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Electrophotography

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09/18/2014 > 71 patent applications in 39 patent subcategories.

20140270815 - Cartridge detection: A cartridge which may include a housing, a driving input member provided at the housing and configured to be rotated by an externally supplied rotation driving force, and a rotational member configured to receive the rotation driving force, which is transmitted from the driving input member, and be rotated thereby.... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270812 - Systems and methods for employing a customer replaceable unit (cru) to alter an installation type for the cru in an image forming device: A system and method are provided for employing a customer replaceable unit (CRU) to modify its own installation type when installed in an image forming device, including an image forming device operated under a managed service contract. A database centric CRU inventory control architecture is provided for managing image forming... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270813 - Systems, methods and apparatuses for authorized use and refill of a printer cartridge: A chip for a cartridge with dispensable material may be provided. In one aspect, the chip may comprise a non-volatile memory for storing a number tracking amount of dispensable material in the cartridge, a key storage for storing an encryption key, a signature verification module and circuit components. The circuit... Agent: Ologn Technologies Ag

20140270814 - Systems, methods and apparatuses for authorized use and refill of a printer cartridge: The systems, methods and apparatuses described herein provide a chip for a cartridge with dispensable material may be provided. In one aspect, the chip may comprise a non-volatile memory for storing a number tracking amount of dispensable material in the cartridge, a circuit with permanently and irreversibly changeable state and... Agent: Ologn Technologies Ag

20140270816 - Customer replaceable unit monitor positioning apparatus: A cartridge plug for a CRUM-enabled ink or toner cartridge includes a CRUM device seated in an annular position, secured in a recess at a center of the cap. The recess is formed in a mounting surface of the cap that extends above a peripheral surface of the cap that... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270817 - Developing device and image forming apparatus having the same: A developing device includes a developer container, an agitation conveyance member, a toner detection sensor, and a scraper. Agitation conveyance member agitates and conveys a developer in developer container. Toner detection sensor detects a toner concentration or a remaining amount of toner in developer container. Scraper is provided in agitation... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140270818 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer, a developing device to develop with developer a latent image formed on the image bearer, a developer container to contain developer, a temporary reservoir to temporarily store developer supplied from the developer container and having an outlet to discharge the temporarily stored... Agent:

20140270819 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a primary transfer bias adjuster to adjust, in a second mode, a primary transfer bias by a correction amount in accordance with a degree of deterioration of a developing agent detected by a first developing agent condition detector so as to reduce a primary transfer... Agent:

20140270820 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a fixing rotary body rotatable in a predetermined direction of rotation and a heater disposed opposite and heating the fixing rotary body. A heat shield is movable in a circumferential direction of the fixing rotary body and interposed between the heater and the fixing rotary body... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270821 - Container for waste developer and image forming apparatus: A container for accommodating a developer collected from an image forming apparatus includes a container body for accommodating the collected developer; a closing member, dividingly separable from the container body, for closing the container body; a rotatable feeding member for feeding the developer accommodated in the container body; and a... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270823 - Electrophotographic fixing device, fixing rotary member, image forming apparatus, and fixing method: An electrophotographic fixing device includes a pressure roller, and a fixing rotary member disposed at a fixed distance away from the pressure roller. The fixing rotary member includes a layer formed of an elastic body. The elastic body includes carbon fibers and hole portions. The electrophotographic fixing device controls pressure... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270824 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device, corresponding to a plurality of sheet passing widths, includes a rotating member configured to convey a recording medium, rise in temperature, and fix toner; temperature sensors configured to detect the surface temperature of the rotating member; heating members including at least one heat generating unit, provided inside... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270822 - Image forming apparatus and method of arranging sheet detector: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device to form a toner image on a recording medium under a prescribed image forming condition, a fixing device to fix the toner image borne on the recording medium thereonto by heating the recording medium based on target fixing temperature, and a... Agent:

20140270825 - Recording medium determination apparatus and image forming apparatus: A recording medium determination apparatus that determines grammage of a recording medium by using an ultrasonic wave includes a transmission unit configured to output an ultrasonic wave having a predetermined frequency, a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave output from the transmission unit and transmitted through the recording... Agent:

20140270826 - Image forming apparatus: The image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a developer carrier, a magnetic field generation unit that is fixedly disposed in a hollow part of the developer carrier and includes a plurality of magnetic poles disposed in a circumferential direction of the developer carrier, a conductive member disposed so as... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270827 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a rotation-position detector, a development device, a transfer unit, a density sensor, and an image-forming-condition determination unit. The density sensor senses a density of a toner image on a transfer body. The image-forming-condition determination unit forms an image pattern, acquires periodical density... Agent:

20140270828 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a latent-image bearing body, a charging unit, a latent-image writing unit, a development unit, a development power, and a bias control unit. After a start of an image forming operation, the bias control unit performs a process of constantly maintaining an output of a development... Agent:

