Feeding To Transfer Position Patents (Class 399/388)
  • Patent number: 10955788
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes: a registration roller; a motor configured to drive the registration roller; and a controller configured to control the motor. The registration roller is disposed at a first position on a conveyance path of paper on which an image is to be formed, and sends out the paper toward a second position on the conveyance path. The second position is downstream from the first position on the conveyance path and is an image transfer position on the paper. The controller controls the motor by using both speed control and position control when the leading end of the paper is at a position from the first position to the second position, and controls the motor by using only the speed control when the leading end of the paper reaches the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahide Kenmotsu
  • Patent number: 10901345
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet feed section, a sheet feed roller, an intermediate roller pair, an intermediate sensor, and a controller. The intermediate roller pair is provided downstream of the sheet feed roller in a conveyance direction and conveys a sheet downstream of the conveyance direction. The intermediate sensor is provided upstream of the intermediate roller pair in the conveyance direction and detects the sheet conveyed to the intermediate roller pair. The sheet feed roller feeds a leading sheet and feeds a following sheet just after the leading sheet. The controller calculates a first interval between a trailing edge of the leading sheet and a leading edge of the following sheet based on an output of the intermediate sensor. According to the first interval, the controller performs control so that the sheet feed roller and the intermediate roller pair are driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takuya Geshi
  • Patent number: 10882708
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device includes a conveyance roller pair to convey a sheet, a skew correction roller pair to correct a skew of the sheet in a state in which the skew correction roller pair is being stopped, first and second conveyance guides, and a protrusion. The first conveyance guide includes a bend contact portion to come into contact with a portion forming a bend on the first surface of the sheet. The second conveyance guides the sheet. The protrusion is disposed between the skew correction roller pair and the bend contact portion to come into contact with the first surface of the sheet. The protrusion protrudes toward the second conveyance guide from the first conveyance guide in a manner as to intersect with a straight line connecting two nip portions and the bend contact portion in a cross section perpendicular to a width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuta Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10828914
    Abstract: A detection device is disclosed for detecting an abnormal object in a printing path. The detection device includes a first frame body, a first rotation shaft, two flexible portions and a detection module. The first rotation shaft is pivotally connected to the first frame body and has a first central axis. The two flexible portions are disposed at two opposite ends of the first rotation shaft along the first central axis, to provide an initial torque. Each flexible portion is connected between the first rotation shaft and the first frame body. The detection module includes a detection plate connected to the first rotation shaft. When the detection plate is forced by the abnormal object, the detection plate drives the first rotation shaft against the initial torque to rotate around the first central axis, so that the detection module detects the rotation of the first rotation shaft and the detection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TECO IMAGE SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Chieh Chung, Ting-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 10795889
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes query path determination circuitry to identify an aggregate projection to consider for generating a query path for the query. The aggregate projection may include an aggregated value calculated from a table column of a database table using an aggregate function. The query path determination circuitry may further be to compare candidate query paths for the query derived using the aggregate projection with candidate query paths for the query derived using a non-aggregate projection, determine a selected query path among the candidate query paths derived using the aggregate projection and the non-aggregate projection and use the selected query path as part of the query path for handling the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MICRO FOCUS LLC
    Inventor: Natalya Aksman
  • Patent number: 10730320
    Abstract: A medium transport device includes a first transport route for discharging a medium processed by a processing unit, a second transport route for discharging the medium processed by the processing unit, and a medium receiving tray that is capable of switching a state between a medium receiving state of receiving the medium that is discharged through the first transport route and a medium unreceivable state achieved by performing state switching from the medium receiving state. The first transport route comes into a non-formed state and at least a part of the medium receiving tray forms the second transport route when the medium receiving tray is in the medium unreceivable state, and the second transport route comes into the non-formed state and the first transport route is formed when the medium receiving tray comes into the medium receiving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Otsuka, Kazuhisa Takeda
  • Patent number: 10712705
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an exterior housing, an image forming unit in the exterior housing, the image forming unit, to form an image on a sheet, a scanner to read the image on a document, a first region in the exterior housing, the image forming unit being disposed in the first region in view from a front side of the exterior housing, a second region arranged side by side with the first region in a lateral direction in the exterior housing in view from the front side of the exterior housing, the scanner being disposed in the second region, and an opening defining a space in a front face of the exterior housing. The opening extends across the first region and the second region in a lower part of the exterior housing below the image forming unit and the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Ishida, Yuki Sato, Ryuta Kaneda, Kentaro Uji
