Continuous Web Patents (Class 399/329)
  • Patent number: 10545441
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes a first pressing roller, a belt wound around the first pressing roller, a second pressing roller, and a roller position changer that changes a position of the second pressing roller. The second pressing roller faces the first pressing roller across the belt and forms a fixing nip portion between itself and the belt. At least one of the first pressing roller and the second pressing roller includes a core metal and a foam body covering the core metal. The roller position changer changes a position of the second pressing roller based on a kind of print medium to change a peak surface pressure of the fixing nip portion, such that a range where maximum shearing strain occurs from an interface between the core metal and the foam body in the foam body is a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Wazumi, Kazunori Nishinoue
  • Patent number: 10545442
    Abstract: An image heating apparatus includes an endless belt, a rotary member configured to form a nip portion with the endless belt, regulating members for regulating the endless belt from moving in a longitudinal direction by being in contact with longitudinal ends of the endless belt, and a sheet-like heating member. The heating member includes a heat transfer member in contact with the inner surface of the endless belt, and a heating portion located on an opposite side from a side, of the heating member, in contact with the inner surface of the endless belt across the heat transfer member. Both end portions of the heat transfer member are disposed at the same location or outside of both end portions of the heating portion in the longitudinal direction and are disposed inside of both end portions of the rotary member in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeru Hirano, Ikuo Nakamoto, Shigeru Tanaka, Akihiro Maeda, Yusuke Yamaguchi, Shohei Tsuzaki, Kenji Endo, Shinsuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10542588
    Abstract: A heater includes a substrate, a heating resistor layer, and an electrode layer. The substrate has a substrate obverse surface and a substrate reverse surface. The heating resistor layer is formed on the substrate obverse surface. The electrode layer is formed on the substrate obverse surface and in contact with the heating resistor layer. The electrode layer includes a pair of strip portions extending in a longitudinal direction of the substrate and spaced apart from each other in the width direction of the substrate. The heating resistor layer includes a main heating member and a sub heating member each extending in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and located between the strip portions in the width direction. The sub heating member has a higher temperature coefficient of resistance than that of the main heating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Aritaki, Masashi Takagi
  • Patent number: 10539911
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a circulating endless belt, a fixing unit that is in contact with the belt to form a fixing nip, a heat source provided on an inner side of the belt or on an inner side of the fixing unit, a pressurizing unit arranged on the inner side of the belt to pressurize the belt against the fixing unit, a sheet interposed between the belt and the pressurizing unit to reduce a sliding resistance, and a restricting unit that restricts movement of the sheet in a direction opposite to a moving direction of the belt at a position near a downstream side of the pressurizing unit in the moving direction of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Imazu
  • Patent number: 10520869
    Abstract: The fixing device includes an endless fixing belt, a pressing member, a pressing rotator, and a heating unit. The pressing member includes a counter face that faces the inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt. The counter face includes a curved portion that is concavely curved and an extended portion. The shape of the curved portion in a cross section orthogonal to the width direction of the fixing belt is configured to approach the center of the pressing rotator as it extends toward the downstream in the conveying direction. The extended portion is continuous with the curved portion and is provided at the downstream of the curved portion in the conveying direction of the recording medium. The shape of the extended portion in the cross section is configured to leave away from the center of the pressing rotator as it extends toward the downstream in the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Naoki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10509348
    Abstract: A fixing device fixes a toner image to a paper sheet, and the fixing device includes: a pressure roller; and a heating member, wherein the heating member includes: a pressure pad; a heating roller including a heater; and a fixing belt, the fixing device further includes a drive mechanism that controls rotation of the pressure roller and the heating roller, the fixing belt is driven while sliding on a surface of the pressure pad, when the heating roller rotates, and the drive mechanism applies pressure to the paper sheet, fixes the toner image to the paper sheet, switches between a contact state in which the pressure roller and the fixing belt are in contact with each other, and a separated state in which the pressure roller and the fixing belt are separated from each other, and switches to the contact state when a predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Jinju Okuno
  • Patent number: 10488791