20140270830 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a transfer device to transfer a toner image formed on an image bearing member onto a recording medium, a sheet separation device to separate the recording medium from the image bearing member, a sheet separation bias application device to apply to the sheet separation device... Agent:

20140270829 - System and method for detecting bias transfer roll positions using resistance detection: A system and method is provided for determining the location of one or more biased transfer rolls relative to associated photoreceptors in a printer. The one or more biased transfer rolls can be moved into contact with an intermediate transfer surface bringing the surface into contact with associated photoreceptors to... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270832 - Fixing device, image forming apparatus, and fixing method: A fixing device includes a fixing rotary body rotatable in a predetermined direction of rotation and a heater disposed opposite and heating the fixing rotary body. An opposed body contacts the fixing rotary body with releasable pressure therebetween to form a fixing nip therebetween through which a recording medium is... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270833 - Fixing device, image forming apparatus, and fixing method: A fixing device includes a fixing rotary body and a heater for heating the fixing rotary body. An opposed body contacts the fixing rotary body with releasable pressure therebetween to form a fixing nip therebetween through which a recording medium is conveyed. A heat shield is interposed between the heater... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270831 - Image forming apparatus and image forming method: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device including a fixing rotary body and a heater for heating the fixing rotary body. An opposed body contacts the fixing rotary body with releasable pressure therebetween to form a fixing nip therebetween through which a recording medium is conveyed. A heat shield... Agent:

20140270834 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus including same: A fixing device in an image forming apparatus includes a rotatable fixing member; a plurality of heat sources to heat each area of the fixing member in a longitudinal direction thereof; a pressure member configured to contact the fixing member and forming a nip in association with the fixing member;... Agent:

20140270835 - Fixing control device, fixing control method, and image forming apparatus: A fixing control device includes an image detection unit that determines presence of an image in each of areas obtained by division of an image formation region in which the image is formed, a heater selection unit that selects from heaters of a fixing device heaters at positions corresponding to... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270836 - Image forming apparatus, method of setting fixing temperature, and computer program product: An image forming apparatus includes: an identification information acquiring unit that acquires identification information to identify a user; a usage history information acquiring unit that acquires usage history information for the user specified by the identification information; an output setting forecasting unit that forecasts output setting used by the user... Agent: Ricoh Company, Limited

20140270837 - Combined units and image forming system: An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus, a post-processing apparatus, a fixed member, a first connector, a connecting member, and a second connector. The mage forming apparatus includes the fixed member on which the first connector is mounted and the post-processing apparatus includes connecting member on which the... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140270838 - Developing device and image forming apparatus incorporating same: A developing device includes a developer bearer to carry developer, disposed facing an image bearer, a developer conveyance member disposed facing the developer bearer, to agitate and supply developer to the developer bearer, a decompression portion surrounded by upper walls of the developing device and including multiple vents arranged in... Agent:

20140270840 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus is provided. A backup face disposed on an upward face of the control box makes contact with a backup reception part that is disposed on a downward face of a belt cleaning device, and supports a steering roller and cleaning blade. The backup face reduces the... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270839 - Image forming apparatus and removing member:

20140270841 - Image forming apparatus with removable waste toner container and exposable feeding path: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a chassis having an opening, a cover, photosensitive members, an intermediate transfer belt, a primary-transfer member, a secondary-transfer roller, a cleaner device, an external-sheet inlet, a waste toner container, a connector, and a conveying roller, which is arranged within... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270842 - Image forming apparatus: A method presently disclosed provides a housing configured to accommodate a roller, configured to accommodate a toner, and configured to accommodate at least one magnetic seal member, wherein the at least one magnetic member is configured to minimize leakage of the toner between the roller and the housing and couples... Agent: Wazana Brothers International, Inc. D/b/a/ Micro Solutions Enterprises

20140270844 - Doctor blade assembly and alignment method: There is provided a doctor blade assembly and method for alignment in a toner hopper of a toner printer cartridge. The doctor blade assembly has a holder portion. The holder portion has a first mounting end and a second mounting end. The holder portion further has a pair of recessed... Agent: Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Corporation

