Toner Cartridge Patents (Class 399/106)
  • Patent number: 11892782
    Abstract: A powder accommodating container includes a powder accommodating portion that accommodates powder, a sealing section that openably seals a supply port by being removed from the powder accommodating portion, and a breaking section that has a film-shaped member that breaks the powder in the powder accommodating portion by being removed from the powder accommodating portion in a case of opening the supply port, is fixed to plural places in the powder accommodating portion such that the film-shaped member is removable, and is fixed to the powder accommodating portion such that a force required for removing a tip of the film-shaped member from the powder accommodating portion is larger than other portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Takashi Anzai, Takafumi Wakai, Takashi Akaike
  • Patent number: 11852993
    Abstract: A toner container includes: a container that accommodates toner and transports, by rotating, the toner to an opening disposed at a first end portion in a direction of a rotation axis; a support portion that covers a periphery of the container near the first end portion, and supports the container to be rotatable in a circumferential direction, the support portion being attached to an image forming apparatus body and having a sealant interposed between the support portion and the container; and a fixing portion that fixes the container and the support portion to each other while the sealant is compressed when the support portion is rotated relative to the container in a first circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Kento Terashima, Kiyoshi Sako, Keiji Sanekata, Chihiro Hagiwara, Masayuki Shimoda
  • Patent number: 11841637
    Abstract: A developing device includes: a storage part in which a developer is stored; a transport body that includes a spiral blade and transports the developer via a rotation thereof; a developing body to which the developer is supplied from the transport body; an attachment part which is disposed between the transport body and the developing body and includes an opening allowing the developer supplied from the transport body to the developing body to pass and to which a sealing member sealing the opening is detachably attached; and a connection portion which extends to cross the opening at a spiral angle of the blade as viewed from the developing body toward the transport body and of which one end portion and the other end portion are connected to the attachment part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Sako, Chihiro Hagiwara, Keiji Sanekata, Masayuki Shimoda, Kento Terashima
  • Patent number: 11693332
    Abstract: A toner-and-developer supply device includes a toner container to contain toner and a developer container to contain a developer. The toner container has a toner discharge port, and the toner container is rotatable about a rotational axis to transport the toner toward the toner discharge port. The developer container has a toner-and-developer discharge port. The developer container is rotatably coupled to the toner container to transport the developer toward the toner-and-developer discharge port when the toner container rotates in a given direction relative to the developer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P.
    Inventors: Kenji Tanaka, Takahiko Kimura
  • Patent number: 11693337
    Abstract: The developing device includes a development container, a developer carrier, and a restricting blade. The development container has an opening. The developer carrier has a development area. The development container includes a pair of side frames, and a pair of side wall portions. In each of the pair of side wall portions, a seal member insertion hole extending through in the rotation-axial direction is formed at a position facing an end edge of the restricting blade in the rotation-axial direction. The developing device includes a blade-side side seal inserted in the seal member insertion hole to block a gap between the restricting blade and the side wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Seia Fujii, Masakazu Uehara, Rei Yamagishi, Hiroaki Kitagawa, Takuya Kawasumi
  • Patent number: 11614697
    Abstract: In some examples, a print material apparatus includes a housing having an opening and an inner housing space, and a module removably attached to the housing to cover the opening, the module providing an inner module space that together with the inner housing space define a volume containing a print material of the print material apparatus. The housing is attachable to different modules that provide respective inner module spaces of different sizes for defining different print material containment capacities of the print material apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Justin D. Pettingill, Jeffrey Harold Luke, Gabriel Scott McDaniel
  • Patent number: 11614698
    Abstract: Examples of a print particle transfer interface of a donor container are described herein. Some examples of the print particle transfer interface include a static interface portion to engage a receiving container. The static interface portion includes a static opening. Some examples of the print particle transfer interface include a rotating output assembly with a cylindrical valve seat and a seal component surrounding a valve opening. In some examples, the cylindrical valve seat rotates with respect to the static interface portion to align the valve opening for dispensing print particle to the receiving container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Luke, Mathew Craig Lavigne
  • Patent number: 11385590
