Patents by Inventor Yoshimi Shimizu

Yoshimi Shimizu 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: 10073373
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photoreceptor, an exposure unit, a developing unit, and a control unit. The control unit sets the toner-layer-forming electric potential difference lower than an electric potential when forming the image on the print medium, forms a combined patch for calibration by the set toner-layer-forming electric potential difference for calibration, so as to adjust the developing-bias potential by measuring a print density of the formed combined patch. The combined patch includes a first patch and a plurality of second patches. The plurality of second patches have a width within a range of 0.2 mm to the predetermined value in the peripheral-velocity direction of the photoreceptor, extend with a length equal to or more than the predetermined value in the rotation-shaft direction of the photoreceptor, and are arranged at a predetermined interval in the peripheral-velocity direction of the photoreceptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Kyocera Documents Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimi Shimizu, Yukari Ota
  • Publication number: 20180011417
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photoreceptor, an exposure unit, a developing unit, and a control unit. The control unit sets the toner-layer-forming electric potential difference lower than an electric potential when forming the image on the print medium, forms a combined patch for calibration by the set toner-layer-forming electric potential difference for calibration, so as to adjust the developing-bias potential by measuring a print density of the formed combined patch. The combined patch includes a first patch and a plurality of second patches. The plurality of second patches have a width within a range of 0.2 mm to the predetermined value in the peripheral-velocity direction of the photoreceptor, extend with a length equal to or more than the predetermined value in the rotation-shaft direction of the photoreceptor, and are arranged at a predetermined interval in the peripheral-velocity direction of the photoreceptor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshimi Shimizu, Yukari Ota
  • Patent number: 9665037
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developing roller, a toner supplying roller, a regulation blade, a casing, a toner receiver support member, a toner receiver member, and a vibration generator. The toner receiver member is disposed along a longitudinal direction of the toner receiver support member facing the developing roller, and has a toner receiving surface inclined downward from the image-carrier side toward the toner-supplying-roller side. The toner receiving surface is disposed to be inclined so as to rise from the toner-supplying-roller side toward the image-carrier side. The toner receiving surface has a plurality of grooves formed therein to be inclined to approach a center part of the toner receiving surface from each end side of the toner receiving surface in its longitudinal direction, from an edge of the toner receiving surface on the image-carrier side toward an edge of the toner receiving surface on the toner-supplying-roller side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shinji Otani, Yukari Ota, Yasuhiro Tauchi, Takashi Somete, Yoshimi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9658570
    Abstract: A developing device of the present disclosure includes a developing roller, a toner supply roller, a regulation blade, a casing, a toner receiving support member, a toner receiving member, a vibration generation unit, and a vibration inhibition member. The toner receiving support member is disposed in the casing so as to be opposed to the developing roller or the toner supply roller in an area between the regulation blade and an image carrier. The toner receiving member has a toner receiving surface that receives toner dropping from the developing roller, and is supported so as to be swingable about an end edge thereof on a toner supply roller side as a fulcrum. In a state where the toner receiving member is not vibrating, the vibration inhibition member is in contact with each of both end portions of the toner receiving surface in a longitudinal direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Teruhiko Nagashima, Mitsuhiro Goda, Hidenori Takenaka, Takahisa Nakaue, Yoshimi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9639024
    Abstract: A developing device of the present disclosure includes a developing roller, a toner supplying roller, a regulation blade, a casing, a toner receiver support member, a toner receiver member, and a vibration generator. The toner receiver support member is disposed inside the casing so as to face the developing roller or the toner supplying roller between the regulation blade and an image carrier. The toner receiver member is disposed along a longitudinal direction of the toner receiver support member, and has a toner receiving surface that receives toner falling from the developing roller. The vibration generator vibrates the toner receiver member. At each end part of the toner receiving surface in its longitudinal direction, there is formed a thin-walled portion that is thinner in thickness than other parts of the toner receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tauchi, Yukari Ota, Shinji Otani, Takashi Somete, Yoshimi Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20170075254
    Abstract: A developing device of the present disclosure includes a developing roller, a toner supplying roller, a regulation blade, a casing, a toner receiver support member, a toner receiver member, and a vibration generator. The toner receiver support member is disposed inside the casing so as to face the developing roller or the toner supplying roller between the regulation blade and an image carrier. The toner receiver member is disposed along a longitudinal direction of the toner receiver support member, and has a toner receiving surface that receives toner falling from the developing roller. The vibration generator vibrates the toner receiver member. At each end part of the toner receiving surface in its longitudinal direction, there is formed a thin-walled portion that is thinner in thickness than other parts of the toner receiving surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro TAUCHI, Yukari OTA, Shinji OTANI, Takashi SOMETE, Yoshimi SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20170075252
