Purging Patents (Class 399/257)
  • Patent number: 11106157
    Abstract: A developer supply device includes: a toner storage part that can be attached to/removed from a body of the developer supply device and stores toner therein; a toner supply part that receives the toner from the toner storage part and supplies the toner to a developing device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on an image carrier with developer containing the toner and carrier; a carrier storage part that can be attached to/removed from the body and stores the carrier therein; and a carrier supply part that receives the carrier from the carrier storage part and supplies the carrier to the developing device, the carrier supply part having a smaller capacity than the toner supply part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Seigo Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 11016415
    Abstract: A development cartridge includes a developer housing to receive a developer. The developer housing includes a developing chamber to have a developing roller in the developing chamber and extending in a longitudinal direction of the developing roller, an agitating chamber located parallel to the developing chamber, and a partition wall to separate the developing chamber from the agitating chamber, the partition wall having a first communication hole and a second communication hole respectively formed at both end portions of the partition wall in the longitudinal direction, through which the developing chamber and the agitating chamber are to communicate through. A developer inlet, through which the developer is injectable into the developer housing, for the developer housing to receive the developer, is formed in the developer housing at a position corresponding to the first communication hole or the second communication hole. The developer inlet is closeable with a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Hojin Jang, Seil Kwon, DaeHo Kim, Jong-Hyun Park, Jong-Hwa Park
  • Patent number: 10663883
    Abstract: A rechargeable toner cartridge assembly includes a toner cartridge, a toner refilling bottle and a filter device. The toner cartridge includes a toner refilling hole and a connection portion, both of which are disposed on one end of the toner cartridge and penetrate through a housing of the toner cartridge. The toner refilling bottle contains toner, which is refilled into the toner cartridge through the toner refilling hole. The filter device connected to the connection portion filters the toner off a mixed gas overflowing from the toner cartridge to discharge clean air, wherein the toner cartridge and the filter device are two independent devices. The filter device and a rechargeable toner cartridge without a built-in inner air filter element are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventors: Shao-Lan Sheng, Chuang-Hua Chueh
  • Patent number: 10558165
    Abstract: A cartridge includes a photosensitive member, a discharge opening for discharging a developer removed from the photosensitive member, toward a loosening member provided in the main assembly of a apparatus; a vibration imparting member for imparting vibration to the loosening member. The vibration imparting member is movable between a first position for imparting the vibration to the loosening member and a second position retracted from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akinobu Hirayama, Takahito Ueno, Toshiaki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10120301
    Abstract: A developing device of the present disclosure includes a developing container, a first stirring-conveyance member, a second stirring-conveyance member, and a developer carrier. The developing container includes a first conveyance chamber, and a second conveyance chamber arranged above the first conveyance chamber. The first stirring-conveyance member conveys a developer in the first conveyance chamber in a first direction, while stirring the developer. The second stirring-conveyance member conveys the developer in the second conveyance chamber in a second direction, while stirring the developer. The first stirring-conveyance member includes a plurality of spiral blades formed on an outer peripheral surface of a rotary shaft, and a reverse spiral blade which is arranged downstream of the spiral blades in the first direction and opposite in winding direction to the spiral blades. Downstream ends of the spiral blades in the first direction are located substantially equally distant from the reverse spiral blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yukari Ota
  • Patent number: 10108109
    Abstract: A developing device includes a container that contains a developer including a carrier and a toner; a transport member that is rotatably disposed in the container and that agitates and transports the developer in a rotation-axis direction thereof; a discharge outlet that has an opening in a side wall of the container facing in a direction perpendicular to the rotation-axis direction, the discharge outlet allowing the developer to be discharged to an outside of the container when a height of a surface of the developer becomes greater than a height of a lower surface of the discharge outlet; and a magnetic member that is disposed at a position that is above the lower surface of the discharge outlet and that overlaps the lower surface in an up-down direction, the magnetic member attracting a part of the developer that is lifted up by the transport member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasutomo Ishii, Shunichiro Shishikura, Toshiaki Suzuki, Hiroaki Okuma, Daisuke Uchimitsu, Ryo Fukuno
  • Patent number: 10101687
