Unit Or Part Identification Patents (Class 399/12)
  • Patent number: 10353651
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a read-out unit, a memory unit, and a processor. The read-out unit reads out first collation information from an exchange product which is mounted in the image forming apparatus. The memory unit stores second collation information. The processor detects a power supply or a sleep return, compares the first collation information with the second collation information based on detection of the power supply or the sleep return, and sets an operation mode based on a comparison result of the first collation information with the second collation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahide Kenmotsu
  • Patent number: 10310448
    Abstract: In a case where a new consumable item is determined to be installed in a printer as a replacement for the current consumable item based on the related information, the printer receives, from the server, a first code assigned to a first consumable item to be installed in the printer. The printer obtains, from the second consumable item, a second code associated with a second consumable item installed in the printer as a replacement for the current consumable item. The printer determines whether the first code corresponds to the second code. The printer provides a notification indicating whether the second consumable item was determined to replace the current consumable item based on whether the first code corresponds to the second code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10303113
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include a housing including an outer surface, a small-diameter gear, a large-diameter gear, a first gear, and a moving member. The small-diameter gear may include a first engaging portion positioned on at least a portion of a peripheral surface of the small-diameter gear. The large-diameter gear may be positioned farther from the outer surface than the small-diameter gear from the outer surface. The large-diameter gear may be rotatable together with the small-diameter gear. The first gear may include a second engaging portion, a first end surface, a second end surface, and at least one protrusion. The moving member may include a contact portion configured to move the moving member from one position to another position in a state where the contact portion is in contact with the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Koji Abe, Motoaki Mushika, Yasuo Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 10303102
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit and a controller configured to control an operation of the image forming unit is provided. The image forming unit includes a conductive member to which a bias voltage is supplied in image formation. The controller is configured to calculate an operating ratio indicating a percentage of a time period during which the conductive member is used, and calculate a value indicating a consumption degree of the conductive member based on the calculated operating ratio and a magnitude of an electrical resistance of the conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kouichi Etou
  • Patent number: 10303088
    Abstract: In a cartridge, a developing roller is configured to rotate around a first axis extending in an extending direction. The cartridge further includes a cylinder extending in the extending direction and configured to receive electric power, a first portion, which is one portion of a circumferential surface of the cylinder, and a second portion, which is another portion of the circumferential surface of the cylinder. The cartridge also includes a gear rotatable about a second axis extending in the extending direction, a first covering portion covering the first portion and being rotatable with the gear, and a gear cover covering at least a portion of the gear and having an opening through which the second portion is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10305892
    Abstract: A device system that performs group authentication and an operating method thereof are provided. The device system includes multiple devices. The operating method of the device system includes performing a first authentication procedure with respect to a first device that is newly connected to the device system; and performing a second authentication procedure with respect to the first device via an authentication group including at least two devices selected from the devices. The second authentication procedure is a group-based authentication procedure. If the first and second authentication procedures are successful, the operating method includes approving connection of the first device to the device system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Hoon Shin
  • Patent number: 10303870
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a reception unit which receives first input information which is arbitrary set in conjunction with a login of the first user, a restriction unit which starts imposing a restriction of use of the information processing apparatus at a predetermined timing in a case that a second user logs in to the information processing apparatus while a login state of the first user is continued and a release unit which releases the restriction in response to inputting of second input information, which matches the first input information received by the reception unit, while the use of the information processing apparatus is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10281871
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a first opening on a side surface of the casing, first and second frames, a cartridge detachably attached through the first opening, and light receiver and light emitter respectively provided to the first and second frames. The cartridge shields the light from the light emitted when attached to an attachment position. The first and second frames face across the attachment position. The light reaches the light receiver when the cartridge is detached from the casing. A door is movably secured to the casing between closing and opening positions, and a second opening allowing a sheet to pass through is formed on the door. External light entering through the second opening and directed toward the light receiver is shielded by a light shielding part provided to the first frame, which also serves as a guiding part to guide attachment of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshimune, Tomoyuki Mizuno, Masahito Saeki, Tomoya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10281840