20140270843 - Method and apparatus for filling a toner container useful in printing: An approach is provided for filling a toner container useful in printing. The approach involves causing, at least in part, a toner container to be coupled to a base member, the base member being configured to contact a lift mechanism. The approach further involves causing, at least in part, the... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270845 - Cartridge detachably mountable to main assembly of electrophotographic image forming apparatus, assembling method for drive transmitting device for photosensitive drum, and electrophotographic image forming apparatus: With a structure in which a coupling member includes a sphere providing a center of inclination (pivoting), a rotational force transmitted member has an opening have a diameter smaller than that of the sphere, and the coupling member is prevented from disengaging from rotational force transmitted member by contact of... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270846 - Transfer roll assembly for an electrophotographic image forming device: An image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having an access door manually movable between a closed position and an open position. A carriage is mounted on an inner portion of the access door. A first roll is rotatably mounted to the carriage and forms a... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140270847 - Charger positioning adjuster and image forming apparatus incorporating same: A charger positioning adjuster, which is included in an image forming apparatus and disposed facing a charger uniformly charging a surface of an image carrier using corona discharging, includes a mounting part provided at a position on which the charger is detachably attached, a positioning member attached to the mounting... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270848 - Image forming apparatus having drum supporting member and belt: In an image forming apparatus, a drum supporting member integrally supports a plurality of photosensitive drums. A moving member detachably supports the drum support member. The moving member moves between a mounted position, in which the moving member is mounted in a main body of the image forming apparatus, and... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270849 - Cartridge: A cartridge including: a housing including a first side wall and a second side wall which are opposed to each other; a driving input member provided to the first side wall and is configured to rotate; and a first rotary member provided at an outer side of the first side... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270850 - Image forming device having detachable developing device unit: An image forming device includes a plurality of developing devices, and a plurality of sloping members disposed in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of developing devices. Each developing device includes a developer accommodating chamber and a developing roller disposed above the developer accommodating chamber. Each developing device is movable between... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270851 - Gear transmission device, process unit including the gear transmission device, and image forming apparatus including same: A gear transmission device includes a drive rotator and a driven external gear. The drive rotator includes a drive internal gear to rotate about a rotary shaft. The driven external gear meshes with the drive internal gear to transmit a drive force to a drive target.... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270852 - Image forming apparatus having photosensitive member and intermediate transfer member subjected to driving rotation control independently: An image forming apparatus stabilized in transferability of an image from the photosensitive member to the intermediate transfer belt. The image forming apparatus includes photosensitive drums and an intermediate transfer belt (ITB) that rotates in contact with each drum, brushless DC motors for driving the drum and the ITB for... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270853 - Charging member, process cartridge, and electrophotographic apparatus: Provided is a charging member for suppressing the vibration of a charging roller which occurs owing to a difference in circumferential speed in a longitudinal direction when the roller is rotated to follow a photosensitive member, and suppressing a banding image caused by the vibration of the charging roller over... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270854 - Developing apparatus and image forming apparatus: This developing apparatus includes a toner supply passage for supplying new toner fed from a toner cartridge to a toner carrying region where a toner carrier is arranged, and the toner supply passage is provided with a backflow prevention portion for preventing old toner from backflowing toward the toner cartridge.... Agent: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.

20140270858 - Image-forming device having holder unit, in which toner box is detachably mounted: In an image forming device, a holder unit is movable in a moving direction between an accommodated position and a pull-out position. A plurality of toner boxes are detachably attachable to the holder unit in one to one correspondence with the plurality of developing units. Each toner box is detachably... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270855 - Method and apparatus for reducing residual toner in a rotating container: An approach is provided for reducing an amount of residual toner remaining in a rotating container. The approach involves rotating a rotatable vessel configured to contain a toner. The rotatable vessel includes a body section having a substantially round cross-section, a first end at one axial end of the body... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270856 - Method and apparatus for reducing residual toner in a rotating container: An approach is provided for reducing an amount of residual toner remaining in a rotating container. The approach involves causing a rotatable vessel configured to contain a toner to be rotated by way of a drive train. The rotatable vessel includes a body section having a substantially round cross-section, a... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270857 - Method and apparatus for reducing residual toner in a rotating container: An approach is provided for reducing an amount of residual toner remaining in a rotating container. The approach involves rotating a rotatable vessel configured to contain a toner. The approach also involves a causing a plurality of beads that include at least one material configured to be attracted to a... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270859 - Powder container and image forming apparatus: A powder conveying device includes: a conveying nozzle, provided with a powder receiving opening; an open/close member to open/close the powder receiving opening; a flange provided to the open/close member; a biasing member to bias the open/close member; and a container setting section to which a part of a powder... Agent:

20140270860 - Developing device and image forming apparatus: A developing device is equipped with a photoreceptor drum on which an electrostatic latent image is formed, a developing roller that supplies toner to the electrostatic latent image of the photoreceptor drum, a supply roller, a regulating roller, and a toner recovery unit that recovers at least toner adhering to... Agent: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.

20140270861 - Developing device and process unit and image forming apparatus incorporating same: A developing device includes a toner bearer including a surface in which multiple recesses having a cross-sectional void rate of 50% or smaller are formed, a toner supply member to supply toner to the toner bearer, and a developer regulator disposed facing or in contact with the toner bearer and... Agent:

20140270862 - Image-forming apparatus: An object of the invention is to cause a transfer device to make more stable contact with a belt, thus yielding preferable transfer performance. In an image-forming apparatus 100 in which the transfer device has a sheet member 52, the sheet member 52 includes a conductive sheet 52b, and an... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270863 - Transfer unit and image forming apparatus employing the transfer unit: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of image carriers that carries toner images, a belt that is supported by a plurality of rollers including a support roller and an opposing roller, a transfer roller disposed opposed to the opposing roller via the belt, and a bending roller that bends... Agent:

