Modular Or Displaceable Patents (Class 399/110)
  • Patent number: 11556090
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main housing, a drawer, and a drum unit. The drawer is movable between an accommodated position at which the drawer is accommodated in the main housing and a pulled-out position at which the drawer is pulled out from the main housing. The drum unit is attachable to the drawer in a state where the drawer is located at the pulled-out position. The drum unit includes a first photosensitive drum, a second photosensitive drum, and a waste toner pipe allowing passage of waste toner from the first photosensitive drum and waste toner from the second photosensitive drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11556085
    Abstract: An image forming device, including: a drawer movable from an inside position where the drawer is located inside a housing to an outside position where the drawer is located outside the housing via an intermediate position; a stopper movable between a first position where the stopper stops the drawer from moving from the intermediate position to the outside position and a second position where the stopper allows the drawer to move from the intermediate position to the outside position; a drum cartridge mountable on the drawer; and a toner cartridge mountable on the drawer; wherein the toner cartridge mounted on the drawer is detachable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the intermediate position, and wherein the drum cartridge mounted on the drawer is detachable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the outside position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11550255
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member, a developing cartridge that has a developing member, a developing frame, an end member attached to the developing frame, and a restricting portion restricting a swing movement of the end member, and an apparatus body to which the developing cartridge is attachable. The apparatus body includes a movement unit moving the developing cartridge from a first position to a second position, a positioning portion engaging with the end member when the developing cartridge is located at the second position, and a restriction releasing portion acting on the restricting portion with a movement of the developing cartridge from the first position to the second position and releasing restriction of the swing movement of the end member, the restriction releasing portion being provided at a part of the apparatus main body excluding the movement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Tanabe, Masakazu Tatsumi, Tatsuro Harada
  • Patent number: 11520283
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a cartridge replaceable by detachably mounting to the image forming apparatus, a door that takes a closed state or an open state, a locking pin that switches a state of the regulation unit between a regulating state in which the replacement unit is prevented to be detached from the image forming apparatus and a release state in which the replacement unit is to be detachable from the image forming apparatus, and a lock control unit (a control unit) that makes a determination as to whether or not the state of the regulation unit is to be switched from the release state to the regulating state, at a predetermined timing when initial processing is completed after a power source is turned on or a state of the door becomes the closed state from the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiteru Kaida
  • Patent number: 11520286
    Abstract: A cartridge for an image forming apparatus includes: a process unit to be used to form an image; a first member including a first resin material; a second member including a second resin material having higher flame retardant capability than the first resin material; and an electrode member including a contact section configured to be supplied with power from an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus. The electrode member is configured to electrically connect the apparatus main body to the process unit. The second resin material of the second member has a greater density than the first resin material of the first member. The contact section is located in the vicinity of the first and second members and is closer to the second member than to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Sakakibara, Yosuke Kashiide, Hiroyuki Munetsugu, Yuko Harada, Goshi Ozaki, Masanari Morioka, Naoki Hayashi, Hideki Kakuta, Hiroki Shimizu, Teruhiko Sasaki, Tachio Kawai, Takatoshi Hamada
  • Patent number: 11480913
    Abstract: There are provided a developer accommodating portion for accommodating the developer, a discharge portion formed with a discharge opening for discharging the developer accommodated in the developer accommodating portion, and an engaging portion 30. The engaging portion 30 is engaged with an engaged portion 11b with a mounting operation of a developer supply container 1 to displace a developer receiving portion 11 in an upward direction U so that the receiving opening communicates with the discharge opening. The engaging portion 30 has a holding portion 31 which is provided rotatably about a rotation shaft 41 and is provided with holding portion 21 to be engaged with the engaged portion 11b to hold the engaged portion 11b. With the mounting operation, the engaging portion 30 rotates about the rotation shaft 41 so that the engaged portion 11b held by the holding portion 31 moves upward U.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ayatomo Okino, Hiromasa Katayama, Nobuyuki Yomoda, Masato Yamaoka, Akihito Kamura, Koji Katayama, Tsukasa Mine, Katsuya Murakami, Keisuke Isobe, Shogo Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 11448997
