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Electrophotography

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07/10/2014 > 21 patent applications in 19 patent subcategories.

20140193166 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a latent image forming section configured to form an electrostatic latent image on an image carrying body based on a print job including a number of sheets to be printed and a pixel count. A developing device develops the electrostatic latent image with a two-component... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140193167 - Image forming apparatus: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, an image erasing unit, and a control unit. The image forming unit performs an image forming process of forming an image on an image bearing body by a toner and transferring the toner image from the image... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140193168 - Image forming apparatus: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit that fixes an image of a toner using any one of a first toner and a second toner on a recording medium, and a control unit that sets a fixing temperature and a standby temperature of the fixing... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140193169 - Image forming apparatus: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus which has a function of performing an erasing process of erasing an image formed on a recording medium and an image forming process of forming an image on the recording medium is provided. The image forming apparatus automatically performs the erasing process... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140193170 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus including the same: A fixing film is formed by stacking a heating layer, an electrical conducting layer, and an insulation layer interposed between the heating layer and the electrical conducting layer. A current supplied from a secondary coil flows through stacked layers formed by the secondary coil, the heating layer, an electrical conducting... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140193171 - Fixing unit and image forming apparatus including the same: A fixing unit includes: a fixing member which defines a fixing nip, where the fixing member fixes a toner image transferred onto a recording medium by applying heat and pressure to the toner image on the recording medium, and the recording medium passes through the fixing nip; a housing in... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20140193172 - Cleaner, and process cartridge and image forming apparatus using the cleaner: A cleaner is provided. The cleaner includes a cleaning blade having an edge to be contacted with a surface of a member to be cleaned while moving relative to the member to clean the surface of the member. The cleaning blade includes the edge, and first and second side surfaces,... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140193173 - Image forming device having feed tray and retaining unit retaining photosensitive drums: An image forming device includes: a main casing; a retaining unit; a feed tray; and a pickup roller. The retaining unit retains a plurality of photosensitive drums juxtaposedly arrayed and spaced away from each other in an array direction. The retaining unit is movable in the array direction between a... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140193174 - Developing device and image forming apparatus having the same: An image forming device includes a plurality of cartridges each including a developing member, a supply member, a developing agent container, and a conveying member. The container is disposed below the developing member and the supply member and has an inner surface defining an internal space. The container has an... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140193175 - Fixing unit position-adjusting apparatus and image forming apparatus: The present invention is concerning to a fixing unit position-adjusting apparatus including: a first member configured to include a positioning portion that is formed on a lateral surface of the first member, the positioning portion being engaged with a positioning portion of a main body so that the first member... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140193176 - Developer-agitating transporter, developing device, and image forming apparatus: A developer-agitating transporter includes helical blades that helically extend around a rotation shaft, the helical blades being arranged at different positions in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the rotation shaft; and a gap portion that divides each helical blade into a first blade portion and a second... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140193177 - Heat sealed remanufactured toner cartridge: A remanufactured toner cartridge includes a wall defining a fill hole that is used to refill the cartridge with toner. A patch covers the fill hole, and a heat activated adhesive non-removably attaches the patch to the wall. The fill hole can be formed with a heat knife such that... Agent: Clover Technologies Group, LLC

20140193178 - Toner container and image forming apparatus provided with the toner container: A movable member installed in a bottom portion of a housing is configured such that, if the amount of a toner existing within the housing is equal to or larger than a predetermined amount, the movable member lies down in a lying-down position where the movable member extends along an... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140193179 - Image forming apparatus having reduced manufacturing costs, and image forming unit and developing unit included therein: An image forming apparatus supplies toner to an electrostatic latent image on a circumferential surface of a photosensitive rotating member to develop the electrostatic latent image, and includes: a photosensitive unit including the photosensitive rotating member and a pair of support frames rotatably supporting the photosensitive rotating member at axial... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140193180 - Sheet guiding unit separating mechanism, fixing device with sheet guiding unit separating mechanism, and image forming apparatus with fixing device with sheet guiding unit separating mechanism: A sheet guiding unit separating mechanism includes a pair of first and second sheet guiding units disposed facing first and second sides of a recording medium, respectively, to guide a recording medium discharged from a fixing nip downstream. One of the pair of sheet guiding units facing the first side... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140193181 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus including same: A fixing device in accordance with the present invention comprises: a rotary member for transporting printing paper; a pressure member for press-contacting the rotary member to apply pressure onto the printing paper; and a cleaning member capable of freely moving into contact with, or away from, a peripheral surface of... Agent: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