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material, a fixing portion configured to heat and to fix the toner image formed on the recording material, and a controller configured to control the apparatus, which is operable to form an image on a recording material having a first size and a recording material having a second size smaller than the first size in a direction perpendicular to a recording material feeding direction. If a printing instruction for printing on the recording material of the first size is received while continuously printing on the recording material of the second size at a first throughput, the controller controls the apparatus so as to print on the recording material of the second size at a second throughput, lower than the first throughput, before printing on the recording material of the first size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Hirose, Satoru Taniguchi, Takashi Honke, Hirohiko Aiba, Taisuke Minagawa, Mahito Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10488795
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a belt, a heater, and a pressing member for forming a nip through the belt in cooperation with the heater. The nip includes a region at which a width of the nip with respect to a feeding direction of a recording material gradually increases from a longitudinal central portion toward a longitudinal end portion, and a pressure of the nip gradually increases from the longitudinal central portion toward the longitudinal end portion. A heat-conductive member includes a regulating portion for regulating movement thereof relative to a supporting member in a longitudinal direction of the heater. The regulating portion is provided in a region of the heat-conductive member corresponding to a position of the nip closer to the longitudinal end portion than to the longitudinal central portion, and a bias member is provided outside of the region of the heat-conductive member corresponding to the position of the nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Tanaka, Shoichiro Ikegami, Kensuke Umeda, Sho Taguchi, Ai Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10488797
    Abstract: There is provided a fuser including: a cylindrical member; an endless belt; a pressing member; a pressing roller; and a lateral guide contacting a lateral end of the endless belt. A part of an outer circumferential surface of the pressing roller is located on a downstream of the second nip area in a first direction. A guide surface of the lateral guide has: a first guide surface located on an opposite side to the pressing roller with respect to a virtual plane including the center of a first nip area and the center of rotation of the cylindrical member, and a second guide surface located on a side of the pressing roller with respect to the virtual plane, located on the downstream side of the rotation axis of the pressing roller in the first direction, and arranged on a same plane as the first guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasumasa Fujii, Tokifumi Tanaka, Hirofumi Kuriki, Masahito Kajita, Kenji Takeuchi, Hiroshi Handa
  • Patent number: 10481535
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes a fixing belt and an induced current generation section. The fixing belt includes a conductive layer. The induced current generation section faces the fixing belt. The induced current generation section includes a coil and a magnetic body. The coil generates a magnetic flux. The magnetic body faces the fixing belt across the coil. In the magnetic body, a part facing an end in a width direction of the fixing belt is set as a movable magnetic body capable of moving in a width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10474073
    Abstract: A fusing device includes a driving roller and a fusing unit including a heat insulating component, a heat generating component, a heat conducting component connected to the heat insulating component, a heat reflecting component, a metal reinforcing component and a fusing component. The heat generating component and the heat reflecting component are located inside the heat insulating component. The metal reinforcing component is located outside the heat insulating component and separated from the heat conducting component. The fusing component movably surrounds the heat conducting component, the heat insulating component and the metal reinforcing component. The heat reflecting component reflects heat generated from the heat generating component to the heat conducting component. The heat conducting component conducts the heat to the fusing component. The fusing component contacts with a printing media to fuse toners onto the printing media by heating when the driving roller drives the printing media to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventors: Min-Tung Huang, Chia-Hsin Lin, Jan-Hsing Kao
  • Patent number: 10474075
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fixing device includes a circulating member for fixing, a pressure member, a heater, a reflector, a heat storage section, and a driving device. The circulating member for fixing includes an annular peripheral wall circularly movable. The pressure member is arranged to face an outer peripheral surface of the circulating member for fixing and forms a nip with the circulating member for fixing. The heater is arranged inside the circulating member for fixing and heats the circulating member for fixing. The reflector is arranged inside the circulating member for fixing and reflects radiant heat of the heater to the circulating member for fixing. The heat storage section is provided integrally with the reflector or connected to the reflector. The driving device causes the heat storage section to abut on or separate from an inner peripheral surface of the circulating member for fixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10474076