    Abstract: A developing apparatus for an image forming apparatus comprises: a developing roller; a developing housing which rotatably supports the developing roller and receives a two-component developer; a first mixing member installed in the developing housing to mix the developer; and a second mixing member installed in the developing housing to be parallel to the first mixing member and adjacent to the developing roller, wherein the second mixing member comprises: a shaft; a spiral wing part formed along the shaft; and a plurality of ribs formed so as to protrude from the surface of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Oikawa, Jin-hong Kim, Dae-ho Kim, Jun-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10061246
    Abstract: An image forming device includes: an image forming unit configured to form a plurality of images on continuous paper based on a job; an image pattern creation unit configured to interrupt execution of the job and create an image pattern for consuming toner; a determination unit configured to determine necessity of creating the image pattern based on coverages of the images included in the job; and a calculation unit configured to, when the determination unit determines that it is necessary to create the image pattern, calculate a conveyance distance or a conveyance time of the continuous paper until creation of the image pattern, as interruption timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Youichirou Nishi
  • Patent number: 9989891
    Abstract: A developing device includes a storage unit that stores developer to be used to form a developer image on an image carrier, the developer containing toner and carrier, an auxiliary storage unit that stores the developer and is connected to the storage unit via a first opening from which the developer is supplied into the storage unit and a second opening from which the developer in the storage unit is taken in, a first transport member provided at the first opening to transport the developer in the auxiliary storage unit into the storage unit, a second transport member provided at the second opening to transport the developer in the storage unit into the auxiliary storage unit, and a supply unit that has an opening opposed to the first transport member and supplies toner to the developer transported from the auxiliary storage unit into the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nao Kato, Takashi Nakamura, Kenji Hayamizu
  • Patent number: 9846400
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a continuous medium by a print process includes a control part, a process execution part, a control part and a measuring part. The measuring part measures an exposure dot number of each of light emitting elements and a print amount executed by the print process. The process execution part execute a discharge process to discharge developer accommodated in a development part to an outside after completion of a print process based on a most recent print job and before initiation of a print process based on a next print job after the most recent print job, and in the discharge process, the control part makes the exposure part execute light emission based on a discharge dot count value obtained using a measurement result measured by the measuring part during the print process based on the most recent print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Ishii, Shunsuke Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9817340
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an intermediate transfer body, a plurality of image bearers, a plurality of developing devices, a plurality of primary transfer devices, a secondary transfer device, and a cleaner. The plurality of image bearers are disposed side by side along the intermediate transfer body. In a refreshing mode, the plurality of developing devices form toner images on the plurality of image bearers during a non-image-formation period and the cleaner cleans a surface of the intermediate transfer body. In the refreshing mode, a toner image formed on one image bearer of the plurality of image bearers, which differs from a most downstream image bearer of the plurality of image bearers in a direction of conveyance of the intermediate transfer body, reaches the cleaner first of the toner images formed on the plurality of image bearers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Seki, Masanari Fujita, Takeshi Sakashita, Takeshi Yamashita, Naoki Takai, Takuya Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9760055
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body casing; a first drum unit including a first photosensitive drum configured to rotate about an axis extending in a first direction; a second drum unit including a second photosensitive drum configured to rotate about an axis extending in the first direction; a belt; a cleaning member configured to clean the belt; an auger configured to convey waste toner cleaned by the cleaning member; a first toner cartridge including a first new toner containing unit configured to supply new toner and a waste toner containing unit configured to contain the waste toner conveyed by the auger; and a second toner cartridge including a second new toner containing unit configured to supply new toner to the second drum unit. The waste toner containing unit is aligned with the first new toner containing unit in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 9696659
    Abstract: A developing apparatus includes a first auger and a second auger for respectively conveying a developer in a first direction and a second direction, an opening for delivering the developer from the first auger to the second auger, a discharger located in the first direction from the opening to discharge the developer conveyed by the first auger, and a retention member provided on at least one of the first auger and the second auger to retain the developer circulated by the first and second augers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Tanaka, Naoya Iwata