20140193182 - Heater and image heating apparatus including same: The image heating apparatus includes a heater that achieves even heat-generation distribution and suppression of a non-sheet feeding portion temperature increase when an image is printed on a sheet whose size is smaller than a maximum size for the apparatus, and an endless belt, wherein plural heat-generation resistive members having... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140193184 - Decolorization processing method and decolorizing device: A decolorization method according to an embodiment includes reading an image that is printed on a sheet surface with a decolorable toner which is decolorized when heated to a decolorizing temperature. The method further includes determining a non-print area of the sheet surface that has no decolorable toner based on... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140193183 - Sheet processing apparatus: According to an embodiment, a sheet processing apparatus having a function to erase an image formed on a sheet is provided. The sheet processing apparatus has a tray, an erasing unit and a control unit. The tray houses a sheet on which an image is formed. The erasing unit erases... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140193185 - Image forming apparatus, and image forming method: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a photoreceptor; a charger to charge a surface of the photoreceptor; a circulating agent applicator to apply a circulating agent to the surface of the photoreceptor while contacting the surface of the photoreceptor to form a film of the... Agent:

20140193186 - Sheet conveyance apparatus and image forming apparatus: 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... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

  
07/03/2014 > 26 patent applications in 22 patent subcategories.

20140186058 - Cartridge configured of two units and image forming apparatus that accommodates the cartridge: A cartridge mountable in an image forming apparatus includes a first unit that stores developer and a second unit that accommodates the first unit. The first unit includes a first detected part configured to be displaced irreversibly from a first-unit new-product position to a first-unit used position upon receipt of... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186059 - Sheet conveying apparatus: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet conveyance path, a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along the sheet conveyance path in a sheet conveying direction, a sensor configured to output a signal dependent on whether the sheet exists at a specific position on the sheet conveyance path, and... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186060 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a drive roller, a rotary drive source, a rotation signal detection portion, and a removal determination portion. The drive roller is configured to rotate in contact with a printing medium. The rotary drive source is configured to supply a rotational force to the drive roller.... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140186061 - Image formation apparatus: An image formation apparatus includes an image formation apparatus body, and a replacement member detachably provided in the image formation apparatus body and configured to be used for image formation. The replacement member includes a first storage to store a life determination value used in life determination of the replacement... Agent: Oki Data Corporation