    Abstract: An image carrier unit, insertable into and removable from an apparatus housing, includes: an image carrier; a protection cover removable from and attachable to the image carrier and including a covering portion and a block, the covering portion covering an exposed portion of the image carrier, the block being disposed on a near side in an insertion-removal direction and protruding in a direction crossing the insertion-removal direction; and a surface opposing a far side of the block in the insertion-removal direction, wherein the block is pressed by a protrusion movable toward the apparatus housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Shimada, Yuta Hoshino
  • Patent number: 11327417
    Abstract: An assembly for use in an electrophotographic image forming device includes a housing having a reservoir for holding toner. The housing includes a wall having an inner surface forming a boundary of the reservoir and an outer surface opposite the inner surface. A toner agitator is positioned in the reservoir and has a rotatable shaft. The shaft includes an end portion that passes through an opening in the wall. A gear is mounted on the end portion of the shaft outside of the reservoir and is rotatably coupled to the shaft. An annular seal encircles and is in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the shaft. The annular seal is positioned between an inner axial face of the gear and the outer surface of the wall. The inner axial face of the gear contacts the annular seal and presses the annular seal against the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lester Boettcher, Brian Lee Hawes, David Lee Merrifield
  • Patent number: 11269266
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a detection unit configured to detect an amount of developer stored in a developing container and to output remaining amount information; and a control unit configured to perform control, during a replenishment of the developer to the developing container using a replenishment container, to cause a display unit to display a message related to the replenishment. When the replenishment is instructed, the control unit is further configured to perform a first control during the replenishment in a case where the remaining amount information indicates a first remaining amount, and configured to perform a second control different from the first control during the replenishment in a case where the remaining amount information indicates a second remaining amount greater than the first remaining amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kobayashi, Kenichi Iida, Masahiro Hayakawa, Masaaki Sato, Haruyuki Hotta
  • Patent number: 11231665
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a casing, an auger rotatable about an axis extending in a first direction, an auger gear rotatable with the auger, an agitator aligned with the auger in a second direction, an agitator gear rotatable with the agitator, and a detection gear positioned opposite to the auger gear with respect to the agitator gear in the second direction. The detection gear is rotatable from a first position to a second position. At the first position, a through-hole or a cutout of the detection gear is positioned farther away from the auger than an outer surface of another end portion of the casing in the second direction is. At the second position, a portion of the detection gear different from the through-hole or the cutout is positioned farther away from the auger than the outer surface of the another end portion of the casing is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideshi Nishiyama, Naoya Kamimura, Tomonori Watanabe, Yasuo Fukamachi, Shinya Kusuda, Tomoya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11231662
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a body including a first toner discharge portion, a discharge shutter configured to rotate relative to the body about a first rotation axis to a discharge position at which toner is allowed to be discharged via the first toner discharge portion and a closed position at which the first toner discharge portion is closed, and a locking member supported by the body and configured to rotate about a second rotation axis different from the first rotation axis to a locked position at which a first interference portion of the discharge shutter located at the closed position is caught by a second interference portion, thereby not allowing the discharge shutter to rotate and an unlocked position at which the discharge shutter is allowed to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Woongyong Choi, Seung Gweon Lee
  • Patent number: 11099500
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a rotatable image bearing member to bear an electrostatic latent image, a developing container to accommodate developer including toner and to allow new developer to be replenished by a developer replenishing container, and a developer bearing member to develop the electrostatic latent image into a toner image by using the developer in the developing container. A transfer roller transfers the toner image born on the image bearing member onto the recording material, and a controller notifies replenishment information for prompting replenishing the developing container with the new developer by the developer replenishing container. The controller notifies the replenishment information in a state in which an index correlated with a ratio of an amount of paper dust mixed in the developer in the developing container to an amount of the developer in the developing container has not exceeded a preset threshold value of the index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ai Suzuki, Shinsuke Kobayashi, Kensuke Umeda, Takanori Watanabe, Kazuhiro Funatani
  • Patent number: 11067942
    Abstract: A drum unit detachably mountable to a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a photosensitive drum and a coupling member provided on the photosensitive drum. The coupling member includes a driving force receiving portion and a supporting portion movably supporting the driving force receiving portion. The supporting portion includes a first extended portion and a second extended portion which extend at least in an axial direction of the photosensitive drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Uesugi, Masato Tanabe, Tomonori Mori, Daisuke Abe, Tadayuki Tsuda, Hideshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10976687