  • Patent number: 9523941
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprising a developing agent storage section including a discharge port for discharging the developing agent; a developing agent mixer configured inside the developing agent storage section to stir the developing agent and move the developing agent towards the discharge port; a motor which rotates at least the developing agent mixer; a motor control section which rotates the motor at either a first speed at which the developing agent is not discharged from the discharge port or a second speed higher than the first speed to discharge the developing agent from the discharge port; and a device control section which controls the motor control section to switch the rotation speed of the motor to the second speed at a timing different from the timing when the developing roller develops the electrostatic latent image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Susumu Koizumi
  • Patent number: 9488931
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a latent image bearer; a developing device containing two-component developer and including a developer bearer, a development voltage source, and a toner concentration detector; a toner supply device to supply toner to the developing device; a transfer device; and a controller to keep a toner concentration in the developer in the developing device at a target toner concentration during image formation. The controller executes forced toner consumption in which the developing device supplies the toner to the latent image bearer the toner at a predetermined forced toner consumption timing, while inhibiting the toner supply device from supplying toner. When the toner concentration falls to a prescribed toner density lower than the target toner concentration, the controller completes the forced toner consumption and executes a post-consumption toner supply operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Yasuda, Jun Hitosugi, Takamasa Ozeki, Mutsuki Morinaga, Emiko Shiraishi, Wakana Itoh, Hitoshi Yamamoto, Takatsugu Komori, Kunio Hasegawa, Tadashi Kasai, Kazuaki Kamihara, Kazumi Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Kunii, Masaki Sukesako, Yuichi Aizawa, Masakazu Terao, Masayoshi Nakayama, Takuma Higa, Masahiro Katoh, Kohei Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9448506
    Abstract: A developer discharge structure includes a tube-shaped container portion disposed in an apparatus body and holding developer, the container portion having an outlet port that allows the developer to be discharged to a recovery container; an opening-closing member disposed in the container portion, opening the outlet port when the recovery container is positioned in an attached position in which the recovery container is attached to the apparatus body, and closing the outlet port when the recovery container is positioned in a detached position in which the recovery container is detached from the apparatus body; and an operating member disposed in the apparatus body and performing a detachment preparation operation, in which a member disposed adjacent to the container portion is prepared for detachment from the apparatus body, to restrict movement of the opening-closing member from a position in which the opening-closing member closes the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toyohiko Awano
  • Patent number: 9429875
    Abstract: A developing device according to the present disclosure includes a developer container, a first stirring member, a second stirring member, and a developer carrying member. The developer container has a plurality of conveyance chambers including first and second conveyance chambers, is provided with a developer supply portion and a developer discharge portion and stores a two-component developer. The second stirring member is provided with an electro-conductive regulating portion that is disposed to oppose the developer discharge portion that regulates movement of the developer to the developer discharge portion. An electro-conductive plate is disposed on an inner wall surface of the developer container that opposes the regulating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Koji Suenami
  • Patent number: 9341984
    Abstract: This developing apparatus includes a toner supply passage for supplying new toner fed from a toner cartridge to a toner carrying region where a toner carrier is arranged, and the toner supply passage is provided with a backflow prevention portion for preventing old toner from backflowing toward the toner cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshinori Asai
  • Patent number: 9342016
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a printing section, a storage section, and a control section. The printing section prints a toner image on paper. The storage section stores prescribed image data for which printing is permitted using disposal-scheduled toner that is scheduled for disposal as waste toner. The control section determines whether or not a preset disposal condition is satisfied. Upon determining that the disposal condition is satisfied, the control section determines whether or not prescribed image data is stored in the storage section. Upon determining that prescribed image data is stored in the storage section, the control section sets the operating mode of the printing section as a waste toner reduction mode in which the printing section uses the disposal-scheduled toner to perform printing based on the prescribed image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Shimada
  • Patent number: 9335658
