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399107000 - HAVING PARTICULAR STRUCTURE

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
399111000 Process cartridge unit 521
399119000 Developing unit 211
399121000 Transfer unit 78
399116000 Photoconductive member 70
399122000 Fixing unit 59
399123000 Cleaning unit 25
399115000 Charging unit 20
399124000 Paper path access 16
399125000 Clamshell type 5
20130039676COMPACT IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PIVOTALLY ATTACHED SCANNING UNIT - An image forming apparatus to be placed on a desktop includes a first body, a second body which is pivotally mounted above the first body, a light emitting unit disposed in the second body, an image forming unit disposed in the first body so as to form a C-shaped paper feeding path, a first power supply unit and a second power supply unit disposed on a bottom surface of the first body, a controlling board disposed on a first side wall of the first body, and a power transmission unit disposed on a second side wall of the first body.02-14-2013
20090214258Image Forming Device - An image forming device includes a swing body attached to a main body swingably around a first axis between a first state away from the main body and a second state close to the main body, an arm having a first end attached to one of the main body and the swing body swingably around a second axis parallel to the first axis and a second end joined with a second one of the two bodies slidably to be close to or away from the first axis, and a pressing member provided to the second one of the two bodies to press the arm toward the second axis in the second state. The second end includes a contact surface to contact the pressing member that is parallel to the second axis and slanted relative to a virtual plane perpendicular to an axial line of the arm.08-27-2009
20110243608OPENING/CLOSING DEVICE FOR UPPER UNIT CASE, AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - There is provided an opening/closing device for an upper unit case, including a pair of guide members formed of lower and upper guide members provided on lower and upper unit cases respectively, at least one of the lower and upper guide member being configured to be swingable in an up and down direction; a movable body which is connected movably to the lower and upper guide members and which has a rotary body installed in the movable body while being fitted rollably with respect to the lower and lower guide members; and a regulating mechanism which regulates swinging amount in the up and down direction of the at least one guide member configured to be swingable in the up and down direction.10-06-2011
20110064469Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus has a holding member having a plurality of photosensitive drums and configured to hold a plurality of toner cartridges in a detachable manner. The holding member is coupled to an apparatus body in a tiltable manner between a first position where the holding member is disposed in the apparatus body and a second position where the holding member is raised from the apparatus body. A top cover is coupled to the apparatus body in a tiltable manner between a closed position and an open position. The top cover tilts in a different direction from a direction that the holding member tilts.03-17-2011
20120082479IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE WITH LIFTABLE UPPER CASING - An image processing device includes a base, an upper casing, an image bearing member, and an image transfer member. The upper casing is liftably disposed above the base. The image bearing member is mounted in the upper casing. The image transfer member is mounted in the base and positioned opposite the image bearing member. The image bearing member and the image transfer member transfer a toner image from the image bearing member to a recording medium passing therebetween. The image bearing member is removed from its position opposite the image transfer member as the upper casing is lifted from the base.04-05-2012
399118000 Optics 3
20100080623ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a cartridge supporting member movable between an inside position inside the main assembly of the apparatus and an outside position outside the main assembly, a light source, a light guide member, on the cartridge supporting member, for guiding the light from the light source to electrically discharge charge remaining on a drum after a developed image on the drum is transferred onto recording material when the cartridge is in an image forming position, an interrelating member for moving the light source to an operating position where the light enters the light guide member in interrelation with movement of the cartridge supporting member from the outside to the inside positions, and a positioning member positioning the light source at the operating position.04-01-2010
20080279585Image forming apparatus - A holding unit turns, while holding a latent image writing unit, centered on a turning axis that is arranged on a main body of an image forming apparatus between an opening position and a closing position with respect to the main body. A positioning unit arranged on the main body positions the latent image writing unit with respect to the image carrier, when the holding unit is at the closing position. A biasing unit biases the latent image writing unit to make a contact with the positioning unit. A shock absorbing unit absorbs a shock received by the holding unit and the latent image writing unit when the holding unit is moved from the closing position to the opening position.11-13-2008
20100202798Image Forming Apparatus, Image Forming System, Container for Developing Agent, and Method of Manufacturing Container for Developing Agent - An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a mounting part configured to be detachably mountable therein plural types of cartridges having different initial capacities of developing agent; a light emitting device configured to emit light into the cartridge mounted in the mounting part; a light receiving device configured to receive light emitted from the light emitting device and passed through an inside of the cartridge; a determining unit configured to determine that a replacement time of the cartridge has been reached when a ratio of time, during which an output value of the light receiving device exceeds a light reception reference value, exceeds a determination threshold value. The image forming apparatus or the cartridges are configured such that the determination of the replacement time changes according to the initial capacity of the cartridge.08-12-2010
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20110182612IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING RETAINING MEMBER THAT CAN BE PULLED OUT THEREFROM - An image forming device includes a casing, photosensitive bodies, developing devices, developer accommodating devices, and a retaining member. The developer accommodating devices includes a first developer accommodating device that is individually replaceable and separable from the corresponding developing device and a second developer accommodating device that is replaceable together with the corresponding developing device. The retaining member retains the photosensitive bodies arranged in an arrangement direction, the developing devices, and the developer accommodating devices at fixed positions within the casing. The retaining member is capable of being pulled out from the casing and is movable between a housed position and a withdrawn position. One of the developer accommodating devices located at a most upstream side in the arrangement direction is the first developer accommodating device, and each of the developer accommodating devices other than the one of the developer accommodating devices is the second developer accommodating device.07-28-2011
20130028632IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE - A support member that supports a plurality of developer cartridges is configured to be moved in a predetermined direction between a mounted position and a pulled-out position. A moving mechanism is configured to move a supply member in the developer cartridge between a communication position and an interrupt position when the support member is in the mounted position. When the supply member is in the communication position, a supply opening and a reception opening are in communication with each other and the support member is incapable of moving in the predetermined direction. When the supply member is in the interrupt position, the supply member is moved away from the corresponding one of a plurality of image forming unit in the axial direction to interrupt communication between the supply opening and the reception opening and the support member is movable toward the pulled-out position in the predetermined direction.01-31-2013
20130028633Image Forming Device Capable of Easily Detaching and Attaching Developer Cartridge Relative to Main Casing - An image forming device includes a permitting unit and a moving unit. The permitting unit selectively establishes a first positional relationship in which photosensitive members contact an endless belt and a second positional relationship in which the photosensitive members separate from the endless belt. The moving unit moves a charger between a first position confronting the corresponding photosensitive member at a rear side thereof in a juxtaposed direction and a second position moved away from the first position. The endless belt confronts the photosensitive members at a top side thereof in an orthogonal direction. Each developer cartridge confronts the corresponding photosensitive member at a bottom side thereof. The developer cartridge is attachable to and detachable from a main casing while moved past a front side of the corresponding photosensitive member when the second positional relationship is established and the neighboring charger is in the second position.01-31-2013