20140186062 - Developer container unit, developing unit, and process cartridge: A developer container unit includes a container containing developer and a piezoelectric film for detecting an amount of developer in the container. A sensitivity of the piezoelectric film to a stress in a direction parallel to a film surface is greater than a sensitivity of the piezoelectric film to a... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186063 - Capacitive sensor for sensing state of waste toner box in an imaging apparatus: A capacitive sensor for sensing amount of waste toner in a waste toner box of an imaging apparatus includes a capacitor that has a pair of separated plates disposed within the interior of the waste toner box. The capacitance of the capacitor changes with the amount of toner in between... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140186064 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of photosensitive drums, and a controller for executing, when an absolute value of a set point of a charged potential is not higher than a predetermined threshold, an operation in a first mode in which charging bias voltages and transfer biases are applied... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186065 - Image forming apparatus with enhanced display of guidance information: In an image forming apparatus, guidance information is stored in advance for guiding an optimal operation procedure for execution of a job, and the guidance information is displayed on a display portion based on operation input that is input to an input portion in order to execute a job of... Agent: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186066 - Power supply system and image forming apparatus having the same: A power supply system includes: a switching power supply configured to rectify and smooth an AC voltage of an AC power supply to generate a predetermined DC voltage; a low-capacity power supply circuit that generates a zero-cross detection signal corresponding to zero-cross points of the AC power supply based on... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186067 - Switching power source, power-supply system and image forming apparatus: A switching power source includes: a transformer; a semiconductor switching element that is provided at a primary side of the transformer; a rectifying-and-smoothing circuit that is provided at a secondary side of the transformer; a switching controller configured to perform a switching control to turn on-and-off the semiconductor switching element,... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186068 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes image forming unit, frame structure, a plurality of rotational shafts, a plurality of drive gears, resin drive housing, and high voltage substrate. The frame structure includes at least one metal side plate frame having inner side surface facing internal space that accommodates the aforementioned unit... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140186069 - Charging device configured to produce corona discharge: A charging device includes a discharging electrode, grid electrode, pair of shielding electrodes, frame, airflow-generating electrode, and impurity-removing member. The discharging electrode produces a corona discharge to charge a surface of photosensitive member. A first voltage is applied to the grid electrode. The discharging electrode is positioned between the shielding... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186070 - Image forming apparatus having belt cleaning unit and waste toner cartridge connectable to each other: An image forming apparatus includes: a main casing; a belt unit having a belt and a belt cleaning unit; a waste toner container; and a supporting member supporting the waste toner container and a cartridge storing toner supplied to a photosensitive member. The supporting member in the main casing is... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186071 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes: a casing; a belt unit including a first roller, a second roller positioned higher than the first roller and a belt; image bearing members; developer containers; a removing member; an accommodating member; and a conveying member. The image bearing members includes a first image bearing... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186072 - Developer cartridge and developing unit provided with the same: A developer cartridge assembled to a developing device defining therein a developing chamber. The developer cartridge includes a first accommodating portion, and a first agitator. The first accommodating portion accommodates therein a developing agent and is positioned beside the developing device. The first accommodating portion includes a first wall part... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186073 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus including a body provided at one side thereof with an opening, a transfer device movably installed at the body so as to be detachable through the opening, and a locking lever rotatably installed at the transfer device, wherein the locking lever rotates between a first position... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20140186074 - Fixing device provided with frame movably supporting heating assembly: A fixing device may include: a roller; a heating assembly; a pressing assembly; and a frame. The heating assembly may include a guided portion having first and second surfaces. The frame may movably support the heating assembly. The frame may include: a recessed portion; first and second guide portions. The... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186075 - Toner container and image forming apparatus: A toner container includes a housing and a shutter. The housing includes a toner accommodating chamber. A communication hole is formed in the housing. The communication hole communicates an interior with an exterior of the toner accommodating chamber. The communication hole also includes a replenishment hole, through which toner is... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140186076 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device which forms an image on a rotation member, a sensor, and a controller. The controller executes an overlapping pattern detection processing which detects a positional deviation amount using an overlapping pattern including a plurality of overlapping marks with overlapped colorant images... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186078 - Fixing device: A fixing device includes a cylindrical film, a planar heater, a heat conduction member, a supporting member, a limiting member for limiting heater end portions with respect to a generatrix direction of the film so as to prevent the end portions from moving in a heater thickness direction relative to... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186077 - Fixing device and electrophotographic image forming apparatus having the same: A fixing device is provided. The fixing device includes a backup member that is disposed outside an endless belt that is flexible and rotates to rotate the endless belt, a nip forming member that is disposed inside the endless belt and faces the backup member to form a fixing nip,... Agent:

20140186079 - Heating device, fixing device, and image forming apparatus: Provided is a heating device capable of suppressing a bias force toward a center in a longitudinal direction (center in a rotation axis direction) of a fixing film serving as a rotation member, thereby preventing film overlapping and sheet wrinkles. A sliding friction resistance in the rotation axis direction of... Agent: Canon Finetech Inc.

20140186080 - Cooling device and image forming apparatus including same: A recording-material cooling device includes a first cooling member, a second cooling member, an approach-and-separation member, and a positioning member. The first cooling member is disposed at a first face side of a recording material to absorb heat of the recording material. The second cooling member is disposed at a... Agent:

20140186081 - Cooling device and image forming apparatus including same: A recording-material cooling device includes a first belt, a first cooling unit, and a second cooling unit. The first belt is disposed at a first face side of a recording material. The first cooling unit has a first heat absorbing surface to contact the first belt to absorb heat of... Agent:

20140186082 - Image forming apparatus provided with movable conveying unit: An image forming apparatus includes: a belt cleaning unit; a waste toner container; a conveying unit; and a support member. The cleaning unit collects waste toner adhered to a belt. The container stores the waste toner collected by the cleaning unit. The conveying unit conveys the waste toner from the... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140186083 - Cover opening and closing unit and image forming apparatus including the same: A cover opening and closing unit includes a cover installed to be opened from and close a main body and a manual paper feed tray that is rotatably installed on the cover. The cover is connected to the main body by a link element and a connection link is connected... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

  
06/26/2014 > 34 patent applications in 28 patent subcategories.