  • Patent number: 10705463
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes plural first transfer units, a second transfer unit, a first transport unit, and a drive unit. The first transfer units transfer an image formed on plural image holding units to an intermediate transfer unit. The second transfer unit transfers the image, which is transferred to the intermediate transfer unit, to a recording medium. The first transport unit transports the recording medium to the second transfer unit. The drive unit drives the intermediate transfer unit with at least some of the plural first transfer units separated from the intermediate transfer unit and with the second transfer unit contacting the intermediate transfer unit when the recording medium, which has been subjected to a transport failure, is transported to a feeding position by the first transport unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kanji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10649393
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus to convey a sheet to an image forming unit includes a main body, an opening/closing member, and first, second, and third portions. The opening/closing member can be opened and closed with respect to the main body, and the first, second, and third portions pivotably support the opening/closing member. The second support portion is provided below the first support portion and above the third support portion. Each of the first, second, and third portions include a projecting portion and a hole portion. A difference between a greatest length of the third projecting portion and a diameter of the third hole portion is larger than a difference between a greatest length of the first projecting portion and a diameter of the first hole portion and is larger than a difference between a greatest length of the second projecting portion and a diameter of the second hole portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10640310
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device and a printing apparatus capable of estimating a number of remaining sheets without error include a loading member on which sheets are loaded, a lift unit that moves the loading member up and down, a position detection unit that detects a lift-up position to which the loading member moves up, a sheet detection unit that detects that a sheet at an uppermost position of the sheets loaded on the loading member has moved up to a feeding position by an upward movement of the loading member, a feeding roller that feeds a sheet at the feeding position, and an estimation unit that estimates the number of remaining sheets loaded on the loading member based on a combination of detection results of the sheet detection unit and the position detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsuura, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Shuichi Tokuda, Kazuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10640313
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a feeding member, a conveying member, and a detecting unit. The feeding member feeds a recording material stacked on a stacking unit. The conveying member convey the fed recording material. The detecting unit detect the conveyed recording material. Where the recording material is a first type, the feeding member feeds the stacked recording material at a first speed, and the conveying member changes the first speed to a second speed that is faster than the first speed before the detecting unit detects the recording material. Where the recording material is a second type that is different from the first type, the feeding member feeds the stacked recording material a third speed that is different from the first speed, and the conveying member changes the third speed to a fourth speed that is different from the third speed after the detecting unit detects the recording material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keita Sato
  • Patent number: 10584008
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a detector to detect a lateral end face of a sheet, a first pair of rollers to hold and convey the sheet and swing in a direction parallel to a plane of the sheet, a second pair of rollers to convey the sheet together with the first pair of rollers, and a controller to rotate the first pair of rollers to multiple angles, detect time changes at each angle at the lateral end face while conveying the sheet, and determine a home position corresponding to a position where respective rates of the time changes of the sheet at the first and second nip regions are substantially identical to each other or a home position having a least difference of rates of the time changes of the sheet at the first and second nip regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Matsuda, Katsuaki Miyawaki, Jun Yamane, Hideyuki Takayama
  • Patent number: 10577206
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transfer section that transfers an image onto a sheet; a sheet conveying member that conveys the sheet, the sheet conveying member being provided upstream of the transfer section in a sheet conveyance direction; and a hardware processor that controls displacement of the sheet conveying member so that the sheet is displaced along a width direction of the sheet. The hardware processor sets a displacement speed of the sheet conveying member for the sheet during transfer of the image by the transfer section to be lower than the displacement speed of the sheet conveying member for the sheet before the transfer of the image by the transfer section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takahiro Okubo, Yasuo Shiokawa, Yoshiteru Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10534302
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member and transfer and control units. The transfer unit and image bearing member form a nip portion where a recording material receives a toner image. The control unit controls image formation based on a timing when a recording material leading edge is detected. To perform sheet conveyance, the control unit changes a first recording material conveyance speed to a second speed before a fed first recording material leading edge is detected. Before the first recording material leading edge reaches the nip portion, the control unit changes the first recording material conveyance speed to a first speed, slower than the second speed, based on when the fed first recording material leading edge is detected. The control unit obtains a timing for the image formation to the image bearing member based on when the conveyance speed is changed from the faster to slower speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Sakamoto, Satoshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10530950
