Component Present Or Mounted Patents (Class 399/13)
  • Patent number: 10310426
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a power supply circuit including a power circuit, a main circuit, and a sub-circuit. The sub-circuit includes a timer that performs electrical conduction of a driving contact point of a heater by a first setting time and performs electrical conduction of a driving contact point of a discharge fan by a second setting time when a power switch is turned off. When it is determined that humidity in an image forming apparatus body detected by a humidity detection sensor is equal to or more than a threshold value, the first setting time is set to 0 and the second setting time is set to a predetermined time larger than 0. When it is determined that the humidity is less than the threshold value, the first setting time is set to a predetermined time larger than 0 and the second setting time is set to 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Keisuke Maeyama
  • Patent number: 10274894
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus main body and a unit. The unit is detachably attached to the apparatus main body along one direction. The apparatus main body includes a main body side board and a main body side connector. The main body side connector is mounted on the main body side board. The unit includes a unit side board, a unit side connector, a supporting member and a biasing member. The unit side connector is mounted on the unit side board and fitted to the main body side connector from a first side in the one direction as the unit is attached to the apparatus main body. The supporting member supports the unit side board so as to be movable along the one direction. The biasing member biases the unit side board to a second side in the one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Akihiro Masaki
  • Patent number: 10254680
    Abstract: A powder container is removably mountable in one of a process cartridge and an image forming apparatus. The powder container includes a discharge port to discharge powder stored inside the powder container, a collection port to correct the powder from outside of the powder container, a first shutter to open and close the discharge port, a first opening and closing member to open and close the first shutter, a second shutter to open and close the collection port, a second opening and closing member to open and close the second shutter, and a shaft portion to link the first opening and closing member and the second opening and closing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Emi Kita, Shinichi Arasawa
  • Patent number: 10209643
    Abstract: A toner container is for mounting to a mounting portion of an image forming apparatus along a mounting direction. The toner container includes a container body and an engaging protrusion. The container body houses a toner and rotates. The engaging protrusion projects from an outer peripheral surface of the container body. The engaging protrusion has a spiral pattern and rotates integrally with the container body. The mounting portion includes a lock portion is engageable with the engaging protrusion. Rotation of the container body and the engaging protrusion in one rotation direction in a state where removal of the toner container from the mounting portion is permitted causes the toner container to move to a back side (downstream) in the mounting direction while shifting an engaging part of the engaging protrusion relative to the lock portion to restrict the removal of the toner container from the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Ikebata
  • Patent number: 10191429
    Abstract: A main casing includes a driving source, a first sheet passage sensor for detecting a sheet, and a detecting sensor. A drum cartridge is detachably mounted on the main casing. The drum cartridge includes: a photosensitive drum being rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction; a first detection gear being rotatable by receiving driving force from the driving source; and a first detection protrusion being rotatable together with the first detection gear. The first detection protrusion is arranged to contact the first sheet passage sensor. A developing cartridge is detachably mounted on the drum cartridge. The developing cartridge includes: a developing roller; a second detection gear being rotatable by receiving driving force from the driving source; and a second detection protrusion being rotatable together with the second detection gear. The second detection protrusion is arranged to contact the detecting sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoya Kamimura
  • Patent number: 10191430
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, mounting unit to which a container is mounted, cover, detector, controller, and display unit. The image forming unit forms an image by using a developer, the cover is opened/closed to replace/cover the mounted container, the detector detects the mounted container in a cover closed/opened state, the controller determines whether a remaining amount of the developer in the container is more than a predetermined amount, and the display unit displays, in a case where the container in which the remaining amount is more than the predetermined amount is removed, a first screen promoting re-mounting of the container, a second screen on closing the cover without detecting the container after displaying the first screen, and a third screen after displaying the second screen in a case where the container is not mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryou Sakaguchi, Toshifumi Oikawa, Hiroyuki Eda
  • Patent number: 9989889
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a toner container comprises a toner container body in which toner is stored, a cover portion configured to cover the toner container body, and a projection. The projection is provided in the vicinity of a rear end portion in a longitudinal direction of the cover portion or a longitudinal direction of the toner container body, and projecting toward a rear side of the toner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsutomu Sato
