Patents by Inventor Yuuki TSUCHIYA

Yuuki TSUCHIYA 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: 11275325
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer, a rotation shaft, a developing device, and a supply portion. The developing device includes a developing device main portion that rotates around the rotation shaft between a developing position and a retracted position and includes a developer, a developer bearer to face or be away from the image bearer depending on whether the developing device main portion is at the developing position or the retracted position, a replenishment portion having a replenishment port with an opposite surface formed by an arc drawn around the rotation shaft to replenish the developer, and a non-rotating portion. The supply portion has a supply port with an opposite surface formed by an arc drawn around the rotation shaft and facing the opposite surface of the replenishment port. The supply port communicates the replenishment port and supplies the developer to the developing device through the replenishment port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hotaru Hashikawa, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Nobuo Takami, Ryusuke Mase, Kazuki Yogosawa, Tomohiro Kubota, Naohiro Kawashima, Yuuki Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20220072862
    Abstract: A process cartridge includes an image bearer, a developer bearer, and a positioning member. The image bearer is rotatable. The developer bearer is rotatable and opposite to the image bearer. The positioning member determines an opposing distance between the image bearer and the developer bearer, and includes a fitting portion and a groove. A fitted portion of the image bearer rotatably fits to the fitting portion. The groove extends from a ceiling portion to a bottom portion. A shaft portion of the developer bearer is slidingly movable in the groove. The groove is formed such that the shaft portion of the developer bearer contacts the bottom portion and is supported by the bottom portion. The ceiling portion of the groove is open upward so that the shaft portion of the developer bearer is insertable to and removable from the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Tatsuya KUBO, Shinya KARASAWA, Kazuki YOGOSAWA, Yuuki TSUCHIYA
  • Patent number: 11256194
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer conveyer, a bearing, a flange, and a developer mover. The developer conveyer is rotatable and configured to convey a developer. The bearing rotatably supports a support shaft of the developer conveyer. The flange is disposed at an end portion of the developer conveyor to regulate a movement of the developer in an axial direction of the developer conveyer. The developer mover is disposed on a surface of the flange facing the bearing and configured to move the developer that enters between the flange and the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuki Tsuchiya, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Yuki Oshikawa, Ryusuke Mase, Naohiro Kawashima, Hotaru Hashikawa
  • Patent number: 11112731
    Abstract: A developer container includes a plurality of components combined together to form a space to store a developer. The plurality of components includes a first component and a second component. The developer container further includes a sealant to bond the first component and the second component, and a position regulator to regulate relative positions of the first component and the second component so as to maintain a distance between an adhesion portion of the first component and an adhesion portion of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiro Kawashima, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Yuki Oshikawa, Yuuki Tsuchiya, Ryusuke Mase, Tsutomu Iwata
  • Patent number: 11086251
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developing device including at least one stirring rotator configured to stir a developer in the developing device, a driver configured to drive the at least one stirring rotator in forward and reverse rotation, a device detector configured to detect whether the developing device is set in the image forming apparatus, and control circuitry configured to execute a warm-up operation. In the warm-up operation, the driver drives the at least one stirring rotator alternately in the reverse rotation and the forward rotation in response to a detection of setting of the developing device in the image forming apparatus by the device detector and a detection of a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryusuke Mase, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Yuki Oshikawa, Naohiro Kawashima, Yuuki Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20210080856
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer, a rotation shaft, a developing device, and a supply portion. The developing device includes a developing device main portion that rotates around the rotation shaft between a developing position and a retracted position and includes a developer, a developer bearer to face or be away from the image bearer depending on whether the developing device main portion is at the developing position or the retracted position, a replenishment portion having a replenishment port with an opposite surface formed by an arc drawn around the rotation shaft to replenish the developer, and a non-rotating portion. The supply portion has a supply port with an opposite surface formed by an arc drawn around the rotation shaft and facing the opposite surface of the replenishment port. The supply port communicates the replenishment port and supplies the developer to the developing device through the replenishment port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Hotaru HASHIKAWA, Yoshihiro FUJIWARA, Nobuo TAKAMI, Ryusuke MASE, Kazuki YOGOSAWA, Tomohiro KUBOTA, Naohiro KAWASHIMA, Yuuki TSUCHIYA