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a conveyance section, an image forming section, a fixing section, a sheet output tray, a toner container, a suitable product determining section, and a control section. The suitable product determining section determines whether the toner container loaded in an apparatus body is a suitable product. When the suitable product determining section determines that the toner container is not a suitable product, the control section allows the conveyance section, the image forming section, and the fixing section to form, on a sheet, a solid image having a circumferential length of one of rotating bodies of the fixing section or longer, and allows the sheet on which the solid image is formed to pass through a fixing nip, to thereby periodically allow a cleaning operation of removing a contamination adhering to surfaces of rotating bodies of the fixing section to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Sueaki Okamoto, Eiji Nimura, Koji Kuramashi
  • Patent number: 10248047
    Abstract: A toner case includes a case main body and a cover. The case main body stores a toner. The cover covers a face of the case main body at one end side in a longitudinal direction of the case main body. An inside projection or an inside recess is provided on an inner face of the cover at a position to be touchable from an outside. A number of the inside projection or the inside recess is determined based on a color of the toner stored in the case main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Tamura
  • Patent number: 10251119
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a method for handling reject in wireless communication. The method includes receiving, at an electronic device, a reject message indicative of a forbidden resource of a service provider network to use by the electronic device for wireless communication, determining a reliability attribute of the reject message, storing the forbidden resource associated with the reliability attribute, and maintaining the stored forbidden resource based on the reliability attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MediaTek Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Matti Moisanen, Marko Niemi
  • Patent number: 10248074
    Abstract: A developer cartridge comprises a first gear. The first gear may include a first protrusion extending in a radial direction of the first gear. The first protrusion may be positioned at a circumference of a column of the first gear. The first protrusion may be spaced apart from a second end face opposite to a first end face facing an exterior surface of a casing configured to accommodate developer therein. The first protrusion may be further from the second end face than a large-diameter gear in an axial direction. A rotational circumference of the first protrusion defined by rotation of the first protrusion and a portion of the large-diameter gear are aligned in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Yasuo Fukamachi, Motoaki Mushika
  • Patent number: 10248041
    Abstract: A developing unit includes a body and a displacement member. The displacement member is to be held by the body in a first mode in a first mounting state, and is to be held by the body displaceably between the first mode and a second mode in a reversible fashion in a second mounting state. The first mounting state is a state in which a first toner cartridge is mounted on the developing unit. The second mounting state is a state in which a second toner cartridge is mounted on the developing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10241467
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes a developing electrode and a supply electrode. The developing electrode includes a first electrical contact in contact with a developing roller shaft, and a second electrical contact positioned closer to the developing roller shaft than a second agitator gear is to the developing roller shaft. The second electrical contact is positioned farther from the developing roller shaft than the first electrical contact is from the developing roller shaft. The supply electrode includes a first electrical contact in contact with the supply roller shaft, and a second electrical contact positioned closer to the developing roller shaft than the second agitator gear is to the developing roller shaft. The second electrical contact of the supply electrode is positioned farther from the developing roller shaft than the second electrical contact of the developing electrode is from the developing roller shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Shimizu, Tomoya Ichikawa, Takashi Shimizu, Kazuna Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10228637
    Abstract: Method and system for converting a toner cartridge printer to a metallic or light toner printer. The method may comprise the steps: providing a printer having one or more toner cartridges; removing at least one of the one or more toner cartridges; disassembling the one or more removed toner cartridges; cleaning the one or more removed toner cartridges; filling the one or more removed toner cartridges with a white, clear, metallic or light toner; and installing the one or more removed white, clear, metallic or light toner cartridges into the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: UI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Josiah, Joseph Dovi
  • Patent number: 10209666
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes first and second rotary members. The first rotary member is rotatable from a first position to a second position and from the second position to a third position, and includes a first gear part and a first rib. The first rib extends along an addendum circle of the first gear part. The second rotary member includes a second gear part and a second rib protruding outward in a radial direction of the second rotary member. The second rib is in contact the first rib during rotation of the first rotary member from the first position toward the second position. The second rib is separated from the first rib during rotation of the first rotary member from the second position toward the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Shimizu, Takashi Shimizu, Naoya Kamimura