    Abstract: A fixing device fixes a toner image onto a piece of paper by conveying the piece of paper formed with the toner image while nipping the piece of paper at a fixing nip, and includes: an endless belt that is rotated; a pressing member that presses the belt; a support member that supports the pressing member; a sheet wound around the pressing member along the conveyance direction; and a pressurizing member that forms the fixing nip with the belt, wherein a part of an upstream region of the sheet existing more on an upstream side in a winding direction than a contact region contacting the belt and the pressing member and a part of a downstream region of the sheet existing more on a downstream side in the winding direction than the contact region are interposed between the pressing member and the support member, and are fixed by pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Masashi Sonoyama, Hidetoshi Katayanagi, Yoshikazu Kuribayashi, Tomoya Sato, Hiroyuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 10466629
    Abstract: In a fixing device of the present invention, first and second movable members are each urged toward a flexible member so that the contact between contact surfaces of the first and second movable members and end faces of the flexible member are each maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Murasaki, Motoyasu Muramatsu, Hiroki Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10459380
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a belt having a cylindrical shape, a roller, a heater, and a reflector. The roller is positioned to be in contact with an outer peripheral surface of the belt so as to form a nip between the roller and the belt. The heater is disposed within an inner circumference the belt. The reflector is disposed within the inner circumference the belt and in contact with the belt and configured to reflect heat generated by the heater toward an inner surface of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10459385
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a first pressing member that is heated and that presses a recording medium moving along a recording medium transport path; a second pressing member that is disposed opposite the first pressing member across the recording medium transport path and presses the recording medium, the second pressing member including an opposing portion opposing the first pressing member, the opposing portion having, at a part, a pressed portion pressed against the first pressing member; and a heat receiver that is disposed to oppose an upstream portion of the opposing portion, the upstream portion of the opposing portion being located upstream of the pressed portion in a direction in which the recording medium moves, the heat receiver being disposed upstream of the recording medium transport path and receiving heat from the first pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Yagi, Noriaki Kishi
  • Patent number: 10459383
    Abstract: A fixing device according an embodiment includes a belt unit and a pressure member. The belt unit includes a supporter, an endless belt movably supported by the supporter, a heater provided inside the endless belt, and a thermal diffusion member including: a first surface in contact with the heater; a second surface in contact with an inner surface of the endless belt; a first wall provided upstream of the heater in a transport direction of a medium; and a second wall provided downstream of the heater in the transport direction. The supporter includes first and second grooves in which the first and second walls are provided respectively. Upon applying a pressing force toward the supporter to the outer surface of the endless belt by the pressure member, the thermal diffusion member and the heater are in contact with each other while being pressed toward a contact surface of the supporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Haruo Sato
  • Patent number: 10444676
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus that fixes an image onto a recording material includes: a belt, a nip plate contacting an inner surface of the belt, a roller configured to form a nip portion with the nip plate, a supporting member supporting the nip plate, the supporting member having a cross section in a shape of U, and supporting, with two legs, a surface of the nip plate opposite to a surface contacting the belt, and a guide member disposed on an upstream side of the nip plate and including a guide portion, wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is heated while being conveyed through the nip portion, and the image is fixed onto the recording material, and the guide member is supported by a first surface and a second surface of an upstream side leg among the two legs of the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasunari Kobaru
  • Patent number: 10429777
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes a tubular film, an elongate heater, a roller, and a lubricant interposed between the heater and the film. A temperature detecting member detects a temperature of the heater, a controller controls electrical power supplied to the heater so that a temperature detected by the temperature detecting member reaches a target temperature, and a guide member guides the film. The guide member has a plurality of protrusions protruding toward the inner surface of the film. In a longitudinal direction of the guide member, a first region of the guide member corresponds to the temperature detecting member, and a second region of the guide member does not correspond to the temperature detecting member. In addition, a width of one protrusion located at the first region is greater than a width of some of the plurality protrusions located at the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kensuke Umeda, Masashi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10429774
