Patents by Inventor Yukihiro Ichiki

Yukihiro Ichiki 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: 20220121137
    Abstract: A powder leveler includes: a structure having an internal space in which powder moves; a sheet-shaped leveling member that rotates while having a first end thereof attached to a rotation shaft disposed inside the structure, and that comes into contact with part of the powder accumulating at a portion inside the structure close to a free end thereof located away from the rotation shaft to level out the powder; and an obstacle located inside the structure at a position on a rotation path of the leveling member to obstruct the rotation path, the obstacle allowing the leveling member to pass thereby while the leveling member is rotating and being bent as a result of partially coming into contact with the obstacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Shota MATSUMAE, Yukihiro ICHIKI
  • Patent number: 11262674
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transport belt, a first intermediate transfer belt, and a second intermediate transfer belt. The transport belt is disposed along a transport path extending in a vertical direction. The transport belt is configured to transport a recording medium while coming into contact with one surface of the recording medium. The first intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich the recording medium together with the transport belt. An image is transferred from the first intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium. The second intermediate transfer belt is disposed above the first intermediate transfer belt. The second intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich, together with the transport belt, the recording medium which is in a state where the recording medium is sandwiched between the first intermediate transfer belt and the transport belt. An image being transferred from the second intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ichiki, Akira Shimodaira, Keita Hashimoto, Toshihiro Goda, Masaki Suto
  • Patent number: 11262697
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a medium transport path; a first image transport path that is disposed so as to oppose the medium transport path and along which an image to be formed on the medium is transported; an image forming part that forms the image and is disposed adjacent to the first image transport path; and a second image transport path that is disposed so as to oppose the medium transport path, that is located at a distance from the image forming part, and along which an image to be formed on the medium is transported, the second image transport path, the first image transport path, and the medium transport path, together surrounding the image forming part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Goda, Yukihiro Ichiki, Akira Shimodaira, Keita Hashimoto, Masaki Suto
  • Patent number: 11144000
    Abstract: A paper ejection device includes: an ejection portion that ejects sheets of paper; a housing portion that houses the ejected sheets of paper in a sequentially stacked state; and a guiding portion that guides the sheets of paper, before being ejected, to the ejection portion while curving the sheets of paper. The housing portion is adjustable to plural angles including at least an angle at which the ejected sheets of paper are housed while being curved in a direction opposite to a direction in which the sheets of paper have been curved by the guiding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Fumiyuki Honda, Yukihiro Ichiki, Sota Hara, Kenichi Ishikura, Kazuhiro Tobita, Sho Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20210294263
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a medium transport path; a first image transport path that is disposed so as to oppose the medium transport path and along which an image to be formed on the medium is transported; an image forming part that forms the image and is disposed adjacent to the first image transport path; and a second image transport path that is disposed so as to oppose the medium transport path, that is located at a distance from the image forming part, and along which an image to be formed on the medium is transported, the second image transport path, the first image transport path, and the medium transport path, together surrounding the image forming part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro GODA, Yukihiro ICHIKI, Akira SHIMODAIRA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Masaki SUTO
  • Publication number: 20210124290
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transport belt, a first intermediate transfer belt, and a second intermediate transfer belt. The transport belt is disposed along a transport path extending in a vertical direction. The transport belt is configured to transport a recording medium while coming into contact with one surface of the recording medium. The first intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich the recording medium together with the transport belt. An image is transferred from the first intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium. The second intermediate transfer belt is disposed above the first intermediate transfer belt. The second intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich, together with the transport belt, the recording medium which is in a state where the recording medium is sandwiched between the first intermediate transfer belt and the transport belt. An image being transferred from the second intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiro ICHIKI, Akira SHIMODAIRA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Toshihiro GODA, Masaki SUTO
  • Patent number: 10915043
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transport belt, a first intermediate transfer belt, and a second intermediate transfer belt. The transport belt is disposed along a transport path extending in a vertical direction. The transport belt is configured to transport a recording medium while coming into contact with one surface of the recording medium. The first intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich the recording medium together with the transport belt. An image is transferred from the first intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium. The second intermediate transfer belt is disposed above the first intermediate transfer belt. The second intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich, together with the transport belt, the recording medium which is in a state where the recording medium is sandwiched between the first intermediate transfer belt and the transport belt. An image being transferred from the second intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ichiki, Akira Shimodaira, Keita Hashimoto, Toshihiro Goda, Masaki Suto