20130028631IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE MOVING MECHANISM - A moving mechanism is configured to move a cartridge supporting unit to a mounted position, a retracted position, and a pulled-out position. The cartridge supporting unit is mounted in a main casing and a supply opening of each developer cartridge and a reception opening of each image forming unit are in communication with each other when the cartridge supporting unit is in the mounted position. The cartridge supporting unit is moved away from a plurality of image forming units in an axial direction of a photosensitive drum to interrupt a communication between the supply opening and the reception opening when the cartridge supporting unit is in the retracted position. The cartridge supporting unit is pulled outside the main casing from the retracted position in a predetermined direction perpendicular to the axial direction when the cartridge supporting unit is in the pulled-out position.01-31-2013
20080260420Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus that includes at least one process cartridge having a photosensitive element, a development unit, a toner storage unit, a driven shaft and a driven gear mounted thereon and which is detachably attachable to the apparatus from a top front side thereof, a drive shaft, a drive gear mounted on the drive shaft to couple with and drive the driven gear to transmit a driving force to the process cartridge, an upper cover opening and closing with respect to the apparatus, a front cover opening and closing with respect to the apparatus, and at least one block component to block coupling of the drive gear and the driven gear by contacting the driven shaft while interlocked with opening and closing of the upper cover. The process cartridge is detachably attachable to the apparatus from the front top side thereof by opening and closing the upper cover.10-23-2008
20080260419UNIT DRAWING MECHANISM AND IMAGE RECORDER - A unit drawing mechanism according to the present invention includes a drawing unit, a lever, a fixture, a preventer, a linkage, and a lever holder. The drawing unit can move along a movement path between a retracted position in an apparatus and an exposed position outside the apparatus. The lever is supported pivotably on the front side of the drawing unit. The fixture locks the drawing unit in the retracted position. The preventer prevents the drawing unit from moving from the exposed position. The linkage links the lever to the fixture and the preventer. The lever holder holds the lever in a first angular position, a second angular position, and a third angular position when the drawing unit is locked by the fixture, positioned on the movement path, and prevented by the preventer from moving from the exposed position, respectively.10-23-2008
20120183325Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of photoconductor drums; a plurality of exposure members; a drum supporting member having a pair of side walls disposed opposite to each other in an axial direction of the photoconductor drum and configured to support the photoconductor drums and the exposure members between the side walls; a belt disposed below and opposite to the photoconductor drums; a pair of guide members configured to support the drum supporting member while allowing rectilinear movement of the drum supporting member; and a main body circuit board provided in the main body and connected to the exposure members via a cable. The main body circuit board is arranged below the belt, and the cable passes a region outside the belt in the axial direction of the photoconductor drum and is connected to the main body circuit board.07-19-2012
20120183324Image Forming Apparatus - In an image forming apparatus, each of a plurality of exposure units provided at a drum supporting member is configured to be movable between an exposure position in which the exposure unit is located in proximity to a corresponding photoconductor drum supported by the drum supporting member and a retreating position in which the exposure unit retreated away from the corresponding photoconductor drum is positioned by a stopper, such that the exposure unit is located inside the drum supporting member regardless of whether the exposure unit is in the exposure position or in the retreating position. A motion-imparting member is provided at the drum supporting member, movably relative to the drum supporting member and is configured to act on an engageable portion of each exposure unit to thereby cause the exposure unit to move to the exposure position or to the retreating position.07-19-2012
20120183323Image Forming Apparatus - A photosensitive-drum supporting member has a pair of side walls confronting both ends of each photosensitive drum. The photosensitive-drum supporting member supports the photosensitive drums between the side walls. The photosensitive-drum supporting member moves between: a stowed position at which the photosensitive-drum supporting member is stowed within an apparatus main body; and a moved position at which the photosensitive-drum supporting member is moved from the stowed position to outside the apparatus main body through an opening. Exposing members are provided at the photosensitive-drum supporting member such that the exposing members move between: an exposing position at which each exposing member is adjacent to a corresponding photosensitive drum; and a retracted position at which each exposing member is separated from the corresponding photosensitive drum and is engaged by an engaging part. The exposing members are accommodated within the photosensitive-drum supporting member both at the exposing position and at the retracted position.07-19-2012
20120183322IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of photoconductor drums; a plurality of exposure members; a drum supporting member having a pair of side walls disposed opposite to each other in an axial direction of the photoconductor drum and configured to support the photoconductor drums and the exposure members between the side walls; a belt disposed below and opposite to the photoconductor drums; a pair of guide members configured to support the drum supporting member while allowing rectilinear movement of the drum supporting member; and a main body circuit board provided in the main body and connected to the exposure members via a cable. The main body circuit board is arranged above the drum supporting member.07-19-2012
20120183321Image Forming Apparatus - An apparatus main body has an opening at a front side. A developing-section supporting member configured to hold developing sections and to be pulled in a pulling direction through the opening from an internal position inside the apparatus main body to an external position outside the apparatus main body at which the developing sections is configured to be mounted and dismounted. Exposing members emit light in an optical axis direction for forming a latent image on respective photosensitive members. The exposing members are provided at the developing-section supporting member. A displacement mechanism is configured to support the developing-section supporting member and to displace the developing-section supporting member between: an adjacent position at which the developing-section supporting member is adjacent to the photosensitive members; and a separated position at which the developing-section supporting member is separated from the photosensitive members.07-19-2012
20120183320Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of photoconductor drums; a plurality of exposure members; a drum supporting member having a pair of side walls disposed opposite to each other in an axial direction of the photoconductor drum and configured to support the photoconductor drums and the exposure members between the side walls; a belt disposed below and opposite to the photoconductor drums; a pair of guide members configured to support the drum supporting member while allowing rectilinear movement of the drum supporting member; a separation mechanism configured to support the guide members together with the drum supporting member such that the photoconductor drums are movable in an upward-and-downward direction; and a main body circuit board provided in the main body and connected to the exposure members via a flat cable. The flat cable is partly supported at its retained portion by at least one of the guide members.07-19-2012
20120183319IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an image forming apparatus, a drum supporting member has a pair of opposed sidewalls facing in an axial direction of a plurality of photoconductor drums, and supports the plurality of photoconductor drums at insides of the sidewalls. A sheet output tray portion is formed in an upper wall of a casing of the apparatus as a downwardly recessed portion to receive a recording sheet with an image formed thereon. Part of the drum supporting member is disposed in spaces formed inside the casing at both sides of the sheet output tray portion facing in the axial direction of the plurality of photoconductor drums. The part of the drum supporting member overlaps the sheet output tray portion as viewed in the axial direction.07-19-2012
20120183318Image Forming Apparatus - A developing-section displacement mechanism supports a developing-section supporting member and displaces the developing-section supporting member between: a first adjacent position where the developing-section supporting member is adjacent to photosensitive members; and a first separated position where the developing-section supporting member is separated from the photosensitive members. A photosensitive-member displacement mechanism supports the photosensitive-member supporting member and displaces the photosensitive-member supporting member between: a second adjacent position where the photosensitive-member supporting member is adjacent to a belt; and a second separated position where the photosensitive-member supporting member is separated from the belt. An interlocking mechanism interlocks the both displacement mechanisms with the cover, and displaces the both supporting members from the respective adjacent positions to the respective separated positions when the cover moves from a closed position to an open position.07-19-2012