  • Patent number: 9983509
    Abstract: Provided is a powder container having a new structure capable of stable discharge and transport of a powder contained in a container by enabling the powder to be reliably discharged to the outside of the package while preventing the powder from spilling and flying out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Matsumoto, Tsukuru Kai, Hiroshi Hosokawa, Makoto Komatsu, Tadashi Hayakawa, Yuzuru Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9958824
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus that reduces replacement frequency for waste toner container, and efficiently performs waste toner accommodation with a waste toner container. The image forming apparatus includes a toner detection sensor detecting a quantity of a toner in a toner container; a waste toner detection sensor detecting an accommodation quantity of a waste toner removed from a photosensitive medium and accommodated in a waste toner container; a waste toner container full-state forecasting part that, upon toner detection sensor detecting empty state of toner container, forecasts whether waste toner container is filled up with waste toner before toner container newly loaded is emptied, on detection result by waste toner detection sensor; and a system control part that, upon waste toner container full-state forecasting part forecasting waste toner container being filled up, notifies a replacement message urging replacement of waste toner container to a panel part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9836019
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a communication portion arranged inside a cover covering an image forming portion in the main body of the apparatus and including an antenna surface for use in establishing near field communication. The cover includes a stacking portion in its upper section. The stacking portion is configured to receive a recording medium with an image thereon, the recording medium being discharged outside the main body of the apparatus. The antenna surface faces a region of the upper section of the cover downstream in a direction of discharging the recording medium. The antenna surface at least partially faces a region of the upper section of the cover outside the stacking portion in a direction perpendicular to the direction of discharging the recording medium. The communication portion is capable of communicating with another communication portion using near field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsuyuki Yuzawa
  • Patent number: 9778600
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a belt unit capable of being inserted into and pulled out of the apparatus, the belt unit including a movable endless belt, a supporting frame supporting the endless belt and having an accommodating portion, a grip member which is provided on the supporting frame at a position outside the belt in a widthwise direction of the belt that is orthogonal to a moving direction of the belt and which is movable between a first position in which the grip member is projected out of the accommodating portion in a direction orthogonal to the widthwise direction and a second position in which the grip member is accommodated in the accommodating portion, and an urging member configured to urge the grip member in a direction from the second position toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jiro Makinodan
  • Patent number: 9753409
    Abstract: A toner case includes a case main body, an attachment member, and a sealing member. The case main body is configured to contain a toner. The attachment member is configured to partition an inside space of the case main body so as to adjust toner capacity. The sealing member is arranged between the case main body and the attachment member. The case main body includes a first engagement part. The attachment member includes a second engagement part configured to engage with the first engagement part via the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Iketani
  • Patent number: 9742942
    Abstract: An imaging device assembly that includes a first imaging module frame, a second imaging module frame, and at least one first attachment member including a base positioned within an interior of the first imaging module frame and at least one protrusion extending from the base through a first wall portion of the first imaging module frame to be exposed external to the first imaging module frame, wherein the at least one protrusion is releasably connected to a top portion of the second imaging module frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul K. Mui, Eric L. Andersen, Jennifer L. Clark, Scott A. Putz
  • Patent number: 9709925
    Abstract: A toner cartridge according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a toner reservoir. An outlet port faces downward on a front of the housing near a first side of the housing. A shutter is movable between a closed position blocking the outlet port and an open position unblocking the outlet port. A flag on the first side of the housing is movable between a first position and a second position. The flag extends outward sideways from the first side when the flag is in the second position. The flag is operatively connected to the shutter such that when the shutter moves from the closed position to the open position the flag moves from the first position to the second position to change a state of a sensor in the image forming device when the toner cartridge is installed in the image forming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nuestro Bayubay, Salvador Capurihan Bonanciar, Brian Scott Carpenter, Donato Austria Marmol, Robert Watson McAlpine, Katrina Rosit Lactuan
  • Patent number: 9671750