20140178082 - High voltage power supply without output voltage adjustment, method of adjusting output voltage of the high voltage power supply in image forming apparatus, and image forming apparatus using the method: A high voltage power supply (HVPS) without an output voltage adjustment, a method of adjusting an output voltage of a HVPS, and an image forming apparatus using the method are provided. The image forming apparatus includes a high-voltage output unit that outputs a high voltage produced by the HVPS, a... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20140178083 - Detection device for detecting state of waste toner container and image forming apparatus using such detection device: A detection device for detecting a state of a waste toner container comprises an optical sensor and an actuation member. The optical sensor comprises an emitting unit emitting an optical signal and a receiving unit receiving the optical signal. A space is provided between the emitting and receiving units, and... Agent: Avision Inc.

20140178084 - Machine learning based tone consistency calibration decisions: A method for making a tone consistency calibration timing decision includes measuring, with sensors and in conjunction with a first tone consistency calibration, a first state of a printer. A second state of the printer is also measured. A machine learning calibration module implemented by a computer processor determines if... Agent: Hewlett-packard Development Company, L.p.

20140178085 - Image forming apparatus: The image forming apparatus includes photosensitive drums, drive motors for driving the photosensitive drums, a motor control unit for controlling operations of the drive motors, and a printer control unit. The printer control unit stops rotations of the photosensitive drums at reference positions after a print job is finished. After... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178086 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus including: a photosensitive member; a charging device; an exposure device; and a developer carrying member, wherein, when it is assumed that an image forming area, a printing portion and a non-printing portion are an area on the photosensitive member on which an image to be transferred... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178087 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an exposure device configured to expose image bearing members charged by charging devices to form latent images on the image bearing members, and a control unit configured to, in ether one or both of an image forming unit A and an image forming unit B,... Agent:

20140178088 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a rotary member comprising a heat generation layer; an excitation coil generating magnetic flux, disposed along an axial direction of the rotary member and opposite the rotary member, to heat by induction the heat generation layer; a first demagnetizing coil layered on the excitation coil and... Agent:

20140178090 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an endless belt, a steering mechanism adapted to correct deviation of the belt, a cleaning blade adapted to abut the belt so as to clean the belt, a timer adapted to clock the time necessary for the steering mechanism to correct the deviation of the... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140178089 - Systems and methods for implementing variable speed toner removal in an intermediate transfer element cleaning device: A system and method are provided for sensing occasions of operations in image forming devices that result in larger than normal volumes of residual toner needing to be removed from an intermediate transfer element by an intermediate transfer element toner cleaning system. Based on this sensing, an operating speed for... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140178091 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device configured to form, in a first position, a toner image on a sheet using toner containing a parting material; a fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image forming device in a second position,... Agent:

20140178092 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus incorporating same: A fixing device includes a hollow, open-sided stationary heat roller, a flexible fuser belt, a fuser pad, a rotatable pressure member, a reinforcing member, and a sealing mechanism. The heat roller defines an elongated longitudinal side opening that opens into a hollow interior thereof. The fuser belt is looped for... Agent:

20140178093 - Developing device, process cartridge and image forming apparatus: A developing device includes a casing configured to accommodate developer, a developing roller, a seal member, at least portion of which is disposed between the developing roller and the casing, and which includes a fabric member including a plurality of first fibers extending in a first direction, and a heat... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178094 - Developing unit, process cartridge and image forming apparatus: Provided is a developing unit including: a developer container configured to contain a magnetic developer; a developer carrier provided with an elastic portion, configured to bear the magnetic developer in the elastic portion and to cause the elastic portion to be in contact with an image bearing member to develop... Agent:

20140178095 - Image forming apparatus having reduced height: An image forming apparatus has a compact size in height. The apparatus includes a main frame, a plurality of image forming components arrayed in the main frame in an array direction to form an image, a belt extending in the array direction and in contact with the plurality of image... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178096 - Electrophotographic electrically conductive member:

20140178097 - Process cartridge and electrophotographic image forming apparatus: A process cartridge includes an electrophotographic photosensitive drum and a developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum. The cartridge also includes a developing frame supporting the developing roller. A force receiving member is provided, with the force receiving member including a spacing force... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178098 - Process cartridge and image forming device having the process cartridge: In an image forming device, a process cartridge is detachably insertable in a process frame. The developing coupling is provided in the one end of the developing unit for transmitting an external rotation force to the developing unit. The developing coupling has: a rotation axis; and a drum shutter to... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178099 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes: a main assembly; a belt unit, including a belt member and supporting rollers for supporting the belt member, detachably mountable to the main assembly with respect to a direction crossing a rotational axis direction of the supporting rollers; image forming portions, provided below the belt... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178100 - Electrostatic image developer and image forming apparatus: An electrostatic image developer includes a toner containing an external additive having a volume-average particle size of about 80 to 400 nm and an average circularity of about 0.7 to 0.85. The developer is used in an image forming apparatus including an image-carrying member having a top surface layer containing... Agent:

20140178102 - Driving apparatus, image forming apparatus, driving method and image forming method: An driving apparatus includes a plurality of image bearing bodies each of which is rotatable and capable of bearing a latent image and a developer image, a rotatable belt provided so as to face the image bearing bodies, a plurality of image-bearing-body-driving units for rotating the image bearing bodies, a... Agent: Oki Data Corporation

20140178101 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an intermediate transfer member configured to rotate an image bearing member by contacting and operating the image bearing member, an image bearing member drive unit configured to drive the image bearing member, a control unit configured to output a torque instruction value to the image... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178103 - Image forming apparatus, process cartridge, and image forming method: An image forming apparatus, including: an image bearing member; a charging unit; an exposure unit; a developing unit; a transfer unit; a fixing unit; and a cleaning unit including a cleaning blade, wherein the charging unit includes a charging roller that is brought into contact with the image bearing member... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140178104 - Apparatus and systems including an imaging module and developer module installable in an electrostatographic printing system: A module installable in an electrostatographic printing apparatus includes a first housing suitable for retaining marking material, and extending substantially a width of a rotatable charge receptor. The first housing includes an input port and an output port. The module includes a second housing external to the first housing, the... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140178105 - Developing cartridge: A developing cartridge having a first side plate and a second side plate spaced opposite from the first side plate, a developer carrying member rotatably supported between the side plates, a developer supplying member rotatably supported between the side plates, a input member to which driving force is input rotatably... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178106 - Developing device and image forming apparatus: A developing device includes first and second developing rollers, a trimmer, a divider, and a movement regulator. The first and second developing rollers are arranged so as to face an outer peripheral surface of a photoconductor at downstream and upstream positions, respectively, in a rotation direction of the photoconductor, and... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140178107 - Image forming device and method of manufacturing same: Provided is an image forming device comprising, on the outer periphery of a shaft, at least two types of rollers each having an elastic layer composed of polyurethane foam of the same composition, in which the at least two types of rollers are selected from the group consisting of a... Agent: Bridgestone Corporation

20140178108 - System and apparatus for toner charging using charge/metering blade having an adjustable nip: A developer apparatus including a housing defining a chamber storing a supply of toner, and a developer roll disposed in the chamber, the developer roll configured to rotate about a longitudinal access to transport toner on a surface of the developer roll to a development zone. The developer apparatus also... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140178109 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member, a sensor, a pattern forming section, and a position correction section. The position correction section specifies a first reference position and a second reference position. In a registration correction carried out when the image bearing member is in a time-elapsed state... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140178110 - Image forming apparatus: Provided is an image forming apparatus including an image bearing member, an intermediate transfer member, and secondary transfer member having a plurality of protrusions which come into contact with the intermediate transfer member. A superficial layer of the intermediate transfer member includes a superficial layer and a plurality of insulating... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140178111 - Image forming apparatus: o

20140178113 - Fixing device, image forming apparatus and oblique motion restraint member for a fixing belt: A fixing device includes a fixing belt configured to rotate about a specified rotation axis, and an oblique motion restraint member provided at an outer side of the fixing belt in a direction of the rotation axis and configured to restrain oblique motion of the fixing belt. The oblique motion... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140178112 - Heating unit, method of manufacturing the same, fixing apparatus, and electrophotographic image forming apparatus using the fixing apparatus: The fixing apparatus includes a back-up member which is disposed outside a rotational and flexible endless belt and moves the endless belt, and a heating unit which is located inside the endless belt to face the back-up member and forms a fixing nip, and heats the endless belt at the... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20140178114 - Method for manufacturing sheet heating element, fixing device, and image forming apparatus: A method for manufacturing a sheet heating element includes preparing a sheet member containing a metal or alloy, and performing anodic oxidizing treatment on the sheet member until only a surface layer of the sheet member is oxidized while a center portion thereof is not oxidized.... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140178115 - Transport device and image forming apparatus: A transport device includes an endless belt having a recording-medium transport surface provided with multiple holes; stretching members between which the endless belt is stretched so as to be able to revolve; and a suction unit provided inside the endless belt. The suction unit has an opening having a larger... Agent:

  
06/19/2014 > 50 patent applications in 35 patent subcategories.