20120207510Image Forming Device - A retaining unit retains a plurality of photosensitive drums and includes a first conveying member. A main casing has a first conveying path and a second conveying path. The first conveying path extends from a first supplying unit to a first position where a second transfer unit opposes a downstream end portion of a first transfer unit. A first transferred medium is conveyed along the first conveying path in a conveying direction. A second transferred medium extends from a second supplying unit to a second position located upstream of the first position in the conveying direction. The second transferred medium is conveyed to the first conveying path through the second conveying path. The first conveying member is configured to convey the second transferred medium supplied from the second supplying unit in the second conveying path.08-16-2012
20130209136IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of photosensitive members, an endless belt, and a separation mechanism. The photosensitive members are arranged in parallel with and spaced from one another and correspond to respective colors. The plurality of photosensitive members includes a first photosensitive member and at least one second photosensitive member. Each of the photosensitive members has a first end portion and second end portion that is opposite to the first end portion in a longitudinal direction of each of the photosensitive members. The endless belt contacts the photosensitive members. The separation mechanism is configured to swing the second photosensitive member around the first end portion of the second photosensitive member as a fulcrum between a contact position at which the second photosensitive member contacts the endless belt and a separated position at which the second photosensitive member is separated from the endless belt.08-15-2013
20090154954ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC DEVICE ARCHITECTURE FOR MEDIA OUTPUT OPTION USABILITY AND INTERCHANGEABILITY - An electrophotographic device is provided for transferring a copy of an image from at least one first media sheet to at least one second media sheet. The device has a height, a width, and a depth defining a device external dimension, and also a width and depth defining a horizontal footprint of the device. The device includes a body adapted to receive therein at least one interchangeable media output module, which module when placed at a predetermined operating position is integrated into the path of travel of a media sheet passing through the device. A variety of interchangeable media output modules may be provided, including without limitation a multi-bin mailbox module, an automated media fastener module, an offset media stacker module, and combinations thereof. Advantageously, inclusion of one or more of the interchangeable media output modules does not alter the electrophotographic device external dimension and/or footprint.06-18-2009
20130084099Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus which may include an apparatus main body and a module unit. The module unit may include a communication member having an opening that allows communication between inside and outside of the module unit and a unit-side positioning portion located adjacent to the opening of the communication member. Further, the apparatus main body may include a ventilation member having an opening located so as to oppose the opening of the communication member. Further, the apparatus main body may include a main body-side positioning portion located adjacent to an opening of the ventilation member. Also, the apparatus main body may include an urging member that is configured to urge the module unit so as to bring the unit-side positioning portion into contact with the main body-side positioning portion.04-04-2013
20090317128IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus in which an exposing unit is mounted on a cover unit for improved space utilization. The image forming apparatus includes a body, a plurality of developing units arranged in the body along vertical direction of the body, a cover unit that opens or closes a side of the body an exposing unit provided at the cover unit so as to move in association with the closing or opening movement of the cover unit. The image forming apparatus may also include an engagement member to limit the movement of the exposing unit and a shutter unit to selectively open an optical path of the exposing unit upon closure of the cover unit.12-24-2009
20090317125IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device having a frame, a door, and a movable image forming unit to be assembled in the frame when the door is open. The image forming unit has a support shaft, and frame has a hole on which the support shaft abuts for positioning of the image forming unit relative to the frame when the door is closed. A lock unit formed with a recessed portion is movable in association with the movement of the door. When the door is open, the lock unit is at its abutment position so that the support shaft abuts the recessed portion. When the door is closed the lock unit is moved so that the support shaft is brought into abutment with the hole.12-24-2009
20120219318POWDER CONTAINER, TONER CARTRIDGE, DRAWER TRAY, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A powder container includes: a housing unit that is horizontally elongated, that contains powder, and that has at least part thereof being deformable; and a discharging unit that is attached to one end of the housing unit in a longitudinal direction. The discharging unit includes a discharge opening through which the powder in the housing unit is discharged outside and a rotary shutter that is provided inside the discharge opening and that opens and closes the discharge opening by rotating about a rotating shaft that is arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the housing unit.08-30-2012
20120219317IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes plural photosensitive drums; a belt which opposes the photosensitive drums; and a holder which collectively holds the photosensitive drums, and is movable between an outer position and an inner position. The holder includes a first handle unit which is provided at an upstream side, a second handle unit which is provided separately from the first handle unit at a downstream side, and an interfered portion which interferes with an apparatus main body. The second handle unit is movable between a protrusion position where the second handle unit protrudes from a top portion of the photosensitive drums and a retreat position where the second handle unit retreats therebelow. The interfered portion interferes with the apparatus main body to cause the second handle unit to be displaced from the protrusion position to the retreat position when the holder is mounted in the apparatus main body.08-30-2012
20130071139IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of developing units disposed in parallel with each other, a developer cartridge being detachably attached to each of the plurality of developing units, each of the plurality of developing units forming a developer image with a developer agent in the developer cartridge; a first cover covering at least one specified developer cartridge of a plurality of developer cartridges attached to the plurality of developing units, the first cover being openable to allow the at least one specified developer cartridge to be attached and detached; and a second cover covering at least one developer cartridge other than the at least one specified developer cartridge of the plurality of developer cartridges, the second cover being openable to allow the at least one developer cartridge other than the at least one specified developer cartridge to be attached and detached.03-21-2013
20090092412ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus to which a process cartridge is detachably mountable, the process cartridge can be positioned with high accuracy in a simple construction in an apparatus main body. The process cartridge is put on a cartridge tray, and the process cartridge is replaced by a front access. Furthermore, the process cartridge is moved in conjunction with opening/closing operations of a door member so that a photosensitive drum and a transfer belt are brought in contact with each other.04-09-2009
20110013932IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a main assembly; a cartridge, detachably mountable to the main assembly, for being operated so as to form a toner image on a sheet material in a state in which the cartridge is mounted in the main assembly; a fixing unit, detachably mountable to the main assembly, for fixing the toner image on the sheet material; and an opening for exposing an inside of the main assembly. The fixing unit and the cartridge are mountable into and demountable from the main assembly in a mounting and demounting direction in which the fixing unit and the cartridge are disposed side by side. When the fixing unit and the cartridge are mounted into and demounted from the main assembly, the fixing unit passes through the opening, and the cartridge passes through a space in which the fixing unit is to be mounted and passes through the opening. When the fixing unit and the cartridge at the time of passing through the opening are projected onto a surface perpendicular to the mounting and demounting direction, a contour of a projected area of the cartridge is at least partly inside a contour of a projected area of the fixing device, and the cartridge passes through the inside of the contour of the projected area of the fixing device when passes through the opening.01-20-2011
20110013931LID DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A lid device includes a main body, an opening/closing member, a support portion and a fall preventing member. The opening/closing member is attached to the main body so as to be opened and closed. The support portion is provided on the main body, and supports the opening/closing member in such a manner which the opening/closing member is disengaged from the main body when receiving force of opening the opening/closing member beyond a predetermined opening/closing angular range. The fall preventing member prevents the opening/closing member disengaged from the support portion from coming off the main body.01-20-2011
