Delivering From Transfer Position Patents (Class 399/397)
  • Patent number: 10185273
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet conveyance guide unit. The sheet conveyance guide unit includes a first sheet guide member which is of a sheet-like shape and which guides a sheet on which an image is formed and a second sheet guide member which is of a sheet-like shape and which is attached on a sheet guide surface of the first sheet guide member. A length of the second sheet guide member in a direction which crosses a sheet conveying direction is smaller than that of the first sheet guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Adaniya
  • Patent number: 9939756
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a housing, a developing roller, and a photosensitive drum. The developing roller includes an image area and a pair of non-image areas. The image area extends along an axial direction the developing roller. The non-image areas are provided on both sides in the axial direction with respect to the image area. The image forming apparatus further includes a regulating member. The regulating member covers a gap in positions which are aligned over the non-image area. The regulating member regulates air flow toward sides of the image area in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9864308
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus. A transferring unit transports a recording medium while transferring an image onto the recording medium by a transfer voltage being applied thereto. A fixing member fixes the transferred image onto the recording medium. A conductive member forms a nip portion in which the recording medium is nipped between the fixing member and the conductive member and has a conductive property. A guiding unit is disposed between the transferring unit and the nip portion, guides a leading end of the recording medium which is being transported by the transferring unit to the nip portion, and has a conductive property. An applying unit applies, to the transferring unit, a transfer voltage which is higher than that applied before the recording medium is put into the nip portion, after the recording medium transported by the transferring unit is put into the nip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seiji Taira
  • Patent number: 9815305
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, including a sheet conveyer unit with a first roller unit, a printer unit, and a controller, is provided. The controller executes a first-face printing process, wherein an image is printed on a first face of a sheet; a switchback process, wherein the sheet after the first-face printing process is conveyed in a reverse direction by the first roller unit; a second-face printing process, wherein the image is printed on a second face of the sheet; a first ink amount determining process to determine whether an ink amount discharged in the first-face printing process at an end area of the sheet is one of greater than and equal to a first threshold amount; and a switchback setting process, wherein, if the ink amount is smaller than the first threshold amount, a rotation speed of the first roller unit is set at a higher rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Mizutani, Tetsuya Ouchi
  • Patent number: 9738478
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a housing with an opening, an image forming unit, a path to guide a recording medium toward the opening, a reversible roller disposed in the path, and an intermediate reversible roller disposed between the image forming unit and the reversible roller, is provided. A rotating direction of the reversible roller is switchable between a first rotating direction and a second rotating direction opposite from the first rotating direction. A circumferential speed of the reversible roller is switchable between a predetermined circumferential speed and none. A rotating direction of the intermediate reversible roller is switchable between a third rotating direction and a fourth rotating direction opposite from the third rotating direction. The circumferential speed of the reversible roller in the first rotating direction is reduced to be lower than the predetermined circumferential speed while the intermediate reversible roller is rotating in the third rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Makino
  • Patent number: 9658580
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a fixing portion for heat-fixing the image on a recording material; a duct including a suction port for sucking air from outside of the image forming apparatus and an exhaust port for delivering the air to the outside of the image forming apparatus; and a fan for forming a flow of the air from the suction port toward the exhaust port in the duct. The duct includes a merging portion, between the suction port and the exhaust port, for merging the air from the neighborhood of the fixing portion with the flow of the air by taking the air from the neighborhood of the fixing portion inside the duct. The recording material on which the image is fixed at the fixing portion is cooled by the air delivering through the exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuji Saito, Naoto Tsuchihashi, Yoshisuke Kasuya
  • Patent number: 9505578
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device is provided in a paper sheet discharge portion of an image forming apparatus. The sheet conveying device includes, inside thereof, a pair of conveyance guides forming a curved path. A stiffening member is attached to an upper conveyance guide. The stiffening member includes a first pressing portion on the downstream side in the conveyance direction, and a guide portion on the upstream side. The first pressing portion is positioned at a lower position than a nip portion of a pair of discharge rollers. The guide portion is positioned at an upper position than the nip portion. The guide portion is narrower in the width direction than the first pressing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Terumitsu Noso
  • Patent number: 9223284