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body housing, a drawer, a drum cartridge, and a toner cartridge. The drawer includes a waste toner conveying pipe and a lock member. In a state where the toner cartridge is mounted on the drum cartridge, the drum cartridge is mounted on the drawer, the drawer is located at a drawn-out position, and the lock member is located at a lock position, the toner cartridge is detachable from the drum cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11429058
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a housing; a drawer; and first and second process cartridges attachable to the drawer. The first process cartridge includes a first drum cartridge including a first photosensitive drum and a first developing cartridge including a first developing roller. When attached to the first drum cartridge, the first developing cartridge is movable between a first position where the first developing cartridge is detachable from the first drum cartridge and a second position where the first developing cartridge is not detachable from the first drum cartridge. In a state where the first and second process cartridges are attached to the drawer at positions adjacent to each other, the first developing cartridge comes into contact with the second process cartridge during movement of the first developing cartridge from the second position to the first position before the first developing cartridge reaches the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Miho Ishida
  • Patent number: 11429060
    Abstract: A drum unit includes: a frame; a first photosensitive drum; a second photosensitive drum; a charger; and a storage medium. The frame includes: a first frame plate; a second frame plate spaced apart from the first frame plate in a first direction; a third frame plate connecting one end of the first frame plate to one end of the second frame plate; and a fourth frame plate connecting another end of the first frame plate to another end of the second frame plate. The first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum are rotatably supported by the frame. The second photosensitive drum is spaced apart from the first photosensitive drum and positioned closer to the third frame plate than the first photosensitive drum to the third frame plate in a second direction. The storage medium has an electrical contact surface positioned at an outer surface of the fourth frame plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Isao Kishi
  • Patent number: 11429056
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a main body including an image forming device, an optional device configured to be attached to a lower side of the main body, a recessed section formed at a lower position in the main body for clutching by a hand, and a fastening member arranged in the recessed section to fasten the main body and the optional device to each other, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yurimi Ambe
  • Patent number: 11429057
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a main casing; a drum cartridge; and a developing cartridge. The drum cartridge includes a photosensitive drum having a rotational axis. The drum cartridge is drawable from the main casing in a first direction where the axis of the photosensitive drum extends. The developing cartridge is drawable from the main casing in the first direction. The developing cartridge includes: a developing roller; a front wall; and a first developing-device frame. The front wall is disposed at a downstream end of the developing cartridge in the first direction. The first developing-device frame supports the developing roller. The front wall and the first developing-device frame are overlapped with each other when viewed in the first direction. The first boss goes through the first hole of the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11415927
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus according to aspects of the present disclosure includes a cover, an interlocking mechanism, a sensor, a separation mechanism, a controller. In a state where the cover moves from a closed position to an open position while no power is supplied to the controller, a state of the interlocking mechanism changes from a first state to a second state. In a state where the sensor does not detect that the interlocking mechanism is in the second state when power supply to the controller is started, the separation mechanism keeps the developing roller located at a separation position at the separation position. On the other hand, in a state where the sensor detects that the interlocking mechanism is in the second state when power supply to the controller is started, the separation mechanism moves the developing roller located at a contact position to the separation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Ikegami, Shintaro Sakaguchi, Kotaro Haruta
  • Patent number: 11409231
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a drawer movable in a first direction from an inside position to an outside position via an intermediate position; a stopper movable between a first position at which the stopper stops the drawer from moving from the intermediate position to the outside position, and a second position at which the stopper allows the drawer to move from the intermediate position to the outside position; a drum cartridge including a photoconductive drum and mountable on the drawer; and a developing cartridge including a developing roller and mountable on the drawer. The developing cartridge mounted on the drawer is removable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the intermediate position. The drum cartridge mounted on the drawer is removable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the outside position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Kazuna Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11409225