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a heating member, a pressing member and a separating member. The heating member heats a toner transferred on a sheet. The pressing member forms a pressing area with the heating member. The toner is pressed at the pressing area. The separating member comes into contact with an outer circumferential face of the heating member and separates the sheet passed through the pressing area from the heating member. The heating member has a contact area with which the separating member comes into contact and a non-contact area with which the separating member does not come into contact. The heating member has a larger outer diameter at the contact area than an outer diameter at the non-contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kentaro Okinaka
  • Patent number: 10429784
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless belt member that rotates, and includes a first end on one side in an axial direction and a second end on the other side in the axial direction; a belt support that comes into contact with part of an inner circumferential surface of the belt member to support an inner side of the belt member; a guide portion disposed on the inner side of the belt member at at least one of the first and second ends of the belt member to guide the belt member moving in a circumferential direction; and a protruding portion disposed at a position in the circumferential direction of the belt member different from a position in the circumferential direction at which the belt support is disposed, the protruding portion protruding from the guide portion toward the other one of the first and second ends of the belt member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nagata, Sou Morizaki
  • Patent number: 10423105
    Abstract: This heat fixing belt is provided with a tubular belt base that is formed from an insulating heat-resistant resin, an elastic resistive heat generation layer that is formed from an elastic base material containing an elastic material and contains conductive material, a toner release layer, and a pair of electrode layers for feeding a power to the elastic resistive heat generation layer. The elastic resistive heat generation layer is provided on the outer circumferential surface of the belt base. The toner release layer is provided as the outermost layer. The pair of electrode layers are provided on both end portions of the outer circumferential surface of the elastic resistive heat generation layer, and have a volume resistivity that is lower than the volume resistivity of the elastic resistive heat generation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KINYOSHA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sadayuki Ishikura, Yohei Chabata
  • Patent number: 10416599
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a frame, a film, a component portion engaging with the frame, and a roller that forms a nip with the film. The component portion includes a supporting portion provided inside the film, and including a first opposing surface opposing an inner surface of the film, and a second opposing surface opposing the inner surface of the film. Each of the first opposing surface and the second opposing surface is a surface forming a substantially right angle with an engaging surface, which is a surface on which the component portion engages with the frame and on which the component portion opposes a flat surface portion of the frame. When the component portion is seen in the longitudinal direction of the film, a contour of the first opposing surface is greater than a contour of the second opposing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Tanaka, Masafumi Maeda
  • Patent number: 10394170
    Abstract: A fuser device carrying a medium includes a first rotation member that has flexibility, a second rotation member that is installed rotatable so as to carry the medium from an upstream side to a downstream side in the medium carrying direction in cooperation with the first rotation member while nipping the medium between the second rotation member and the first rotation member, and a first pressing member that has a first pressing face pressing the first rotation member toward the second rotation member while being positioned opposing the second rotation member through the first rotation member. The first pressing face has, at the most upstream side of the medium carrying direction, a pressure reducing part that reduces a pressing force of the first rotation member that is applied to the second rotation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Yasunori Furusawa
  • Patent number: 10389898
    Abstract: A sensor mounting structure includes a positioning member, a holding member, and a biasing member. The positioning member is a mounting reference of a sensor. The holding member is attachable to and detachable from the positioning member so as to form a space in which the sensor is disposed with respect to the positioning member. The biasing member includes an arched part which is overhung between a pair of engaging parts engaging with the holding member. The biasing member, while the holding member is attached to the positioning member, elastically deforms the arched part that is sandwiched between the holding member and the sensor that is disposed in the space so as to bias the sensor to the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naoto Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 10379469