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a development device, a transferring device, a static eliminating device, a cleaning device, a separating claw and a static elimination assisting device. On the image carrier, an electrostatic latent image is formed. The development device develops the electrostatic latent image by a toner. The transferring device transfers the toner on the image carrier to a recording sheet. The static eliminating device irradiates the image carrier with a light to eliminate a remained static charge. The cleaning device removes the toner remained on the image carrier. The separating claw is arranged between the static eliminating device and image carrier to separate the recording sheet from the image carrier. The static elimination assisting device radiates a light to a light obstruction area where is not irradiated with the light emitted from the static eliminating device on the image carrier due to the separating claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9212017
    Abstract: A medium discharge device includes: a discharge tray having a placing surface on which a medium is to be placed; a first pair of discharge rollers configured to rotate about axes to discharge the medium through a first nip onto the discharge tray; a second pair of discharge rollers configured to rotate about the axes to discharge the medium through a second nip onto the discharge tray; and a discharge guide for guiding the discharged medium. The discharge guide includes a first projection between the first and second pairs of discharge rollers, and a second projection on an opposite side of the first projection with respect to the first pair of discharge rollers. Each of the first and second projections projects to the placing surface side relative to the first and second nips and has a guide surface opposite to the placing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasunori Furusawa
  • Patent number: 9169093
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a first guide, a switchback roller, a second guide, and a corrugation member. The corrugation member has a shape for producing a recessed portion and a ridge portion in a sheet. The second guide has a first guide surface and a second guide surface disposed to contact the recessed portion and the ridge portion of the sheet, respectively. As viewed from a downstream side of the switchback roller in a sheet ejection direction along a tangent to the switchback roller at a nip position, a distance between an end of the first guide closest to the switchback roller and an end of the second guide surface closest to the switchback roller is greater than a distance between the end of the first guide closest to the switchback roller and an end of the first guide surface closest to the switchback roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanori Aoyama
  • Patent number: 9146520
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transfer portion for transferring an image onto a sheet at a transfer nip; a fixing portion for fixing the image on the sheet at a fixing nip; a sheet feeding guide, provided between the transfer portion and the fixing portion, having a sheet guide surface; a sheet detecting portion provided between the transfer portion and the fixing portion; and a controller for controlling a sheet feeding speed of at least one of the transfer portion and the fixing portion depending on an output of the sheet detecting portion so that a feeding attitude of the sheet sandwiched at both of the transfer nip and the fixing nip is maintained in a predetermined feeding attitude. The sheet guide surface of the sheet feeding guide has a most recessed region in a region between the transfer portion and the sheet detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Fuse, Wataru Uchida, Jun Agata, Daisuke Takamura, Masatoshi Yoshida, Tomooku Koyama, Taisuke Minagawa
  • Patent number: 9042806
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium; a recording medium stacking unit including a stacking member having a stacking surface on which the recording medium having the image formed by the image forming unit is stacked, an outside member that is located at the outside of the stacking surface so as to extend in a substantially vertical direction to the stacking surface and detachably mounted in the recording medium stacking unit, and a support member having a support portion that supports the stacking member; an outside member recognizing unit that recognizes whether the outside member is mounted on the recording medium stacking unit, or not; and a controller that controls one of a maximum number of recording media to be stacked and a maximum height of stack of recording media in the recording medium stacking unit according to whether the outside member recognizing unit recognizes that the outside member is mounted, or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Tamura, Yoshiyuki Takaishi, Ryuichi Sato, Noriyoshi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9026032
    Abstract: A member moving mechanism according to the present invention includes: a first moving member that moves in a first positive direction and a first negative direction opposite to the first positive direction; a second moving member that moves in a second positive direction that is different from each of the first positive direction and the first negative direction, and in a second negative direction opposite to the second positive direction; a belt member that connects the first moving member and the second moving member; and a belt-member guiding member that controls a moving direction of the belt member, and changes the moving direction of the belt member at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9008566
    Abstract: An image forming device includes: a secondary transfer roller configured to secondarily transfer a toner image transferred to an intermediate transfer belt, to a transfer paper; separating plates; and a power supply circuit configured to apply bias voltages to the separating plates. The separating plates are configured to separate the transfer paper from the intermediate transfer belt when the bias voltages are applied to the separating plates. The separating plates include two or more separating plates installed along a direction perpendicular to the transfer paper conveying direction. The bias voltages are applied to the separating plates independently of each other depending on a toner amount distribution of the toner image transferred to the transfer paper, in the direction perpendicular to the transfer paper conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Lu, Masayuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 8998207