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus and a post processing device, includes a position corrector and either one of a rolling body and a contact resistance reducer. The position corrector is configured to convey a sheet and correct a position of the sheet. The rolling body is disposed at least one of an upstream side and a downstream side of a sheet conveyance passage from the position corrector in a sheet conveying direction and is configured to roll in at least a direction intersecting the sheet conveying direction. The contact resistance reducer is configured to reduce contact resistance generated due to contact of the sheet to a neighboring part when the position of the sheet is corrected by the position corrector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Tetsuo Watanabe, Katsuaki Miyawaki, Jun Yamane, Hiromichi Matsuda, Hideyuki Takayama, Daiki Sekita
  • Patent number: 10496000
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming controller forming a toner image on an image carrying member, and transferring at a transfer position the toner image formed on the image carrying member onto a sheet being conveyed on a conveyance path, and a hardware-processor. The hardware-processor determines an image position indicating a position for an image to be formed on the sheet, determines a grace period based on the image position, stops the sheet at a waiting position on an upstream side from the transfer position, restarts paper conveyance at a second point when a predetermined period elapses from a first point of starting formation of the toner image on the image carrying member, and conveys the sheet to the transfer position if paper conveyance can be restarted before the grace period elapses from the second point though paper conveyance cannot be restarted at the second point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Hitaka
  • Patent number: 10209661
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a conveying member, an image forming unit, an image reading unit, a background member and a color sample member. The image reading unit reads a surface of long paper being conveyed by the conveying member, the surface having an image formed by the image forming unit. The long paper is conveyed by the conveying member to pass through between the image reading unit and the background member and avoid passing through between the image reading unit and the color sample member. A switch between a first arrangement where the image reading unit faces the background member via the long paper and a second arrangement where the image reading unit faces the color sample member is made by moving the image reading unit or by moving the background member, the color sample member and the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Shougo Fukai
  • Patent number: 10197961
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image bearing member, an image forming portion, a transfer portion, a moving portion, a re-conveyance portion, a detection portion, a detection portion, and a control portion is provided. The moving portion includes a sheet in a width direction, and the re-conveyance portion inverts the sheet bearing a toner image transferred onto a first surface thereof and conveys the sheet to the transfer portion again. The control portion controls the image forming portion to form the toner image for the first surface on a first image position and a toner image for a second surface on a second image position and controls the moving portion to move the sheet to a position corresponding to the first image position or the second image position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohei Deno
  • Patent number: 10139761
    Abstract: A photo interrupter unit includes a photo interrupter and a supporting portion configured to support the photo interrupter detachably. The photo interrupter includes a light emitting portion configured to emit light, a photo sensing portion configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitting portion, and a claw portion configured to be elastically deformable. The supporting portion includes a mounting surface on which the photo interrupter is mounted, a hole portion defining a hole into which the claw portion is inserted, provided in the mounting surface and configured to engage with the claw portion, and a projection projecting from the mounting surface, and configured to regulate a position of the photo interrupter in a deforming direction in which the claw portion is elastically deformable in a state where the claw portion and the hole portion are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideto Abe, Koki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10124973
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a first guide, a second guide, and a lever. The first guide is fixedly disposed to the sheet conveying device. The second guide is disposed opposite the first guide and defining a sheet conveyance passage with the first guide and is configured to rotate about a support shaft thereof operable to open and close the sheet conveyance passage. The lever is configured to rotate about a rotation shaft thereof operable to rotate the second guide. The second guide is configured to change from a closed state in which the sheet conveyance passage is closed to an open state in which the sheet conveyance passage is open, after an angle of rotation of the lever exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Hari
  • Patent number: 9975359
    Abstract: A system for controlling an operation of feeding recording media from a plurality of physical medium containers of an output apparatus includes at least one memory to store output-related media/container information including logical information, property information of the recording media, and information of the plurality of physical medium containers by associating the logical information and the property information of the recording media, and associating the logical information and the information of the plurality of physical medium containers, and circuitry configured to generate an output instruction including logical information, extract the logical information from the output instruction, and identify one or more physical medium containers each containing a specific recording medium to be used in performing an image forming operation by referring the property information of the recording media and the information of the plurality of physical medium containers each associated with the extracted logical