    Abstract: An imaging unit for an electrophotographic image forming device having positional control features for aligning the imaging unit in a supporting frame in the image forming device. The positional control features include on each end wall, first and second bullet noses and a stop arm positioned between the two bullet noses. The first and second bullet noses engage support or datum surfaces provided in corresponding openings in the frame. The stop arm receives a biasing force that rotates the imaging unit into its final operating position. A latching assembly is provided on one end wall to prevent the imaging unit from ejecting from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lester Boettcher, Jeffrey Alan Abler, Mark William Amann, Donn Duane Bryant, Geoffrey Kirk Carlson, Paul Douglas Horrall, Michael David Maul, Jennifer Marie Murphy, Joshua Carl Poterjoy
  • Patent number: 9658566
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates a developer container for accommodating a developer. The developer container includes a conductive path. The conductive path includes a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Go Shindo, Takayoshi Kihara, Bunro Noguchi, Shogo Satomura
  • Patent number: 9649867
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with an image-forming unit for forming an image on a recording medium, and a control unit for controlling the formation by the image-forming unit of a test image used for adjustment of the image-forming unit in a blank space portion in which an image is not formed on the recording medium, the control unit specifying the size of the blank space portion, and forming a test image corresponding to the size of the blank space portion in the blank space portion. The test image is thus formed adequately utilizing the blank space of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Imanishi
  • Patent number: 9581959
    Abstract: A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member; a developer carrying member for developing an electrostatic image on the image bearing member; a first gear provided on the developer carrying member and a second gear driving-connected to the first gear; and a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the second gear. The supporting member is mounted on a frame of the process cartridge through a vibration damping member having a vibration transmission performance lower than that of at least the supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Shirayanagi
  • Patent number: 9471032
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developer recovery container having a rotatable member; an attachment structural section to which the container is detachably attached; and a rotation transmission mechanism disposed in the attachment structural section and connected to the rotatable member to transmit rotational driving force thereto when the container is attached. The mechanism includes a shaft extending in a direction of movement occurring when the container is attached and detached, a rotationally-driven stationary transmission member, a displacement transmission member attached to the shaft and rotationally shifting in an axial direction thereof in conjunction with the movement, and a moving member moving the displacement member toward the stationary member. The displacement member connects to and disconnects from the stationary member when the container is attached and detached, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Shiba
  • Patent number: 9412056
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes individually replaceable image forming assemblies forming images of different colors; a storage portion that stores time when at least one image forming assembly currently loaded into the apparatus is unloaded; a calculating portion that calculates an unloaded-engine storage period, time elapsed from when a newly loaded image forming assembly is unloaded last time to when the image forming assembly is newly loaded; and a controller that performs image quality adjustment depending on the unloaded-engine storage period calculated before the newly loaded image forming assembly is used for image formation. The apparatus receives image data of an image that contains a color other than colors that currently loaded image forming assemblies form. The apparatus forms a final image based on the image data on a sheet through image forming operations on the same sheet while at least one of the loaded image forming assemblies is replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Tanaka, Junichi Ishibashi, Yuki Sekura
  • Patent number: 9348310
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a first cooling unit sends airflow to cool a first developing unit, and a second cooling unit sends airflow to cool a second developing unit. A control section controls the first and second cooling units in a first mode where image formation is executed using both a first and second image forming section, and in a second mode where image formation is executed such that the first developing unit is suspended but the first image bearing body is driven, using an image forming section. In the first mode the first cooling unit is controlled based on an output of a first temperature sensor regardless of a temperature detected by a second temperature sensor, and in the second mode the first cooling unit is controlled based on an output of the second temperature sensor regardless of a temperature detected by the first temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yushi Sadamitsu
  • Patent number: 9342033
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: image forming stations each including: a photosensitive drum; a charger configured to charge the drum; a transfer device configured to transfer a developer image on the drum onto an intermediate transfer member; and a cleaner configured to remove developer from the drum; an exposure device configured to expose the drum to form a latent image; the intermediate transfer member; a memory storing information on the drum; and a controller configured to control at least one of the charger, transfer device, and exposure device in the station based on the information in the memory to provide a predetermined potential difference between the drum and the transfer device to form an electric field therebetween in a reverse direction to that in an image formation in order to move the developer from the intermediate transfer member to the drum to collect the developer by the cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Hasegawa, Motoki Adachi, Takayoshi Kihara