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: a recording portion; a sheet conveyor; a detector; and a controller configured to control the sheet conveyor to stop a first-attribute sheet in a state in which the sheet conveyor is nipping the first-attribute sheet when the detector has detected that the first-attribute sheet reaches a first-attribute-sheet stopping position; and to control the sheet conveyor to stop a second-attribute sheet in a state in which the sheet conveyor is nipping the second-attribute sheet when the detector has detected that the second-attribute sheet reaches a second-attribute-sheet stopping position which is located on an upstream side of the first-attribute-sheet stopping position in the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hironori Takasaki, Quanhe Li
  • Patent number: 8994971
    Abstract: A printing apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention includes a plurality of sheet feed trays, stores sheet information including property information indicating a property of a sheet and sheet feed tray information indicating a sheet feed tray to which the sheet is allowed to be assigned, and selects a sheet feed tray from the plurality of sheet feed trays based on a designation made by a user. The printing apparatus further displays a sheet allowed to be assigned to the selected sheet feed tray based on the stored sheet information and assigns, to the selected sheet feed tray, a sheet designated by the user from among the displayed sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shin Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8989648
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: a recording unit for recording an image on a recording medium; a tray for supporting the recording medium recorded by the recording unit; a conveyor mechanism for conveying the recorded medium to the tray; and an alignment mechanism for aligning a plurality of recording media stacked on the tray, by application of an external force. In a period from a start to an end of recording based on one recording job, the alignment mechanism aligns the plurality of recording media stacked on the tray in a period in which image recording is not performed, and the alignment mechanism does not align the plurality of recording media stacked on the tray in a period in which image recording is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keita Koyama
  • Patent number: 8948681
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit forming an image on a recording sheet; a transport unit transporting the recording sheet; a support surface supporting the recording sheet; a rotating member having an outer peripheral surface pressed against the support surface and rotationally following the recording sheet when the recording sheet passes through between the support surface and the outer peripheral surface; an ascertaining unit ascertaining a length of the recording sheet on the basis of an amount of rotation of the rotating member; and a restricting unit restricting a movement of the rotating member that moves toward the support surface after the recording sheet passes through between the support surface and the outer peripheral surface, the restricting unit preventing the outer peripheral surface, which comes into contact with the recording sheet, and the support surface from coming into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Furuya, Yoshinari Iwaki, Minoru Ohshima
  • Patent number: 8934831
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a developing unit and a fusing unit are arranged to horizontally face the developing unit. A printing path between the developing unit and the fusing unit includes a guide unit having a downward slope to guide a printing medium immediately having passed through the transfer nip and an upward slope to guide the printing medium approaching the fusing nip. The fusing nip is located lower than the transfer nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Ha Choi
  • Patent number: 8919531
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes an apparatus main-body, a tray, a first transporting path including a curved portion and an extending portion connected to the curved portion, a feed roller which feeds a sheet from the tray to the first transporting path, a transporting roller which transports the sheet, a recording portion which records an image on the sheet transported through the extending portion, a first guide member defining an outer wall of the curved portion, a second guide member defining an inner wall of the curved portion, a second transporting path which connects a portion of the extending portion and a portion of the curved portion, a third guide member defining an upper wall of the second transporting path, a fourth guide member defining a lower wall of the second transporting path, and a fifth guide member provided to a rotating front-end side of the fourth guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Yuta Uchino
  • Patent number: 8908215
    Abstract: When implementing a purge processing for collecting a retention paper sheet remaining within an image forming system so as to eject the collected retention paper sheet to a plurality of paper sheet ejecting trays of a paper sheet ejecting section, based on paper sheet information regarding a paper sheet feeding tray from which each of the retention paper sheets is fed, a control section controls the paper sheet ejecting section so as to eject the retention paper sheets onto the plurality of paper sheet ejecting trays, in such a manner that a first retention paper sheet fed from a specific paper-sheet feeding tray is ejected separately from a second retention paper sheet fed from a paper sheet feeding tray other than the specific paper-sheet feeding tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Norishige Kato