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body including a control board, a draw-out unit including a photosensitive drum configured to bear a toner image and rotate about a rotation axis, a developing unit, and a unit contact, the developing unit including a developing roller and a memory, and a door configured to face the draw-out unit at a closed position. The door includes a door contact electrically connected to the control board. The draw-out unit includes a facing surface configured to face the door positioned at the closed position, and a grip portion provided at a center portion of the facing surface in an axial direction of the rotation axis. The unit contact is provided in a region outside an end surface of the grip portion in the axial direction and below the grip portion in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuta Kawaguchi, Shinkichi Yamamoto, Takateru Ohkubo, Kazuki Takase
  • Patent number: 11409222
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus main body, a drawer, a drum cartridge, an exposure device, a developing cartridge, and a fixing device. The drum cartridge includes a photosensitive drum, a cleaning member, and a waste toner conveying pipe. The drum cartridge is mountable to the drawer. The developing cartridge includes a toner container and a waste toner container, and is attachable to and detachable from the drum cartridge. The toner container includes a developing roller. The cleaning member is located between the photosensitive drum and the fixing device in a vertical direction in a state where the drum cartridge is mounted to the drawer and the drawer is located at an inner position. The toner container is swingably coupled to the waste toner container, thereby being capable of moving relative to the photosensitive drum in a state where the developing cartridge is attached to the drum cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11402772
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a transfer unit body, a transfer counter roller, a transfer belt, a side cover, a transfer roller, a shaft end member, and a holding member. The side cover is opened and closed with respect to the apparatus body. The transfer roller is supported by the side cover, moves between an abutting position at which the transfer roller comes into contact with the transfer belt and interposes the transfer belt along with the transfer counter roller and a separate position at which the transfer roller is separated from the transfer belt. The shaft end member is provided at a shaft end of the transfer roller. The holding member is provided in the transfer unit body, holds the shaft end member at the abutting position, and opens the shaft end member at the separate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norio Kouzu
  • Patent number: 11397404
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a body casing, a pressing member, a process cartridge, and a drawer. The body casing includes a positioning member. The pressing member is disposed inside the body casing. The process cartridge includes a photosensitive drum. The drawer is configured to support the process cartridge and to move, in a sliding direction orthogonal to an axis direction of the photosensitive drum, between an inside position that is a position inside the body casing and an outside position that is a position outside the body casing. The process cartridge includes an engagement portion and a spring. The engagement portion is configured to be positioned by the positioning member. The spring is configured to be pressed by the pressing member such that the engagement portion is pressed toward the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11392079
    Abstract: A process cartridge includes a photosensitive drum and a first casing rotatably supporting the photosensitive drum. The process cartridge also includes a developing roller configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with toner, a supplying roller configured to supply the developing roller with the toner, and a second casing rotatably supporting the developing roller and the supplying roller and containing the toner. A rotatable coupling is provided with a projection and operatively connected to the supplying roller and the developing roller so that the coupling can transmit a rotational force to the supplying roller and the developing roller, and at least a part of the coupling being movable in a direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Maeshima, Masato Tanabe, Keisuke Nomura, Hiroki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11372364
    Abstract: A frame for an image forming apparatus which includes a sheet cassette, an image forming unit, a first conveying roller, and a second conveying roller. The frame includes a first frame above which a second frame is coupled, the first frame supporting the sheet cassette and the first conveying roller, and the second frame supporting the second conveying roller and the image forming unit. A coupling member couples a first strut and a second strut, the first strut being part of the first frame and including: a first base portion; a first plate portion; and a second plate portion. The second strut is part of the second frame and includes: a second base portion disposed above the first base portion and contacting the first base portion; a third plate portion; and a fourth plate portion. The coupling member includes: a third base portion opposed to and spaced apart from the first base portion and the second base portion; a fifth plate portion; and a sixth plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuya Matsumura