    Abstract: A developing agent container includes: a container, a shutter that sets a supply hole to a closed state and an open state, a seal sponge that seals a gap between the first surface and the shutter when the supply hole is in the closed state, wherein the shutter has a first ridge line part that makes contact with the seal sponge due to the movement of the shutter, in a first edge part on a front end side in the first direction, the seal sponge has a second ridge line part that makes contact with the shutter due to the movement of the shutter in the first direction, in a second edge part on the opposite direction's side facing the supply hole, and the first ridge line part and the second ridge line part have a relationship in which one is inclined with respect to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Yuuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10928769
    Abstract: A second unit includes a restricted portion that comes into contact with a restricting portion provided to a body of an apparatus, the restricted portion coming into contact with the restricting portion, in order to restrict the movement of a developer carrier in a direction to make contact with an image carrier, when a developing cartridge has not reached a predetermined attachment position, and not coming into contact with the restricting portion when the developing cartridge is in the predetermined attachment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Anan, Masato Tanabe, Tsukasa Abe, Kazutaka Sueshige
  • Patent number: 10877399
    Abstract: A stirring device includes a stirrer configured to stir a stirred object, at least another component of the stirring device, and a coating layer. The coating layer is disposed on at least one of a contact part of the stirrer that contacts the at least another component and a contacted part of the at least another component contacted by the stirrer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Matsuda, Masahiro Ishida
  • Patent number: 10866536
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer storing unit that stores a developer before use of the developing device, a developer containing unit that contains, when the developing device is used, the developer stored in the developer storing unit such that the developer is capable of being stirred by the developer containing unit, a developer holding unit that is provided in a portion of the developer containing unit and that holds the developer contained in the developer containing unit and moves the developer in a rotation direction, a sealing unit including a sealing tape portion that seals a slit-shaped opening formed in the developer storing unit along a longitudinal direction of the developer storing unit while the sealing tape portion is capable of being pulled out and that seals the slit-shaped opening of the developer storing unit by being removably fixed onto an edge of the opening and an extended tape portion that is folded at an end of the sealing tape portion in a longitudinal direction of the seal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Kuwata, Takashi Akaike, Shota Makita
  • Patent number: 10824109
    Abstract: An elastic force of an elastic member 11 required for rotating a driven rotational body 8b is decreased. A first rotational body 8d and a second rotational body 9a arranged downstream of a driven rotational body 8b in a drive train that transmits a driving force from a driving rotational body 7 to a driven member 4 are included. The first rotational body 8d rotates in synchronization with the driven rotational body 8b. The second rotational body 9a is rotated by the first rotational body 8d and rotates the driven member 4. The first rotational body 8d rotates without rotating the second rotational body 9a when the driven rotational body 8b rotates by an elastic force of an elastic member 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideto Chino, Junichi Ochi
  • Patent number: 10788772
    Abstract: A process unit includes a main unit and a toner cartridge. The main unit includes a photosensitive drum, a developing unit, a cleaner, a cleaning frame and a toner recovery pipe. The toner cartridge includes a toner accommodation box and a toner recovery box. The toner accommodation box has a toner supply pipe having a toner supply opening. The toner recovery box has a receiving portion having a toner recovery opening for receiving toner. When the toner cartridge is attached to the main unit, the toner supply pipe is inserted into the insertion opening on the developing frame in a first direction which is perpendicular to a rotation axis of the photosensitive drum. When the toner cartridge is attached to the main unit, the toner recovery pipe is inserted into the receiving portion in a direction parallel to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Saya Minoshima, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10732543
    Abstract: Providing a toner cartridge capable of restraining toner from leaking through an opening, and improving labor efficiency for assembling the cartridge. The toner cartridge (process cartridge 1) includes a developing frame having a storage chamber configured to store therein toner and formed with an opening to discharge the toner out of the storage chamber, a shaft rotatably supported to the developing frame; and an agitation sheet positioned in the storage chamber and having a base end portion supported to the shaft, the agitation sheet being rotationally movable along with rotation of the shaft. The developing frame includes a first wall formed with the opening, and a second wall configured to support the agitation sheet by nipping the agitation sheet positioned to close the opening between the first wall and the second wall, the second wall permitting the agitation sheet to contact with the first wall and contacting with the agitation sheet through an elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Isamu Sakata