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes: first and second pressure members each of which is in contact with an inner circumferential surface of an endless belt and nips the endless belt between itself and a cylindrical member; a frame supporting the first and second pressure members; an actuator that moves the first pressure member between a first position and a second position in a movement direction of a portion, of the endless belt, positioned between the first and second pressure members; and an elastic body that generates nipping force to nip the endless belt. The nipping force by the elastic body is generated between the cylindrical member and the first and second pressure members, both in a case that the first pressure member is positioned in the first position and a case that the first pressure member is positioned in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Takeuchi, Masahito Kajita
  • Patent number: 10379467
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a compact fixing device with reduced cost of wiring including electrical cables. In the fixing device, first and second wire guide members that seal a part of wires electrically connected to terminals of a temperature detection element and a part of wires electrically connected to terminals of a safety element are disposed in the internal space of a fixing film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Motoyasu Muramatsu, Keigo Akiya, Satoshi Murasaki, Kazuhiko Shinoda, Shusuke Katori
  • Patent number: 10372070
    Abstract: A fuser includes: a heater; a rotation body which is heated by the heater; an endless belt; an elastic pad which is in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the endless belt to form a nip portion with the endless belt intervening between the elastic pad and the rotation body; and a wall surrounded by the endless belt and disposed downstream of the elastic pad in a moving direction of the endless belt in the nip portion. The wall has a surface facing the elastic pad in the moving direction. The surface includes: contact portions positioned at both ends in a width direction of the endless belt and in contact with the elastic pad; and a center portion positioned between the contact portions in the width direction, at a downstream side of the contact portions in the moving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoaki Hazeyama
  • Patent number: 10365596
    Abstract: A fuser includes a rotatable member, a belt, a pressure member, and a sliding member. The pressure member sandwiches the belt together with the rotatable member to form a nip portion. The sliding member is sandwiched between an inner peripheral surface of the belt and the pressure member. The sliding member includes a front surface, which faces the inner peripheral surface of the belt. The front surface includes a plurality of first dimples and a plurality of second dimples. The first dimples are arranged in a zone corresponding to a first part of the nip portion. The second dimples are arranged in a zone corresponding to a second part of the nip portion, to which a pressure smaller than a pressure applied in the first part is applied. Each of the first dimples is of a shape that can release lubricant more easily than each of the second dimples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tokifumi Tanaka, Hideki Kanada
  • Patent number: 10353327
    Abstract: A fixing device fixes an image onto a recording material. The recording material is fed through and heated in a nip to fix the image. A nip plate is provided with a projection in a region downstream of the nip with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material, the projection projecting toward a roller and extending in a longitudinal direction of a cylindrical belt. The nip plate has a recess on a side opposite from an outside provided with the projection at a position corresponding to that of the projection with respect to the feeding direction, the recess extending in the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical belt. At least a part of one of the two end portions of a supporting member overlaps the recess of the nip plate with respect to the feeding direction of the recording material and a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Yasui, Takaaki Tsuruya
  • Patent number: 10317826
    Abstract: A fixing device comprising a fixing belt, a rotating member arranged to be in engagement with an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt, a nip forming member to press the fixing belt, to form a fixing nip between the fixing belt and the rotating member, and sliding members on both ends of the fixing belt and to rotate together with the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA, CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Su Park, Soo Hwan Bae, Dong Woo Lee, Dong Jin Seol, Jun Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 10317823
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator and a lateral end heater to heat a lateral end span of the fixing rotator in an axial direction thereof. A thermal conduction aid contacts the fixing rotator. A nip formation pad contacts the thermal conduction aid. A lateral end temperature detector detects a temperature of the fixing rotator in a lateral end detection span in the axial direction of the fixing rotator. The thermal conduction aid contacts the nip formation pad in a first span including the lateral end detection span in the axial direction of the fixing rotator with a first contact area. The thermal conduction aid contacts the nip formation pad in a second span disposed outboard from the first span in the axial direction of the fixing rotator with a second contact area smaller than the first contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ippei Fujimoto, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Kenji Ishii, Hiroyuki Shimada, Takashi Seto, Takayuki Seki, Kazunari Sawada
  • Patent number: 10295940