    Abstract: A developer supply device including a developer carrying body, extending in a width direction, configured to carry developer and a casing including an wall, extending in the width direction, disposed between a first room on which the developer carrying body is disposed and a second room configured to store the developer is provided. The first room and the second room communicate each other through an opening formed above the wall. The wall includes end portions having a first height and a central portion. The central portion is disposed between the end portions and has a second height which is higher than the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takanori Uno
  • Patent number: 9316948
    Abstract: A developing apparatus includes a developing container for containing a developer comprising toner and carrier and first and second rotatable feeding members configured to feed the developer. The first feeding member includes a rotatable shaft, a first helical blade portion provided around the rotatable shaft and configured to feed the developer, and a second helical blade portion provided around the rotatable shaft at a position downstream of the first helical blade portion. The second helical blade portion has a helix which is opposed to that of the first helical blade portion. In addition, a disk portion is provided on the rotatable shaft at a position between the first helical blade portion and the second helical blade portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hisashi Tsukijima, Yusuke Ishida, Takanori Iida
  • Patent number: 9229399
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes multiple image forming units each including a latent image bearer and a developing device, a transfer device to transfer toner images from the latent image bearers onto a surface of endless rotary member, a cleaner to clean the surface of the endless rotary member, and a control unit to execute a forcible toner consumption process to forcibly consume degraded toner stored in applicable one or more developing devices. The forcible toner consumption process includes a step of forming a toner image formed for forced consumption in a non-image region of the latent image bearer with an amount of toner corresponding to a difference between an image area ratio of a developed image and a prescribed threshold when the image area ratio of the developed image is lower than the prescribed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kamihara, Toshihiro Sugiyama, Takuma Higa, Masayoshi Nakayama, Hiroyuki Kunii, Masaki Sukesako, Wakana Itoh
  • Patent number: 9201346
    Abstract: A powder transport device includes a transport path having a supply port. Powder supplied through the supply port together with old powder already contained in the transport path is transported through the transport path. The powder transport device also includes a transport member, which is rotatably disposed in the transport path and includes a rotational shaft and a spiral blade disposed on the rotational shaft. The powder supplied through the supply port and the old powder are transported toward a downstream side in a powder transporting direction and mixed with each other by rotation of the transport member. The transport path includes a regulating portion regulating transportation of powder that is a mixture of the powder supplied through the supply port and the old powder toward the downstream side. The transport member includes an accumulation portion that opposes the regulating portion and causes the powder to accumulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Sako
  • Patent number: 9195172
    Abstract: A developing device according to the invention develops latent images formed on an image carrier with a developer including toner carrier and toner. The developing device includes a developer container, a developer conveying member, a supply unit, a discharge unit, and a discharge prohibiting unit. The developer container contains the developer. The developer conveying member conveys the developer contained in the developer container as stirring the developer to circulate the developer in a circulation path in the developer container. The supply unit supplies at least the toner carrier to the circulation path. The discharge unit discharges excessive developer in the circulation path according to supply from the supply unit. The discharge prohibiting unit prohibits discharge of the developer from the discharge unit during a predetermined discharge prohibiting period in a case where the toner carrier is supplied from the supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuteru Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9176425
    Abstract: A developer replenishing device includes a container mount to hold a developer container to contain developer used in image formation, an installation completion detector to detect completion of installation of the developer container in the container mount, a replaceable containing portion to contain developer, a conveyance channel to which the containing portion is removably connected and through which developer is transported from the developer container held in the container mount to the containing portion, and a conveyance pump to transport developer from the developer container through the conveyance channel to the containing portion. In a state in which the developer container is not held in the container mount according to a detection result by the installation completion detector, the conveyance pump transports developer from the conveyance channel to the containing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuo Takami, Junichi Matsumoto, Kiyonori Tsuda, Yutaka Takahashi, Kentaro Mikuniya
  • Patent number: 9152121