20130164027Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: a main apparatus body; an opening/closing member; a drum unit including a photosensitive drum and can be pulled out of an accommodating space along an axial direction of the photosensitive drum; an exposing member provided in the main apparatus body and movable between an exposure position and an evacuation position; and a movable mechanism including: a first movable member movable in accordance with an opening/closing operation of the opening/closing member; and a second movable member for moving the exposing member between the exposure position and the evacuation position in accordance with movement of the first movable member. The second movable member supports both end portions of the exposing member. The second movable member moves the exposing member to the exposure position or the evacuation position by the movement of the first movable member in accordance with the movement of the opening/closing member.06-27-2013
20120269542PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE - A surface processing apparatus includes a heating unit and a detachably mountable film cartridge. The film cartridge is provided with a first opening portion into which the heating unit proceeds, and an operational portion disposed in a casing, for acting on a shutter of the heating unit to move the shutter between a closing position (first position) and an opening position (second position). The heating unit proceeds into the casing through the first opening portion with the shutter being in the closing position, and the operational portion acts on the shutter in the casing to move the shutter to the opening position.10-25-2012
20110064458Image-Forming Apparatus - An image-forming apparatus includes: a housing; a first cover attached to the housing; a belt-shaped intermediate transfer body; a rotating member; a support member that contacts an inner surface of the intermediate transfer body at a position opposed to the rotating member to form an image transfer portion where an image is transferred from the intermediate transfer body onto a recording medium; a first supporting unit provided to the housing to support a first end of the support member, a positioning mechanism that determines a position of the first cover relative to the housing when the first cover is closed; and a second supporting unit provided to the first cover to support a second end of the support member, such that a pressure generated between the support member and the rotating member is increased when the first cover is closed than when the first cover is opened.03-17-2011
20110280617Image Formation Apparatus - An image formation apparatus has a belt unit, a drawer casing configured to accommodate the plurality of process units. The drawer casing is movable in a horizontal direction so that it is insertable in and/or drawable from a main body of the image formation apparatus. An openable cover for an opening formed on an end face of the drawer casing is provided. The drawer casing is arranged above an imaginary plane including the bridging surface of an endless belt, while a sheet tray is arranged below the imaginary plane. A pair of rollers arranged on the sheet tray side with respect to the movable path and configured to feed the sheet fed from the sheet tray to the belt unit. A first guide and a second guide, which provided opposite to the first guide with a predetermined clearance therebetween, are provided to form a sheet feed path.11-17-2011
20110280619IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE HAVING HOLDER UNIT FOR TONER BOX - An image forming device includes: a main casing; a holder unit; a plurality of image bearing members; a plurality of developing units; a plurality of toner boxes; a first acting portion; a second acting portion; and an abutment member. The holder unit is configured to be movable in a moving direction between an accommodated position and a pull-out position. The plurality of image bearing members are held by the holder unit and are juxtaposedly arrayed in the moving direction with intervals between neighboring image bearing members. The plurality of developing units are held by the holder unit in one to one correspondence with the plurality of image bearing members. The 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 attachable to the holder unit at the pull-out position.11-17-2011
20110280618IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE, IN WHICH HOLDER UNIT DETACHABLY HOLDING TONER BOX IS MOVABLY MOUNTED - An image forming device includes: a main casing; a holder member; a plurality of image bearing members; a plurality of developing units; a plurality of toner boxes; an operation member; and a stop member. The main casing defines an accommodation space. The holder member is configured to be movable in a moving direction between an accommodated position in which the holder member is accommodated in the accommodation space and a pull-out position in which at least part of the holder member is outside the accommodation space. The plurality of image bearing members are held by the holder member and are juxtaposedly arrayed in the moving direction with intervals between neighboring image bearing members. The plurality of developing units are held by the holder member in one to one correspondence with the plurality of image bearing members. The plurality of toner boxes are detachably attachable to the holder member in one to one correspondence with the plurality of developing units. Each toner box is detachably attachable to the holder member at the pull-out position. Each toner box includes: a toner container accommodating toner therein and formed with an opening, through which toner in the toner container is to be supplied to the corresponding developing unit; and a shutter movable between an open position for opening the opening and a closed position for closing the opening. The operation member is configured to be movable between a first position providing the closed position of the shutter and a second position providing the open position of the shutter. The stop member is provided in the main casing and configured to prevent the holder member from moving when the holder member is on its way to the accommodated position from the pull-out position while the operation member is at the first position.11-17-2011
20110280616IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE HAVING HOLDER UNIT, IN WHICH TONER BOX IS DETACHABLY MOUNTED - An image forming device includes: a main casing; a holder unit; a plurality of image bearing members; a plurality of developing units; a plurality of toner boxes; and an operation assembly. The main casing defines an accommodation space. The holder unit is configured to be movable in a moving direction between an accommodated position in which the holder unit is accommodated in the accommodation space and a pull-out position in which at least part of the holder unit is outside of the accommodation space. The plurality of image bearing members are held by the holder unit and are juxtaposedly arrayed in the moving direction with intervals between neighboring image bearing members. The plurality of developing units are held by the holder unit in one to one correspondence with the plurality of image bearing members. The 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 attachable to the holder unit at the pull-out position. Each toner box includes: a toner container accommodating therein toner and formed with an opening through which toner in the toner container is to be supplied to each developing unit; and a shutter movable between an open position for opening the opening and a closed position for closing the opening. The operation assembly is provided at the holder unit and configured to move the shutter between the open position and the closed position.11-17-2011
20100266311IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a main body casing, a device that is positioned within a main body casing and having a function, a displacement member positioned in a main body casing and capable of displacement between an initial position and a stop position which causes the device to perform an action, a string-like connection that is connected between the displacement member and a cover member and that displaces the displacement member from the initial position to the stop position in synchronization with the opening operation of the cover member. The string-like connection, and the displacement member in the stop position, constitute an opening restricting device capable of restricting the opening angle of a cover member to a prescribed angle.10-21-2010
20110142489ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a main assembly; a cartridge including process means actable on an electrophotographic photosensitive member, the process cartridge being detachably mountable relative to the main assembly; an opening, provided in the main assembly of the apparatus, for permitting mounting and demounting of the cartridge; an openable member, provided in the main assembly of the apparatus, for openably closing the opening; an exposure device, provided on the openable member, for exposing the electrophotographic photosensitive member; the cartridge including a first unit, and a second unit pivotably connected with the first unit; a first positioning portion provided in the main assembly of the apparatus, wherein the exposure device is provided with a second positioning portion for positioning between the exposure device and the second unit of the cartridge by engagement with the cartridge by closing the openable member.06-16-2011
20110299883IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming apparatus includes a separating member, which is provided between a light emitting device and a drum bearing portion, for supporting the light emitting device to a separated position when the cartridge is shipped while being packed together, the separating member being provided to a regulating member for regulating a supply of a developer at a shipping mode. With this structure, when the image forming apparatus is shipped while the cartridge is packed together, the light emitting device as an exposure apparatus and an electrophotographic photosensitive drum is separated from each other, whereby the reliability during the transportation while packing the cartridge together may be enhanced.12-08-2011