  • Patent number: 10201075
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, a print board includes a layered board, frequency signal lines, and a cylindrical magnetic body. The frequency signal lines are formed on an intermediate layer of the layered board. The cylindrical magnetic body includes a lower portion, an upper portion, and a pair of side portions, wherein the lower portion and the upper portion are respectively formed on layers of the layered board that are, in a thickness direction of the print board, located under and on the intermediate layer on which the frequency signal lines are formed, and the pair of side portions connect the lower portion and the upper portion at opposite sides of the frequency signal lines. The cylindrical magnetic body is formed in a shape of a cylinder in such a way as to extend along the frequency signal lines and surround a circumference of the frequency signal lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Sho Harabe
  • Patent number: 10191408
    Abstract: A cartridge configured to accommodate a developing agent may include a detection gear, a first protrusion, and a memory. The detection gear may be rotatable about a first axis extending in a predetermined direction. The first protrusion may be movable with rotation of the detection gear. The memory may include a first storage region storing a first yield information representing at least one of amount of the developing agent in the cartridge and the number of printable sheets by the developing agent in the cartridge, wherein at least one of the amount of the developing agent and the number of sheets by the developing agent in the cartridge may be confirmable based on the first yield information and the first protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tadao Kyotani, Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10185261
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, an image forming apparatus encompasses a heat roller, a lamp, a use amount acquisition section, a switching controller and a cycle controller. The heat roller heats a sheet printed with a toner image. The lamp heats the heat roller. The use amount acquisition section acquires a use amount of the lamp. The switching controller repeats a processing from a moment at which the lamp is charged until the lamp is charged next after the lamp is not charged in a predetermined control cycle. The cycle controller sets the cycle based on the use amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10156822
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transport unit, an image forming unit, an output tray, a toner container, and a processor that realizes a function of a conformity decision unit, a change reception unit, and a controller. The controller discharges, when the conformity decision unit decides that the toner container is not a conforming product, a quality check sheet to the output tray each time a predetermined number of sheets have been printed, or each time a predetermined time has elapsed. The change reception unit receives a change of a quality adjustment value from a user. The controller controls the operation of the transport unit and the image forming unit, according to the quality adjustment value that has been changed and received by the change reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Eiji Nimura, Koji Kuramashi, Sueaki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10150306
    Abstract: A drying device includes a roller, and the drying device is for drying a recording medium conveyed by rotation of the roller. The drying device includes a first heating source and second heating source included inside the roller; first and second temperature detectors for respectively detecting a temperature of a first region on a surface of the roller and a temperature of a second region on the surface of the roller; and a heating controller that controls heating and termination of the heating by the first heating source and/or the second heating source, wherein, upon detecting that a temperature of one region of the first region and the second region is higher than or equal to a predetermined temperature, the heating controller terminates heating by one heating source corresponding to the other region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Sakamoto, Toshihiro Yoshinuma
  • Patent number: 10140637
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a customer selection include receiving customer location information from at least one beacon device of a plurality of beacon devices that are located in a physical merchant location. The customer location information is collected by the at least one beacon device from a customer device that is associated with a customer. Customer selection indication data that is indicative of at least one physical gesture made by the customer is also received, and may be collected, for example, by cameras, object detection devices, communications between customer devices, etc. The customer location information and the customer selection indication data is then analyzed to determine a first product location in the physical merchant location that the customer is selecting, and a first product that is associated with the first product location in a database is determined. Information about the first product may then be sent to the customer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Kamal Zamer
  • Patent number: 10139752
    Abstract: A shutter member of a toner case includes a compatible key and an engaged portion. A storage portion for storing the toner case includes a compatible member rockably supported at a position that faces the shutter member during an insertion process of the toner case. The compatible member includes a first contact portion and a first engaging portion. The first contact portion is located on a forward side of a rocking shaft of the compatible member in the insertion direction. The first engaging portion is located on a backward side of the rocking shaft in the insertion direction. During an insertion process of the toner case, the first engaging portion of the compatible member is engaged with the engaged portion so that the shutter member moves from a closing position to an opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Murata, Yoshitaka Tokoro