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a developer collecting duct that is linear and has a plurality of coupling portions vertically spaced apart from each other; and a plurality of developer discharging sections that each have an engaging portion inserted into one of the coupling portions to thereby be disposed as being exposed to the inside of the developer collecting duct, and that discharge waste developer to the developer collecting duct through a developer outlet provided in the engaging portion. Second and subsequent ones of the developer discharging sections from the top are detachably attached to the developer collecting duct. The developer collecting duct has a flow path restricting portion that restricts the area through which the waste developer flows down to prevent the waste developer from hitting the engaging portion of lower one of the developer discharging sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takenori Suenaga, Shingo Aoki
  • Patent number: 9081355
    Abstract: A reserve portion is an inner tube that reserves waste toner in a reserve space in a main body of the reserve portion, and includes a protrusion row on an outer peripheral surface. A recovery inlet is formed in an upper portion of the reserve portion. A container portion is an outer tube that incorporates the reserve portion. An inlet protruding the container portion is formed in a lower portion of a side wall of the container portion. A driving unit makes the reserve portion rotate with respect to the container portion about a rotational shaft integrally formed with the reserve portion via a docking gear. As the reserve portion rotates with respect to the container portion, the waste toner supplied to a conveyance path is conveyed from the inlet to the recovery inlet to be supplied to the reserve space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Taisuke Minemura
  • Patent number: 8977181
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, an image erasing unit, and a control unit. The image forming unit performs an image forming process of forming an image on an image bearing body by a toner and transferring the toner image from the image bearing body onto a recording medium, and a refresh process of forming an image on the image bearing body by a toner and removing the toner image from the image bearing body. The control unit controls the image forming unit such that the image forming unit performs the refresh process together with the erasing process performed by the erasing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20150037049
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of image bearing members, replaceable development units, replaceable toner replenishing members, toner supply units, and a control unit. The development units are each provided for a corresponding one of the plurality of image bearing members. The toner replenishing members are each provided for a corresponding one of the development units. The toner supply units are arranged between the respective toner replenishing members and the development units. The control unit causes the image forming apparatus to execute a toner supply unit cleaning mode to convey a last-used toner inside the toner supply unit into the development unit which is last used and to be replaced to empty the toner supply unit, when replacement of the development unit and the corresponding toner replenishing member is designated to use a toner of a type different from the last-used toner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Emiko SHIRAISHI, Tadashi Kasai, Makoto Yasuda, Yuichi Aizawa, Mutsuki Morinaga, Hitoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8913926
    Abstract: A first developer container delivers developer to a second developer container, the first developer container including a first opening to be engaged with the second developer container and to deliver the developer; and a conveyor to convey the developer and to deliver the developer through the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nakamura, Hirobumi Ooyoshi, Tomofumi Yoshida, Manabu Hamada
  • Patent number: 8909106
    Abstract: A developing device for forming a toner image on an image support member with a developer composed of toner and carriers, the developing device having: a main body in which a first space for a developer is made; a developer support member, which is located in the first space, for supporting the developer and for supplying toner of the developer to the image support member; and a toner tank in which a second space for toner is made, the second space leading to the first space via at least one boundary area; wherein the at least one boundary area between the first space and the second space is closed by the toner or the developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomo Kitada
  • Publication number: 20140348543
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section including an image carrier and a developing device, and a developer recovery mechanism. The developing device includes, a developer carrier, and a developer discharge portion. The image forming section incorporates a developing device employing a first developing method where toner is caused to adhere to the image carrier by a magnetic brush formed on the developer carrier, or a developing device having a toner carrier between the developer carrier and the image carrier, and employing a second developing method where a toner layer is formed on the toner carrier by a magnetic brush formed on the developer carrier, and toner is caused to adhere to the image carrier by the toner layer formed on the toner. These developing devices, in the image forming section, each have a same positional relationship between the developer discharge portion and an image-carrier rotation shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro KASHIMOTO, Hiroaki OHASHI