  • Patent number: 10901347
    Abstract: An intermediate transfer device includes: an endless belt that circulates, receives transfer of a toner image at a first transfer position, and holds the toner image until the toner image reaches a second transfer position at which the toner image is transferred to a transfer receiver; a first cleaning unit that is disposed downstream of the second transfer position and upstream of the first transfer position in a circulation direction of the belt and removes residual toner from the belt after transfer; and a second cleaning unit that is disposed downstream of the first cleaning unit and upstream of the first transfer position in the circulation direction and removes residues from the belt after removal by the first cleaning unit, in which the second cleaning unit includes: a contact cleaning part that extends in a width direction intersecting the circulation direction and is in contact with the belt; and a support guide receiving part that supports the contact cleaning part, and receives a guide for attachme
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ichiki, Sota Hara, Tomoya Oki
  • Patent number: 10871728
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a rotational body is provided. The cleaning device includes a scraping portion whose edge is pressed against a rotational body to which toner adheres. The scraping portion scrapes the toner off the rotational body. The cleaning device also includes a guide portion that guides a recording medium toward the rotational body, and a guide support portion that supports the guide portion. The guide support portion is disposed at a position separated from the scraping portion in a state in which the guide support portion is pressed by the guide portion that is guiding the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Ogishima, Sota Hara, Kazuhiro Saito, Yukihiro Ichiki, Hiroki Shiba, Akira Shimodaira
  • Publication number: 20200379370
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a rotational body is provided. The cleaning device includes a scraping portion whose edge is pressed against a rotational body to which toner adheres. The scaping portion scrapes the toner off the rotational body. The cleaning device also includes a guide portion that guides a recording medium toward the rotational body, and a guide support portion that supports the guide portion. The guide support portion is disposed at a position separated from the scraping portion in a state in which the guide support portion is pressed by the guide portion that is guiding the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya OGISHIMA, Sota HARA, Kazuhiro SAITO, Yukihiro ICHIKI, Hiroki SHIBA, Akira SHIMODAIRA
  • Patent number: 10852669
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transport path that transports an image forming medium in a top-bottom direction; a first image forming unit including a first intermediate transfer belt, which is disposed so as to face the transport path, to which toner images formed in multiple first toner-image forming units are transferred, and from which the toner images are transferred to the medium transported along the transport path; a second image forming unit including a second intermediate transfer belt, which is disposed upstream of the first image forming unit in a medium transport direction so as to face the transport path, to which toner images formed in multiple second toner-image forming units are transferred, and from which the toner images are transferred to the medium transported along the transport path; and a ventilation path formed between the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit, which are spaced apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Goda, Yukihiro Ichiki, Akira Shimodaira, Keita Hashimoto, Masaki Suto
  • Publication number: 20200257231
    Abstract: A paper ejection device includes: an ejection portion that ejects sheets of paper; a housing portion that houses the ejected sheets of paper in a sequentially stacked state; and a guiding portion that guides the sheets of paper, before being ejected, to the ejection portion while curving the sheets of paper. The housing portion is adjustable to plural angles including at least an angle at which the ejected sheets of paper are housed while being curved in a direction opposite to a direction in which the sheets of paper have been curved by the guiding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fumiyuki HONDA, Yukihiro Ichiki, Sota Hara, Kenichi Ishikura, Kazuhiro Tobita, Sho Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10670996
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first forming unit that forms a superimposed toner image, in which yellow, magenta, and cyan toner images are superimposed on one another, on a first intermediate transfer unit; a second forming unit that is located downstream of the first forming unit in a recording-medium transport direction and that forms a black toner image on a second intermediate transfer unit; a first transfer part that transfers the superimposed toner image formed on the first intermediate transfer unit by the first forming unit to a recording medium; and a second transfer part that is located downstream of the first transfer part in the recording-medium transport direction and that transfers, in a superimposed manner, the black toner image formed on the second intermediate transfer unit by the second forming unit to the superimposed toner image on the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keita Hashimoto, Yukihiro Ichiki, Masaki Suto, Akira Shimodaira, Toshihiro Goda
  • Publication number: 20200096915
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first forming unit that forms a superimposed toner image, in which yellow, magenta, and cyan toner images are superimposed on one another, on a first intermediate transfer unit; a second forming unit that is located downstream of the first forming unit in a recording-medium transport direction and that forms a black toner image on a second intermediate transfer unit; a first transfer part that transfers the superimposed toner image formed on the first intermediate transfer unit by the first forming unit to a recording medium; and a second transfer part that is located downstream of the first transfer part in the recording-medium transport direction and that transfers, in a superimposed manner, the black toner image formed on the second intermediate transfer unit by the second forming unit to the superimposed toner image on the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keita HASHIMOTO, Yukihiro ICHIKI, Masaki SUTO, Akira SHIMODAIRA, Toshihiro GODA