20140270864 - Image forming apparatus and image forming method: An aspect of the present invention provides an image forming apparatus including: a photosensitive element where a latent image is formed and developed into a toner image; an image carrier; an intermediate transfer driving roller that drives the image carrier; a primary transfer roller for transferring the toner image from... Agent: Ricoh Company, Limited

20140270865 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a fixing rotary body rotatable in a given direction of rotation and a heater disposed opposite the fixing rotary body to heat the fixing rotary body. A pressing rotary body contacts the fixing rotary body to form a fixing nip therebetween through which a recording medium... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270866 - Image heating apparatus: An image heating apparatus includes: first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material; a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub the first rotatable member to substantially refresh a surface property of the first rotatable member; and a pipe member... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270867 - Image heating apparatus: An image heating apparatus includes: first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material; rotatable rubbing member configured to rub the first rotatable member to substantially refresh a surface property of the first rotatable member; an air blowing mechanism, provided... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270868 - Image heating apparatus: An image heating apparatus includes: first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material; a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub the first rotatable member to substantially refresh a surface property of the first rotatable member; and an air blowing... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140270869 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes an endless belt member, a secured member disposed to contact the belt member, a heating unit that heats the belt member, and a rotary pressurizing roller including an elastic layer that is elastically deformed when the belt member is pressed against a pressing surface of the... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140270870 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes: an endless belt member; a secured member disposed to contact the belt member; a support roller that rotatably supports the belt member; a heating unit that heats the belt member; and a rotary pressurizing roller that includes an elastic surface layer that is elastically deformed when... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140270872 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a fixing rotary body rotatable in a predetermined direction of rotation and a heater disposed opposite and heating the fixing rotary body. An opposed body contacts the fixing rotary body to form a fixing nip therebetween through which a recording medium is conveyed. A heat shield... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270873 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a fixing belt, a heating roller and a fixing roller over which the fixing belt is looped, a pressure roller forming a fixing nip with the fixing belt, a pair of side plates, one of the side plates being disposed on each end of a shaft... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270876 - Fixing member, fixing device, and image forming apparatus: A fixing member to fix toner on a recording medium includes a heat-resistant elastic layer and a release layer. The release layer includes a particle layer. The particle layer includes heat-resistant fine particles arranged in a surface direction on a surface of the heat-resistant elastic layer.... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270874 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes: an image bearing member; a charger; an irradiator; a development device having an accommodation unit to accommodate toner to obtain a visible image; a transfer device; and a fixing device to fix the visible image transferred onto a recording medium. The fixing device having a... Agent:

20140270875 - Pressure adjuster, fixing device, and image forming apparatus: A pressure adjuster for changing pressure between a plurality of opposed bodies pressed against each other includes a cam rotatable in a given direction of rotation and having a top dead center on an outer circumferential surface thereof that is distanced farthest from a rotation axis of the cam. A... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270871 - Transport device, fixing device, and image forming apparatus: A transport device includes a belt-shaped member that is rotated so as to transport an object, a first support member that supports the belt-shaped member, an urging member extending in an axial direction of the first support member, and a conversion unit that converts a direction of an urging force... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140270877 - Cooling device and image forming apparatus: A cooling section cools a sheet via a belt. The cooling section has a flow passage-forming section for forming a flow passage through which a cooling medium flows and a medium supply section for supplying the cooling medium to the flow passage so that the cooling medium flows through the... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc,

20140270878 - Cooling device and image forming apparatus: A cooling section has a flow passage-forming section for forming a flow passage through which a cooling medium flows and cools a sheet via a first belt. A pressing roller is provided inside a second belt, faces the flow passage-forming section via the second belt and the first belt, and... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140270879 - Information processing apparatus, image forming system, and computer program product: An information processing apparatus is connected to a print control apparatus for generating image data. The information processing apparatus includes a generating unit configured to generate gloss control plate data for specifying a type of a surface effect imparted to a recording medium and a region in the recording medium... Agent:

20140270880 - Intermittent application of lubricant to electrostatic surface: Methods and devices provide an electrostatically chargeable surface within a printing apparatus and cause a movable lubricant applicator to contact the electrostatically chargeable surface. The movable lubricant applicator is movable to be in contact with the electrostatically chargeable surface, or out of contact with the electrostatically chargeable surface. Such methods... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20140270881 - Lubricant supply device, process unit, image forming apparatus, and process unit manufacturing method: A lubricant supply device includes a solid lubricant, a lubricant holder to hold the solid lubricant, a lubricant supply member to supply lubricant to a lubrication target, a pressing member to press the solid lubricant toward the lubricant supply member, and a pressing force adjuster to change an amount of... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140270882 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer; a cleaning unit configured to remove waste toner on the image bearer; a waste toner container configured to be detachably attached to the image forming apparatus and to store the waste toner removed by the cleaning device; and a support member configured... Agent: Ricoh Company, Limited

  
09/11/2014 > 54 patent applications in 23 patent subcategories.