    Abstract: A belt unit includes an endless belt including a metal layer, a nip forming member having a heater that includes a heat generating element, a metal stay that presses the nip forming member toward a rotatable member, and a temperature detecting element. A metal leaf spring urges the temperature detecting element toward the inner peripheral surface of the endless belt, and an insulating supporting member is positioned inside the stay and supports the leaf spring. A cord electrically connects with the temperature detecting element through the leaf spring, and an insulating holder portion includes an interposed portion interposed between an exposed portion of the leaf spring and the stay, so as to provide insulation therebetween, and to hold the supporting member. A creepage distance from the heat generating element to the exposed portion of the leaf spring, through the stay and the interposed portion, is 2.5 mm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tempei Okanemasa
  • Patent number: 10295937
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a heat generator being disposed inside a loop formed by a rotator and including a heat generating portion to radiate radiant heat. A reflector is disposed inside the loop formed by the rotator and includes a reflection face to reflect the radiant heat radiated from the heat generator toward the rotator. A support supports the reflector. A holder holds each lateral end of the support in a longitudinal direction of the support, which is perpendicular to the rotation direction of the rotator. A fastener attaches the reflector to the support at an attachment position disposed at each lateral end of the reflector in a longitudinal direction of the reflector. The attachment position is disposed outboard from a lateral edge of the heat generating portion of the heat generator and disposed inboard from the holder in the longitudinal direction of the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunari Sawada, Ippei Fujimoto, Kenji Ishii, Hiroyuki Shimada, Takashi Seto, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takayuki Seki
  • Patent number: 10295936
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a cylindrical film, a sliding plate contacting an inner surface of the film, the sliding plate, and a roller forming a nip portion with the sliding plate via the film, the roller including an elastic layer, and extending in a longitudinal direction of the film. The film and the sliding plate have respective longitudinal end portions positioned on an outer side of a longitudinal end portion of the elastic layer. The sliding plate includes a curvature portion curved along a circumferential direction of an inner surface of the film on an upstream side of the nip portion in a recording medium conveyance direction, and the curvature portion includes a recessed region in which a longitudinal end portion of the curvature portion is recessed from the inner surface of the film relative to a longitudinal middle portion of the curvature portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriaki Sato
  • Patent number: 10293556
    Abstract: A three dimensional object modeling apparatus that produces a three dimensional object. The apparatus including a forming unit configured to form a transfer image to be transferred on an intermediate transfer body, with the transfer image to be transferred to a laminate product that is a three dimensional object being formed. A laminating unit is provided to transfer the transfer image to the laminate product from the intermediate transfer body, and a pressing member is provided with the intermediate transfer body to take pressing power to the transfer image formed on the intermediate transfer body, in a state of contacting with the laminate product from the intermediate transfer body side for transferring the image to the laminate product. The pressing member including a plurality of high hardness portions having a high hardness and a low hardness portion having a hardness lower than that of the high hardness portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Taniuchi
  • Patent number: 10281850
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless fixing belt, a heat source, an opposed member, a nip formation pad, and a heat conductive member. The nip formation pad includes an abutment region, a first opening portion, and second opening portions. The abutment region includes a plurality of abutment surfaces abutting a first face of the heat conductive member. The first opening portion is disposed at a center of the abutment region to form a non-contact area at which the nip formation pad does not contact the heat conductive member. The abutment region includes an upstream abutment area and a downstream abutment area from the first opening portion in a direction of conveyance of a recording medium. The second opening portions divide at least one area of the upstream abutment area and the downstream abutment area into a plurality of portions in a longitudinal direction of the nip formation pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohei Matsuda, Ippei Fujimoto, Kenji Ishii, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takayuki Seki, Kazunari Sawada
  • Patent number: 10268146
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a contact member that comes into contact with a recording medium on which an image is formed, a heater that has a contact-member facing surface, which faces the contact member, and a back surface, the heater heating the contact member, a heat supply member disposed in contact with the back surface of the heater, and supplying heat of a portion of the heater having a high temperature to a portion of the heater having a low temperature, and a heat transfer portion disposed in contact with the contact member, and having a flat contact surface that comes into contact with the contact member, the heat transfer portion transferring heat of the heat supply member to the contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Sato, Kiyoshi Koyanagi, Toru Inoue