20120099893HOUSING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A housing unit includes: a first housing that contains a cylindrical image holder; a second housing that contains a fuser unit for fixing an image to a recording medium by a heat roller; a protruding unit that protrudes outwardly from a surface of the first housing, which surface faces a circular surface of the image holder; a heat resistant member that is formed of a material having heat resistance higher than that of the protruding unit, and covers the protruding unit; a metallic supporting unit that supports an end of the heat roller; a connecting unit that is formed on the supporting unit and is shaped to contact and fit the heat resistant member; and a fixing unit that fixes the first housing to the second housing at such a position that the connecting unit is fitted to the heat resistant member.04-26-2012
20120099892ATTACHING AND DETACHING BODY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An attaching and detaching body includes: a main body of the attaching and detaching body that is attached to a to-be attached and detached apparatus; a memory that stores information concerning the attaching and detaching body; a memory support section that is provided in the main body of the attaching and detaching body and that supports the memory; and a restriction body that is attached to the main body of the attaching and detaching body and that, when attached to the main body of the attaching and detaching body, is arranged on a locus along which the memory departs from the memory support section.04-26-2012
20110299884IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including a housing body in which a first end is rotatably connected with an apparatus main body, a link member in which the second end can reciprocate in a first direction, a suspended portion positioned at a restricted position when the housing body is positioned at the closed position or the intermediate open position, and positioned at a non-restricted position when the housing body is positioned at the fully open position, and a tension spring in which one end is connected to the link member and the second end is connected to the suspended portion, and when the housing body is positioned at the closed position, and the tension spring is in an extended state, when the housing body is positioned at the intermediate open position or the fully open position, and the tension spring is in a free-length state.12-08-2011
20110299882IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an image forming apparatus including: a first moving member pressed and moved by an openable/closable member when the openable/closable member is opened, and switching a cartridge from a state where the cartridge is positioned in an image forming position to a state where the positioning is released; and a second moving member pressed and moved by the openable/closable member when the openable/closable member is opened, and moving the exposure member from an exposure position to a retracted position, wherein when the positioning of the cartridge is released, a reaction force applied from the first moving member to the openable/closable member reaches a first peak, when the exposure member is moved to the retracted position, a reaction force applied from the second moving member to the openable/closable member reaches a second peak, and timing of the first peak is different from timing of the second peak.12-08-2011
20110299881COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes a cartridge supporting member for supporting a plurality of cartridges, wherein the cartridge supporting member is movable between an inside position inside a main assembly of the image forming apparatus and an outside position outside the main assembly and includes a plurality of mounting portions to which the plurality of cartridges are detachably mountable; and a conveying path along which the recording material is to be conveyed. The cartridge supporting member is movable to an exposing position, which is a part of the outside position, in which the conveying path is exposed at an upstream side of the upstreammost-side mounting portion with respect to a pulling-out direction in which the cartridge supporting member is to be moved from the inside position to the outside position.12-08-2011
20110299880IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING SHUTTER DRIVING MEMBER - An image forming device includes a plurality of image bearing members, a plurality of developing units, a plurality of toner cartridges, a plurality of shutter driving members, a driving force generating member that generates a driving force, and a driving force transmitting mechanism that transmits the driving force to the shutter driving members. Each toner cartridge includes a casing formed with an opening through which toner accommodated in the casing is supplied to the corresponding developing unit and a shutter movable between an opening position at which the shutter opens the opening and a closing position at which the shutter closes the opening. Each of the shutter driving members moves the corresponding shutter between the opening position and the closing position when supplied with the driving force.12-08-2011
20110299879IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING SHUTTER DRIVING MEMBER - An image forming device includes a main casing, a support member, a plurality of image bearing members supported on the support member, a plurality of developing units supported on the support member, a plurality of toner cartridges detachably mounted on the support member, and a shutter closing mechanism. Each toner cartridge includes a casing formed with an opening through which toner accommodated in the casing is supplied to the developing unit and a shutter movable between an opening position at which the shutter opens the opening and a closing position at which the shutter closes the opening. The shutter closing mechanism moves the shutter of one of the toner cartridges to be replaced from the opening position to the closing position while maintaining the shutters of the remaining toner cartridges at the respective opening positions.12-08-2011
20110299878IMAGE FORMING DEVICE INCLUDING TONER CARTRIDGE HAVING SHUTTER - An image forming device includes a support member and a plurality of operation members supported on the support member. The support member is movable relative to a main casing. A plurality of toner cartridges is detachably mounted on the support member, and each includes a casing formed with an opening for supplying toner to a corresponding developing unit and a shutter movable relative to the casing to selectively open and close the opening. Each operation member is operated in a direction substantially parallel to an axial direction of photosensitive drums to press one of the casing and the shutter, thereby moving the shutter relative to the casing in the direction to open the opening.12-08-2011
20090169244SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO CONTROL ACCESS TO AN INTERIOR OF AN IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - The present application is directed to systems and methods to control access to an interior of an image forming device. The image forming device may include a body with a door that is movable between open and closed positions. In the open position, access is gained to an interior of the body. A controller controls a latch through a motor arrangement to lock and unlock the door. A user interface may be positioned on an exterior of the body to allow a user to enter commands to lock and unlock the door. Additional elements may also be included within the interior of the image forming device and operated with the motor arrangement.07-02-2009
20100086327SYSTEM FOR INSTALLING A CONTINUOUS BELT IN A MARKING SYSTEM - This invention involves a kit or cartridge useful in installing an endless belt into a belt-containing system such as a xerographic marking system. The cartridge has a sheath to house all of the components of the cartridge. These components are: 04-08-2010
20100272468Image Forming Apparatus - An apparatus includes: a main body; a supporting member having a first side wall and a second side wall, the supporting member configured to be movable between an accommodation position and a withdrawn position, the supporting member configured to be removable from the apparatus main body by being withdrawn further from the withdrawn position; a first frame facing the first side wall and a second frame facing the second side wall; a lock member configured to be movable between a lock position and a release position; and a restriction unit provided on the second side wall and the second frame, the restriction unit configured to restrict a rotation of the supporting member by coming contact with the supporting member when the supporting member, which is locked into the withdrawn position, rotates to the first frame side of the apparatus main body.10-28-2010
20090297209Image Forming Device Having Detachable Process Unit - An image forming device facilitating fluid communication between developer cartridges supported in a main body frame and a process unit in which developing units are accommodated in a drawer movable in a first direction and second direction opposite to the first direction. The developing units are arrayed in the first and second direction, and the process unit is formed with communication ports displaced from one another in a direction perpendicular to the first and second direction. An inlet shutter mechanism is provided to open the communication ports when the drawer is assembled to an operable position for image formation. The main body has abutment portions to open each shutter of the inlet shutter mechanism in accordance with the movement of the drawer to the operable position.12-03-2009