  • Patent number: 11321702
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a first liner, a second liner, one or more fastening components, and one or more prongs. The one or more fastening components couples the first liner to the second liner, defining an opening between. The one or more prongs are positionable between a closed position within the opening and an open position exterior to the opening. The one or more prongs include a payment prong. The payment prong includes a body free, a payment chip receptacle, and a payment chip. The body is free from any personal identification information. The payment chip receptacle is attached to the body. The payment chip is positioned in the payment chip receptacle. The payment chip is removable therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Abdelkader M'Hamed Benkreira, Joshua Edwards, Michael Mossoba
  • Patent number: 11294321
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion and a post-processing portion, a first frame, a second frame and a connection member. The first frame includes a first section for supporting a photosensitive member and a second section bent from a bottom end of the first section. The second frame, to which an electronic circuit board is attached, supported by the second section of the first frame without being fixed to the first section of the first frame. The connection member is connected with the second frame and a third frame which is a frame of the post-processing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ko Katahira
  • Patent number: 11294327
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing, a top cover having an opening, a process cartridge attachable to the housing, a toner cartridge attachable to the process cartridge, and an interlocking mechanism. The top cover is pivotally movable between a first position closing the opening and a second position opening the opening. In a state where the toner cartridge is attached to the process cartridge, the toner cartridge is pivotally movable between an attachment/detachment position where the toner cartridge is attachable to and detachable from the process cartridge; and a fixed position where the toner cartridge is fixed to the process cartridge. The interlocking mechanism is configured to pivotally move the toner cartridge to the attachment/detachment position when the top cover is moved to the second position, and to pivotally move the toner cartridge to the fixed position when the top cover is moved to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Miho Ishida
  • Patent number: 11281159
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including a casing, a toner cartridge, and a process cartridge, is provided. The toner cartridge detachably attached to the casing stores toner therein. The process cartridge detachably attached to the casing includes a developing unit and a drum unit. The developing unit includes a developer roller and a toner conveyer tube. The toner conveyer tube has a first opening, through which the toner from the toner cartridge is acceptable into the toner conveyer tube while the toner cartridge and the process cartridge are attached to the casing. The drum unit includes a photosensitive drum supporting the toner conveyer tube by contacting a circumferential surface of the toner conveyer tube. The developing unit is pivotable with respect to the drum unit with the toner conveyer tube and the drum unit being slidable on each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Atsushi Fukaya
  • Patent number: 11281152
    Abstract: A housing includes a housing main body that has an opening in one surface; a first cover that is openably and closably supported by the housing main body by means of a first rotation portion, that covers at least a portion of the opening, and that is provided with an operation portion that causes the first cover in a closed state to enter an open state, the first rotation portion being provided on a portion of the one surface that is on one side with respect to the opening in one direction; and a second cover that is openably and closably supported by the first cover and of which an operation portion that causes the second cover in a closed state to enter an open state is provided at a position that is separated from the operation portion of the first cover by at least half a distance between the operation portion of the first cover and the first rotation portion in the one direction while being on the first rotation portion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Fuyuki Kokubu
  • Patent number: 11267270
    Abstract: A door for a printing device may include a spring having a first and a second end, the second end coupled to the door and the first end biased away from a surface of the door and a groove into which the first end of the spring may be placed into wherein when the first end of the spring is placed into the groove, the door is deflected in the direction that the spring is biased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Lo, Tim Roels
  • Patent number: 11256207
    Abstract: An image forming device, including: a housing; a drawer movable between an inside position at which the drawer is located inside the housing and an outside position at which the drawer is located outside the housing; a drum cartridge including a photoconductive drum and a developer roller and mountable on the drawer; and a toner cartridge storing toner to be supplied to the developer roller and mountable on the drawer, wherein the drum cartridge and the toner cartridge are mountable on the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the outside position, and wherein the drum cartridge and the toner cartridge are arranged in a drawer moving direction in which the drawer moves, in the state in which the drum cartridge and the toner cartridge are mounted on the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Kazuna Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11254536