  • Patent number: 10254691
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotatable cylindrical film, a contact member, a nip forming member, and regulating member. The regulating member includes an inner surface regulating surface that contacts and regulates a position of an inner surface of the film, and that, with respect to a rotational direction of the film, includes a first region remotest from a nip and a second region closer to the nip than the first region, the second region being positioned in a side upstream of a center of the nip with respect to a recording material feeding direction. The inner surface regulating surface is inclined so as to be spaced from the inner surface of the film toward a longitudinal center of the film, and a degree of inclination of the inner surface regulating surface is greater in the first region than in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Hirose, Satoru Taniguchi, Takashi Honke, Hirohiko Aiba, Keita Nakajima, Kazushi Nishikata, Fumiki Inui, Koichi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10248059
    Abstract: A fixation unit according to an embodiment includes: a first roller; a second roller disposed facing the first roller, the first roller pressed against the second roller; an endless heating member that is provided around the second roller and configured to heat developer on a medium while passing through a contact area between the first roller and the second roller; a temperature detector that contacts with the heating member at a position upstream of the contact area in a rotation direction of the heating member and is configured to detect temperature of the heating member; and a discharging member that releases electric charge of the heating member. The discharging member is disposed between the temperature detector and the contact area in the rotation direction of the heating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Kojiro Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10248057
    Abstract: A fixing device comprising: an endless belt; a roller being in contact with an outer surface of the endless belt; a nip plate disposed in the endless belt; a supporting member disposed in the endless belt; a spring member disposed in the endless belt between the nip plate and the supporting member, the spring member urged in a first direction away from the nip plate toward the supporting member; and a sliding sheet having a first surface and a second surface. The sliding sheet is nipped with the endless belt between the nip plate and the roller, the first surface is in contact with an inner surface of the endless belt and the second surface is in contact with the nip plate. The sliding sheet is fastened to a facing surface of the spring member that is facing toward the supporting member, and the second surface contacts the spring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norio Uchida
  • Patent number: 10248060
    Abstract: A fixing device includes: a fixing belt that is endless and rotatable; a heating member that heats the fixing belt; a pressure member that is rotatable and presses the fixing belt from outside; a pad member that forms a fixing nip by sandwiching the fixing belt with the pressure member; a support member that supports the pad member; a friction reducing sheet that is provided between the fixing belt and the pad member and reduces friction with the fixing belt; and a heat equalizing sheet that is provided between the friction reducing sheet and the pad member and heats the fixing belt at the fixing nip uniformly in a width direction of a paper sheet passing through the fixing nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Masataka Yagi
  • Patent number: 10241451
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes: an endless fixing belt; a pad member having a receiving surface and a supported surface; a pressing rotator pressing the fixing belt against the receiving surface and forming a nip portion between an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt and the pressing rotator; a supporting member supporting the pad member; and a heating source to heat the fixing belt. The supporting member includes a base abutting on the supported surface of the pad member, and an erected wall erected from the base to partition a space inside the fixing belt into an upstream space and a downstream space. The erected wall is disposed upstream or downstream in a recording-material transport direction, from an intermediate position of the nip portion. The heating source is disposed in a larger one of the upstream space and the downstream space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Masanori Murakami, Toru Hayase, Mamoru Fukaya, Hideaki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10241448
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a nip former including a first face to form a fixing nip, a second face being disposed upstream from the first face in a rotation direction of a rotator and defining a predetermined angle relative to the first face, and a bent portion coupling the first face to the second face. An inner circumferential surface of the rotator slides over the first face. A lateral end accumulation portion and a center accumulation portion are defined by the second face and the bent portion of the nip former and the inner circumferential surface of the rotator. The lateral end accumulation portion is accumulated with a lubricant in a first amount. The center accumulation portion is disposed inboard from the lateral end accumulation portion in an axial direction of the rotator and accumulated with the lubricant in a second amount greater than the first amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunari Sawada, Ippei Fujimoto, Kenji Ishii, Takashi Seto, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takayuki Seki