  • Patent number: 10712706
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include a housing configured to hold toner. The cartridge may further include a developing roller including a developing roller shaft, a supply roller including a supply roller shaft, a developing electrode and a supply electrode. The developing electrode and supply electrode may be configured to guide an electrical contact of an image forming apparatus in one or more directions. In some examples, the developing electrode and supply electrode may have angled surfaces that extend toward one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeyuki Takagi, Hiroki Mori
  • Patent number: 10635043
    Abstract: A powder container is for use with an image forming apparatus, and the image forming apparatus includes a driving protrusion that is rotatable and that protrudes toward an upstream side in an insertion direction in which the powder container is inserted. The powder container includes a container body to store powder, a cap attached to the container body, and a transmitted structure provided on the cap to contact the driving protrusion. The transmitted structure extends outward from an outer circumference of the powder container. The cap is rotatable relative to the container body in a predetermined angular range. The rotation of the cap relative to the container body is restricted so that the container body rotates along with the rotation of the cap when the rotation of the cap exceeds the predetermined angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuo Takami, Kiyonori Tsuda, Ryoichi Teranishi, Junichi Matsumoto, Toshio Koike, Yutaka Takahashi, Junji Yamabe, Akihiro Kawakami, Keinosuke Kondoh, Atsushi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10627780
    Abstract: A cartridge mountable to and dismountable from a main assembly of an image forming apparatus includes a memory, a guide configured to guide a portion-to-be-guided provided in the main assembly and to guide a main assembly contact provided in the main assembly to a memory contact of the memory when the cartridge is mounted in the main assembly, and a grip portion. The guide is provided at a bottom of the cartridge when the cartridge is hung by gripping the grip portion and constitutes a part of a supporting portion configured to support the cartridge when the cartridge is placed on a horizontal placement surface. The guide has a chamfered surface formed by being chamfered. When the cartridge is supported at the supporting portion, the chamfered surface opposes the horizontal placement surface, and a surface of the memory contact is inclined with respect to the horizontal placement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Fujiwara, Tadashi Horikawa, Naoki Matsumaru, Ryuta Murakami, Daisuke Makiguchi
  • Patent number: 10606189
    Abstract: A developer storage container and an image forming device with the developer storage container are provided, the developer storage container includes: a cylinder, the inner space of the cylinder can accommodate the developer, and the developer supply port that is connected with the inner space is disposed on the side of the cylinder; a driven shaft is arranged in the inner space of the cylinder and extends along the length direction of the cylinder; a driving gear is located on the side cover of the cylinder and connected with the first end of the driven shaft; a agitating screw, the rotation of the agitating screw can generate thrust, which enables the developer to be transported along the axis; a driving gear drives the driven shaft to rotate, and then drives the agitating screw to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: JIANGXI KILIDER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinjun Zhu, Zhongxi Li, Jiabing He
  • Patent number: 10514632
    Abstract: A method of remanufacturing a toner cartridge includes installing a modified end cap in which a portion of a drive assembly for an internal toner seal removal mechanism has been disabled. With the modified end cap installed, the toner cartridge may be post tested without removing the internal toner seal. When the post test is complete the modified end cap is removed and a non-modified end cap with a functional drive assembly is installed in its place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Clover Technologies Group, LLC
    Inventors: Jesus Gonzalez Perez, Oswaldo Cota
  • Patent number: 10514630
    Abstract: The present disclosure features an image forming apparatus having a first developing unit having a first developing roller; and a first toner supply unit configured to supply toner to the first developing unit, the first toner supply unit having: a first container configured to accommodate the toner therein, the first container having a first inlet opening through which the toner is received in the first container and a first outlet opening through which the toner in the first container is discharged; a first lid configured to close the first inlet opening; and a first shutter configured to open the first outlet opening when the first lid closes the first inlet opening, and to close the first outlet opening when the first lid opens the first inlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10488817