  • Patent number: 8897691
    Abstract: A sheet folding apparatus for forming first folding and second folding in a sheet enables the sheet to be folded in an accurate fold position in second folding, when the front end of the sheet which is first folded in a nip position of a first folding roller pair and transported strikes a stopper member, a guide member guides a fold to undergo second folding of the first-folded sheet to a nip position of a second folding roller pair, and second folding is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Imazu, Shinichi Ito, Toshiaki Kagami, Mizuho Shirakura
  • Patent number: 8886111
    Abstract: A quad-roll curler apparatus includes a first roll, a second roll, a third roll, and a fourth roll. The curler apparatus is adjustable to a first processing configuration wherein three of the four rolls are engaged to impart a curl in a sheet in a first direction. The curler apparatus is adjustable to a second sheet processing configuration wherein three of the four rolls are engaged to impart a curl in a sheet in a second direction that is different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Marina Tharayil, Injae Choi, Joannes N. M. deJong
  • Patent number: 8867953
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section that forms an image with toner, a housing that houses the image forming section, and a toner collection mechanism. The toner collection mechanism includes a suction unit that sucks the toner, which leaves the image forming section and is flying, and air, and a separation unit separating the toner from air. The separation unit includes a separator that collects the toner and allows air to pass therethrough, a casing that houses the separator that has an opening, through which the toner and air flow, and a joining unit that is disposed along an edge of the opening and joins the casing and the housing to each other. The joining unit projects upward beyond the edge of the opening at least in the lower portion of the opening, thereby forming a space that allows the toner to be trapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Kawashima
  • Patent number: 8862046
    Abstract: A sheet pressing device includes plurality of pressing members and a support member. The plurality of pressing members is provided on a downstream side in a discharging direction of fixing unit which carries out a fixing treatment over a sheet having an unfixed image transferred thereonto along the discharging direction. The plurality of pressing members presses both ends of the sheet in a direction along a surface of the sheet carried out the fixing treatment by the fixing unit and in a direction crossing the discharging direction. The support member supports the plurality of pressing members movably in such a direction as to approach or separate from the sheet when the sheet passes through the sheet pressing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ichiki, Yasuki Tanaka, Motoyuki Yagi
  • Patent number: 8855544
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus in which a recording paper to which a toner has been transferred is guided by a guide member and transported to a nip region between two rotatable members that are pressed against each other, and the toner on the recording paper is fixed at the nip region. In this image forming apparatus, a conductive or semiconductive region and an insulating region that are to be brought into contact with the recording paper are sequentially arranged in a recording paper transport direction on a guide face of the guide member, the conductive or semiconductive region is grounded, and the insulating region includes an end portion of the guide member oriented in the recording paper transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kousuke Namisaki, Kohichi Yamauchi, Takashi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 8843053
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including: an image carrying unit on which a toner image is carried; a transfer unit that transfers a toner image carried by the image carrying unit onto a sheet at a transferring position; a sheet conveyor unit that conveys the sheet having the toner image transferred thereto by the transfer unit; a suction device that sucks the sheet to the sheet conveyor unit; and a controller that stops or reduces a sucking operation of the suction device where the toner image carried by the image carrying unit passes the transferring position without being transferred onto the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuhei Takei
  • Patent number: 8838012
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member; a stretched rotatable belt member; a transfer device for forming a transfer portion where a toner image is transferred from the image bearing member onto a recording material carried and conveyed on the belt member; a separation roller capable of separating the recording material from the belt member; a push-up device capable of pushing up a belt surface locally with respect to a widthwise direction of the belt member to separate the recording material from the belt member; and an execution portion for executing, when an abnormality occurs during an image forming operation, an operation in a stop mode in which the belt member is, after the image forming operation is stopped, rotated in a push-up state of the push-up device and then the rotation of the belt member is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuusuke Torimaru
  • Patent number: 8821055
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body, an image forming unit, a fixing unit, a first feed path forming member, and an ejection portion. The first feed path forming member is disposed between the image forming unit and the fixing unit in the main body and forms a first feed path in which a transferring member is fed. The ejection portion includes a tray member disposed at an upper end portion of the main body and including a communication opening that provides communication between an inside and an outside of the main body. The communication opening is disposed between the image forming unit and the fixing unit in a plan view. The first feed path forming member includes a first through hole. The first through hole is open toward the communication opening and the communication opening is open toward the first through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masamitsu Ukai