20140255046 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet along a main scanning direction, a fixing unit configured to fix the measurement image onto the sheet, a first calculation unit configured to cause a measuring unit to output a measured value... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255047 - Image forming apparatus: A controller which controls a replenishing operation of the first replenishing device based on the first sensor, and controls a replenishing operation of the second replenishing device based on the second sensor; wherein the controller prohibits the replenishing operation of the first replenishing device when the developer concentration in the... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255048 - Image forming device determining whether or not replacement of cartridge is needed: Either a first developer cartridge or a second developer cartridge is attachable to an image forming device. The second developer cartridge has capacity for accommodating developer larger than capacity for accommodating developer of the first developer cartridge. The control device determines whether the attached cartridge is the first developer cartridge... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255049 - Fixing unit controlling apparatus and image forming apparatus including the same: A fixing unit controlling apparatus that includes a switching unit of a power supplier to supply power to a fixing unit according to a power supply controlling signal to control a temperature of the fixing unit, and a switching unit of a power shutter to shut off power supplied to... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20140255050 - Electrophotographic image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a charging bias output device, a developing bias output device, a transfer bias output device, and a controller. The controller controls the transfer bias output device to supply a transfer bias from a time at which a first position of a photosensitive member arrives at... Agent:

20140255051 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a feeding unit configured to feed a sheet, an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on the sheet fed by the feeding unit, a measuring unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit, and... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255052 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention performs, at a predetermined timing, first gradation correction including forming a patch image on an image carrier, and correcting gradation characteristics of a formed image using a correction amount corresponding to the result of measurement of the patch... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255053 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a first image forming part that forms a first developer image representing an image by using a first developer; and a second image forming part that forms a second developer image serving as a base or covering of the first developer image by using a... Agent: Oki Data Corporation

20140255054 - Image forming apparatus: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus has a fixing unit which heats an image formed on a recording medium using a discolorable coloring material which discolors by heating, at a fixing temperature lower than a heating temperature at which the discolorable coloring material discolors, to fix the image... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140255055 - Image forming apparatus: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus has a fixing unit which heats an image formed on a recording medium at a fixing temperature, to fix the image on the recording medium. When a heating temperature of the fixing unit becomes a temperature higher than the fixing temperature, the... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140255056 - Image forming apparatus: According to an embodiment, there is provided an image forming apparatus that forms a color image using a plurality of discolorable coloring materials and a plurality of non-discolorable coloring materials. In a case where insufficiency of at least one coloring material from among the plurality of discolorable coloring materials and... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140255057 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes: a suction port, provided in a front side of a main assembly of the image forming apparatus, for sucking air; an air flow guiding portion for guiding the air sucked through the suction port; and a sound source, provided din a rear side of the... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255058 - Toner bottle cap and refill mechanism: A toner bottle cap has a fixed member and a slide member. The fixed member is stationary relative to a toner bottle and defines a first flow passage. The slide member defines a second flow passage coaxially adjoining the first flow passage in a toner outflow direction and having a... Agent: Oce-technologies B.v.

20140255059 - Developing unit having guide that stably supports toner cartridge: A developing device includes a developer cartridge and a developing unit. The developing unit includes a first guide and a second guide. The second is movable with respect to the developing frame between a first position where the second guide is in continuous with the first guide and a second... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255060 - Toner cartridge having a shutter that includes an air duct therethrough: A toner cartridge for use in an imaging device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a reservoir enclosed therein for holding a quantity of toner. The housing has an exit port in communication with the reservoir for exiting toner from the toner cartridge. A shutter is mounted... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140255061 - Developing device: A developing device includes: a developer carrying member (sleeve); a regulating portion including an edge portion at a closest position to a surface of the sleeve or a flat portion tilted, at the closest position, by an angle of 2 degrees or less relative to a contact flat plane contacting... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255062 - Developing device and image forming apparatus incorporating same: A developing device includes a developer bearer disposed facing a latent image bearer in a development range, and an alternating voltage application unit to apply alternating voltage to the developer bearer to generate an alternating electrical field in the development range to cause toner to move from the developer bearer... Agent:

20140255063 - Belt controller, image forming apparatus, image forming method, and recording medium storing image forming control program: A belt controller, an image forming apparatus, a belt controlling method, and a recording medium storing an image forming control program adjust a position of a belt. Each of the belt controller, the image forming apparatus, the belt controlling method, and the recording medium storing an image forming control program... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140255064 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus incorporating same: A fixing device to fix an unfixed image carried on a recording medium includes an endless, rotary fixing member; a heat source to heat the fixing member; an opposed member disposed opposite the fixing member and to form a fixing nip in combination with the fixing member; and a biasing... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140255065 - Image heating apparatus: An image heating apparatus includes: first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating of a toner image on a sheet; a first unit configured to rotatably hold the first rotatable member; a second unit configured to rotatably hold the second rotatable member; and a pressing mechanism... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255066 - Fixing device having flexible fusing member: A fixing device includes a tubular flexible metallic fusing member, a heater, a nip member, and a backup member. The fusing member has an inner peripheral surface defining an internal space. The heater is disposed in the internal space. The nip member is disposed in the internal space for receiving... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255067 - Electrophotographic fixing member, fixing apparatus and electrophotographic image forming apparatus: An elastic layer of the fixing member contains a silicone rubber, an inorganic filler and vapor grown carbon fibers, relationships of 3X+30Y≦170, 25≦X≦50 and 0.5≦Y≦3.1 are satisfied when a volume percent of the inorganic filler compounded in the elastic layer is expressed by X (%) and a volume percent of... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255068 - Electrophotographic fixing member, fixing apparatus and electrophotographic image forming apparatus: The present invention is directed to providing a fixing member that has a flexible surface and that can supply a larger amount of heat to a material to be recorded and a toner in a shorter period of time. The fixing member comprises a substrate, an elastic layer and a... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140255069 - Apparatus for producing detachable information sheet and method of producing detachable information sheet: An apparatus for producing a detachable information sheet includes an image forming device, an applying and curing unit, and a heating and pressing unit. The image forming device includes an image bearing body, an electrostatic latent image forming unit to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing body,... Agent:

20140255070 - Cleaning blade, cleaning device, process cartridge, and image forming apparatus: A cleaning blade includes a contact portion that contacts a member to be cleaned, and the contact portion at least contains polyurethane rubber and has at least two different endothermic peak temperatures by differential scanning calorimetry in a range of 100° C. or higher.... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140255071 - Image forming apparatus: Disclosed is an image forming apparatus that forms an image on one side of a sheet and then forms an image on the other side of the sheet. A single-sided sheet passing path transports a sheet housed in a sheet-feeding tray to the image forming section, and a double-sided sheet... Agent: Panasonic Corporation

20140255072 - Image forming apparatus: Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including: an ejection section including an ejection roller to eject a sheet from a first sheet passing path to a sheet ejection port and a reverse roller to reverse a transport direction of a sheet transported along a second sheet passing path, the ejection... Agent: Panasonic Corporation

  
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20140241736 - Image forming apparatus including cartridge for protecting photosensitive drum: An image forming apparatus includes a main body and a cartridge attached to the main body. The cartridge includes: a casing extending in a longitudinal direction; a photosensitive drum extending in the longitudinal direction; and a separating member that is detachably attached to the casing. The photosensitive drum has a... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241737 - Sheet processing apparatus, image forming system, and sheet processing control method: When performing a purging process in which remaining sheets remaining in the image forming system are gathered and ejected to any of trays in an ejection section, any of the trays other than a valid sheet tray to which a sheet having a normally formed imager has been ejected is... Agent: Konica Minolta, Inc.

20140241738 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a cassette chamber, a paper feed cassette, a sheet size sensor, a lift-up sensor, and an arithmetic control unit. The paper feed cassette can be mounted in the cassette chamber, and lifts up a recording sheet placed in the paper feed cassette upon being mounted... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241739 - Image forming apparatus that performs effective toner refresh process, non-transitory computer-readable recording medium, and image forming method: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a toner carrier, a region setting unit, a printing-rate detecting unit, a discharge-region determining unit, and a region redividing unit. The region setting unit is configured to set a plurality of regions divided along an image width direction on the image carrier.... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241740 - Abnormality detection method and abnormality detection device for image forming apparatus, and image forming apparatus: An abnormality detection device for an image forming apparatus detects an abnormality in the image forming apparatus which includes a heating belt looped around a heating roller and a fixing roller. The abnormality detection device for an image forming apparatus includes: thermistors for detecting temperatures of one widthwise end portion... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241741 - Correction control method and image forming apparatus: A correction control method includes performing correction control to bring a control value to a target value or a change through a prediction control system that previously applies a predetermined amount of correction and a predetermined timing. The prediction control system is constructed without performing data offset processing for deriving... Agent:

20140241742 - Sensor and image-forming apparatus: A sensor comprising an optical sensor including a light source and a plurality of light receivers which receive light emitted from the light source and light regularly reflected and diffusely reflected by an object, a database including output data regarding multiple objects of known and different types from the plurality... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140241743 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a plurality of photosensitive members arranged to align in parallel with one another, an exposure device arranged in an upper position with respect to the plurality of photosensitive members and configured to expose the photosensitive members to light, an... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241744 - Transfer device and image forming apparatus including same: A transfer device includes a nip forming member to contact a surface of an image bearing member to form a transfer nip therebetween, a pressing device, and a nip pressure changing device. The pressing device includes a plurality of elastic members, to produce a contact pressure between the nip forming... Agent:

20140241745 - Electronic equipment: An electric power control unit alternately repeats a first electric power control period and a second electric power control period when a low electric power mode is set by a mode setting unit. When a sleep mode is set by the mode setting unit, a second electric power control is... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241747 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a printing portion, an ordinary printing controller, and an energy-saving printing controller. The ordinary printing controller causes the printing portion to perform ordinary printing at a first fixing temperature. The energy-saving printing controller causes the printing portion to perform energy-saving printing at a second fixing... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241746 - Image forming apparatus adequately controlling motor: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device, a motor, and a control device. The fixing device includes a heating member, a drive roller in contact with the heating member at a nip portion therebetween, and a memory configured to store an outer diameter of the drive roller. The motor... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241748 - Self lubricating fuser and method of operation: A belt fuser assembly which dispenses lubricant oil or other depleted lubricant component to the inner surface of the fuser belt. The belt fuser assembly may include a lubricant dispenser positioned to be heated by the heating element of the fuser assembly for dispensing a lubricant oil to the inner... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140241749 - Image forming apparatus having cartridges: An image forming apparatus includes: a main body; a first cartridge; a second cartridge; and a retaining member. The main body includes a first power-supplying part; and a second power-supplying part. The first cartridge includes a first power-receiving part. The second cartridge includes a second power-receiving part. The first and... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241750 - Filter on top output bin of a printer: A filter on top output bin of a printer is consisted of a box wherein a chamber inside of a box, filtering exit on the top of the box, sealing strips sealed along the edge of the filtering exit, filtering entrance under the box, anti-paper jam strips bored on two... Agent:

20140241751 - Belt cleaning device and image forming apparatus having the same: A belt cleaning device includes a collection roller, a cleaning blade, a sealing member, a first thrust mechanism, and a second thrust mechanism. The collection roller collects remaining toner on an intermediate transfer belt. The cleaning blade extends along the collection roller and scrapes off the toner of a surface... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241752 - Developer storage container, developing device and image forming apparatus: A developer storage container includes a first storage member storing a developer, a second storage member fitted to the first storage member, and a sealing member that seals between the first storage member and the second storage member for preventing leakage of the developer. The first storage member includes a... Agent: Oki Data Corporation

20140241753 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes an LED unit capable of being in an exposing position or a retracted position, and a cartridge capable of being inserted into or pulled out with the LED unit in the retracted position.... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241755 - Electrophotographic image forming apparatus: An electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of the apparatus, the cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a drum frame supporting the drum, a force receiving portion for receiving a driving force for driving the drum from the main assembly, and a regulated portion,... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241754 - Toner cartridge packaging: A toner cartridge packaging having a non-planar top surface is disclosed.... Agent: Hewlett-packard Development Company, Lp.

20140241756 - Detecting a developing cartridge: A developing cartridge is provided. The developing cartridge includes a housing which accommodates developer therein, a receiving member which receives a driving force output member provided in an image forming apparatus, a developing roller which rotates by the driving force received by the receiving member, and a detectable rotary member... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241757 - Nozzle insertion member, powder container, and image forming apparatus: A nozzle insertion member arranged in a powder container includes a nozzle insertion opening; an opening/closing member opening/closing the nozzle insertion opening; a supporting member supporting the opening/closing member; and a biasing member provided to the supporting member to bias the opening/closing member toward a closing position. When the powder... Agent:

20140241758 - Toner cartridge having a shutter lock mechanism: An example toner cartridge includes a reservoir for containing toner and an exit port in fluid communication with the reservoir. A shutter is positioned at the exit port and movable between an open position and a closed position. A first linkage member is operatively connected to the shutter to open... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140241759 - Toner case and image forming apparatus: A toner case includes a case main body and an agitating member. The case main body contains a toner. The agitating member agitates the toner contained in the case main body by rotating along an inner surface of the case main body. A rib is protruded on the inner surface... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241760 - Development device and image formation apparatus: A development device includes a developer carrier, a restriction member to control a layer thickness of the developer on the developer carrier, first and second developer supply members being in contact with the developer carrier. Each of the developer supply members is configured to rotate at a speed having a... Agent: Oki Data Corporation

20140241761 - Developing device and image forming apparatus: A developing device and an image forming apparatus including the developing device are provided. The developing device includes a housing, a developer carrier which is rotatably supported by the housing, and which carries developer on a circumferential surface thereof, a layer thickness regulating member which includes, a blade contacting the... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241762 - Endless belt for image forming device and image forming device having the same: An endless belt for an image forming device includes a base member that is shaped in a loop and is to be rotated around a center of the loop, and a reinforcement tape that is attached to a side of the base member, has two ends that are overlapped with... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20140241763 - Self lubricating fuser and method of operation: A belt fuser assembly which dispenses lubricant oil or other depleted lubricant component to the inner surface of the fuser belt. The belt fuser assembly may include a lubricant dispenser positioned to be heated by the heating element of the fuser assembly for dispensing a lubricant oil to the inner... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc.