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Itoh, Manabu Kurashina
  • Patent number: 9933741
    Abstract: A printer main body is mounted on a sheet feeding option, and the sheet feeding option is electrically connected to the mounted printer main body. The sheet feeding option has a connecting member configured to turn on a turn axis. The connecting member is disposed at a position closer to one end than the other end of the printer main body in a direction intersecting a direction of the turn axis, and turns from a connected position electrically connected to the printer main body only toward the one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Iwasawa
  • Patent number: 9841711
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device including a heater and a temperature sensor; a feeding roller configured to feed a recording sheet to the fixing device; and a controller. The controller is configured to: turn on the heater when the controller receives a printing command; cause the feeding roller to feed the recording sheet at a first timing, in a case where the controller determines that a temperature detected by the temperature sensor is equal to or greater than a first threshold temperature; cause the feeding roller to feed the recording sheet at a second timing later than the first timing, in a case where the controller determines that the detected temperature is smaller than the first threshold temperature; and selectively set the first threshold temperature to a first value or a second value smaller than the first value when the controller receives the printing command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 9663319
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that may offer functionalities including printing, scanning and/or copying. The apparatus may include a manual sheet feeding tray disposed at the rear of the apparatus. The height of the sheet feeding tray might not exceed a height of the apparatus, allowing use of the apparatus in spaces having smaller depths. The apparatus may include a sheet guide configured to move in conjunction with the movement of the tray. In some arrangements, a surface of the sheet feeding tray may differ in height between lateral edges of the tray and a central portion. This difference may cause a sheet to be curved in a lateral direction, rendering the sheet more inflexible in a longitudinal direction. According to other aspects, a depressed portion of the tray may match a protrusion extending from the guide in shape such that the two portions may mate in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 9581928
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, an image forming apparatus for minimizing a shift amount of the registration roller for the first and subsequent sheets is provided. The image forming apparatus forms an image on a sheet conveyed on a conveying path. The image forming apparatus includes an exposure device. Further, the image forming apparatus includes a pair of registration rollers 110 configured to convey the sheet in a conveying direction with the sheet nipped by the pair of the registration rollers, and a detection unit configured to detect the side edge position in the width direction of the sheet conveyed. The control unit 200 of the image forming apparatus determines the image writing position for the first sheet, and controls the image writing of the exposure device based on the detection result of the CIS 141 for the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kohei Deno
  • Patent number: 9563165
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus feeds a recording sheet from a sheet feed roller, clamps the recording sheet between an image carrier and a transfer roller, transfers a toner image to the recording sheet from the image carrier while conveying the recording sheet, and fixes the transferred toner image on the recording sheet. Recording sheets are stacked on an elevating plate. An elevating plate swinging mechanism vertically swings the elevating plate. A rotation drive mechanism rotates the sheet feed roller in synchronism with the elevating plate swinging mechanism. A recording sheet detector detects a leading edge of each recording sheet fed from the sheet feed roller. A conveyance controller measures sheet feed time from starting a sheet feed operation to detecting the leading edge of the recording sheet. Based on the measured sheet feed time, the conveyance controller sets a sheet feed start timing of a next recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yasuo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9483008
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an induced voltage detection portion configured to detect an induced voltage Vk in a motor; and an engagement/disengagement completion time detection portion configured to detect an engagement completion time and a disengagement completion time based on the induced voltage Vk detected by the induced voltage detection portion. The engagement completion time is a time at which engagement of a clutch is actually completed. The disengagement completion time is a time at which disengagement of the clutch is actually completed. A control portion determines a command timing based on any one of the engagement completion time and the disengagement completion time detected by the engagement/disengagement completion time detection portion, the command timing being a time at which a command is given to the clutch to perform an engaging operation or a disengaging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Chao Ye, Naoto Sugaya, Munehiro Natsume, Nobuhiro Matsuo, Seiichi Kirikubo
  • Patent number: 9442450
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus is provided with a driving portion, and the driving portion is normally rotated, driving power from the driving portion is transmitted to a cam member through a transmitting portion. Then, one of a rotary roller pair is moved to another one. The sheet conveying apparatus further includes a restricting portion that restricts the cam member from turning in a direction opposite to a turning direction turned in response to a normal rotation of the driving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kengo Sato, Masaki Kakitani