  • Patent number: 9193148
    Abstract: A printing system according to one aspect of the present invention includes a plurality of post-processing apparatuses that perform post-processing on a printed sheet, at least one inspection apparatus connected between the plurality of post-processing apparatuses that inspects the printed sheet, and a control apparatus that performs control for receiving a job and executing processing according to the job; the printing system sets an inspection item to be inspected by the inspection apparatus based on configuration information indicating an anteroposterior relationship between the inspection apparatus and the post-processing apparatuses in the job relative to a flow of the printed sheet, and based on the post-processing apparatuses to be used in the job. The inspection apparatus performs the inspection in accordance with the set inspection item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsutomu Kubota
  • Patent number: 9188950
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a toner cartridge that has an inner shutter and an outer shutter and is attached to and detached from a main body through a door disposed on a main body. The outer shutter moves to a position in which toner is allowed to be discharged through a toner outlet of the toner cartridge when the toner cartridge is loaded into the main body, and the inner shutter moves to an open position in which the toner outlet is opened by being interlocked in a closing operation of the door after the toner cartridge is loaded into the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-min Yoon, Se-il Kwon, Young-jo Kwon
  • Patent number: 9164436
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing section that includes rotatable members arranged to form a nip area through which a strip-shaped medium passes, and heaters that heat the rotatable members; and a control section. The fixing section applies heat and pressure to a toner image that is formed on the medium and passes through the nip area via the rotatable members heated by the heaters to fix the toner image onto the medium. The control section performs such control that the rotation of the rotatable members is stopped when the temperature of contact portions of the rotatable members that are in contact with the medium is lower than or equal to a first temperature that is lower than a temperature at which a portion of the medium softens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsumi Kurita, Masayo Higashimura, Yutaka Kiuchi, Kunihiko Sato, Sakon Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9140725
    Abstract: A resistivity-measuring device comprising: a carrier platform used for loading a plurality of products under measure; a material-incoming conveyor, on which the carrier platform is disposed, and comprising a material-incoming guide wheel group for moving the carrier platform horizontally; a probe module, used for measuring the resistance of the products under measure; a probe position regulating mechanism, disposed on the material-incoming conveyor and connected to the probe module for elevating the probe module vertically and moving the probe module horizontally; a revolving machine, connected to the material-incoming conveyor for receiving and transferring a plurality of products under measure from the material-incoming conveyor, wherein a transferring direction of the revolving machine is adjustable; and a controller, electrically connected to the material-incoming conveyor, the probe module, the probe position regulating mechanism and the revolving machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Optera Technology (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yankun Lai, Lewei Yu, Minxuan Li
  • Patent number: 9134697
    Abstract: A powder container includes a powder containing compartment having a powder outlet connectable to a horizontally extending tube of an apparatus in conjunction with installation of the powder container in the apparatus, a removably insertable plug member to open and close the powder outlet in conjunction with installation of the powder container, and at least one discrimination protrusion projecting from an outer circumferential surface of the powder container. The powder contained in the powder containing compartment is discharged from the powder outlet thereof to the tube. A downstream end of the discrimination protrusion is positioned downstream from a downstream end of the powder outlet of the powder containing compartment in an installation direction in which the powder container is installed in the apparatus, and at least one of shape, arrangement, and quantity of the discrimination protrusion is unique to the type of powder contained in the powder container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Oshikawa, Emi Kita
  • Patent number: 9128457
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming portion which forms a toner image; a collecting container which is detachably arranged in an apparatus main body and which collects toner discharged from the image forming portion; a conveying path which conveys the toner discharged from the image forming portion toward the collecting container, the conveying path being arranged in the apparatus main body to be turnable to a first position positioned during operation of the main body and a second position different from the position positioned in the operation of the main body; and a fixing portion which can fix the conveying path at the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yutaka Koga
  • Patent number: 9122200
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a replaceable member, a first determination unit, and a second determination unit. The replaceable member is removable from the image forming apparatus in an open state of a door and has a storage portion storing given information. The first determination unit determines whether or not a response from the storage portion exists. The second determination unit determines the image forming apparatus is in the open state or a removed state where the replaceable member is removed from the image forming apparatus when the first determination unit determines the response is not exist in given number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhide Saito, Ryotaro Nomi, Mamoru Sasamae
