion in the hole portion and a support member supporting the rotary polygon mirror. The support member is fixed to, and coaxial with, the shaft portion, and includes an insertion portion in the hole portion. The rotary polygon mirror includes a protruded portion near the hole portion and protruding from at least one reflecting surface orthogonal to the rotational axis direction. The protruded portion includes a fitting portion fitted to the shaft portion or the support member and in which a portion continued from a hole portion surface is protruded toward the rotation center more than the surface forming the hole portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takatoshi Tanaka, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Naoki Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20220276599
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a lifetime detection unit acquires an activation time threshold using a threshold stored in an activation time storage unit and an environmental temperature detected by a temperature detection unit, and, in a case where activation time acquired by an activation time acquisition unit is shorter than the activation time threshold, makes a notification of at least one of a lifetime or replacement of a deflection unit or an optical scanning unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Inventors: Takatoshi Tanaka, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Naoki Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20220260938
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to form an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member, an exposure device to form a latent image on the photosensitive member, a tubular body defining a space in which at least a part of the exposure device is contained, and a support portion that supports the exposure device and is provided along a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member in the space of the tubular body. The image forming apparatus further includes, in the rotation axis direction, a first side plate fixed to one end portion of the tubular body, and a second side plate fixed to another end portion of the tubular body. One support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the first side plate, and another support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the second side plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Akira Yoshimura, Shogo Nagamine, Naoki Matsushita, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama, Akitoshi Toyota
  • Patent number: 11385457
    Abstract: In an optical scanning device, an outer wall closest to a circumscribed circle of a rotating polygon mirror has a space in a position facing to a position of a reflection surface of the rotating polygon mirror in an axial direction of a rotating shaft. A part of a cover is provided in a position farther from the circumscribed circle than the outer wall so as to close the space, when the optical scanning device is viewed in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Naoki Matsushita, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama
  • Patent number: 11383413
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a polygonal mirror using a metal mold including a first mold, a second mold, a third mold, and a fourth mold includes a step of forming the molded member by providing the third mold and the fourth mold between the first mold and the second mold in a state in which the third mold and the fourth mold are in contact with each other and then by injecting a resin material into the metal mold, and a step of separating the third mold from the first crossing surface of the molded member in a direction crossing the first crossing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumihiko Yamaya, Hiroki Katayama, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Atsushi Takata, Naoki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11366310
    Abstract: A polygonal mirror includes reflecting surfaces, a molded member including a first surface and a second surface, a contact portion, and gate marks. Each of said first surface and said second surface has a polygonal shape. The contact portion and the gate marks are formed at non-overlapping positions with a line segment connecting a vertex of the polygonal shape with a rotation center. The gate marks and the reflecting surfaces are the same in number. A perpendicular bisector of a line segment connecting centers of the gate marks adjacent to each other with respect to a rotational direction of the polygonal mirror is formed at a position passing through an associated vertex of the polygonal shape and the rotation center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Matsushita, Atsushi Takata, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Takatoshi Tanaka, Fumihiko Yamaya, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama
  • Patent number: 11353805
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to form an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member, an exposure device to form a latent image on the photosensitive member, a tubular body defining a space in which at least a part of the exposure device is contained, and a support portion that supports the exposure device and is provided along a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member in the space of the tubular body. The image forming apparatus further includes, in the rotation axis direction, a first side plate fixed to one end portion of the tubular body, and a second side plate fixed to another end portion of the tubular body. One support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the first side plate, and another support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the second side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Akira Yoshimura, Shogo Nagamine, Naoki Matsushita, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama, Akitoshi Toyota
  • Publication number: 20220137528
    Abstract: A light deflector includes a rotary polygon mirror and a motor to rotate the rotary polygon mirror. The rotary polygon mirror includes reflecting surfaces to reflect light emitted from a light source and a hole portion provided in a rotational axis direction. The motor includes a shaft portion in the hole portion and a support member supporting the rotary polygon mirror. The support member is fixed to, and coaxial with, the shaft portion, and includes an insertion portion in the hole portion. The rotary polygon mirror includes a protruded portion near the hole portion and protruding from at least one reflecting surface orthogonal to the rotational axis direction. The protruded portion includes a fitting portion fitted to the shaft portion or the support member and in which a portion continued from a hole portion surface is protruded toward the rotation center more than the surface forming the hole portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Takatoshi Tanaka, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Naoki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11249303