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developing roller, a toner supplying roller, a regulation blade, a casing, a toner receiver support member, a toner receiver member, and a vibration generator. The toner receiver member is disposed along a longitudinal direction of the toner receiver support member facing the developing roller, and has a toner receiving surface inclined downward from the image-carrier side toward the toner-supplying-roller side. The toner receiving surface is disposed to be inclined so as to rise from the toner-supplying-roller side toward the image-carrier side. The toner receiving surface has a plurality of grooves formed therein to be inclined to approach a center part of the toner receiving surface from each end side of the toner receiving surface in its longitudinal direction, from an edge of the toner receiving surface on the image-carrier side toward an edge of the toner receiving surface on the toner-supplying-roller side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shinji OTANI, Yukari OTA, Yasuhiro TAUCHI, Takashi SOMETE, Yoshimi SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20170023881
    Abstract: A developing device of the present disclosure includes a developing roller, a toner supply roller, a regulation blade, a casing, a toner receiving support member, a toner receiving member, a vibration generation unit, and a vibration inhibition member. The toner receiving support member is disposed in the casing so as to be opposed to the developing roller or the toner supply roller in an area between the regulation blade and an image carrier. The toner receiving member has a toner receiving surface that receives toner dropping from the developing roller, and is supported so as to be swingable about an end edge thereof on a toner supply roller side as a fulcrum. In a state where the toner receiving member is not vibrating, the vibration inhibition member is in contact with each of both end portions of the toner receiving surface in a longitudinal direction thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Teruhiko NAGASHIMA, Mitsuhiro GODA, Hidenori TAKENAKA, Takahisa NAKAUE, Yoshimi SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 9535356
    Abstract: In the case where development is performed by a two-component developing method, a previous charge removal light-emitting portion applies charge removal light to a first charge removal target region of an effective outer circumferential surface of a photosensitive member on which effective outer circumferential surface an electrostatic latent image can be formed. The first charge removal target region includes a part of a magnetic brush contact region of the effective outer circumferential surface and a region of the effective outer circumferential surface between the magnetic brush contact region and a transfer position of a toner image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shinji Otani, Norio Kubo, Masashi Fujishima, Koji Suenami, Yoshimi Shimizu, Kenichi Tamaki
  • Publication number: 20160161879
    Abstract: In the case where development is performed by a two-component developing method, a previous charge removal light-emitting portion applies charge removal light to a first charge removal target region of an effective outer circumferential surface of a photosensitive member on which effective outer circumferential surface an electrostatic latent image can be formed. The first charge removal target region includes a part of a magnetic brush contact region of the effective outer circumferential surface and a region of the effective outer circumferential surface between the magnetic brush contact region and a transfer position of a toner image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Shinji Otani, Norio Kubo, Masashi Fujishima, Koji Suenami, Yoshimi Shimizu, Kenichi Tamaki
  • Patent number: 9122193
    Abstract: A developing roller includes a roller main body disposed to face, without contact, an outer circumferential surface of an image carrier. A resin coat layer has been formed on an outer circumferential surface of the roller main body, the resin coat layer being made of a resin material having electric conductivity. A product of resistance component Rs [?] and electrostatic capacitance component Cs [F] in AC impedance Z of the roller main body is in a range from 2.79×10?7 to 6.77×10?5, the AC impedance Z being obtained when an AC voltage of a predetermined frequency f is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Yoneima, Yuji Kamiyama, Akihiro Watanabe, Tamotsu Shimizu, Shizuka Okada, Sakae Saito, Yasuhiro Oishi, Chikara Ishihara, Masashi Fujishima, Yoshimi Shimizu, Yasuhiro Tauchi, Yu Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20150177642
    Abstract: A developing roller includes a roller main body disposed to face, without contact, an outer circumferential surface of an image carrier. A resin coat layer has been formed on an outer circumferential surface of the roller main body, the resin coat layer being made of a resin material having electric conductivity. A product of resistance component Rs [?] and electrostatic capacitance component Cs [F] in AC impedance Z of the roller main body is in a range from 2.79×10?7 to 6.77×10?5, the AC impedance Z being obtained when an AC voltage of a predetermined frequency f is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Yoneima, Yuji Kamiyama, Akihiro Watanabe, Tamotsu Shimizu, Shizuka Okada, Sakae Saito, Yasuhiro Oishi, Chikara Ishihara, Masashi Fujishima, Yoshimi Shimizu, Yasuhiro Tauchi, Yu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8971767
    Abstract: A charge applying member includes a conductive roller and a shaft. The conductive roller includes a first region in contact with a member to be charged and facing an image forming region of the member to be charged and a second region next to a longitudinal end of the first region and facing a region of the member to be charged outside the image forming region and is configured to apply a charge to the member to be charged. The shaft formed of a metallic material inserted into the conductive roller and configured to be given a voltage from a power supply. A region plated with a metal having a lower ionization tendency than the shaft is formed as a plated region on a surface portion of the shaft corresponding to the first and second regions and a non-plated region is formed on a surface portion of the shaft corresponding to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Ai Takagami, Takahiko Murata, Yoshimi Shimizu, Maki Ike, Kanako Morimoto