20110188885IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a housing, a transfer roller configured to be opposite to an image carrier when the housing is rotated around a rotation fulcrum, a transfer roller pressing member configured to urge the transfer roller toward the image carrier, a guide configured to feed transfer paper, a fixing hook configured to be urged in a direction to lock the housing about the main body, a transfer roller releasing lever configured to separate the transfer roller from the image carrier against urging performed by the transfer roller pressing member, a transfer roller positioning part that is disposed in a main body and configured to position the transfer roller, and an operation part configured to cause the fixing hook to rotate in a direction to unlock the housing roller such that the transfer roller releasing lever rotates in a direction to release the transfer roller from the image carrier.08-04-2011
20100098456ACCOMMODATING VESSEL AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE USING THE SAME - An accommodating vessel, which is detachably attached to a vessel receiving part of a casing of an image forming device to accommodate an image forming material, the accommodating vessel including: a vessel main body that includes a tubular part; a cover member that includes a fitted part; at least one positioned protrusion; and at least one positioned positioning protrusion, wherein the at least one positioned protrusion includes: a guide protrusion that extends in a rotating direction of the cover member; and a plurality of rotation stop protrusions that extends in opposite directions to each other relative to the guide protrusion along a pushing and pulling direction of the cover member, and Wherein the positioning protrusion includes a stop wall that abuts on the guide protrusion and the plurality of rotation stop protrusions of the at least one positioned protrusion to be stopped.04-22-2010
20100124432ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SUPPORTING MEMBER - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes an electrophotographic image forming apparatus main assembly including a preventing portion; a supporting member for supporting a plurality of electrophotographic photosensitive members, the supporting member being movable between an inside position inside the main assembly and an outside position outside the main assembly in a state in which the supporting member is supported by the main assembly and being disengageable from the main assembly at the outside position; a handle portion, provided to the supporting member, to be touched for disengaging the supporting member from the main assembly; and a portion to be prevented, provided to the supporting member, being movable between a preventing position in which the portion to be prevented contacts the preventing portion in order to prevent the supporting member from being disengaged from the main assembly and a retracted position in which the portion to be prevented is retracted from the preventing position in order to disengaging the supporting member from the main assembly. The portion to be prevented is moved from the preventing position to the retracted position by the touch of the handle portion.05-20-2010
20110217067TONER CARTRIDGE - A toner cartridge includes a toner cartridge main body having a cylindrical toner container that contains toner therein, a toner discharge port disposed on one end of the toner container, and a rotating shaft disposed on the other end of the toner container; and an annular IC chip holder that is fitted to the rotating shaft of the toner cartridge main body to rotate together with the toner cartridge main body, and has a notch formed in an outer peripheral surface in which an IC chip is mounted, wherein the IC chip holder rotates together with the toner cartridge main body until the IC chip holder is fixed to an IC chip contact holder having a contact member for contacting a terminal of the IC chip disposed in the image forming apparatus main body.09-08-2011
20090010677COVER OPENING AND CLOSING UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF REMOVING AND MOUNTING COVER - A cover opening and closing unit for an image forming apparatus, includes a cover removably mounted to a main body of the image forming apparatus mounting therein a developer cartridge, a developing unit, a transferring unit and a waste-developer receptacle, and a locking device fixing the cover to the main body of image forming apparatus. The locking device is released from the main body only after the waste-developer receptacle is removed from the main body.01-08-2009
20110170904Printer - Provided is a printer capable of reliably combining a main unit and a detachable unit with each other, performing smooth attachment/detachment operation of the detachable unit, easily achieving miniaturization, and suppressing interference with fingertips during the attachment/detachment operation, to thereby increase safety. The printer includes: a main unit (07-14-2011
20090297210IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus comprising: a recording unit; a reading unit rotatably supported to the upper portion of the recording unit so as to be openable and closable about one end as a fulcrum and reads an original; an L-shaped guide groove which is provided for the recording unit and in which a long groove portion and a short groove portion are connected by a bending portion; and a stay at one end is fitted into the guide groove and coupled therewith, the other end is swingably coupled with the reading unit. The guide groove has a restricting mechanism configured to alternately guide the projecting portion to the long groove portion and the short groove portion when the projecting portion moves from the bending portion.12-03-2009
20120294645IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including an image forming part to form an image on a recording medium, a sheet feeder to feed the recording medium to the image forming part, a drawer unit withdrawably installable in the image forming apparatus disposed within the image forming pat, and a front cover mounted on the drawer unit. The front cover is closably openable relative to the image forming apparatus with movement of the drawer unit.11-22-2012
20120269541Image Forming Device Having Process Unit With Improved Handgrips - An image forming device may include a process unit including: cartridges arrayed side by side in an array direction; and a support unit supporting the cartridges and movable in the array direction between an accommodated position where the support unit is accommodated in a main casing and a pulled out position, away from the accommodated position, for detachment and attachment of the support unit. The support unit includes: a frame; a first handgrip including a leg portion having a portion connected to the frame, and a grip portion connected to the leg portion and positioned downstream of a most upstream end of a most upstream side cartridge in a pulling out direction along the array direction for pulling out the support unit when the support unit is at the accommodated position; and a second hand grip positioned downstream of the first hand grip in the pulling out direction.10-25-2012
20110200355Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus may include a removable/attachable belt unit. In operation, the belt unit may be secured to a main body of the image forming apparatus using a lock mechanism to prevent extraneous or unexpected shifts and/or other movements. The lock mechanism may be located closer to a rotation pivot than to a midpoint between the rotation pivot and a rotation axis of a driven roller. This positioning of the lock mechanism may allow easier attachment and removal of the belt unit. Additionally, the lock mechanism may include an urging member configured to sandwich a protruding member of the belt unit against a contact surface in a front-rear direction. This reduces the potential for elastic or creep deformation of the belt unit.08-18-2011
20080292355ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a process cartridge which is mounted on a pull-out type cartridge tray to enable front access. The electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes an urging unit for urging and moving the cartridge tray toward a front of a main assembly of the apparatus and a clocking member for locking the cartridge tray in a proper position so that the cartridge tray is returned back to an outside position of the apparatus when the cartridge tray is pushed to the proper position.11-27-2008
20080304859Imaging Cartridge Drive with an External Ramp - Provided is an improved drive mechanism for an imaging machine. At least one external ramp is disposed along the outer perimeter of the drive dog whereby a tooth of the imaging machine drive mechanism is centered and directed into the drive dog seat. The leading edge of the drive dog seat contacts the base of the imaging machine drive mechanism thus making full contact between the drive dog seat and the imaging machine drive mechanism tooth.12-11-2008
20080304860Image Forming Apparatus - In an image forming apparatus, a plurality of process units each including a photoconductor drum are arranged in tandem; a plurality of exposure units configured to expose the photoconductor drum to light to form an electrostatic latent image thereon are each disposed above and opposite to the corresponding photoconductor drum; an output tray configured to receive an ejected recording sheet on which an image has been formed is disposed above the plurality of exposure units; and an image reader unit configured to read an image of a source document is disposed above the output tray with a predetermined space provided between the image reader unit and the output tray. At least one of the exposure units and at least a part of the output tray are movable together into the predetermined space, whereby the plurality of process units are allowed to be pulled out in a direction of tandem arrangement thereof.12-11-2008
20090052938IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: an image carrier; a latent-image forming device; a developing device; a latent-image forming device contacting/separating mechanism; and a developing device contacting/separating mechanism, and the latent-image forming device contacting/separating mechanism allows the latent-image forming device to be movable to the latent-image forming device contacting position in a state where the developing device is moved to the developing device contacting position.02-26-2009