20140169803 - Printer apparatus and security method used for the same: The present invention relates to a printer apparatus and a security method used for the same. The present invention can store a plurality of printer security algorithms in a printer, and stores a plurality of toner security algorithms corresponding to the respective printer security algorithms, and can replace security algorithms... Agent:

20140169804 - Image forming apparatus having image carrier and belt member: An image forming apparatus which is capable of reducing downtime while preventing generation of friction between an image carrier and a belt member when the image carrier or the belt member is replaced. Whether or not a photosensitive drum should be replaced is determined based on usage conditions of the... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169805 - Carrier dispense rate measurement: A printing device (and associated method) comprises a carrier supply, one or more tubes operatively connected to the carrier supply, one or more developer stations operatively connected to the tubes, and at least two sensors connected to each of the tubes. The tubes supply a pulse of the carrier material... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140169809 - Image forming apparatus and toner container ordering method: A toner consumption amount identifying unit identifies a toner consumption amount of toner consumed in a printing process from the print data. A toner residual amount identifying unit identifies a toner residual amount in a toner container from the toner consumption amount. A toner residual amount data managing unit stores... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140169806 - Replaceable unit for an image forming device having a falling paddle for toner level sensing: A replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having an inner volume forming a reservoir for storing toner. A rotatable shaft is positioned within the reservoir. A paddle is mounted on the shaft and rotatable independent of the shaft. A driving... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140169810 - Replaceable unit for an image forming device having a sensor for sensing rotational motion of a paddle in a toner reservoir of the replaceable unit: A replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a reservoir for storing toner. A rotatable shaft is positioned within the reservoir. A paddle is mounted on the shaft. A sensor is positioned on the housing outside of the reservoir and... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140169808 - Rotational sensing for a replaceable unit of an image forming device: A replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having an inner volume forming a reservoir for storing toner. A rotatable shaft is positioned within the reservoir. A paddle is mounted to the shaft. The paddle includes a magnet that has a... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140169807 - Systems and methods for measuring a particulate material: A system for measuring a particulate material according to one example embodiment includes a container having a reservoir for storing the particulate material. A rotatable shaft is positioned within the reservoir. A paddle is mounted on the shaft and rotatable independent of the shaft. A driving member is rotatable with... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140169811 - Image forming apparatus: There is disclosed an image forming apparatus where at suitable positions in a power supply path of a first heat generating member and a second heat generating member which can be switched to a series connection condition and a parallel connection condition, there are arranged a current detection section including... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169812 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an intermediate transfer member configured to rotate an image bearing member by contacting and operating the image bearing member to be driven, an image bearing member drive unit configured to drive the image bearing member by generating an assist torque for operating the image bearing... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169813 - Image forming apparatus including removal unit for removing developer: An image forming apparatus includes a removal unit configured to remove developer that was not transferred to a recording material; and a control unit configured to control an image forming unit for supplying developer to the removal unit. The image forming unit is configured to form first developer image, and... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169814 - Image forming apparatus capable of effectively preventing image density fluctuation: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit including rotary members to form a toner image corresponding to image data, in which the image forming unit forms a toner pattern for detecting image density fluctuation; and an image forming condition determination controller to perform image forming processing to ultimately... Agent:

20140169815 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus including: a plurality of image forming stations; and a control portion configured to control an image forming operation, each of the image forming stations includes: an image bearing member configured to form a toner image on a surface thereof; and a charging device configured to charge... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169816 - Image forming apparatus: The apparatus includes a CPU which executes, based on a detection result of a BD sensor, start-up control for controlling driving of a scanner motor, so that a rotation number of the scanner motor reaches a predetermined rotation number, and executes determination control for determining a voltage to be applied... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169817 - Image forming apparatus and image forming method: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier to carry a toner image, a transfer member to form a transfer nip by contacting the image carrier surface, and a power supply to output a voltage to the recording material captured in the transfer nip so as to transfer the toner... Agent:

20140169819 - Fixing apparatus and image forming apparatus: A fixing apparatus includes a first rotating unit and a second rotating unit. The first rotating unit has a heat generating unit and center and end portions that are configured to rotate around a first rotational axis. The second rotating unit has center and end portions that are configured to... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140169820 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a heating member, a pressing member, a first heating source, a second heating source and a reflection body. The reflection body reflects radiant heat irradiated from the first heating source toward a fixing nip side portion of the heating member and blocks radiant heat irradiated from... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140169818 - Method and system for controlling a fuser assembly using temperature feedback: A method and apparatus for providing a relatively short period of time for a fuser assembly to be ready to perform a fusing operation. Included is a fusing assembly having a heat transfer member and a backup member positioned to engage the heat transfer member so as to define a... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140169821 - Image forming apparatus including cleaning unit for removing developing material: An image forming apparatus includes a control unit, which is configured to, if a developing material image transferred to another member is formed on an image carrier, obtain a print ratio that is a ratio of the area of the formed developing material image with respect to the area of... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169822 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus including: a housing; a display whose display surface is provided on a front-surface side of the housing; an image forming unit provided in the housing and configured to form an image on a recording sheet; and an ejector configured to eject the recording sheet with the... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140169824 - Image forming apparatus: Provided is an image forming apparatus including an apparatus electric-contact that is connectable to a cartridge electric-contact of a cartridge, which is equipped with a memory that stores information related to the cartridge, such that the information is transmitted from the cartridge to a main apparatus body of the image... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169823 - Image recording apparatus: An image recording apparatus includes: a first housing comprising a recording portion and a first control device; a second housing comprising a second control device and supported by the first housing to be rotationally movable between a close position and a distant position by rotationally moving about a first axis... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169825 - Blower pipe, blowing device, and image forming apparatus: A blower pipe includes an inlet port, an outlet port, a flow path that connects the inlet port and the outlet port to cause air to flow therethrough and that are divided by a partition wall, and plural flow control members that are respectively provided in different parts in an... Agent:

20140169826 - Image formation unit and image formation apparatus: An image formation unit includes a rotatable image carrier, a charge member configured to electrically charge a surface of the image carrier, a charge cleaning member including cell marks in a surface layer thereof and configured to clean a surface of the charge member, a first cleaning member configured to... Agent: Oki Data Corporation

20140169827 - Developing device and image forming apparatus: A developing device includes a developer bearer, a development casing in which a developer conveyance channel is formed facing the developer bearer through a communicating area, a developer supply member disposed in the developer conveyance channel, a developer regulator disposed facing a lower portion of the developer bearer to adjust... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140169828 - Image forming apparatus: The present invention is concerning to an image forming apparatus comprising: a drawer unit that includes therein a paper-feeding conveying path for conveying a recording medium conveyed from a paper feeding unit on which the recording mediums are stacked to an image forming unit and/or a discharge conveying path for... Agent: Ricoh Company, Limited

20140169829 - Process cartridge and image forming apparatus: A process cartridge for an image forming apparatus includes a drum unit supporing a photosensitive drum; a developing roller; a driving roller for driving the roller; a drive receiving portion; a developing unit supporting the developing roller and the driving roller; and a connecting portion connecting the drum unit and... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169830 - Image forming apparatus: Provided is an image forming apparatus, including first and second drive portions respectively transmitting a drive force to first and second photosensitive drums, the first and second drive portions each including: a transmission gear rotated by the drive force; an idler gear rotated in mesh with the transmission gear; and... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169831 - Image forming apparatus that prevents surface speed difference from being generated between photosensitive drum and intermediate transfer belt: An image forming apparatus capable of preventing image defects, such as color shift, from being caused, by preventing increased transfer pressure from being applied by a primary transfer section to thereby prevent a surface speed difference from being generated between the photosensitive drum and the intermediate transfer belt. The image... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169832 - Corona discharger, and image forming apparatus: A corona discharger includes a discharge wire, and a surrounding member, that is provided with an opening portion which is an entrance of an air flow, that faces a surface of a member to be charged that rotates around a rotational axis of the member to be charged, that is... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140169833 - Image forming apparatus: First and second developing members are moved to a developing position from a retracted position respectively in the order of a first developing member and a second developing member, and image forming is started by adhering toner to a first photosensitive member and a second photosensitive member in this order,... Agent:

20140169836 - Developer supply container and developer supplying system: A developer supply container includes a developer accommodating portion for accommodating developer; a discharge opening for discharging the developer from said developer accommodating portion; a pump portion capable of changing an internal pressure of said developer accommodating portion so as to discharge the developer through said discharge opening; a venting... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169835 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming station including a developing device for developing a latent image formed on an image bearing member, using toner; a toner container for accommodating toner, the toner container including an expansion-and-contraction portion capable of being expanded and contracted in a longitudinal direction thereof;... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169834 - Toner supply device and image forming apparatus: A toner supply device includes a toner storage, a supply opening, a toner conveyer, a toner supply opening, and an air passage. The toner storage stores toner. Through the supply opening, the toner is supplied to a developing device. The toner conveyer includes an area of space different from an... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140169837 - Toner cartridge: Disclosed is a toner cartridge. The toner cartridge comprises a rotary container body, a toner discharge port, a sealing component, a connection component and a transmission component. The toner discharge port is placed on the rotary container body. The sealing component is placed inside the toner discharge port. The connection... Agent: Print-rite -unicorn Image Products Co., Ltd. Of Zhuhai