  • Patent number: 10234803
    Abstract: An image heating device includes a cylindrical film, an opposing member opposing the film, an electroconductive frame, and a preventing member provided on the frame to prevent movement of the film and including a preventing surface contacting an end edge of the film when the film moves in a longitudinal direction thereof. The preventing member includes an enclosing portion extending from the preventing surface toward a central portion of the film with respect to the longitudinal direction so as to enclose an outer peripheral surface of a longitudinal end portion of the film, the enclosing portion being provided at a position at which the enclosing portion is in non contact with the outer peripheral surface of the film with respect to a radial direction of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10234798
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator, a pressure rotator, and a pressure assembly that forms a fixing nip therebetween and includes a first adjuster and a second adjuster. The first adjuster includes a pressure cam, a first biasing device, a first pressure lever that holds the pressure rotator, and a second pressure lever that moves with the pressure cam and presses against the first pressure lever via the first biasing device. The first adjuster adjusts a load of the first biasing device to adjust a pressure force from the pressure rotator to the fixing rotator. The second adjuster includes an adjustment screw is driven into the second pressure lever, and a retainer that retains an adjusted state between the adjustment screw and the first pressure lever. The second adjuster adjusts a holding position of the first pressure lever to hold the pressure rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohhei Watanabe, Naoto Suzuki, Shinichi Namekata, Akiyasu Amita, Takashi Sakamaki, Teppei Kawata, Masateru Ujiie, Fumihiro Hirose
  • Patent number: 10216128
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a first unit including a first belt movable in a first direction; a first pressing member pressing the first belt; a first pressing member support supporting the first pressing member variably in attitude relative to the first pressing member support; a first rotating member in contact with the first belt and rotatable in a first rotation direction; and a first rotating member support that supports the first rotating member variably in position relative to the moving member; a second unit facing the first unit in a second direction and including a moving member movable in the first direction to come into contact with the first belt; and a third unit facing the second unit with the first unit in between in the second direction and supported by the second and third units movably in the second direction between the second unit and the third unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Haruyama
  • Patent number: 10209650
    Abstract: A fixation device includes: an endless belt member; a first roller arranged inside the belt member; a second roller arranged outside the belt member and biased toward the first roller via the belt member; and a pressure member is biased toward the second roller via the belt member. A facing surface of the pressure member that faces the second roller includes a first flat section and a second flat section that intersect at an intersecting portion. A first end portion of the first flat section on the opposite side to the intersecting portion, a second end portion of the second flat section on the opposite side to the intersecting portion, and the intersecting portion are on an imaginary arc in a cross-section. A radius R of the imaginary arc satisfies, with respect a radius Rp of the second roller, an inequality of “(1/2)×Rp?R?(19/20)×Rp”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeru Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 10203637
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus includes a guide member that guides a rotating member. The guide member has a contact surface that restricts a position of the guide member with respect to a stay by coming into contact with a surface of the stay on the upstream side in a printing-material conveying direction. The contact surface is disposed, in a direction perpendicular to the printing-material conveying direction, in such a manner that a center is downstream from ends in the printing-material conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Takagi, Hiroyuki Kadowaki
  • Patent number: 10197958
    Abstract: The fixing apparatus includes a cylindrical film, a nip member in contact with a film inner surface, wherein the nip member extends in a film longitudinal direction; a heater provided in a film hollow portion, a roller forming a nip portion where the recording material is conveyed and heated to fix the image on the recording material; a support member supporting the nip member, wherein a cross section of the support member perpendicular to the film longitudinal direction has a U-shape, and two end portions forming an opening portion in the U-shape support the nip member, an insulation member provided between the two end portions and the nip plate, and a reflection member surrounding the heater between the nip member and the support member, wherein the reflection member reflects the radiation heat of the heater toward the nip member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masami Takeda