20090180797IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE - An image forming apparatus includes a belt unit, a plurality of photosensitive drums, a cartridge, a casing, a cartridge holding unit and a first guide unit. The looped belt has a first surface outside of the loop, and is stretched to form a substantially straight portion on the loop that extends in a first direction. The casing has a base surface. The cartridge holding unit holds the cartridge at a first predetermined position in the casing. Each circumferential surface of the plurality of photosensitive drums contacts the straight portion of the first surface when the cartridge is held by the cartridge holding unit at the first predetermined position. The first guide unit guides the cartridge into the first predetermined position, and allows the plurality of photosensitive drums to move apart from the straight portion of the first surface when the cartridge is detached from the first predetermined position.07-16-2009
20120141158Image Forming Apparatus with an Opening and Closing Unit - An image forming apparatus includes: a main body; an opening and closing unit disposed so as to be openable and closable for the main body; a fixing unit fixing the opening and closing unit to the main body; a structure including a component for realizing an image forming function and/or a transfer medium-conveying function, the structure supported movably for the main body; a bias unit disposed between the opening and closing unit and the structure, the bias unit biasing the structure so as to be pushed to a member; a constraining unit constraining the opening and closing unit and the structure against a bias force of the biasing unit when the fixing unit does not fix the opening and closing unit; and a releasing unit releasing the opening and closing unit and the structure from being constrained when the fixing unit fixes the opening and closing unit.06-07-2012
20080317498Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus including an image forming section; an upper unit located over the image forming section with a space therebetween and slidable in a direction of from the front side to the rear side of the apparatus and the opposite direction; a sheet discharger configured to discharge a sheet bearing an image in the first or opposite direction; a sheet stacker receiving the sheet from the sheet discharger; a support arranged outside of both side ends of the sheet stacker in the first direction and slidably supporting the upper unit; and at least one of a release preventing member for preventing releasing of the upper unit from the support, and a covering member movable from a first position to a second position in conjunction with sliding of the upper unit and covering an opening formed at an end portion of the support when acquiring the first position.12-25-2008
20120070186ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium includes a cartridge configured to store developer, a transfer member located opposite an electrophotographic photosensitive member and configured to transfer a developed image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive member to the recording medium, a supporting member that is movable, while supporting the cartridge, between an image forming position where image formation is conducted inside an apparatus body of the electrophotographic image forming apparatus and an attachment/detachment position which is spaced away from the image forming position and where attachment/detachment of the cartridge is feasible, and a waste developer container supported so as to be attachable/detachable with respect to the supporting member, having a cleaning member configured to remove the developer from a surface of the transfer member, and configured to store the developer removed by the cleaning member.03-22-2012
20120070185ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus in a state that a cartridge is mounted to a mounting portion of a main assembly of the apparatus, includes a first opening, provided in the main assembly, for permitting the cartridge to pass into the main assembly to mount the cartridge; an door provided in the main assembly and movable between a closing position and an open position; a second opening, provided in the main assembly, for permitting the recording material to pass into the main assembly to supply the recording material; a light blocking member provided in the main assembly to suppress impingement of at least a part of external light having entered through the second opening onto an photosensitive drum, wherein the light blocking member functions to guide the cartridge toward the mounting portion through the first opening which is open by movement of the door to the open position.03-22-2012
20100196046Image Forming Device Facilitating Replacement of Belt Unit - An image forming device includes, a main casing, a drawer unit, and a transfer unit. The main casing has a first frame formed with a first opening and a second frame formed with a second opening. The main casing has a first inner space in communication with the first opening and the second opening. The drawer unit is movable between a first position and a second position. The drawer unit is accommodated in the first inner space when the drawer unit is in the first position. The drawer unit is partially drawn out from the first inner space through the first opening when the drawer unit is in the second position. When the drawer unit is moved to the second position, a mounting space is formed for allowing the first transfer unit to be mounted in the second inner space.08-05-2010
20110142488ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A color image forming apparatus for forming a color image on a sheet includes a plurality of cartridge mounting portions for demountably mounting a cartridge each of which includes a developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on a photosensitive drum into a developed image and a developer accommodating portion for accommodating a developer to be used for development of the electrostatic latent image; a single intermediary transfer member which is provided opposed to the drums and onto which the developed images are transferred from the drums; an image forming unit containing the cartridge mounting portions and the intermediary transfer member and movable between a first position for transferring, onto the sheet, the developed images transferred onto the intermediary transfer member from the drums and a second position for permitting mounting and demounting of the cartridges relative to the cartridge mounting portion; an opening for permitting mounting and demounting of the cartridges relative to the cartridge mounting portions of the unit taking the a second position; and an opening-closing member movable between a closing position for closing the opening and an open position for opening the opening, wherein when the unit takes the first position, the cartridges take attitudes in which the developer is supplied to the developing roller by the weight thereof, and when the unit takes the a second position, the cartridges take attitudes in which the developer is not supplied to the developing roller by the weight thereof.06-16-2011
20110229194Image Forming Device - A holder unit is configured to hold a plurality of photosensitive drums such that the plurality of photosensitive drums are arrayed in a predetermined direction and juxtaposed with each other with a space between neighboring photosensitive drums. A plurality of developing units is held by the holder unit, each is provided in association with each photosensitive drum, and each includes a developing roller displaceable between a contact position where the developing roller is in contact with the photosensitive drum and a spaced position where the developing roller is spaced away from the photosensitive drum. A spacer member has a plurality of retaining portions each in association with each developing unit and configured to retain each developing unit at the spaced position, and a linking portion integral with the retaining portions and configured to connect neighboring retaining portions therethrough in the predetermined direction.09-22-2011
20120195628IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes plural cartridges and a cartridge holder which integrally supports cartridges and is movable in an alignment direction of the cartridges between an outer position and an inner position relative to the apparatus main body. Each cartridge includes a developer carrier, a handle member which is displaceable between a protrusion position of protruding upward and a retreat position below the protrusion position, and a cover member which is displaceable between a close position of covering an upper part of the developer carrier and an open position of opening the upper part of the developer carrier. At least the cartridges are provided with an interlocking mechanism which is configured to displace each of the handle members and the cover members in conjunction with moving the cartridge holder with respect to the apparatus main body.08-02-2012
20110229191COVER OPENING/CLOSING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A cover opening/closing unit includes a cover body, a plurality of first hinge portions, a handle portion, and a second hinge portion. The cover body is attached to a side surface of an apparatus body. The first hinge portions are provided on both ends of a lower end portion of the cover body so as to rotatably support the cover body. The handle portion is provided between the first hinge portions. The second hinge portion is provided on a back of the cover body and between the first hinge portions so as to rotatably support the cover body.09-22-2011
20130121722Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes a housing defining a sheet convey path through which a sheet is conveyed, a transfer belt disposed in the sheet convey path within the housing, a plurality of photosensitive members disposed opposite to the transfer surface from below in the housing, and a plurality of developing units disposed in the housing such that each of the developing units corresponds to one of the photosensitive members. The housing includes a first body configured to accommodate the developing units detachably and a second body disposed above the first body and configured to accommodate the transfer belt and the photosensitive members. The second body is configured to pivot around a pivot axis located on a first end of the first body and separate upward from the first body such that the developing units are exposed from the first body.05-16-2013