  • Patent number: 8874009
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer carrying member for carrying developer containing a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier to a position where the developer carrying member is opposed to an image bearing member, and a developing container including a first chamber for accommodating the developer to be supplied to the developer carrying member, a second chamber provided below the first chamber, and an opening for circulating the developer between the first chamber and the second chamber. In addition, a first feeding member and a second feeding member are rotatably provided in the first chamber and the second chamber, respectively, for stirring and feeding the developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Noguchi, Katsuya Nose, Asuna Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 8861994
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a forced toner consumption controller which executes a forced toner consumption control; a toner supply controller which executes a toner supply control; and a pre-job controller which, upon receipt of an image forming job, and before the start of the job, acquires a toner consumption index value, determines a specific target image density based on the acquired index value, executes a previous toner consumption and supply control including the forced toner consumption control and the toner supply control that makes a toner concentration in a developer of a development device subjected to the forced toner consumption control approach a specific target toner concentration, and then executes a previous image density adjustment control that adjusts one or more image forming conditions to make an image density after the previous toner consumption and supply control approach the specific target image density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Ishii
  • Publication number: 20140301746
    Abstract: A developer collecting device includes a collecting box that accommodates developer discharged from a developing unit, the developing unit accommodating developer including toner and a carrier, the developing unit developing an electrostatic latent image on a development member using the toner in the developer; a guide cylinder that connects the developing unit and the collecting box to each other, the guide cylinder guiding movement of the developer discharged from the developing unit to the collecting box; a transporting member that is disposed in the guide cylinder and extends in a developer transport direction, the transporting member transporting the developer towards the collecting box by rotation of the transporting member; and a rotation controller that controls rotation speed of the transporting member in accordance with conditions that affect a capability of developing the electrostatic latent image on the development member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigemi MURATA
  • Patent number: 8855528
    Abstract: A developer transporting mechanism includes a pipe-like transporting path, sealing member, shutter, and urging member. The pipe-like transporting path, through which a developer is transported, has an discharge port at part of its side surface. The shutter is slidable along the surface of the sealing member to open and close the discharge port. The urging member urges the shutter in a direction in which the discharge port is closed. The sealing member is secured to the outer circumferential surface of the pipe-like transporting path. The sealing member also has a reduced part; its dimension in a width direction orthogonal to a direction in which the shutter moves is gradually reduced from the upstream end in the closing direction of the shutter toward the downstream end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujimura, Ryoji Nishimura, Hiroaki Ohashi, Masahiro Kashimoto
  • Patent number: 8818245
    Abstract: A developing device having a housing that houses two-component developer containing carrier and toner, replenishing replenishment carrier to the housing while gradually ejecting developer to outside from an outlet. The developing device includes: transport passage provided in the housing so that developer is transported therein; transport member provided in the housing and rotates to transport the developer; ejection passage having diverged from the transport passage so that a part of the developer transported in the transport passage is conveyed therein to the outlet; and restriction unit configured to restrict an amount of ejected developer so that a first amount of developer is ejected from the outlet when the transport member rotates at a first speed, and a second amount of developer is ejected when it rotates at a second speed. The second amount is smaller than the first amount. The second speed is higher than the first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Shunichi Takaya, Osamu Maeda
  • Patent number: 8805247
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developer image forming portion for forming a developer image; a primary transfer member for transferring the developer image to an intermediate transfer member; a secondary transfer member for transferring the developer image to a recording medium; a medium transportation unit for transporting the recording medium to a secondary transfer position; a contact cleaning member for cleaning the secondary transfer member; a voltage control unit for applying a transfer voltage to the primary transfer member and the secondary transfer member; and a control unit for controlling the developer image portion, the primary transfer member, the secondary transfer member and the medium transportation unit. The control unit is arranged to perform a developer discarding operation, in which the developer image portion forms a discard developer image, and the discard developer image is transferred to the intermediate transfer member and to the secondary transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8805215
