Patents by Inventor Yuichi Ikeno

Yuichi Ikeno 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: 10948860
    Abstract: A fixing device includes: a substrate; an endless belt rotatable around the substrate; a heating pattern including a heating resistor provided on the substrate; a terminal electrically continuous to the heating pattern and provided at an end portion of the substrate in a longitudinal direction of the substrate; a connector including an electrode connected to the terminal, the connector being mounted to the end portion of the substrate from one side of the substrate in a widthwise direction of the substrate and engaged with the substrate in the longitudinal direction to restrict movement of the connector with respect to the longitudinal direction; and an engaging member mounted to the connector from the other side of the substrate in the widthwise direction and engaged with the substrate in the longitudinal direction to restrict movement of the engaging member with respect to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Ikeno
  • Publication number: 20210003955
    Abstract: A fixing device includes: a substrate; an endless belt rotatable around the substrate; a heating pattern including a heating resistor provided on the substrate; a terminal electrically continuous to the heating pattern and provided at an end portion of the substrate in a longitudinal direction of the substrate; a connector including an electrode connected to the terminal, the connector being mounted to the end portion of the substrate from one side of the substrate in a widthwise direction of the substrate and engaged with the substrate in the longitudinal direction to restrict movement of the connector with respect to the longitudinal direction; and an engaging member mounted to the connector from the other side of the substrate in the widthwise direction and engaged with the substrate in the longitudinal direction to restrict movement of the engaging member with respect to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi IKENO
  • Patent number: 10416597
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a body, a fuser to fix an image on a recording medium by heat, an interface to accept a value for a first time, which is between an end of fixing by the fuser until entry into a low power-consuming condition for the heater, a fan, and a controller, is provided. The controller sets a second time being a predetermined length and subtract the second time from the first time to obtain a third time. If the third time is given a positive value, the controller continues driving the fan after the end of the fixing and throughout the third time, and inactivates the fan after the third time. If the third time is given a value smaller than or equal to zero, the controller inactivates the fan during the first time before the entry into the low power-consuming condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Ishizuka, Yuichi Ikeno, Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Publication number: 20190187593
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a body, a fuser to fix an image on a recording medium by heat, an interface to accept a value for a first time, which is between an end of fixing by the fuser until entry into a low power-consuming condition for the heater, a fan, and a controller, is provided. The controller sets a second time being a predetermined length and subtract the second time from the first time to obtain a third time. If the third time is given a positive value, the controller continues driving the fan after the end of the fixing and throughout the third time, and inactivates the fan after the third time. If the third time is given a value smaller than or equal to zero, the controller inactivates the fan during the first time before the entry into the low power-consuming condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke ISHIZUKA, Yuichi Ikeno, Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Publication number: 20190004466
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing, a toner image forming portion, a foil transfer unit, a sheet tray, and a discharge portion. The toner image forming portion is provided in the housing and configured to form a toner image on a sheet. The foil transfer unit is configured to superpose a foil with a surface of the sheet. The sheet tray is installable in the housing in an inserting direction and configured to accommodate a sheet to be supplied to the toner image forming portion. The first discharge portion is configured to discharge the sheet from the foil transfer unit to the outside of the housing in a discharging direction opposite to the inserting direction. The second discharge portion is configured to discharge the sheet from the toner image forming portion to the outside of the housing without passing through the foil transfer unit in the discharge direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Ryosuke Sakai, Hideshi Nishiyama, Isami Fujisawa, Yukiko Kitamura, Takehiro Masuda, Yusuke Ikegami, Wataru Yamaguchi, Yuichi Ikeno