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion, a swingable member feeding portion, a sheet stacking portion including a stacking tray and a sheet feeding passage and movable between a first position where a sheet feed from the feeding portion is feedable to the sheet feeding passage and a second position away from the first position, and a movable member movable to a space, between the feeding portion and the stacking portion, generating with movement of the stacking portion from the first position to the second position in interrelation with the movement of the stacking portion from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Noda, Kenichirou Isobe, Kenji Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 11249436
    Abstract: An apparatus body includes a housing, a drawer, a push-out mechanism, and a positioner. The drawer is attachable to and detachable from the housing. The push-out mechanism pushes out the drawer by a predetermined amount from a setting position at which the drawer is positioned in the housing. The positioner positions the drawer at the setting position in the housing. The positioner includes a fitting hole disposed in one of the housing and the drawer and a positioning pin disposed in the other of the housing and the drawer. The positioning pin positions the drawer at the setting position in the housing in response to fitting of the positioning pin into the fitting hole. The positioning pin and the fitting hole each have a form that releases the fitting in response to pushing out of the drawer by the predetermined amount from the setting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Haruo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11243493
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a waste toner container installed removably in an apparatus body through an opening and collecting a waste toner discharged from an image forming section in which an image is formed with toner, and an opening/closing cover supported at an edge of the opening and pivoting about an axis line extending in a specific direction, the opening/closing cover pivoting about the axis line and moving between a closed position to close the opening and an open position to open the opening. The waste toner container has an engaged part, and the opening/closing cover has an engaging part that engages with the engaged part. The engaging part engages with the engaged part in the closed position to hold the opening/closing cover in the closed position when the waste toner container is installed in the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Satoshi Ando
  • Patent number: 11237515
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus including a main casing, an opening-closing member configured to open and close an opening on a side of the main casing and to move between an open position and a closed position, a belt unit configured to move between a first position and a second position, a drum unit configured to move between a third position and a fourth position, a developing device unit configured to move in an arrangement direction of developing rollers, and an interlock mechanism configured such that in response to a movement of the opening-closing member from the closed position to the open position, the belt unit moves from the first position to the second position and the drum unit moves from the third position to the fourth position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11231674
    Abstract: An image forming device, including: a drawer movable from an inside position where the drawer is located inside a housing to an outside position where the drawer is located outside the housing via an intermediate position; a stopper movable between a first position where the stopper stops the drawer from moving from the intermediate position to the outside position and a second position where the stopper allows the drawer to move from the intermediate position to the outside position; a drum cartridge mountable on the drawer; and a toner cartridge mountable on the drawer; wherein the toner cartridge mounted on the drawer is detachable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the intermediate position, and wherein the drum cartridge mounted on the drawer is detachable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the outside position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11221582
    Abstract: A system for an electrophotographic image forming device includes a basket having a first side, a second side and a plurality of positioning slots extending between the first side and the second side, each positioning slot is configured to receive a corresponding toner cartridge. Each positioning slot includes a first latch at the first side of the basket and a second latch at the second side of the basket. Each of the first and second latches is independently pivotable between a latched position for applying a hold-down force on a respective end portion of a corresponding toner cartridge positioned in a corresponding positioning slot of the plurality of positioning slots to rigidly hold the corresponding toner cartridge against datums of the basket and an unlatched position to release the corresponding toner cartridge permitting removal of the corresponding toner cartridge from the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Amann, Brian Allen Blair, Brian Lester Boettcher, James Anthany Carter, II, Jie Chen, Benjamin Charles Devore, Darin Michael Gettelfinger
  • Patent number: 11209755