  • Patent number: 9274488
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit which forms a toner image on an image carrier; a conveying unit which conveys a recording medium; a transfer unit which transfers the toner image formed on the image carrier to the recording medium conveyed by the conveying unit in a transfer nip; a pre-transfer charging unit which imparts an electrical charge, having a polarity opposite to a normal charge polarity of a toner, to the recording medium conveyed by the conveying unit on an upstream side of the transfer nip in a conveyance direction; and a destaticizing unit which removes a part of the electrical charge that is imparted to a surface of the recording medium by the pre-transfer charging unit and corresponds to unevenness on the surface of the recording medium on an upstream side of the transfer nip in the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Toshiki Hayami
  • Patent number: 9259947
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet feed conveying unit having an outlet for a recording medium on one side; at least one image forming unit having an inlet for the recording medium on one side and an outlet for the recording medium on the other side; and a sheet eject conveying unit having an inlet for the recording medium on one side, wherein the sheet feed conveying unit, the image forming unit, and the sheet eject conveying unit are arranged along a conveying direction of the recording medium; the outlet of the sheet feed conveying unit matches the inlet of the image forming unit; the outlet of the image forming unit matches the inlet of the sheet eject conveying unit; and the sheet feed conveying unit, the image forming unit, and the sheet eject conveying unit are connected to each other in a separable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuji Ohmura, Yasushi Hashimoto, Yoshikane Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9227805
    Abstract: This invention relates to a printing apparatus and control method thereof. The standard size of an envelope to be stored in each of a plurality of paper storage units configured to store an envelope to be used in printing is set. An offset amount to be used to print an image on an envelope of the set standard size is set. A paper storage unit which stores an envelope to be used in printing is selected from the plurality of paper storage units based on a standard size of an envelope that is designated by a user. The position of an image is shifted in accordance with the set offset amount, and the image is printed on an envelope fed from the selected paper storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kaori Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9195196
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus for driving a cassette pickup roller (17) and a registration roller (18) by using the same driving source, in which a conveyance control portion (221) starts conveyance speed control for a subsequent sheet, which is fed from a sheet feeding position subsequently to a preceding sheet fed therefrom earlier, when it is determined that a trailing edge of the preceding sheet has passed through the registration roller (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Kanno, Tadashi Fukumuro
  • Patent number: 9128423
    Abstract: An image forming device includes: a photosensitive drum; a first roller; a second roller; an intermediate transfer belt; a transfer roller; a cleaner; a waste toner accommodating portion; and a paper guide. The intermediate transfer belt is looped around the first roller and the second roller to circularly move in a moving direction. The intermediate transfer belt contacts the photosensitive drum. The transfer roller is disposed opposite to the first roller with respect to the intermediate transfer belt. The cleaner collects waste toner on the intermediate transfer belt. The cleaner is disposed upstream of the photosensitive drum in the moving direction and downstream of the transfer roller in the moving direction. The waste toner accommodating portion accommodates the waste toner collected by the cleaner. The paper guide guides a recording medium and disposed between the cleaner and the waste toner accommodating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanari Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9122221
    Abstract: A sheet feeding cassette according to one aspect of the present disclosure is a sheet feeding cassette that displaces a bottom plate loaded thereon with a sheet to a sheet feeding position by rotating a lift plate that abuts on a rear face of the bottom plate. The bottom plate is made of resin, and a wire is wired on the rear face of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Mizuguchi
  • Patent number: 9083836
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus, including: an image forming unit; a sheet detector positioned on a sheet conveyance path at an upstream side of the image forming unit; a conveyance belt; an image detector; and a controller. The controller is configured to perform: detecting a front end of the sheet; forming a mark image to extend over the conveyance belt and the sheet; detecting the mark image; measuring a mark conveyance time; obtaining a time elapsed based on the mark conveyance time; and forming the image when the obtained time passes from the front end of the sheet is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi Inoue, Noritaka Iwama
  • Publication number: 20150132039
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a sheet container, an image forming part to form an image, a sheet feeding rotary body to feed the recording medium, a sheet separating rotary body to contact the sheet feeding rotary body and rotate with the sheet feeding rotary body with a sheet separation nip region formed therebetween, a rotation adjusting unit to adjust rotation of the sheet separating rotary body, a sheet containing unit to contain the recording media therein, a sheet separating body storing unit disposed at one end of the sheet containing unit to store the sheet separating body therein, and a load resistance applying mechanism to apply a rotational load resistance different from a contact force generated by contacting of the sheet separating rotary body with the sheet feeding rotary body, to the sheet feeding rotary body with no rotation driving force applied thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki TOBINAGA, Hajime NISHIDA, Jumpei AOYAMA, Junpei KAMICHI, Satoshi KUNO, Shun KOBAYASHI, Manabu NONAKA