    Abstract: A cartridge mountable to and dismountable from a main assembly of an image forming apparatus includes a memory, a guide configured to guide a portion-to-be-guided provided in the main assembly and to guide a main assembly contact provided in the main assembly to a memory contact of the memory when the cartridge is mounted in the main assembly, and a grip portion. The guide is provided at a bottom of the cartridge when the cartridge is hung by gripping the grip portion and constitutes a part of a supporting portion configured to support the cartridge when the cartridge is placed on a horizontal placement surface. The guide has a chamfered surface formed by being chamfered. When the cartridge is supported at the supporting portion, the chamfered surface opposes the horizontal placement surface, and a surface of the memory contact is inclined with respect to the horizontal placement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Fujiwara, Tadashi Horikawa, Naoki Matsumaru, Ryuta Murakami, Daisuke Makiguchi
  • Patent number: 10474061
    Abstract: A toner cartridge according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a toner reservoir. An outlet is positioned on the housing for exiting toner from the toner cartridge. An insert is selectably installable in the toner reservoir. The insert separates a first portion of the toner reservoir that is in fluid communication with the outlet from a remainder of the toner reservoir when the insert is installed in the toner reservoir providing a reduced capacity toner reservoir in the first portion of the toner reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Frazier Baker, Kyle Benjamin Freels, Mark William Johnson
  • Patent number: 10466622
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a toner supply pipe and a first shutter. The toner supply pipe has a toner supply opening. When the toner cartridge is mounted onto a main unit, the toner supply pipe moves through an insertion opening from an outside position at which the toner supply opening is located outside a developing frame to an inside position at which the toner supply opening is located inside the developing frame. The first shutter is provided at the toner supply pipe. The first shutter moves relative to the toner supply pipe between an open position at which the toner supply opening is opened and a closed position at which the toner supply opening is closed. The first shutter moves relative to the toner supply pipe from the closed position to the open position in a state where the toner supply pipe is located at the inside position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Saya Minoshima, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10401759
    Abstract: A toner case includes a case main body, a feeding mechanism, a displacement member, and an elastic member. The case main body stores toner. A ventilation port is formed in the case main body. The feeding mechanism feeds the toner to outside the case main body. The displacement member includes a seal portion and is configured to be displaced between a closing position and an opening position. When the displacement member is at the closing position, the seal portion closes the ventilation port, and when the displacement member is at the opening position, the seal portion opens at least a part of the ventilation port. The elastic member holds the displacement member at the closing position by applying an elastic force to the displacement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Eto
  • Patent number: 10331076
    Abstract: A process cartridge including a first frame member molded by pouring a resin from a gate; a conductive sheet adhered integrally to a sheet adhering portion of the first frame member by molding of the resin; and a second frame member configured to define a toner storage portion by being coupled with the first frame member, wherein, the first frame member includes a bent portion at the sheet adhering portion, and a portion of the first frame member different in thickness is provided at an adjacent position to the adhering portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kosuke Nishino
  • Patent number: 10310444
    Abstract: An elastic force of an elastic member 11 required for rotating a driven rotational body 8b is decreased. A first rotational body 8d and a second rotational body 9a arranged downstream of a driven rotational body 8b in a drive train that transmits a driving force from a driving rotational body 7 to a driven member 4 are included. The first rotational body 8d rotates in synchronization with the driven rotational body 8b. The second rotational body 9a is rotated by the first rotational body 8d and rotates the driven member 4. The first rotational body 8d rotates without rotating the second rotational body 9a when the driven rotational body 8b rotates by an elastic force of an elastic member 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideto Chino, Junichi Ochi
  • Patent number: 10310409
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a cartridge is provided with a case and a transportation member. The case includes a first chamber, a second chamber, and a passage. The first chamber communicates with a discharging port and accommodates a developing agent. The second chamber is positioned distant from the discharging port compared to the first chamber and accommodates a toner. The passage allows the discharging port to communicate with the second chamber. The transportation member transports the toner, which is supplied to the passage from the second chamber, toward the discharging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takafumi Amano
  • Patent number: 10303087
    Abstract: A remanufactured toner cartridge and related method includes a modified driven gear that is associated with an internal seal removal mechanism. The driven gear is modified so that driving rotational force from a printer is not transmitted to the seal removal mechanism during a post test of the remanufactured cartridge. When the post test is complete a fixing member, which may include a pin, is used to return the modified driven gear to an operational configuration so that when the cartridge is subsequently installed in a printer, driving rotational force from the printer is transmitted to the removal mechanism to remove the internal toner seal, thereby permitting cartridge operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CLOVER TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Jun Li, Eric Tuvesson