20140241764 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus incorporating same: A fixing device includes a fixing member including a heat generator and an induction heater to heat the fixing member by electromagnetic induction. The induction heater includes an excitation coil, a ferromagnetic core to form a magnetic path to direct magnetic flux arising from the excitation coil to the fixing... Agent:

20140241765 - Fixing device: Provided is a fixing device including a transparent belt, a press roller that is rotated with being opposed to and contacting with the transparent belt, and transports a recording medium interposed therebetween, a press member-cum-optical system that contacts with the transparent belt from an opposite side to the press roller,... Agent: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

20140241767 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a fixing belt, a pressuring rotator, a pressing member, a heat source, a supporting member, and an end cap. The fixing belt is rotatably provided. The pressuring rotator is rotatably provided, and comes into pressure contact with the fixing belt to form a fixing nip between... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241768 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus: A fixing device includes a fixing belt, a pressuring rotator, a pressing member, a holding member, and an end cap. The fixing belt is rotatably provided. The pressuring rotator is rotatably provided, and comes into pressure contact with the fixing belt to form a fixing nip between the fixing belt... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241766 - Fixing device and image forming apparatus with same: A fixing device fixes an unfixed image onto a recording medium by heating the recording medium conveyed to a fixing nip. The fixing device includes a rotator, a belt rotatable by contacting the rotator, and a fixing nip-forming member provided inside a loop of the fixing belt to together form... Agent:

20140241769 - Image heating apparatus, lubricant application system, lubricant application method, and lubricant container-applicator: An image heating apparatus to which a lubricant application container is dismountably mountable, the image heating apparatus includes an endless belt configured to heat, in a nip, a toner image on a sheet; a rotatable member cooperative with the belt to form the nip; an urging member extending in a... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241771 - Base for fixing belt, fixing belt, fixing device, and image forming apparatus: A base for a fixing belt comprising at least: a nickel layer; and a copper layer, both laminated each other, wherein an orientation ratio I(200)/I(111) calculated based on a ratio between a peak strength of (200) crystal face and a peak strength of (111) crystal face by X-ray diffraction analysis... Agent:

20140241770 - Fixing member, fixing device, and image forming apparatus: A fixing member used for fixing toner includes a base, an elastic layer provided on an outer circumference of the base, and a release layer provided on an outer circumference of the elastic layer. The elastic layer includes silicone rubber, carbon fibers, saturated hydrocarbon having a liquid form at room... Agent: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

20140241772 - Cleaning device, process cartridge, and image forming apparatus: A cleaning device includes a cleaning member for removing a developer from a surface of a member to be cleaned and the cleaning member includes a blade portion, and a flexible plate-like supporting member configured to support the blade portion, the supporting member including one end portion, in which the... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241773 - Cleaning member, cleaning device, process cartridge, and image forming apparatus: A cleaning member for removing a developer from a surface of a member to be cleaned includes a blade member configured to make contact with the member to be cleaned in a direction counter to a moving direction of the member to be cleaned, and a flexible plate-like supporting member... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241774 - Image forming apparatus and control method thereof: An image forming apparatus capable of increasing the speed of successively discharging printed printing media in order to increase the overall print speed and a control method thereof. The image forming apparatus includes a first discharge roller to feed printed printing medium rearward from a print unit disposed at an... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20140241775 - Sheet tray, sheet feeder with sheet tray,image forming apparatus with sheet tray, and image reading device with sheet tray: A sheet tray includes a tray section. A rear end portion of the tray section capable of supporting an upstream side of a sheet in a direction of conveyance of the sheet extends in a width direction of the sheet transversely of the direction of conveyance of the sheet. Both... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241776 - Medium carrying device and image forming apparatus: A medium carrying device includes a first carrying part and a second carrying part that are configured to carry a medium, making a nip part therebetween. The guide member includes a medium regulation part having a surface to regulate the medium, an arm part that is at a side of... Agent: Oki Data Corporation

20140241777 - Recording medium conveying mechanism and image forming apparatus having the same: A recording medium conveying mechanism includes a conveying guide, a guide member, and a rotating mechanism. The conveying guide conveys recording paper to a nip zone between a mountable/demountable intermediate transfer unit and a secondary transfer roller. The guide member acting as a part of the conveying guide is rotated... Agent: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.

20140241778 - Tandem type image forming apparatus: To facilitate replacing photosensitive drums and/or developing devices in an image forming apparatus, a photosensitive member unit including a plurality of photosensitive members is loaded in a main casing. A developing device unit including a plurality of developing devices is also loaded in the main casing. Both an intermediate transfer... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

20140241779 - Image forming apparatus: An image forming apparatus includes a feed tray, an image forming unit including a photosensitive member, a registration mechanism including a registration roller pair and configured such that, after a leading edge of the sheet fed from the feed tray reaches the registration roller pair, the registration roller pair rotates... Agent: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

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