  • Patent number: 9031422
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus or an image forming apparatus includes: a housing including an opening and closing member that can be opened and closed; a conveying path that conveys an object to be conveyed, at least a part of the conveying path being provided adjacent to an inner side of the opening and closing member; a first detector that detects whether the object is present in a predetermined region and outputs a detection signal corresponding to a result of the detection; and an interlocking mechanism that causes, when the opening and closing member is opened, the first detector to change at least one of a position and a structure of the first detector in mechanically association with movement of opening of the opening and closing member, and to output a detection signal which is the same as a detection signal output when the object is present in the predetermined region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naohisa Fujita
  • Patent number: 9026029
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes a sheet conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet, a transfer unit disposed downstream of the sheet conveyance unit and configured to transfer a toner image onto the sheet, a shifting unit configured to shift the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit in a width direction by shifting the sheet conveyance unit, a detection unit configured to detect a position of the sheet in the width direction while the sheet is being conveyed by the transfer unit, and a control unit configured to control the shifting unit. The control unit causes the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit to shift in the width direction based on a result detected by the detection unit while the sheet is being conveyed by the transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoichi Furuyama
  • Patent number: 9026021
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a pair of register rollers including a driving roller and a dust remover roller, a dust scraper to scrape off dust from the dust remover roller, a dust container box, including a lateral plate and a protrusion, to contain the dust scraped off from the dust remover roller, a roller bearing attached to the lateral plate to be immovable and to rotatably support the dust remover roller, a scraper support swingably supported by the dust container box and to support the dust scraper, and a frame to swingably support the dust container box via a protrusion support, to rotatably support the driving roller, while a rotation axis of the driving roller is fixed to the frame, and to support the roller bearing to be slidable in an in-axes direction between the driving roller and the dust remover roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20150110536
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and a method of reducing image banding of the image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes: a photoconductor unit on which an electrostatic latent image is formed; and a conveying unit configured to convey printing medium at a first conveying velocity toward the photoconductor unit, and configured to convey the printing medium at a second conveying velocity that is lower than the first conveying velocity when the printing medium approaches the photoconductor unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soo Yong KIM, Sang Bum Woo, Chang Yong Sung, Jae II Yu
  • Patent number: 9008564
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording-medium storing unit including a rotating member, the recording-medium storing unit being capable of being pulled out from an apparatus body; a support surface having an edge portion, the support surface supporting the rotating member when the recording-medium storing unit is pulled out from the apparatus body; and an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium fed from the recording-medium storing unit. The rotating member has a counter surface that faces the edge portion when the rotating member moves beyond the edge portion and drops off the support surface in a certain direction. In the state in which the counter surface faces the edge portion, the counter surface is inclined such that a point on the counter surface approaches the edge-portion side as the point moves in a direction opposite to the certain direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toyohide Sakamoto
  • Publication number: 20150098743
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a toner-image carrying member, a transfer unit that transfers the toner image on the toner-image carrying member onto a recording medium at a transfer portion, a transport roller disposed along a transport direction to transport the recording medium to the transfer portion while being in contact with the recording medium, and a release unit that releases the contact of the transport roller with the recording medium. The release unit does not release the contact of the transport roller when it is detected that the recording medium passing through the transport roller is a thick recording medium or a recording medium having a high bending strength, and releases the contact when the recording medium is different from the thick recording medium and the recording medium. The release unit releases the contact before a leading edge of the recording medium reaches the transfer portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki KONDO
  • Patent number: 8998515
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to characterizing a media curler for a printing. Test curls can be imposed on media having input curls with known input values using a media curler to be characterized. The media curler can impose the test curls based on curler settings of the media curler. Resulting output values from an interaction between the test curls and the input curls can be measured and the curler settings can be characterized based on the known input values and the resulting output values so that the media curler can be configured to respond to incoming media having a known input curl by applying curler setting to achieve a desired output curl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Joannes N. M. deJong, Martin Krucinski, Faming Li, Marina Tharayil
  • Publication number: 20150093160