  • Publication number: 20200096912
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transport path that transports an image forming medium in a top-bottom direction; a first image forming unit including a first intermediate transfer belt, which is disposed so as to face the transport path, to which toner images formed in multiple first toner-image forming units are transferred, and from which the toner images are transferred to the medium transported along the transport path; a second image forming unit including a second intermediate transfer belt, which is disposed upstream of the first image forming unit in a medium transport direction so as to face the transport path, to which toner images formed in multiple second toner-image forming units are transferred, and from which the toner images are transferred to the medium transported along the transport path; and a ventilation path formed between the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit, which are spaced apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro GODA, Yukihiro ICHIKI, Akira SHIMODAIRA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Masaki SUTO
  • Publication number: 20200073293
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transport belt, a first intermediate transfer belt, and a second intermediate transfer belt. The transport belt is disposed along a transport path extending in a vertical direction. The transport belt is configured to transport a recording medium while coming into contact with one surface of the recording medium. The first intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich the recording medium together with the transport belt. An image is transferred from the first intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium. The second intermediate transfer belt is disposed above the first intermediate transfer belt. The second intermediate transfer belt is configured to sandwich, together with the transport belt, the recording medium which is in a state where the recording medium is sandwiched between the first intermediate transfer belt and the transport belt. An image being transferred from the second intermediate transfer belt to the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiro ICHIKI, Akira SHIMODAIRA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Toshihiro GODA, Masaki SUTO
  • Publication number: 20190384212
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit that transports a sheet of paper carrying an unfixed image through a nip part to fix the unfixed image to the sheet, a first guide unit coming into contact with a side of the sheet that guides transport of the sheet, and a second guide unit coming into contact with an opposite side of the sheet that guides transport of the sheet. The first guide unit has a recess serving as a guide part, the recess being recessed in a direction away from a transport path of the sheet. The second guide unit has a bending part serving as a guide part, the bending part having a shape of a circular arc in cross-section, the bending part being disposed such that at least a portion of the bending part lies inside the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ichiki, Kyogo Soshi, Akira Shimodaira, Sota Hara, Yosuke Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 10509345
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit that transports a sheet of paper carrying an unfixed image through a nip part to fix the unfixed image to the sheet, a first guide unit coming into contact with a side of the sheet that guides transport of the sheet, and a second guide unit coming into contact with an opposite side of the sheet that guides transport of the sheet. The first guide unit has a recess serving as a guide part, the recess being recessed in a direction away from a transport path of the sheet. The second guide unit has a bending part serving as a guide part, the bending part having a shape of a circular arc in cross-section, the bending part being disposed such that at least a portion of the bending part lies inside the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ichiki, Kyogo Soshi, Akira Shimodaira, Sota Hara, Yosuke Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 9933748
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes one or plural forming devices that form respective images on a recording medium that is being transported, a fixing device provided on a downstream side with respect to at least one of the forming devices in a direction of transport of the recording medium and that fixes the images formed on the recording medium, a delivering device that receives the recording medium transported in a first direction and discharges the recording medium in a second direction that is different from the first direction, and a supplying device that supplies the recording medium to any of the forming devices or to the delivering device. The forming devices, the fixing device, the delivering device, and the supplying device have respective housings and are each joinable to any of the other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Yamaguchi, Yukihiro Ichiki, Akira Arai, Sho Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20170343939
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes one or plural forming devices that form respective images on a recording medium that is being transported, a fixing device provided on a downstream side with respect to at least one of the forming devices in a direction of transport of the recording medium and that fixes the images formed on the recording medium, a delivering device that receives the recording medium transported in a first direction and discharges the recording medium in a second direction that is different from the first direction, and a supplying device that supplies the recording medium to any of the forming devices or to the delivering device. The forming devices, the fixing device, the delivering device, and the supplying device have respective housings and are each joinable to any of the other devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio YAMAGUCHI, Yukihiro ICHIKI, Akira ARAI, Sho WATANABE