  • Publication number: 20210041806
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer conveyer, a bearing, a flange, and a developer mover. The developer conveyer is rotatable and configured to convey a developer. The bearing rotatably supports a support shaft of the developer conveyer. The flange is disposed at an end portion of the developer conveyor to regulate a movement of the developer in an axial direction of the developer conveyer. The developer mover is disposed on a surface of the flange facing the bearing and configured to move the developer that enters between the flange and the bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Yuuki TSUCHIYA, Yoshihiro FUJIWARA, Yuki OSHIKAWA, Ryusuke MASE, Naohiro KAWASHIMA, Hotaru HASHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 10705484
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developing roller, a cover to cover the developing roller from above the developing roller, a filter to cover a vent of the cover to filter air and collect toner passing through the vent, and a pressing member engaged with the cover in which the filter is installed. The cover includes a projecting support to support the filter. The pressing member holds the filter between the pressing member and the cover. The projecting support is projected from one end toward the other end of the vent in a transverse direction of the vent at a part of the cover in a longitudinal direction of the developing roller to block the vent, and cantilevered on the one end. A gap is provided between a tip of the projecting support and an inner edge of the cover on the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Oshikawa, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Naohiro Kawashima, Ryusuke Mase, Yuuki Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20200174400
    Abstract: A developer container includes a plurality of components combined together to form a space to store a developer. The plurality of components includes a first component and a second component. The developer container further includes a sealant to bond the first component and the second component, and a position regulator to regulate relative positions of the first component and the second component so as to maintain a distance between an adhesion portion of the first component and an adhesion portion of the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Naohiro KAWASHIMA, Yoshihiro FUJIWARA, Yuki OSHIKAWA, Yuuki TSUCHIYA, Ryusuke MASE, Tsutomu IWATA
  • Publication number: 20200117119
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developing device including at least one stirring rotator configured to stir a developer in the developing device, a driver configured to drive the at least one stirring rotator in forward and reverse rotation, a device detector configured to detect whether the developing device is set in the image forming apparatus, and control circuitry configured to execute a warm-up operation. In the warm-up operation, the driver drives the at least one stirring rotator alternately in the reverse rotation and the forward rotation in response to a detection of setting of the developing device in the image forming apparatus by the device detector and a detection of a predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Ryusuke MASE, Yoshihiro FUJIWARA, Yuki OSHIKAWA, Naohiro KAWASHIMA, Yuuki TSUCHIYA
  • Publication number: 20200103824
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developing roller, a cover to cover the developing roller from above the developing roller, a filter to cover a vent of the cover to filter air and collect toner passing through the vent, and a pressing member engaged with the cover in which the filter is installed. The cover includes a projecting support to support the filter. The pressing member holds the filter between the pressing member and the cover. The projecting support is projected from one end toward the other end of the vent in a transverse direction of the vent at a part of the cover in a longitudinal direction of the developing roller to block the vent, and cantilevered on the one end. A gap is provided between a tip of the projecting support and an inner edge of the cover on the other end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Yuki OSHIKAWA, Yoshihiro FUJIWARA, Naohiro KAWASHIMA, Ryusuke MASE, Yuuki TSUCHIYA
  • Patent number: 10209645
    Abstract: A developing device includes a casing to contain developer, a developer bearer, an upper and lower developer conveyors to convey the developer to one side in an axial direction of rotation shafts thereof, a communicating portion disposed on a first end side on which an input gear is disposed, to fall the developer from the upper developer conveyor to the lower developer conveyor, bearings to receive end portions the upper and lower developer conveyors, and first and second end seals to seal gaps in the bearings on the upper and lower developer conveyors, respectively. The first end seals and the second end are disposed on the first end side and a second end side, respectively. A sliding friction between the rotation shaft and at least one of the first end seals is smaller than a sliding friction between the rotation shaft and the second end seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuki Tsuchiya, Masayuki Yamane, Keiichi Yoshida, Atsushi Kurokawa, Toshiki Hayashi, Tatsuya Ohhira