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a compact size includes a printing medium supplying unit to hold printing media and to supply a printing medium, an image forming unit disposed above the printing medium supplying unit to form images on a printing medium, and a printing medium feeding part substantially formed in a letter ā€œCā€ shape, having a part which extends to the image forming unit and which is inclined in a downward direction along a printing medium moving direction to feed the printing medium from the printing medium supplying unit to the image forming unit
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong-ha CHOI
  • Patent number: 8983361
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an image bearing member bearing a toner image, a transfer part transferring the toner image from the image bearing member onto a sheet, a separation/feeding part separating and feeding sheets stacked on a sheet stacking member, and a transport part transporting the sheet fed by the separation/feeding part to the transfer part, in which a transporting operation of the transport part is changed according to a length of the sheet to be transported in a transport direction of the sheet. A control is configured to control so that a timing to decelerate to the transfer speed by the transport part with respect to a start of image formation is changed according to a length of the transported sheet in a transport direction of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadashi Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 8977144
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a pre-transfer conveying portion that conveys a recording medium, an image bearing member that moves while bearing a toner image, a conveying belt that attracts the recording medium conveyed from the pre-transfer conveying portion and conveys the recording medium at the same speed as the image bearing member, a detecting portion that detects the recording medium attracted to the conveying belt, and a control unit that controls the speed at which the pre-transfer conveying portion conveys the recording medium. On the basis of the detection of the recording medium, the control unit changes the speed of the pre-transfer conveying portion from a speed slower than the speed of the conveying belt to a speed equal to or faster than the speed of the conveying belt, and thereby causes the leading edges of the toner image and the recording medium to coincide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadashi Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 8977185
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording sheet storage unit for storing recording sheets substantially in an upright position, an image forming unit which forms an image on a recording sheet conveyed from the recording sheet storage unit, and a recording sheet receiving unit for storing the recording sheet conveyed from the image forming unit substantially in an upright position. In this image forming apparatus, a paper conveyance passage extends upward from a lower portion of the recording sheet storage unit toward the recording sheet receiving unit. The image forming unit positioned on the paper conveyance passage comprises a fixing device and a developer unit at least including a developer carrier, and the fixing device is arranged above the developer unit. Further, a developer receptacle for storing developer that is supplied to the image forming unit is arranged adjacent to one longitudinal end of the developer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Shigeharu Katayama, Mitsuko Hanai
  • Patent number: 8971788
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a sheet conveying unit, a TOD (Top of Data) control module for instructing the image forming unit to start generation of a toner image, a timing roller driving module for instructing the sheet conveying unit to start driving of the timing roller, an image synchronization module designed depending on the sheet conveying unit and the image forming unit, and a sheet information module for generating an image synchronization identifier for designating a pattern of image synchronization control related to printing of the toner image on the sheet, depending on a type of the sheet designated. The image synchronization module is activated when the formation of the toner image on the sheet has become possible, and activate each of the TOD control module and the timing roller driving module, with a relative time lag based on the image synchronization identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kohei Hayashi, Tomohiro Kato
  • Publication number: 20150050058
    Abstract: An apparatus adapted for presenting a sheet of media to an image transfer structure. The apparatus includes a registration baffle positioned in an offset relationship relative to the image transfer structure and a pre-transfer baffle assembly including a first baffle oppositely disposed to a second baffle, the pre-transfer assembly generally forms an ā€œSā€ shape and is adapted for guiding the sheet of media from the registration baffle to the image transfer structure. The pre-transfer baffle assembly is arranged in a first position adapted for guiding the sheet of media toward the image transfer structure at an angle of less than ninety degrees, and the pre-transfer baffle automatically begins rotation to a second position as the sheet of media reaches a pre-determined position within a paper path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Hunter, David Mark Kerxhalli, David R. Kretschmann, Ronald W. Bogert
  • Patent number: 8953990
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member and a transfer member, which form a transfer nip portion, and a guide member for guiding a sheet to the transfer nip portion. The guide member includes a rigid restricting member including a guide surface, a cut portion formed at a leading edge part of the guide surface, and a sheet-like elastic restricting member to cover the cut portion. The elastic restricting member includes an end edge portion extending straight in the sheet width direction on a downstream side in the sheet conveying direction. A ridge defining the leading edge part of the guide surface is a ridge extending straight in the sheet width direction, and the end edge portion of the elastic restricting member is arranged at a position shifted toward an upstream side in the sheet conveying direction from the ridge of the guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Sueaki Okamoto, Einosuke Kikuchi