  • Patent number: 8824954
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus starts to change a curl correcting amount until when an upstream end in a sheet conveying direction of a preceding sheet passes through a curl correcting unit and finishes changing the curl correcting amount until when a succeeding sheet that follows the preceding sheet reaches the curl correcting unit in a case when the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet are both guided in the curl correcting unit through a conveying path and when the curl correcting amount is changed between curl correcting amounts of the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yutaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8811884
    Abstract: A sheet discharge tray that forms a sheet-receiving unit in an image-forming apparatus includes a climbing slope from a sheet discharge direction start point to a sheet discharge direction end point. The sheet discharge direction end point is formed by a variable tray having a supporting portion provided on a side of the sheet discharge direction start point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shiroh Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8807560
    Abstract: A recording sheet guide structure configured to guide a recording sheet conveyed between an image carrier and a transfer part, including: a pair of first guide parts including first ridgeline parts which are configured to respectively slidingly contact with a transfer surface side of both end portions of a first recording sheet having a first width; and a pair of second guide parts including second ridgeline parts which are configured to respectively slidingly contact with a transfer surface side of both end portions of a second recording sheet having a second width narrower than the first width, wherein the pair of second guide parts is positioned at an inner side of the pair of first guide parts in a width direction and is arranged at a downstream side than the pair of first guide parts in a conveyance direction of the recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Hironaka, Hideaki Deguchi
  • Patent number: 8781387
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a medium guide. A toner image is formed on an image bearing body. A transfer section transfers the toner image onto a print medium. A fixing section fixes the toner image into a permanent image. A guide section is disposed along a transport path in which the print medium advances toward the fixing section. The guide section includes a first portion that extends substantially parallel to the transport path, and a second portion closer to the fixing section (22) than the first portion. The second portion extends farther away from the transport path than the first portion nearer the fixing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8774701
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus including a transferring unit, fixing unit, a first sheet conveying path section, a re-conveying unit and a charge-removing member. The transferring unit transfers developer onto a sheet. The fixing unit fixes the developer transferred to the sheet to form a visible image on the sheet. The first sheet conveying path section extends through the transfer unit and the fixing unit, the sheet being conveyed from the transfer unit to the fixing unit along the first sheet conveying path section. The re-conveying unit constitutes a second sheet conveying path section for re-conveying the sheet from the fixing unit to an inlet side of the transfer unit, the second sheet conveying path section being positioned below the first sheet conveying path section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junji Uehara
  • Patent number: 8770876
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided. The printing apparatus includes a printing unit, a sheet feeder, a discharge unit, a sheet path including a feeding path, a discharge path, and a reversing path, a manual sheet inlet, through which a recording sheet is manually inserted, a manual sheet path merging into the sheet path at a merging point and guiding the manually-inserted recording sheet to the merging point, a detecting unit to detect the manually-inserted sheet fed through the manual sheet inlet while a double-face printing operation is conducted with a preceding recording sheet, a judging unit to judge whether the detecting unit detected the manually-inserted sheet, and a conveyer controller unit to reduce a speed to convey the preceding recording sheet in the sheet path when the judging unit judges that the detecting unit detected the manually-inserted sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Fukusada, Tetsuya Okano
  • Patent number: 8768236
    Abstract: A duplex image forming apparatus includes a driving unit which has driving rollers and driven rollers to reversely feed the paper printed on the first surface to a duplex printing part or discharge the paper printed on the first and second surfaces, and a separation unit which separates the driven rollers from the driving rollers while the paper printed on the first surface is reversely fed and registered by duplex rollers of the duplex printing part. Accordingly, when the paper is registered by the duplex rollers, because the paper is not caught in the driving rollers and the driven rollers, the paper can be easily registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung Bok Jung
  • Patent number: 8768237