  • Patent number: 9092007
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first storage unit that stores first information regarding a first unit, a second storage unit that stores second information regarding a second unit, and a reading unit disposed so as to face the first unit and the second unit. The reading unit reads the first information stored in the first storage unit and the second information stored in the second storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9061507
    Abstract: An inkjet printer for the labeling of goods includes a main device having at least one outlet opening for ink, in particular for ink droplets, at least one storage container for a liquid flowing through the outlet opening, such as, for example, ink, pigments or solvents, the storage container being detachably connected to the main device, and liquid and mechanical couplings. The liquid coupling has a first coupling portion on the main device and a second coupling portion on the storage container. The mechanical coupling includes a first coupling means on the main device and a second coupling means on the storage container. The storage container further includes a ring-shaped transponder having a ring-shaped second antenna extending about the second coupling portion and a control unit storing data on the liquid contained in the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: EBS INK-JET SYSTEME GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Slomianny, Andreas Slomianny
  • Patent number: 9058002
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a belt unit detachable from a main body, a sensor unit, a blocking member, a moving mechanism, and a determination portion. The sensor unit includes a light emitting element configured to emit an outgoing light toward the belt, a first light receiving element configured to output a first signal, and a second light receiving element. The blocking member includes a first window and a second window. The moving mechanism is configured to move the blocking member between a first position in which the outgoing light passes the first window and a second position in which the outgoing light passes through the second window. The determination portion is configured to, when the blocking member is in the second position, determine whether the belt unit is attached to the main body based on the first signal output from the first light receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Takagi, Yuji Goto
  • Patent number: 9052648
    Abstract: An image apparatus includes: a first housing including an image forming unit for forming an image on a recording material; a second housing including a heating unit for heating the formed image; a conveying unit, provided across the first and second housings, that conveys the recording material to a side of the heating unit using a no-end belt; a conveying unit including a first fixed unit disposed on a side of the second housing and a second fixed unit disposed on a side of the first housing; a first fixing unit positioning the first fixed unit to the heating unit, and fixing the first fixed unit to restrict directions other than a rotating direction of the conveying unit around the first fixed unit; a second fixing unit rotating the conveying unit around the first fixed unit, and fixing the second fixed unit to the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Komiyama, Kazutoshi Sugitani, Yoko Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9046868
    Abstract: A connector having a magnetically attractable support loosely attachable to an exterior surface of the replaceable item for use in an image forming device. The connector is interconnectable with a second connector of the image forming device, the second connector having a magnet and an electrical contact adjacent to an operating position of the replaceable item wherein when the connector is attached to the replaceable item and the replaceable item is in the operating position, a magnetic field draws the support away from the replaceable item and the electrical contact of the connector into operational contact with the electrical contact of the second connector. The mounting of the support allows the support to be drawn away from the replaceable item and remain attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Victor Pezdek, Justin Michael Tromp
  • Patent number: 9042777
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes a receiving member which receives a driving force from outside; a first rotary member which rotates by the driving force; a second rotary member which takes a driven position where the second rotary member rotates by the driving force from the first rotary member and a non-driven position where transmission of the driving force from the first rotary member is cut off; a detectable member which moves as the rotation of the second rotary member, and a first portion which rotates by the driving force. The second rotary member includes a second portion. When the second rotary member is in the non-driven position, the second portion is provided on a rotating locus drawn by the first portion. The first portion engages with the second portion as the first portion rotates, so that the second rotary member rotates from the non-driven position to the driven position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeyuki Takagi
  • Publication number: 20150139669
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a cartridge installing section in which a first cartridge and a second cartridge are selectively installable; and a controller. The first cartridge includes: a first case configured to contain a first developer; a first developing roller; and a first transport member configured to transport the first developer toward the first developing roller. The second cartridge includes: a second case configured to contain a second developer, an amount of the second developer being greater than an amount of the first developer; a second developing roller; and a second transport member configured to transport the second developer toward the second developing roller. The controller is configured to control a drive source to drive one of the first transport member and the second transport member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Hikaru Yoshizumi