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion that forms an image on a first image bearing member, a transfer member that transfers the image on the first image bearing member to a second image bearing member, a power supply, a detecting portion that detects a voltage value and a current value, a velocity changing portion, an environment detecting portion, and a controller that determines a transfer voltage value in transferring an image based on a result detected at the detecting portion. An image can be formed at the plurality of velocities. The controller determines a transfer voltage value at a velocity other than the plurality of velocities based on a result detected at the detecting portion and a result detected at the environment detecting portion when the first image bearing member is operated at a predetermined velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Ishida
  • Patent number: 8787802
    Abstract: Developing devices, process cartridges and image-forming apparatuses, having a chamber for conveying recovered developer on the top of another chamber for conveying supplying developer, where the developer is conveyed by screws inside the chambers respectively, when mixing and conveying the developing agent, a shielding member which separates the chambers, a guide section is provided in the shielding member to guide a developing agent which has left a developing roller toward the screw in the upper chamber, and a third communication section is provided next to the guide section, at the back of where the guided developer contacts the screw wings in the upper chamber, and the third communication section communicates the chambers with each other, and the third communication section is provided from center to downstream in the conveyance direction of the developer by the screw upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Hattori, Atsushi Nakamoto, Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Toshio Koike, Hiroaki Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20140161490
    Abstract: A development device includes a developer container, a developer bearing member, a mixing/transporting member, an opening/closing member, and a drive mechanism. The developer container contains a developer. The developer bearing member is rotatably supported by the developer container. The developer bearing member also has a surface facing an image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed. The developer is borne on the surface of the developer bearing member. The mixing/transporting member mixes and transports the developer in the developer container. The opening/closing member opens and closes a developer outlet for discharging an excess of the developer in the developer container. The drive mechanism drives the opening/closing member in association with driving of the developer bearing member or the mixing/transporting member to open the developer outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Naoki YAMANE, Lin LU
  • Patent number: 8750765
    Abstract: Provided is a developing device including: a developing container including a developer replenishing port from which the developer is replenished, and a developer discharge port which is provided on a downstream side of one of the conveyance paths and from which surplus developer is discharged; and a discharge regulating portion provided to one of the plurality of stirring members which is arranged in the one of the conveyance paths, in which the discharge regulating portion includes a regulating member arranged so as to face the developer discharge port, for regulating movement of the developer to the developer discharge port side, and a decelerating conveyance member arranged between the helical blade and the regulating member, for partially reducing a conveying speed of the developer in the one of the conveyance paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Watanabe, Hiroyuki Hamakawa, Hiroshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8725013
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of forming an image with a color toner and a transparent toner does not always form an image using the transparent toner. Under the circumstance where the image in which the transparent toner is more easily deteriorated than the color toner is output, if the deteriorated transparent toner is frequently discharged, the productivity may be lowered. Thus, when an amount of the transparent toner applied to the recording material that is acquired by an acquisition device is less than a predetermined amount, the transparent toner in the amount more than that acquired by the acquisition device is applied to the recording material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuya Nose
  • Patent number: 8718499
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes first and second developer carrying members and a control device. The apparatus is operable in a first mode where an image of a single color is formed using the first developer carrying member and is operable in a second mode, wherein an image of a plurality of colors is formed using the first and second developer carrying members. The control device controls a first discharging operation for discharging developer from the first developer carrying member and a second discharging operation for discharging developer from each of the first and second developer carrying members. When the apparatus executes only the first mode, the control device performs more image formations, in a period between completion of the second discharging operation and start of the first discharging operation, compared to a period between completion of the first discharging operation and start of a subsequent first discharging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Okubo, Masahiro Yoshida, Kazunori Hashimoto, Masahiro Shibata, Hisashi Yamauchi