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a return-sheet conveyer unit to convey a recording sheet carried from the image forming unit along a return-sheet path to return to the image forming unit, an upper frame unit including a pair of side frames to support the image forming unit in a position there-between, and a pair of lower frames arranged to have a predetermined amount of clearance there-between to have the return-sheet conveyer unit in the clearance, and configured to be less rigid than the upper frame unit and to support lower sections of the pair of side frames. A vertical position of the return-sheet conveyer unit with respect to the image forming unit is defined with reference to the upper frame unit by having a part of the return-sheet conveyer unit aligned to be in contact with the upper frame unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Souda
  • Patent number: 8768235
    Abstract: An image recording device is provided, having a recording unit configured to record an image on a sheet, and a tray disposed below the recording unit. The tray includes a sheet holding surface configured to hold the sheet. Additionally, the image recording device includes a sheet feeder disposed between the recording unit and the tray. The sheet feeder includes a roller for feeding the sheet from the tray. The roller is configured to move between a first roller position in which the roller contacts the sheet holding surface of the tray and a second roller position in which the roller is separated from the sheet holding surface. A return guide, disposed between the recording unit and the sheet feeder, defines a second conveying path to guide the sheet having an image recorded on one side thereof back to the feed guide. The return guide has a first opening configured to accommodate the roller of the sheet feeder when the roller is in the second roller position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Hirotaka Aoki, Satoru Nakakita, Shota Iijima, Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 8761657
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including: a support portion configured to support first and second rollers to be able to increase/decrease a distance between an axis line of the first roller and an axis line of the second roller including a second roller body; an elastic member configured to urge at least one of the first and second rollers to relatively bring it close to the other; and a regulating portion configured to regulate, at a position at which part of the plurality of first roller bodies and part of the second roller body overlap each other in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction, movement of the at least one of the first and second rollers in a direction of increasing the distance between the axis line of the first roller and the axis line of the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8755732
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transfer unit, a fuser unit, a detector, and an adjustment mechanism. The transfer unit transfers an image from an imaging surface to a recording sheet passing through a transfer nip. The fuser unit fixes the transferred image in place on the recording sheet passing through a fixing nip. The transfer nip and the fixing nip form part of a sheet feed path along which a recording sheet is fed from the fuser unit to the transfer unit. The detector is located between the transfer nip and the fuser unit, and detects an amount of sheet skew by which the fed recording sheet is deviated from a proper position in the sheet feed path. The adjustment mechanism adjusts position of either or both of the transfer unit and the fuser unit according to the detected amount of sheet skew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Ehara, Naoki Iwaya, Yoshiki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8755735
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus in one embodiment includes: a first paper feeding control unit; a transfer unit that transfers a toner image onto a front surface or a back surface of the sheet; a second paper feeding control unit that reverses the sheet whose front surface has been transferred; a first decision unit that decides a transfer order on each surface by interleaf control; an execution control unit that controls the transfer on the back surface; and a second decision unit that decides whether a second sheet is to be fed for being transferred. The execution control unit makes the second sheet be fed from the sheet staking unit. The first paper feeding control unit controls such that the first sheet is apart from the second sheet by a predetermined interval distance or more, without changing a transfer order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Akito Okutsu
  • Patent number: 8755733
    Abstract: A fixing device in an image forming apparatus includes a conveyance member to convey a recording medium at a fixing nip where an image carried on the recording medium is fixed onto it; a plurality of temperature detectors to detect temperature of the conveyance member, the detectors being disposed at both end portions of the conveyance member outside an area where a maximum-sided recording medium passes through; a guide member to guide the recording medium toward the fixing nip; and a guide plate displacing unit to displace a part of the guide member in a direction orthogonal to a conveyed surface of the recording medium to be conveyed at the fixing nip, based on temperature difference detected by the plurality of temperature detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Ehara, Tadashi Ogawa, Satoshi Ueno, Hiroshi Seo, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8737904
    Abstract: There is described a delivery member for use in an image forming apparatus. The delivery member includes a cylindrical support member and an outer layer. The outer layer comprises an outer surface. The outer surface comprises a first surface section and a second surface section. The first surface section comprises an elastomeric matrix having a functional material dispersed therein and the second surface section comprises a cleaning material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Yu Liu, Sarah J. Vella, Richard A. Klenkler, Gregory M. McGuire, Nan-Xing Hu, Vladislav Skorokhod, Paul J. Gerroir
  • Patent number: 8727333