  • Patent number: 10168642
    Abstract: A developing device includes upper and lower developer containing portions to contain developer, arranged in a vertical direction, a first developer conveyor to convey developer in the upper developer containing portion to a first side in an axial direction of the first developer conveyor, a second developer conveyor to convey developer in the lower developer containing portion to a second side opposite the first side, a developer-lifting area in which the developer is lifted from the lower developer containing portion to the upper developer containing portion, a first lifting area gear to rotate the first developer conveyor, a second lifting area gear to rotate the second developer conveyor, and a lifting area input gear to input a driving force to the developing device. The lifting area input gear is coupled to the first lifting area gear and coupled via the first lifting area gear via to the second lifting area gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ohhira, Masayuki Yamane, Keiichi Yoshida, Atsushi Kurokawa, Toshiki Hayashi, Yuuki Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10114334
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer bearer, a casing defining an upper compartment to contain the developer and a lower compartment disposed lower than the upper compartment, to contain the developer, and a first conveyor and a second conveyor disposed in the upper compartment and the lower compartment, respectively, to convey the developer in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearer and circulate the developer between the upper compartment and the lower compartment through a first communicating opening, through which the developer is conveyed upward, and a second communicating opening. A developer-lifting range of the upper compartment, which opposes the first communicating opening, is larger in volume than a developer-lifting range of the lower compartment. One of the upper compartment and the lower compartment is disposed adjacent to the developer bearer to supply the developer to the developer bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ohhira, Masayuki Yamane, Keiichi Yoshida, Atsushi Kurokawa, Toshiki Hayashi, Yuuki Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20180143568
    Abstract: A developing device includes upper and lower developer containing portions to contain developer, arranged in a vertical direction, a first developer conveyor to convey developer in the upper developer containing portion to a first side in an axial direction of the first developer conveyor, a second developer conveyor to convey developer in the lower developer containing portion to a second side opposite the first side, a developer-lifting area in which the developer is lifted from the lower developer containing portion to the upper developer containing portion, a first lifting area gear to rotate the first developer conveyor, a second lifting area gear to rotate the second developer conveyor, and a lifting area input gear to input a driving force to the developing device. The lifting area input gear is coupled to the first lifting area gear and coupled via the first lifting area gear via to the second lifting area gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ohhira, Masayuki Yamane, Keiichi Yoshida, Atsushi Kurokawa, Toshiki Hayashi, Yuuki Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20180136586
    Abstract: A developing device includes a casing to contain developer, a developer bearer, an upper and lower developer conveyors to convey the developer to one side in an axial direction of rotation shafts thereof, a communicating portion disposed on a first end side on which an input gear is disposed, to fall the developer from the upper developer conveyor to the lower developer conveyor, bearings to receive end portions the upper and lower developer conveyors, and first and second end seals to seal gaps in the bearings on the upper and lower developer conveyors, respectively. The first end seals and the second end are disposed on the first end side and a second end side, respectively. A sliding friction between the rotation shaft and at least one of the first end seals is smaller than a sliding friction between the rotation shaft and the second end seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuki TSUCHIYA, Masayuki YAMANE, Keiichi YOSHIDA, Atsushi KUROKAWA, Toshiki HAYASHI, Tatsuya OHHIRA
  • Publication number: 20170293257
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer bearer, a casing defining an upper compartment to contain the developer and a lower compartment disposed lower than the upper compartment, to contain the developer, and a first conveyor and a second conveyor disposed in the upper compartment and the lower compartment, respectively, to convey the developer in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearer and circulate the developer between the upper compartment and the lower compartment through a first communicating opening, through which the developer is conveyed upward, and a second communicating opening. A developer-lifting range of the upper compartment, which opposes the first communicating opening, is larger in volume than a developer-lifting range of the lower compartment. One of the upper compartment and the lower compartment is disposed adjacent to the developer bearer to supply the developer to the developer bearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Tatsuya OHHIRA, Masayuki YAMANE, Keiichi YOSHIDA, Atsushi KUROKAWA, Toshiki HAYASHI, Yuuki TSUCHIYA