  • Patent number: 10139753
    Abstract: A toner supply unit for use in an image forming apparatus includes a bottle gear provided on a toner bottle to receive a driving force when the toner bottle is mounted to a mounting portion, and a discharging mechanism provided on the toner bottle to discharge a predetermined amount of toner from a discharging portion with the rotation of the bottle gear. A controller controls the driving force inputted to the bottle gear in a period from input of the driving force to the bottle gear to a predetermined number of rotations of the toner bottle to be smaller than the driving force inputted to the bottle gear at a time when the discharging mechanism first discharges the predetermined amount of toner from the discharging portion after the predetermined number of rotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takao Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10133224
    Abstract: An image formation apparatus includes: a replaceable part attached to an image formation device and including an information storage unit having unique identification information stored therein; an error detector which detects an occurrence of an anomaly; an error code storage unit having a first error code and a second error code stored therein, each code indicating a content of error display concerning the anomaly; and a controller which determines whether the replaceable part is of a first type or a second type based on the identification information. The controller outputs a first notification signal indicating a content corresponding to the anomaly of the first error code if the replaceable part is of the first type when the error detector detects the anomaly, and outputs a second notification signal indicating a content corresponding to the anomaly of the second error code if the part is of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiko Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10127749
    Abstract: A key fob associated with a select one of a plurality of driver profiles stored in a vehicle memory is provided. The key fob comprises a memory for storing a profile indication for identifying the driver profile associated with the key fob, and an output device for presenting the profile indication. Another embodiment provides a wireless system comprising a vehicle storing driver profiles in a memory, and a key fob associated with a select profile and comprising an output device for presenting a profile indication assigned to that profile. Another embodiment includes a method of providing a profile indication on a key fob associated with one of the driver profiles stored in the vehicle. The method comprises transmitting an identifier to the vehicle, receiving a profile indication associated with the identifier from the vehicle, and presenting the profile indication on an output device of the key fob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10108140
    Abstract: A development unit includes an attachable unit and an attached unit. The attachable unit includes an engaging section. The attached unit includes an engaged section that allows the engaging section to be brought into engagement with the engaged section attachably and detachably, and whose state changes in response to the engagement of the engaging section. The state of the engaged section upon the engagement of the engaging section is maintained even after the engaging section is detached from the engaged section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10101706
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes a developing cartridge, a drum cartridge, an electrical contact, a frame to which the developing cartridge attached to the drum cartridge is attachable, and first and second guide portions. The developing cartridge includes a storage medium having an electrical contact surface, and a holder including: a first outer surface holding the electrical contact surface, a second outer surface, and a resilient member connected to the both outer surfaces. The drum cartridge includes a holder support portion. The frame allows the developing cartridge to move from a first position to a second position, and then to a third position during insertion of the developing cartridge into the frame. The first guide portion guides the first outer surface, and the second guide portion guides the holder support portion to allow the electrical contact surface to contact the electrical contact during insertion of the developing cartridge into the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junichi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10073375
    Abstract: A toner case includes a case main body, a rotator, a transmitter and a moving mechanism. The case main body stores a toner. The rotator is stored in the case main body and rotates around a rotation axis. The transmitter is arranged outside the case main body and transmits rotation to the rotator. The moving mechanism moves the transmitter between a first position and a second position which is arranged at an outside of the first position in a rotation axis direction of the rotator. The moving mechanism includes a holder holding the transmitter. As the holder moves with respect to the case main body, the transmitter moves between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Mimura, Nobuhiro Fukuma
  • Patent number: 10073405