  • Patent number: 10274862
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus including: a casing having a drum guide and a developing guide, a drum cartridge having a photosensitive drum and a handle, and a developing cartridge having a developing roller. The developing guide is longer than the drum guide. With the drum cartridge being installed in the casing and with the developing cartridge being removed from the casing, the handle locates at the first position. Further, with the drum cartridge and the developing cartridge being installed in the casing, being pressed by the developing cartridge, the handle locates at the second position farther away from an opening than the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shota Iriyama, Masatoshi Shiraki, Mayu Wakamatsu, Keigo Nakajima, Kei Katagiri
  • Patent number: 10197944
    Abstract: A toner cartridge according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a toner reservoir. An outlet port faces downward on a front of the housing near a first side of the housing. A linkage is positioned on the first side of the housing and has an engagement surface that is accessible at the rear of the housing. A projection is positioned on the first side of the housing and is movable between a first position and a second position. The projection is operatively connected to the linkage such that the projection moves upward from the first position to the second position when the engagement surface receives a forward force that is toward the front of the housing. The projection extends outward sideways from the first side when the projection is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nuestro Bayubay, Salvador Capurihan Bonanciar, Brian Scott Carpenter, Donato Austria Marmol, Robert Watson McAlpine, Katrina Rosit Lactuan
  • Patent number: 10162288
    Abstract: A method of refilling a used flexible toner container having a plurality of toner openings configured to discharge toner during a print operation. The method including forming a fill opening in the used flexible toner container. The fill opening may be formed separately from the toner openings. The method further including attaching a toner seal to the flexible toner container to cover the plurality of toner openings. The method further including, after attaching the toner seal, refilling the flexible toner container via the fill opening. The method further including sealing the fill opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CLOVER TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Jun Li, Eric Tuvesson
  • Patent number: 10133215
    Abstract: A developer container includes a developer storage chamber that stores developer and includes an opening, a sealing member that seals the opening, an unsealing member that opens the opening by rotating such that the sealing member, a part of which is attached to the unsealing member, is peeled away, a stirring member that is attached to the unsealing member; and a regulating portion that regulates rotation of the unsealing member by contacting the stirring member. The regulating portion is provided to regulate the rotation of the unsealing member when the developer container receives an external force, and allow the unsealing member to rotate such that the opening is opened when the unsealing member receives driving power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yu Fukasawa, Naoki Hayashi, Ryota Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10067441
    Abstract: A developer case (10) according to the present invention includes a case main body (30), a rotator (55, 56), a coupling (57), and a holder (49, 70, 80, 90). The case main body (30) contains developer. The rotator (55, 56) is rotatably arranged between a pair of sidewalls (43F, 43B) of the case main body (30). The pair of sidewalls (43F, 43B) are opposed to each other. The coupling (57) is coupled to the rotator (55, 56) with at least one of the pair of sidewalls (43F, 43B) in between. The holder (49, 70, 80, 90) protrudes on an inner face of at least the one of the pair of sidewalls (43F, 43B) and holds an end in an axis direction of the rotator (55, 56) at a position where the end is capable of coupling to the coupling (57).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuhiko Yoshii
  • Patent number: 10042286
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cartridge storage portion that is installed in an image forming apparatus main body, and a toner cartridge that is configured so as to be able to be inserted into and removed from the cartridge storage portion. The cartridge storage portion has a storage opening that receives the toner cartridge, and has a gap between an end part of the toner cartridge and the storage opening, through which the end part of the toner cartridge is not able to be held, when the toner cartridge is stored in the cartridge storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Okuda
  • Patent number: 10036981
    Abstract: A toner cartridge according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a toner reservoir. An outlet port faces downward on a front of the housing near a first side of the housing. A linkage is positioned on the first side of the housing and has an engagement surface that is accessible at the rear of the housing. A projection is positioned on the first side of the housing and is movable between a first position and a second position. The projection is operatively connected to the linkage such that the projection moves upward from the first position to the second position when the engagement surface receives a forward force that is toward the front of the housing. The projection extends outward sideways from the first side when the projection is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nuestro Bayubay, Salvador Capurihan Bonanciar, Brian Scott Carpenter, Donato Austria Marmol, Robert Watson McAlpine, Katrina Rosit Lactuan