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a storage container in which toner is stored, a replenishment port configured to allow replenishment of toner from a replenishment container outside the image forming apparatus to the storage container therethrough, a replenishment restriction portion, and a drive source configured to supply a driving force A drive transmission portion is configured to take a first operation state, in which the drive transmission portion transmits the driving force of the drive source to the replenishment restriction portion to switch the replenishment restriction portion between a restricting state and an allowing state, and a second operation state, in which the drive transmission portion transmits the driving force of the drive source to a toner conveyance portion to cause the toner conveyance portion to convey toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji Kubo, Kenji Matsuzaka, Tomio Noguchi, Kenichi Tagami
  • Patent number: 11194286
    Abstract: A system for an electrophotographic image forming device includes a basket insertable into and extendable out of the image forming device. The basket includes a plurality of positioning slots each configured to receive a corresponding toner cartridge of a plurality of toner cartridges. The basket includes a cartridge latching assembly configured to apply a hold-down force on each toner cartridge to rigidly hold each toner cartridge against corresponding datums of the basket. A basket latching assembly in the image forming device is configured to apply a hold-down force on the basket when the basket is inserted into the image forming device to rigidly hold the basket against corresponding datums of the image forming device for positioning the plurality of toner cartridges in respective operational positions within the image forming device with only the cartridge latching assembly of the basket directly applying hold-down forces on the plurality of toner cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Amann, Brian Allen Blair, Brian Lester Boettcher, James Anthany Carter, II, Jie Chen, Benjamin Charles Devore, Darin Michael Gettelfinger, Michael James Shanor, Christopher Kent Washing
  • Patent number: 11194287
    Abstract: A system for an electrophotographic image forming device includes a basket for holding multiple toner cartridges. A guide rail assembly operatively connected to an access door moves between a raised position and a lowered position to raise and lower the basket when the access door moves between an open position and a closed position. The basket is slidable along the guide rail assembly into and out of the image forming device when the guide rail assembly is in the raised position, and is in an operational position within the image forming device when the guide rail assembly is in the lowered position. A rail lock mechanism locks the access door in the open position when the guide rail assembly is in the raised position and the basket is extended out of the image forming device and unlocks the access door from the open position when the basket is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jie Chen, Benjamin Charles Devore, Michael James Shanor, Christopher Kent Washing
  • Patent number: 11194285
    Abstract: A system for an electrophotographic image forming device includes a basket including a plurality of positioning slots each including cartridge datum locators that position a plurality of toner cartridges relative to the basket. A first guide rail and a second guide rail, each movable between a raised position and a lowered position, raise and lower the basket when the first and second guide rails move between the raised and lowered positions. In the raised positions the first and second guide rails support the basket permitting the basket to slide along the first and second guide rails into and out of the image forming device. When the first and second guide rails are in the lowered positions basket datum locators within the image forming device support the basket and position the basket relative to the image forming device in order to position the toner cartridges relative to the image forming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Allen Blair, Jie Chen, Benjamin Charles Devore, Darin Michael Gettelfinger, Michael James Shanor, Christopher Kent Washing
  • Patent number: 11163256
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a casing, a drum unit including first and second lateral walls and first and second photosensitive drums, first and second cartridges supported by the drum unit, first and second operable members, is provided. The first operable member and the second operable member press the first developing cartridge and the second developing cartridge, respectively, in a direction from the first lateral wall toward the second lateral wall to move the first and second developing rollers from the respective contacting positions to respective separated positions. The casing includes a restrictive portion. When the drum unit is attached to the casing, the restrictive portion restricts movement of the drum unit causable by at least one of a pressing action of the first operable member to press the first developing cartridge and a pressing action of the second operable member to press the second developing cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11163261
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a main casing; a drum cartridge; and a developing cartridge. The drum cartridge includes a photosensitive drum having a rotational axis. The drum cartridge is drawable from the main casing in a first direction where the axis of the photosensitive drum extends. The developing cartridge is drawable from the main casing in the first direction. The developing cartridge includes: a developing roller; a front wall; and a first developing-device frame. The front wall is disposed at a downstream end of the developing cartridge in the first direction. The front wall has a first hole. The first developing-device frame supports the developing roller. The first developing-device frame includes a first boss extending in the first direction. The first boss goes through the first hole of the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11150597