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an electrophotographic photoreceptor that includes an electroconductive substrate, an undercoat layer which is provided on the electroconductive substrate and has electrostatic capacitance per unit area of from 2.5×10?11 F/cm2 to 2.5×10?10 F/cm2, and a photosensitive layer provided on the undercoat layer; a charging unit; an electrostatic latent image forming unit; a developing unit; an intermediate transfer member; a primary transfer unit that primarily transfers the toner image formed on the surface of the electrophotographic photoreceptor, onto the surface of an intermediate transfer member, while providing a primary transfer current value of from 80 ?A to 160 ?A; and a secondary transfer unit that secondarily transfers the toner image transferred onto the surface of the intermediate transfer member, onto a surface of a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Kawasaki, Hirofumi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10073409
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include a housing including an outer surface, a small-diameter gear, a large-diameter gear, a first gear, and a moving member. The small-diameter gear may include a first engaging portion positioned on at least a portion of a peripheral surface of the small-diameter gear. The large-diameter gear may be positioned farther from the outer surface than the small-diameter gear from the outer surface. The large-diameter gear may be rotatable together with the small-diameter gear. The first gear may include a second engaging portion, a first end surface, a second end surface, and at least one protrusion. The moving member may include a contact portion configured to move the moving member from one position to another position in a state where the contact portion is in contact with the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Koji Abe, Motoaki Mushika, Yasuo Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 10066969
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an optical detecting device; a movable unit including a rotatable member having a first light-blocking surface and a second light-blocking surface; and a control unit. The movable unit rotates with rotation of the rotatable member so that the second light-blocking surface is movable to a first position where the optical detecting device is light-blocked and a second position where the optical detecting device is not light-blocked, and includes a locking member for locking the second light-blocking surface in the second position. When the first and second light-blocking surfaces pass through a detecting portion of the optical detecting device, the control unit discriminates a state of the movable unit on the basis of a detection result of the optical detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Ueda
  • Patent number: 10061263
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes a main assembly, an image bearing member forming a developer image, a cartridge detachably mountable to the main assembly and including a developing member configured to carry a developer to be applied to the image bearing member, and a transfer unit including an endless belt, a roller supporting the endless belt, and a roller supporting member for supporting the roller. In addition, a developing member moving mechanism moves the developing member relative to the image bearing member between a first position in which the developing member supplies the developer to the image bearing member and a second position which is different from the first position. The developing member moving mechanism is provided between the roller supporting member and the endless belt with respect to a longitudinal direction of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeo Kawanami
  • Patent number: 10061245
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a mounting unit, a restricting member, a driving source, a reading unit, a storage unit, and a control unit. The reading unit reads mounting-destination information from a storage medium. The mounting-destination information is information stored in the storage medium located in the container and information assigned to the image forming apparatus used by an ordering source user who has ordered the container. The own-apparatus information is information assigned to its own apparatus. The control unit that determines whether the mounting-destination information read from the storage medium of the container mounted to the mounting unit by the reading unit matches the own-apparatus information or not when the container is mounted to the mounting unit, and the control unit controlling driving of the driving source to move the restricting member to a restriction position when the mounting-destination information matches the own-apparatus information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10054901
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes a first gear, a second gear rotatable with rotation of the first gear, and a first protrusion movable together with the second gear. The first gear includes a first gear portion and a second gear portion having an addendum circle greater than that of the first gear portion. The second gear includes a third gear portion and a fourth gear portion having an addendum circle smaller than that of the third gear portion. During rotation of the second gear from a first rotational position to a second rotational position, the third and fourth gear portions move from a first position where the first and third gear portions engage with each other but the second and fourth gear portions do not to a second position where the second and fourth gear portions engage with each other but the first and third gear portions do not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuo Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 10048616
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include: a casing; a first gear; and a second gear. The first gear may include: a small-diameter gear portion and a large-diameter gear portion. The second gear may include: a first columnar portion; a second columnar portion; a first engaging portion; a second engaging portion; and a protrusion. The first engaging portion may be provided at the first columnar portion and may be engageable with the small-diameter gear portion. The second engaging portion may be provided at the second columnar portion and positioned closer than the first engaging portion to the casing in the axials direction. The second engaging portion may be engageable with the large-diameter gear portion. The protrusion may be rotatable together with the first and second engaging portions. The second engaging portion may be engageable with the large-diameter gear portion after the first engaging portion has engaged with the small-diameter gear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Shimizu, Takashi Shimizu, Hideshi Nishiyama, Naoya Kamimura, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10042282