  • Publication number: 20150139668
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a process unit, a latent image writer, a power source, and a controller. The process unit is detachably attachable relative to the image forming apparatus and includes, as a single integrated unit, a latent image bearing member to bear a latent image on a surface thereof, a charging device to charge the surface of the latent image bearing member, and a development device to develop the latent image with toner. The controller causes the power source to output a charging bias at a predetermined target level supplied to the charging device. The process unit includes a first storage device to store correction information for calculating the predetermined target level of the charging bias in accordance with a combination of the latent image bearing member and the charging device. The controller corrects the predetermined target level based on the correction information in the first storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SUGIYAMA, Ryoh TANOUE, Masahiko SHAKUTO, Tomoko TAKAHASHI, Yoshinori NAKAGAWA, Ryuji YOSHIDA, Taichi URAYAMA, Shotaro HOSHI, Ryusuke MASE, Takamasa OZEKI
  • Patent number: 9037006
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an image forming section, a casing, a wall section, a first unit, a second unit and a first regulating member. The casing has an internal space in which the image forming section is disposed. The first unit is mounted in a first position of the internal space. The first insertion path is a path through which the first unit passes in the internal space. The second unit is mounted in a second position of the internal space closer to the wall section than the first position is. The second insertion path is a path through which the second unit passes in the internal space. The first regulating member projects to the second insertion path when the first unit is not mounted in the first position and retracts from the second insertion path when the first unit is mounted in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Satoru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9036173
    Abstract: The present specification discloses systems and methods for enabling users to troubleshoot multifunction devices using handheld devices, such as mobile phones. In one embodiment, software executing on the handheld device receives data indicative of an error state in a multifunction device, causes the handheld device to obtain and display an image representative of an area of the multifunction device which would need to be serviced to address the error state, determines instructions for addressing the error state, and causes the handheld device to display the instructions in relation to the image representative of an area of the multifunction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David Andrew Thomas, Martin Richard Walsh
  • Patent number: 9025972
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of reading a unique pattern of a toner bottle without using an expensive device, and of preventing the delay of the toner replenishment. A control unit controls a driving unit to rotate a toner bottle for replenishing toner and controls a reading unit to read a unique pattern of the toner bottle in conjunction with the rotation of the toner bottle, when receiving a toner replenishment signal in N-th time from a toner remaining amount detection unit after receiving the bottle detection signal from a bottle mounting detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Kosasa
  • Publication number: 20150117874
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including a main body and a cartridge configured to be detachably attached to the main body, is provided. The cartridge includes a photosensitive member configured to carry an image formed in a developer agent thereon, a movable mechanism, and a developer roller configured to supply the developer agent to the photosensitive member. The movable mechanism is configured to shift between a first state, in which the developer roller is placed in a contact position to contact the photosensitive member, and a second state, in which the developer roller is placed in a separated position to be separated from the photosensitive member. The main body includes a detectable member configured to detect a state of the movable mechanism between the first state and the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Masatoshi Shiraki
  • Patent number: 9002217
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus including a moving member configured to support a first process cartridge and move the first process cartridge to a position for forming an image, and a detection unit configured to detect a state of a second process cartridge, in which the moving member holds the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Seto
  • Publication number: 20150093123
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes, a unit including at least a photosensitive member and a charging member detachable from a main body of the image forming apparatus, a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing between the charging member and the photosensitive member, an operation unit configured to be operated by an operator to give an instruction to the image forming apparatus, a display unit provided in the operation unit, and a control unit configured to apply to the charging member a predetermined test voltage having an absolute value greater than a discharge starting voltage based on the instruction from the operation unit, and to perform an operation in a mode for causing the current detection unit to detect a current, wherein the control unit determines, based on the current detected in the mode, whether an error indication is to be given on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Masami Hano, Yutaka Koga