    Abstract: A powder processing apparatus includes a processing engine, a carrying region forming unit, a door, a powder storage unit. The processing engine is mounted inside an apparatus housing. The processing engine includes one or plural processing units each at least including a movable powder carrier that carries powder, and a powder supply unit. The carrying region forming unit forms a region in the powder carrier where powder can be carried. The door opens and closes an opening formed in a side wall of the apparatus housing. The powder storage unit stores the powder. The powder storage unit moves along with the opening and closing of the door. When the door is opened, an insertion and extraction path that is wide enough to insert and extract the processing engine is ensured in the opening, excluding a region blocked by the powder storage unit that moves along with the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Takashi Anzai, Takahiro Kimura, Kazuaki Iikura, Tetsuji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 11137715
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes: a main body; a toner cartridge having a first opening; a process cartridge having a photosensitive drum and a second opening; a positioning part; a transfer unit; and an urging member. The toner cartridge and process cartridge are attachable to and detachable from the main body in an axial direction of the photosensitive drum. The positioning part and transfer unit are positioned above the process cartridge attached to the main body. The positioning part fixes the attached process cartridge in position relative to the main body. The urging member urges the attached process cartridge toward the positioning part and urges the process cartridge such that the toner can be supplied from the toner cartridge to the process cartridge through the first opening and the second opening when the toner cartridge and the process cartridge are attached to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11126136
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a drawer movable in a first direction from an inside position to an outside position via an intermediate position; a stopper movable between a first position at which the stopper stops the drawer from moving from the intermediate position to the outside position, and a second position at which the stopper allows the drawer to move from the intermediate position to the outside position; a drum cartridge including a photoconductive drum and mountable on the drawer; and a developing cartridge including a developing roller and mountable on the drawer. The developing cartridge mounted on the drawer is removable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the intermediate position. The drum cartridge mounted on the drawer is removable from the drawer in a state in which the drawer is located at the outside position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Kazuna Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11112746
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a main body to which a detachable part is attachable, the main body having an opening; a cover that opens and closes the opening of the main body; and an insertion member that, when the detachable part is not attached to the main body, is in an inserted position where the insertion member is inserted between the main body and the cover and prevents closing of the cover, and when the detachable part is attached to the main body, is in a retreat position where the insertion member is not inserted between the main body and the cover and allows closing of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Ushikubo
  • Patent number: 11086265
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cassette attachment part and a collection side attachment part. To the cassette attachment part, a sheet feeding cassette storing a sheet is detachably attached. The collection side attachment part is disposed adjacent to the cassette attachment part. To the collection side attachment part, a collection container storing a waste toner discharged without transferred on the sheet is detachably attached. The cassette attachment part includes a cassette rail which supports the sheet feeding cassette slidably and a rail holding member which holds the cassette rail. The collection side attachment part includes a displacement sensor which is disposed so as to face the collection container and detects an electrostatic capacity varying in response to an accumulation amount of the waste toner stored in the collection container. The rail holding member is disposed so as to face at least a part of the displacement sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuta Nohara
  • Patent number: 11067946
    Abstract: A cartridge detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus includes a cleaning member; a cleaner container; a discharge opening; a shutter for the opening; an urging member for urging the shutter to a closing position, wherein when the cartridge is mounted, the shutter abuts to a shutter abutting portion provided in the image forming apparatus to be moved from a closing position to an opening position; a locking member rotatable between a locking position and a release position, wherein before the shutter contacts to the shutter abutting portion when mounting the cartridge to the apparatus, the locking member contacts a releasing portion provided in the apparatus to be rotated in a releasing direction, by the releasing portion; and an interrelating mechanism for interrelating relative movement between the shutter and the cleaner container and rotation of the locking member in a direction of the locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Endo