  • Patent number: 8923744
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes: a cleaning rotating body 160; a scraping member 130; a toner restriction face 141; and a downstream side restriction portion 140. The cleaning rotating body 160 is arranged in sliding contact with the surface of the image carrying body 2. A front end portion 131 of the scraping member 130 is arranged in contact with or in proximity to a surface of the cleaning rotating body 160. The scraping member 130 is a plate-like member and includes a toner receiving face 133 to which the toner is carried from the front end portion 131. The toner restriction face 141 is arranged to be orthogonal to the toner receiving face 133. The downstream side restriction portion 140 restricts movement of the toner to a downstream side in a rotational direction of the cleaning rotating body 166.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimi Shimizu, Takahiko Murata, Ai Takagami
  • Publication number: 20140023397
    Abstract: A charge applying member includes a conductive roller and a shaft. The conductive roller includes a first region in contact with a member to be charged and facing an image forming region of the member to be charged and a second region next to a longitudinal end of the first region and facing a region of the member to be charged outside the image forming region and is configured to apply a charge to the member to be charged. The shaft formed of a metallic material inserted into the conductive roller and configured to be given a voltage from a power supply. A region plated with a metal having a lower ionization tendency than the shaft is formed as a plated region on a surface portion of the shaft corresponding to the first and second regions and a non-plated region is formed on a surface portion of the shaft corresponding to the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Ai Takagami, Takahiko Murata, Yoshimi Shimizu, Maki Ike, Kanako Morimoto
  • Patent number: 8543049
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus is provided with a cleaning roller that is positioned so as to be in contact with a photosensitive drum, and with a toner layer thickness regulating member that regulates the thickness of a toner layer adhering to the surface of this cleaning roller. The toner layer thickness regulating member is formed by a toner layer thickness regulating roller that rotates in contact with the cleaning roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Kobayashi, Takahiko Murata, Ai Takagami, Yoshimi Shimizu, Mitsuhiro Goda, Susumu Hanano, Hirofumi Tsuji, Chisato Hatakeyama, Katsuya Ota
  • Publication number: 20110158722
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus is provided with a cleaning roller that is positioned so as to be in contact with a photosensitive drum, and with a toner layer thickness regulating member that regulates the thickness of a toner layer adhering to the surface of this cleaning roller. The toner layer thickness regulating member is formed by a toner layer thickness regulating roller that rotates in contact with the cleaning roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Kiyotaka KOBAYASHI, Takahiko MURATA, Ai TAKAGAMI, Yoshimi SHIMIZU, Mitsuhiro GODA, Susumu HANANO, Hirofumi TSUJI, Chisato HATAKEYAMA, Katsuya OTA
  • Patent number: 7759711
    Abstract: Disclosed is a semiconductor device including: an N-type RESURF region formed in a P-type semiconductor substrate; a P-type base region formed in an upper portion of the semiconductor substrate so as to be adjacent to the RESURF region; an N-type emitter/source region formed in the base region so as to be apart from the RESURF region; a P-type base connection region formed in the base region so as to be adjacent to the emitter/source region; a gate insulating film and a gate electrode overlying the emitter/source region, the base region, and the RESURF region; and a P-type collector region formed in the RESURF region so as to be apart from the base region. Lattice defect is generated in the semiconductor substrate such that a resistance value of the semiconductor substrate is twice or more the resistance value of the semiconductor substrate that depends on the concentration of an impurity implanted in the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Sawada, Yuji Harada, Masahiko Niwayama, Saichirou Kaneko, Yoshimi Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20090206366
    Abstract: Disclosed is a semiconductor device including: an N-type RESURF region formed in a P-type semiconductor substrate; a P-type base region formed in an upper portion of the semiconductor substrate so as to be adjacent to the RESURF region; an N-type emitter/source region formed in the base region so as to be apart from the RESURF region; a P-type base connection region formed in the base region so as to be adjacent to the emitter/source region; a gate insulating film and a gate electrode overlying the emitter/source region, the base region, and the RESURF region; and a P-type collector region formed in the RESURF region so as to be apart from the base region. Lattice defect is generated in the semiconductor substrate such that a resistance value of the semiconductor substrate is twice or more the resistance value of the semiconductor substrate that depends on the concentration of an impurity implanted in the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Sawada, Yuji Harada, Masahiko Niwayama, Saichirou Kaneko, Yoshimi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6492475
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ethylene-&agr;-olefin copolymer; a composition thereof; a film thereof; a polar group-containing resin material; and productions and use of the ethylene-&agr;-olefin copolymer. The ethylene-&agr;-olefin copolymer of the present invention is characterized in satisfying the following conditions (A) to (E): (A) a density in the range of 0.92 to 0.96 g/cm3; (B) a melt flow rate (MFR) in the range of 0.01 to 200 g/10 min; (C) a molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn) in the range of 1.5 to 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Japan Polyolefins Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Egashira, Reiji Higuchi, Kazuyuki Sakamoto, Kimiya Miyoshi, Masahiro Wakayama, Tatsuo Yamaguchi, Fumio Asada, Sinji Miwa, Kenichi Hiraki, Masaaki Ikeda, Yoshimi Shimizu