    Abstract: A rotary polygon mirror has no recess in a thickness region of one of the reflecting surfaces of the rotary polygon mirror in the direction of the rotation axis of the rotary polygon mirror and has a protruding portion protruding from the thickness region in a direction away from the thickness region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hisanori Kobayashi, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Naoki Matsushita, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama
  • Publication number: 20210255562
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to form an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member, an exposure device to form a latent image on the photosensitive member, a tubular body defining a space in which at least a part of the exposure device is contained, and a support portion that supports the exposure device and is provided along a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member in the space of the tubular body. The image forming apparatus further includes, in the rotation axis direction, a first side plate fixed to one end portion of the tubular body, and a second side plate fixed to another end portion of the tubular body. One support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the first side plate, and another support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the second side plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Akira Yoshimura, Shogo Nagamine, Naoki Matsushita, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama, Akitoshi Toyota
  • Patent number: 11086248
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member; an optical scanning unit including a light source, an optical box, and a cover; and a fan. The fan is provided so that air from the fan directly impinges on the cover of the optical scanning unit. As seen in a direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of the rotatable polygonal mirror, a rib extending from a top plate of the cover toward an optical box side is provided at a portion of the cover in the neighborhood of a light beam emitting port of the optical scanning unit. The cover is provided with an extended portion extended from the rib in a light beam emitting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ohta, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Naoki Matsushita, Hiroki Katayama
  • Patent number: 11022908
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to form an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member, an exposure device to form a latent image on the photosensitive member, a tubular body defining a space in which at least a part of the exposure device is contained, and a support portion that supports the exposure device and is provided along a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member in the space of the tubular body. The image forming apparatus further includes, in the rotation axis direction, a first side plate fixed to one end portion of the tubular body, and a second side plate fixed to another end portion of the tubular body. One support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the first side plate, and another support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the second side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Akira Yoshimura, Shogo Nagamine, Naoki Matsushita, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama, Akitoshi Toyota
  • Publication number: 20210132521
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to form an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member, an exposure device to form a latent image on the photosensitive member, a tubular body defining a space in which at least a part of the exposure device is contained, and a support portion that supports the exposure device and is provided along a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member in the space of the tubular body. The image forming apparatus further includes, in the rotation axis direction, a first side plate fixed to one end portion of the tubular body, and a second side plate fixed to another end portion of the tubular body. One support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the first side plate, and another support portion end portion in the rotation axis direction is fixed to the second side plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Akira Yoshimura, Shogo Nagamine, Naoki Matsushita, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama, Akitoshi Toyota
  • Patent number: 10976541
    Abstract: A scanning optical device includes a light source device, a rotational polygon mirror, a rotor which rotates together with the rotational polygon mirror, a stator which rotates the rotor, wherein a substrate for holding the stator includes a first regulation portion arranged so as to overlap with a portion of the rotor in a rotational axis direction of the rotor, and in a case where the rotor is caused to move in the rotational axis direction, the first regulation portion comes into contact with the rotor, and a second regulation portion is arranged in a position in relation with the first regulation portion so as to maintain the first regulation portion in a position where the first regulation portion overlaps with the portion of the rotor in the rotational axis direction, so as to regulate deformation of the first regulation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Matsushita, Fumihiko Yamaya, Yoshihiko Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20210080712
    Abstract: In an optical scanning device, an outer wall closest to a circumscribed circle of a rotating polygon mirror has a space in a position facing to a position of a reflection surface of the rotating polygon mirror in an axial direction of a rotating shaft. A part of a cover is provided in a position farther from the circumscribed circle than the outer wall so as to close the space, when the optical scanning device is viewed in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the rotating shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Naoki Matsushita, Takatoshi Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Hiroki Katayama
  • Publication number: 20210041801
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes a photosensitive member; an optical scanning unit including a light source, an optical box, and a cover; and a fan. The fan is provided so that air from the fan directly impinges on the cover of the optical scanning unit. As seen in a direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of the rotatable polygonal mirror, a rib extending from a top plate of the cover toward an optical box side is provided at a portion of the cover in the neighborhood of a light beam emitting port of the optical scanning unit. The cover is provided with an extended portion extended from the rib in a light beam emitting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ohta, Yoshihiko Tanaka, Hisanori Kobayashi, Takatoshi Tanaka, Naoki Matsushita, Hiroki Katayama