  • Patent number: 11061359
    Abstract: A drum cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a drum frame configured to retain the photosensitive drum and to accept a developing cartridge including a toner memory, which stores information concerning the developing cartridge, a first connector electrically connectable with the toner memory in the developing cartridge under a condition where the developing cartridge is attached to the drum frame, a relay board electrically connectable with the first connector, a second connector electrically connectable with a connector in an image forming apparatus and with the toner memory through the relay board, and a thermistor electrically connectable with the relay board, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Abe, Keita Inoue
  • Patent number: 11042103
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photosensitive drum to rotate as to an apparatus main body, a print head having a connector and a light emitting element, a movement mechanism to move the print head between an exposing position and a retracted position, a support part rotatable and to support the movement mechanism, a cable, and an abutting portion. The cable supplies drive signals for driving the light emitting element to the print head. The cable extends toward an opposite side of the connector and is bent toward one direction or another direction of the support part. The abutting portion is provided to the support part, and abuts the cable bent portion in a direction from the retracted position toward the exposing position to cause the cable to flex between a connected portion to the connector and the bent portion, when the print head is at the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Aruga, Toshiki Momoka, Takehiro Ishidate
  • Patent number: 11042106
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transfer unit for which, when inclined, leakage of a liquid developer can be suppressed. The transfer unit includes an intermediary transfer belt onto which the liquid developer is transferred and which rotates. A supporting unit is capable of holding the transfer unit at a first position. A rotation holding portion is capable of holding the transfer unit at a second position inclined from the first position relative to the supporting unit. A cleaning roller is capable of removing the liquid developer on the intermediary transfer belt. A cleaning container is supported by the supporting unit irrespective of rotation of the transfer unit and is capable of collecting the liquid developer removed by the cleaning roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Matsuo, Shinichi Onodera
  • Patent number: 11036175
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main assembly including an image forming portion capable of forming an image on a sheet, a rotatable cover movable between an open state and a closed state, a substrate mounting unit including a substrate mounting portion on which an electrical substrate is mounted, and a substrate cover portion engaged and held so as to cover the electrical substrate mounted on the substrate mounting portion. The substrate mounting unit includes a mounting and demounting mechanism configured to permit mounting and dismounting of the substrate cover portion. The substrate cover portion is covered by the cover when the cover is in the closed state, and the substrate cover portion is uncovered by the cover when the cover is in the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shota Kase
  • Patent number: 11036176
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a housing, a drawer, and a cartridge, is provided. The drawer is movable between an inner position and an outer position. The cartridge includes a photosensitive drum and a drum cover. The photosensitive drum is rotatable about an axis extending in a first direction. The drum cover is movable with respect to the photosensitive drum between a first position and a second position. The drawer includes a guide, a stopper, and a contacting portion. The guide guides the cartridge in a second direction, when the cartridge is being attached to the drawer. The stopper stops the cartridge from separating from the guide in a third direction. The contacting portion contacts the drum cover and move the drum cover from the first position to the second position in a state where the cartridge is being guided by the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Fukamachi, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11028903
    Abstract: A developing device may include an auger or an agitator that is capable of supplying toner in a toner accommodation chamber to a developing chamber and is rotatable about an auger axis extending in an axial direction, a transporting gear that is rotatable together with the auger or the agitator, and a moving gear that is in mesh with a coupling gear and is rotatable both counterclockwise and clockwise. The moving gear is movable while being in mesh with the coupling gear between a first position where the moving gear is in mesh with the transporting gear and a second position where the moving gear is out of mesh with the transporting gear. The moving gear moves to the first position when the coupling gear rotates counterclockwise and to the second position when the coupling gear rotates clockwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Shimizu, Yasuo Fukamachi, Keita Shimizu, Kazutoshi Nakamura