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing; a developing roller; a developing electrode; a gear; a rack gear including a protrusion; and a cam having first and second cam surfaces. The rack gear meshes with the gear and is movable in a direction from one end toward another end of the casing. The cam is movable from a first position to a second position. The first cam surface of the cam at the first position contacts the protrusion, and causes the cam to move to the second position as the rack gear moves in the direction in a state where the first cam surface is in contact with the protrusion. A second cam surface moves the developing electrode in a direction away from the cam different from moving directions of the rack gear and the cam while contacting the developing electrode as the cam moves to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10031183
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to articles (and the manufacture thereof) that use electrical energy to heat a material to form an inhalable substance, the articles being sufficiently compact to be considered “hand-held” devices. In certain embodiments, the articles can particularly be characterized as smoking articles. The smoking article can be adapted to detect the status of a cartridge portion of the smoking article. The smoking article includes a control body portion having a control body engagement end, wherein the control body portion houses a control component and a power source therein. The article further includes a cartridge body portion that has a cartridge body engagement end configured to removably engage the control body engagement end of the control body portion. The cartridge body portion houses a consumable arrangement and a heating connection operably engaged therewith comprising at least one heating element and a fusible link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jacob Novak, III, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Allen Michael East, Raymond C. Henry, William Robert Collett
  • Patent number: 10007211
    Abstract: A toner cartridge comprises a toner container which contains toner, a driving member which rotationally drives a conveying member, an agitating member which agitates a toner in the toner container while being rotated, a driven member which rotates in association with the driving member which is for rotationally driving the agitating member, and a rotational body which rotates according to rotation of the driven member, has a plurality of slits in rotational circumference for identifying a type of the toner cartridge, and has 1/K or more of the slits when a ratio of a rotational speed R1 (rad/s) of the driving member and a rotational speed R2 (rad/s) of the driven member is K=R2/R1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Sato
  • Patent number: 9996031
    Abstract: A cartridge (1) to connect to a printer, the cartridge comprising a powder reservoir (2), a carrier (5) holding authenticity information (7, 9), a powder flow stimulator (3) in or near the reservoir (2), coupled to the carrier (5) so that a first stimulator movement displaces at least part of the carrier (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Harold Luke
  • Patent number: 9977370
    Abstract: A chip for a cartridge with dispensable material may be provided. In one aspect, the chip may comprise a non-volatile memory for storing a number tracking amount of dispensable material in the cartridge, a key storage for storing an encryption key, a signature verification module and circuit components. The circuit components may be configured to receive and process a first message, receive and validate a second message, and update the amount of dispensable material if the validation of the second message succeeds. The first message may comprise a first command and an operation input value for a print job at the cartridge, and to process the first message may comprise decreasing the amount of dispensable material. The second message may comprise a second command to increase the amount of dispensable material, and may be validated using the signature validation module and the encryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: OLogN Technologies AG
    Inventors: Sergey Ignatchenko, Dmytro Ivanchykhin
  • Patent number: 9964917
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a first gear; a second gear; a gear cover; and a protrusion. The first gear is rotatable about a first axis extending in a predetermined direction. The first gear is movable from a first position to a second position. The second gear is rotatable about a second axis extending in the predetermined direction upon receipt of a drive force from the first gear. The gear cover has an opening and covers at least a portion of the second gear. The protrusion extends in the predetermined direction. The protrusion is movable with the rotation of the second gear while the first gear moves from the first position to the second position. The protrusion is further movable past the opening at least once after the protrusion moves past the opening once, while the protrusion moves with the rotation of the second gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 9958817
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a film, a first heat element, a second heat element, a nip member, a reflection member and a supporting member, which are disposed inside a loop of the film, and a pressing member. The nip member contacts the inner circumferential surface of the film. The reflection member surrounds the first heat element with the nip member and reflects radiant heat from the first heat element to the nip member. The pressing member presses the film toward the nip member. The supporting member covers the reflection member, supports the nip member, and includes a first plate portion, a second plate portion and a third plate portion. The second heat element is disposed in at least one of the second plate portion, the third plate portion, one end portion of the nip member, and another end portion of the nip member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Handa