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus including a sheet accommodation device including at least one sheet accommodation section which accommodates a sheet before printing, a printing unit which prints an image on a sheet based on print data stored in a storage area, a discharged sheet accommodation device including at least one discharged sheet accommodation section which accommodates the printed sheet, a control device which selects a combination of a sheet accommodation section and a discharged sheet accommodation section such that a storage device completes storing print data into the storage area by a conveyance starting time of a sheet to be printed based on the print data, and which control a conveyance device to feed the sheet to be printed based on the print data from the sheet accommodation section to discharge the sheet to the discharged sheet accommodation section of the selected combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Ohmiya
  • Patent number: 8725046
    Abstract: A transfer device includes a transfer body that transports a recording medium to a transfer position to transfer toner images to the recording medium; a leading-end gripping member that grips a leading-end portion of the recording medium when causing the recording medium to be wrapped around the transfer body and releases the leading-end portion when causing the recording medium that has been wrapped around the transfer body to become separated from the transfer body; and a moving member that moves, after a final toner image starts being transferred to the recording medium but before the leading-end gripping member releases the leading-end portion, the leading-end gripping member while the leading-end gripping member grips the leading-end portion in order to cause a leading-end side of the recording medium to become separated from the transfer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuji Okamoto, Masahiro Sato, Atsushi Ogihara, Wataru Suzuki, Koichi Watanabe, Shuichi Nishide, Atsuyuki Kitamura
  • Patent number: 8712299
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first image carrier; a first image forming unit that forms an image; an intermediate transfer belt; a primary transfer unit that primarily transfers the image onto the intermediate transfer belt; a secondary transfer unit that secondarily transfers the image transferred further onto a recording medium; a second image carrier that transfers the image onto the recording medium; a second image forming unit that forms an image on the second image carrier; a direct transfer unit that directly transfers the image onto the recording medium; a recording medium carriage belt, and a driving roller that drives the recording medium carriage belt; a speed fluctuation detecting unit; and a drive control unit that controls driving of the driving roller so as to reduce the cyclic speed fluctuation of the carriage belt based on a detection result of the speed fluctuation detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Narumi Sugita, Toshiyuki Uchida, Yohei Miura, Keisuke Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8699937
    Abstract: An image processing device, comprising a supplying path; a re-carrying path; and a supply and separation mechanism to carry and separate a sheet-like medium, and wherein the supply and separation mechanism comprises: a sending roller; an independent roller and a retard roller, and the sending roller includes an arc part and a recess formed inside of a trace of an outer circumferential surface of the arc part, the independent roller is able to rotate independently of the sending roller, the retard roller, by stopping or rotating in an inverse direction of a supplying direction, causes a frictional resistance with respect to the sheet-like medium being sent out by the arc part to separate the sheet-like medium one by one, and the image processing device further comprises: a control unit configured to cause the retard roller to rotate in the supplying direction when re-supplying is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Yamaguchi, Yoshiteru Hattori
  • Patent number: 8693010
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first image forming unit, a second image forming unit. In combined processing to perform two types of processing including one-sided image formation and two-sided image formation, if the one-sided image formation is performed, an image is formed on one side of the sheet by the second image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mika Sumii, Hiroshige Inoue
  • Patent number: 8687986
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a loop amount detection sensor, disposed between a secondary transfer part and a fixing part, for detecting a loop amount of a transfer material by detecting a reflection of light radiated on the transfer material, a density detection sensor for detecting a density of a toner image that is primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer belt with the primary transfer roller, and a loop control part for controlling the loop amount of the transfer material based on the density of the toner image that is detected by the density detection sensor and the loop amount that is detected by the loop amount detection sensor. Accordingly, the image forming apparatus attains higher accuracy in the deflection amount detection by performing the deflection amount detection at least with the dependency of the image formed on the transfer material mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Okanishi, Shinri Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8688019
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus capable of appropriately curing curl which is apt to be generated at a fixing-completed sheet. An intersection angle ?2 between respective axis lines 81c, 82c of an upper conveying roller 81 and a lower conveying roller 82 in a conveying apparatus 80 is set to be in the opposite direction to an intersection angle ?1 between respective axis lines 50c and 51c of a fixing roller 50 and a pressure roller 51 in the fixing apparatus 40. Accordingly, curl generated at a sheet S at the time of pressure fixing at the fixing apparatus 40 can be returned into a state before fixing as being appropriately corrected in the opposite direction by the upper conveying roller 81 and the lower conveying roller 82.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teppei Nagata