  • Publication number: 20140112688
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a developer collecting duct that is linear and has a plurality of coupling portions vertically spaced apart from each other; and a plurality of developer discharging sections that each have an engaging portion inserted into one of the coupling portions to thereby be disposed as being exposed to the inside of the developer collecting duct, and that discharge waste developer to the developer collecting duct through a developer outlet provided in the engaging portion. Second and subsequent ones of the developer discharging sections from the top are detachably attached to the developer collecting duct. The developer collecting duct has a flow path restricting portion that restricts the area through which the waste developer flows down to prevent the waste developer from hitting the engaging portion of lower one of the developer discharging sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Takenori SUENAGA, Shingo AOKI
  • Patent number: 8706009
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a discharge execution section for forcedly discharging toner from a developing device and forming a toner image on a photosensitive drum, in which a primary transfer roller transfers the toner image formed on the photosensitive drum by the discharge execution section by applying, to a predetermined area part of the toner image, a first transfer bias having a predetermined transfer efficiency with respect to an intermediate transfer belt and applying, to a part excluding the predetermined area part of the toner image, a second transfer bias whose transfer efficiency is at least smaller than the predetermined transfer efficiency of the first transfer bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Endoh
  • Patent number: 8666290
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a discharge execution section for forcedly discharging toner from a developing device and forming a toner image on a photosensitive drum, in which a primary transfer roller transfers the toner image formed on the photosensitive drum by the discharge execution section by applying, to a predetermined area part of the toner image, a first transfer bias having a predetermined transfer efficiency with respect to an intermediate transfer belt and applying, to a part excluding the predetermined area part of the toner image, a second transfer bias whose transfer efficiency is at least smaller than the predetermined transfer efficiency of the first transfer bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Endoh
  • Patent number: 8649715
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a developing device that allows a developer to be retained on a developer carrier having a magnet member equipped with a plurality of magnetic poles mounted on an inner periphery thereof and rotates the developer carrier to deliver the developer to an image carrier and that forms a toner image by supplying the toner of the developer to the image carrier by applying a developing bias voltage from a bias voltage source between the developer carrier and the image carrier; a transfer device for transferring the toner image formed on the image carrier to a transfer receiving material; a toner recovery device for recovering the toner remaining on the surface of the image carrier after the transfer of the toner image; and a toner return device for returning to the developing device the toner recovered by the toner recovery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Gonda
  • Patent number: 8620194
    Abstract: A developing device, process cartridge and image forming apparatus of a premix developing system, with which developer splashed by the transport member is not discharged from the device, fluctuations of the amount of developer discharged to the outside are not produced, and the output image quality is stable. This developing device is provided with a pocket part, which is installed in a depressed manner facing the outside in relation to the transport route formed by the transport member, and into and out of which part of the developer transported in the transport route flows. This pocket part is provided with a discharge port for discharging developer to outside the device when the surface of the developer flowing into the pocket part exceeds a specified height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Tateyama, Yoshitaka Fujinuma, Tatsuya Kubo
  • Patent number: 8620193
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which performs toner discharge control for held toners of respective colors, comprises: an image carrier; a transfer member on which toner images of the respective colors formed on the image carrier are transferred and superposed; a calculation unit configured to calculate toner amounts used to form the toner images of the respective colors; and a control unit configured to superpose toners of at least two colors onto the transfer member when the toner amounts calculated by the calculation unit are smaller than a predetermined consumption amount, wherein the control unit decides a combination of colors of the toners to be superposed in accordance with differences between the toner amounts and the predetermined consumption amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichi Yamamoto, Hiroaki Tomiyasu, Shinnosuke Iwadate, Takahiko Yamaoka, Hiromi Shimura