  • Patent number: 9952535
    Abstract: A developer cartridge may include: a first gear having a small-diameter gear portion and a large-diameter gear portion; and a second gear including: a first columnar portion centered on a second axis; a second columnar portion having a smaller diameter than the first columnar portion; a first engagement portion extending along a portion of a peripheral surface of the first columnar portion and engageable with the small-diameter gear portion; a second engagement portion extending along a portion of a peripheral surface of the second columnar portion and positioned closer to a housing than the first engagement portion in an axial direction and engageable with the large-diameter gear portion; and a protruding portion protruding in the axial direction and rotatable together with the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion. The second engagement portion may engage the large-diameter gear portion after the first engagement portion engages the small-diameter gear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Shimizu, Takashi Shimizu, Hideshi Nishiyama, Naoya Kamimura, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9946190
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include: a casing for accommodating developer therein; a developing roller rotatable about an axis extending in a first direction and positioned at one side of the casing in a second direction; a storage medium having an electric contact surface; and a holder movable relative to the casing in the second direction with the electric contact surface between a first position and a second position, the holder having an outer surface at which the electric contact surface is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 9946402
    Abstract: A method includes determining a presence of a protective liner on a display of a device using a capacitive sensor positioned proximate the display. An alignment guide is generated on the display responsive to determining the presence of the protective liner. A device includes a display, a capacitive sensor positioned proximate the display, and a processor to determine a presence of a protective liner on the display using the capacitive sensor and to generate an alignment guide on the display responsive to determining the presence of the protective liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Daniel S Thorstenson, Roger W Ady
  • Patent number: 9940275
    Abstract: An information handling system includes an Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) master device and an I2C slave device coupled to the I2C master device via an I2C bus. The I2C slave device is configured with a pre-set I2C address and includes seeding data that is unique to the I2C slave device. The I2C master device receives the seeding data and addresses the I2C slave device at an I2C slave address instead of at the pre-set I2C address, wherein the I2C slave address is based upon the seeding data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Karthik Venkatasubba, Elie J. Jreij
  • Patent number: 9927767
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing, a developing roller, a coupling, a coupling gear, a detection gear, an agitator, a first gear cover, a second gear cover, and a lock rib. The casing accommodates developing agent. The developing roller is rotatable about a first axis. The coupling and the coupling gear are rotatable about a second axis. The detection gear is rotatable about a third axis. The agitator agitates developing agent in the casing and performs power transmission from the coupling gear to the detection gear. The first gear cover covers at least the coupling gear. The second gear cover covers at least a portion of the detection gear. The lock rib is positioned at the other end of the casing. The lock rib is configured to be locked to a portion of a drum cartridge in a state where the developing cartridge is attached to the drum cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Hiroki Mori, Shota Shinoya, Hiromitsu Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9904950
    Abstract: A system includes a notification unit configured to notify a server device of device information including identifying information for identifying an information processing device; a storage unit configured to store the identifying information and consumable article information that indicates a consumable article available in the information processing device identified by the identifying information so that each type of the identifying information is associated with the corresponding consumable article information; a specifying unit configured to specify, among a plurality of pieces of consumable article information stored in the storage unit, a piece of consumable article information associated with the identifying information included in the device information notified by the notification unit; a generator configured to generate an order image that encourages an order of a consumable article indicated by the piece of consumable article information specified by the first specifying unit; and a display unit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9886126
    Abstract: A content display apparatus includes a plurality of communication antennas arranged on the same side as the display portion, a non-contact communication portion which performs non-contact communication with an information terminal apparatus by using each of the plurality of communication antennas, a content display control portion which displays a content on the display portion; and a communication antenna control portion which performs control to validate one communication antenna of the plurality of communication antennas based on a display position of the content displayed by the content display control portion, in which the information terminal apparatus performs non-contact communication with the validated communication antenna and obtains additional information of the displayed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Terada, Hiroki Munetomo