  • Patent number: 10036999
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a toner cartridge which is detachably mounted from a first direction to store a toner; and a processing unit which is detachably mounted from a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and is provided with a photoconductor, a developing section for supplying a toner fed from the toner cartridge to the surface of the photoconductor to convert an electrostatic latent image to a toner image and a cleaning section for collecting the toner adhered on the surface of the photoconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takafumi Amano
  • Patent number: 10025265
    Abstract: A configuration in which an opening is covered with a plurality of partition members is provided, and timings of causing the partition members to move are differentiated, so that torque is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Shida, Shunsuke Mizukoshi, Yuta Isobe, Takayuki Kanazawa, Makoto Tokudome
  • Patent number: 9996025
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a cartridge is provided with a case and a transportation member. The case includes a first chamber, a second chamber, and a passage. The first chamber communicates with a discharging port and accommodates a developing agent. The second chamber is positioned distant from the discharging port compared to the first chamber and accommodates a toner. The passage allows the discharging port to communicate with the second chamber. The transportation member transports the toner, which is supplied to the passage from the second chamber, toward the discharging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takafumi Amano
  • Patent number: 9996027
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a barrel having an opening, a transmission cap rotatably disposed to the barrel and blocking the opening, a sealing tape, and a toner conveying shaft rotatably disposed inside the barrel. The transmission cap has an outlet and an inner drive portion. The sealing tape has a first end sealing the outlet, and a second end fixedly mounted to the barrel. The toner conveying shaft has a driven portion. During a rotational period of the transmission cap, the first end of the sealing tape detaches from the outlet first, and then the inner drive portion abuts against the driven portion. When the transmission cap continuously rotates, the toner conveying shaft is driven by the transmission cap to rotate. As such, the transmission cap can drive the toner conveying shaft to synchronously rotate after the transmission cap brings the sealing tape to detach from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chin-His Chuang, Chi-Chin Huang
  • Patent number: 9989892
    Abstract: A developer accommodating container for accommodating a developer includes: a toner seal member for unsealably sealing an opening of the developer accommodating container; an unsealing member, connected to an end portion of the toner seal member, for unsealing the opening by moving at least a part of the toner seal member; and an auxiliary unsealing member for assisting unsealing by changing a pulling direction of the toner seal member by the unsealing member. The auxiliary unsealing member includes a shaft portion or a projected portion. The shaft portion or the projected portion extends in a longitudinal direction of the developer accommodating container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiaki Takeuchi, Takashi Kimura, Yoshiyuki Batori, Ryuta Murakami, Daisuke Makiguchi, Noritomo Yamaguchi, Naoki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9971281
    Abstract: Provided is a developer container, including: a conveyance member configured to convey a developer; a vibration member arranged along an inclined surface opposed to the conveyance member and configured to vibrate through contact with the conveyance member; and a protruding portion protruding from the inclined surface and configured to be held in contact with the vibration member, wherein the conveyance member is a flexible sheet-like member, wherein, under a state in which the vibration member is brought into contact with the protruding portion, a first gap and a second gap are formed between the vibration member and the inclined surface with the protruding portion as a boundary, and wherein at least a part of the first gap and the second gap is located in a region of a rotation locus of the conveyance member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Yada, Tetsuya Numata
  • Patent number: 9971277
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprising a developing agent storage section including a discharge port for discharging the developing agent; a developing agent mixer configured inside the developing agent storage section to stir the developing agent and move the developing agent towards the discharge port; a motor which rotates at least the developing agent mixer; a motor control section which rotates the motor at either a first speed at which the developing agent is not discharged from the discharge port or a second speed higher than the first speed to discharge the developing agent from the discharge port; and a device control section which controls the motor control section to switch the rotation speed of the motor to the second speed at a timing different from the timing when the developing roller develops the electrostatic latent image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Susumu Koizumi
  • Patent number: 9964919
    Abstract: A drive gear for a generally cylindrical imaging component. The drive gear includes a body for engaging the generally cylindrical imaging component; a cylindrical shaft attached to the body, the cylindrical shaft having an end surface; and three prongs extending longitudinally outward from the end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Static Control Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan W. Martin