20140169838 - Developer supply container and developer supplying system: A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer receiving apparatus and settable in a developer receiving apparatus by a setting operation including at least a rotation toward a setting position, includes a containing portion for containing the developer; a rotatable discharging member for discharging the developer out of said... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169839 - Developing device and image forming apparatus: A developing device having: a developing sleeve in which a magnetic member is inserted, transporting two-component developer to a developing area facing an image carrier; and a restriction member for restricting the amount of developer to be no greater than 250 g/m2. The average of absolute values of magnetic flux... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140169840 - Image forming apparatus: The image forming apparatus is capable of changing a state between a first state in which only a first image bearing member and transfer belt contact each other, and a second state in which respective image bearing members are separated from the transfer belt. A second transfer member is located... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169841 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus comprises: an imaging unit including imaging subunits that are arranged in a vertical direction, each of the imaging subunits forming a toner image of a different color; an intermediate transfer belt having a running surface that runs vertically along the imaging subunits, and on which the... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140169843 - Image forming apparatus and method of correcting color registration error: An image forming apparatus includes a color registration error amount calculation unit that calculates a color registration error amount from a first test pattern; a correction information obtaining unit that obtains a correction information for correcting an image on a back surface based on previously obtained contraction information of a... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140169842 - Image forming apparatus that performs color misalignment correction: An image forming apparatus includes: a process unit configured to act on a photosensitive member; a detecting unit configured to detect a latent image formed on the photosensitive member; a color misalignment correcting unit configured to perform color misalignment correction based on time information obtained by detecting, by the detecting... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169844 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus may include a first and second mode. In the first mode, the image forming apparatus uses a second charging member to charge toner that remains on an intermediate transfer member and then transfers the charged, remaining toner to an image carrier in a primary transfer portion.... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169845 - Fixing device and heater used in fixing device: A heater used for a fixing device includes a substrate, first and second conductor patterns formed at either end of the substrate in the short direction of the substrate, a third conductor pattern formed between the first and second conductor patterns and separated from the two conductor patterns, a first... Agent:

20140169847 - Fuser to prevent fluttering of fixing belt: A fuser includes a fixing belt that is endless and includes a heat generating layer and circulates, an end restraining member that supports an end of the fixing belt, a heat generating source that is disposed around the fixing belt and heats the heat generating layer, an opposite part that... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140169846 - Heater, image heating device with the heater and image forming apparatus therein: The heater is capable of improving heat generation uniformity in a sheet feeding area while suppressing the temperature rise of a non-sheet feeding portion. Each of heat generation lines includes a plurality of heat blocks in which a plurality of heat generating resistors are electrically connected in parallel between two... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169848 - Image heating apparatus and image heating rotational body to be mounted on the image heating apparatus: According to embodiments, a heating member or a sliding member arranged in contact with the surface of a fusing roller is moved in an intersecting direction with the rotational direction of the fusing roller in a contact state with the heating member or the sliding member so as to prevent... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169850 - Image forming apparatus: The image forming apparatus includes process cartridges which form a toner image on a sheet by using a toner containing a parting agent, an exposure device, an intermediate transfer belt, primary transfer rollers, secondary transfer rollers, a fixing roller and a pressing rotating member which fix the toner image formed... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140169849 - Systems and methods for printing differential gloss image on covered packaging: A system for generating a differential gloss image useful for digital printing directly on covered packaging includes a packaging transport and a laser glossing imager. The packaging transport is configured to position packaging substrate having a printed image to a laser glossing imager. The printed image is formed of toner... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140169851 - Lubricant coating device and image forming apparatus: A lubricant coating device includes a photoconductor and a leveling blade that levels a lubricant applied on a surface of the photoconductor, the leveling blade configured to abut the photoconductor in a trail direction with respect to a rotational direction of the photoconductor, wherein a hardness of a tip of... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140169852 - Waste toner conveying device and image forming apparatus using the same: A waste toner conveying device for conveying waste toner removed from an image carrier to a waste toner container includes a waste toner conveying path including at least a falling and conveying path for letting the waste toner fall under its own weight; a toner bridging prevention member configured to... Agent: Ricoh Company, Limited

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