  • Patent number: 8989606
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion capable of mounting a plurality of first image forming units for forming images in different colors or a plurality of second image forming units for forming images in a single color. The first image forming units and the second image forming units are arranged to be exchangeable. The first image forming units retain toner in different colors, and the second image forming units retain toner in the single color. The image forming apparatus further includes a preference control unit for leaving at least one of the second image forming units unused and preferentially using rest of the second image forming units when the first image forming units are exchanged to the second image forming units in a monochrome printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kato
  • Patent number: 8983310
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, comprising: a charge voltage application circuit configured to be connected to a plurality of chargers in a process cartridge and to apply a voltage to the plurality of chargers; a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through each of the plurality of chargers; and a controller. The controller judges that the process cartridge is not attached to the image forming apparatus when the current smaller than a first threshold is detected by the current detection unit in a state where the charge voltage application circuit generates a predetermined voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kohei Kanehara
  • Publication number: 20150071657
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of reducing an image defect even when an container is rotated for checking. A development unit forms an image by developing an electrostatic latent image on a photosensitive member. A drive unit rotates the container mounted to a mounting portion for replenishing the toner to the development unit. An output unit outputs a specified signal when detecting a predetermined portion of the container. A determination unit determines whether the container is mounted to the mounting portion according to the specified signal. A decision unit decides a toner replenishing amount based on image data. A controller controls the drive unit to execute a detecting operation that rotates the container when the determination unit does not determine that the container is mounted. A correction unit corrects the toner replenishing amount based on the output of the output unit when the detecting operation is executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Toshifumi Kakutani, Kazumi Sato, Yousuke Hata, Shinya Suzuki, Takayuki Iikura, Kazunori Miyake
  • Patent number: 8971729
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a sheet feeding portion which feeds a topmost sheet of sheets stacked on a sheet stacking portion and an image forming portion which forms an image to the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion. The image forming apparatus also has a moisture-proof member set to a covering position so as to contact with and cover a topmost sheet of sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion, a moisture-proof member detection portion which determines whether the moisture-proof member is available at the covering position, and a notification portion which notifies the presence or absence of the moisture-proof member at the covering position based on a detection result from the moisture-proof member detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuri Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 8971730
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to which a cartridge including first and second cartridge contacts is detachably mountable, includes: a guiding member for guiding the cartridge to a positioning portion provided in a main assembly of the image forming apparatus; a first main assembly contact contactable to the first cartridge contact when the cartridge is positioned partway toward the positioning portion and is positioned in the positioning portion; a second main assembly contact contactable to the second cartridge contact when the cartridge is positioned partway toward the positioning portion; a third main assembly contact contactable to the second cartridge contact only when the cartridge is positioned in the positioning portion; and a control portion for detecting presence or absence of the cartridge in the main assembly and a mounted state of the cartridge by being electrically connected with the first, second and third main assembly contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryota Shibuya, Minoru Kawanishi
  • Publication number: 20150050033
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of image forming stations, each including a developing device, a toner container containing a colored or special toner, and a replaceable supply-toner conduit extending from the toner container to the developing device; and a toner type identifier to identify a type of toner used in the supply-toner conduit of each of the plurality of image forming stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tadashi KASAI, Makoto Yasuda, Mutsuki Morinaga, Hitoshi Yamamoto, Emiko Shiraishi, Yuichi Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20150037051
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, a mounting detection unit configured to detect that a container T is mounted on a mounting unit, a driving unit configured to rotate the container T, a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation information about the container T, and a controller configured to control the driving unit based on the rotation information. If the container T is detected to be mounted on the mounting unit, control of the driving unit is not carried out based on the rotation information until replenishment information satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Takayuki Iikura, Kazunori Miyake, Shinya Suzuki, Toshifumi Kakutani, Yousuke Hata, Kazumi Sato