20130121723ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SUPPORTING MEMBER - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a supporting member for supporting a plurality of electrophotographic photosensitive members. The supporting member is movable between an inside position inside the main assembly and an outside position outside the main assembly in a state in which the supporting member is supported by the main assembly and is disengageable from the main assembly at the outside position. The apparatus further includes a portion to be prevented, provided to the supporting member, with the portion to be prevented being movable between a preventing position in which the portion to be prevented contacts a preventing portion in order to prevent the supporting member from being disengaged from the main assembly and a retracted position in which the portion to be prevented is retracted from the preventing position in order to disengage the supporting member from the main assembly.05-16-2013
20110236059IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a rotary body; a rotary body retaining member; pressure members that press the rotary body retaining member along a direction to bring shaft portions of the rotary body into positioning grooves; and an operation member. When an open/shut cover is in an open position, the operation member comes into contact with the rotary body retaining member so as to press the rotary body retaining member in a direction to bring the shaft portions of the rotary body out of the positioning grooves. When the open/shut cover is swung to, a close position, the operation member is contacted by the rotary body retaining member pressed by the pressure members, thereby bringing the operation member into contact with part of the apparatus body and keeping the operation member still. The rotary body retaining member and the operation member touch each other through elastic buffering members.09-29-2011
20100239308COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit including a transfer member for transferring a developed image formed on an electrophotographic photosensitive drum onto the recording material, and mounting portions for demountably mounting cartridges arranged substantially in a vertical direction, the unit being movable, in a state that the cartridge is demountably mounted to the mounting portions, between a transfer position for transferring the developed image from the transfer member onto the recording material in a main assembly of the apparatus, and a mounting and demounting position, different from the transfer position, for mounting and demounting the cartridges relative to the mounting portion; a first path for mounting and demounting the cartridge relative to such a mounting portion of the mounting portions as is provided at a topmost position; and a second path, different from the first path, for mounting and demounting the cartridge relative to the mounting portion.09-23-2010
20110058847Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes a transfer belt that conveys a transfer material, and a photosensitive body that catches the transfer material between the photosensitive body and the transfer belt and that transfers a toner image to the transfer material. The transfer belt is driven in conjunction with the opening action of the front cover, and the photosensitive body is separated from the transfer belt in conjunction with the opening action of the front cover.03-10-2011
20100247137DETACHABLE BODY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an image forming apparatus defined herein, in case the opening/closing member is rotationally moved from the opened position toward the normal position, when the detachable body main unit is at a restricted position between the attached position and the separated position, the restricting portion is contacted with the restricted portion to be moved between the opening/closing member and the detachable body main unit, so as to restrict a rotational movement of the opening/closing member to the normal position, and, when the detachable body main unit is at the attached position, the restricting portion and the restricted portion that is being rotated are separated from each other to enable the opening/closing member to be rotationally moved to the normal position, and, in case the opening/closing member is moved to the normal position, the restricted portion is housed in a space between the detachable body main unit and the opening/closing member.09-30-2010
20120195627ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC 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, a force receiving portion for receiving a driving force, and a regulated portion; a transfer member for transferring a developer image onto a toner image receiving member; a supporting member movable between an inside position, wherein the supporting member detachably supports the cartridge and an outer position, wherein the cartridge is mountable and demountable; a moving member capable of taking a first position, where the moving member urges the regulated portion to space the drum from the transfer member and a second position to contact the drum to the transfer member; and a regulating portion for engaging with the regulated portion to regulate rotation of the cartridge, and for permitting movement of the supporting member between the outer and inside positions.08-02-2012
20100221036CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A cartridge mountable and dismountable by moving in the direction crossing with an axial direction of the drive shaft of a main assembly of the apparatus, includes a rotatable member rotatable by receiving a rotational force from the apparatus; a coupling engageable with the rotational force applying portion to receive a force for rotating said rotatable member, said coupling including a coupling member rotatable about an axis, a first rotational force receiving portion, provided at one end portion of said coupling member, for receiving the rotational force from the driving shaft, a rotational force transmission member engaged with the other end portion of said coupling member and having opposite ends projected out in a crossing wherein said coupling member is pivotable between a transmitting angular position for transmitting the rotational force from the driving shaft to said rotatable member and a mounting-and-dismounting angular position which is inclined relative to the axis of said rotatable member; a flange mounted to said rotatable member and rotatable about an axis, said flange including an opening accommodating said transmission member with a gap, a regulating portion, provided in said opening, for regulating movement of said transmission member in the crossing direction when said coupling takes the transmitting angular position, a second rotational force receiving portion for being abutted by said transmission member to receive the rotational force from said coupling, an opposing portion opposing to said second receiving portion, wherein in a state that said coupling is in the transmitting angular position and that one end of said transmission member contacts to said regulating portion to be confined in movement, when said coupling inclines relative to said flange such that a side in which a projection distance of said rotational force transmission member is relatively smaller moves away from said first receiving portion, an engagement depth between said side of said transmission member and said second receiving portion and an engagement depth between said side of said transmission member and said opposing portion are larger than zero.09-02-2010
20120243903IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device includes a main casing and a cartridge support member. The main casing provides a fulcrum part. The cartridge support member supports a plurality of cartridges and movable among an internal position in which the cartridge support member is accommodated in the main casing, an external position in which the cartridge support member is pulled outside the main casing, and a cartridge mounting position. The cartridge support member is slidable in a pulled-out direction from the internal position to the external direction, and is pivotable between the external position and the cartridge mounting position. The cartridge support member has an upstream portion and a downstream portion disposed downstream of the upstream portion in the pulled-out direction. The cartridge support member pivots about the fulcrum part positioned near the upstream portion when the cartridge support member moves from the external position to the cartridge mounting position.09-27-2012
20130129381IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a main body of the image forming apparatus; a developing cartridge that is detachably disposed in the main body and includes an image carrier; a charging roller that is disposed to face the image carrier in the developing cartridge and charges a surface of the image carrier; a charging roller separating unit that moves the charging roller between a first position in which the charging roller is in contact with the image carrier and a second position in which the charging roller is spaced apart from the image carrier; and a paper feeding cassette detachably disposed in the main body; wherein when the paper feeding cassette is first mounted, the charging roller is fixed in the second position by the charging roller separating unit.05-23-2013
20130136491DRAWING-IN DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A drawing-in device configured to draw and position a sheet feeding cassette functioning as a unit into a predetermined position of an apparatus main body includes an engage-target tip. The engage-target tip is pressed in the mounting direction of the unit, thus the engage-target tip retreats from a locking position, where a latching pin is locked so as not to disengage, to a retreat position, where the latching pin can engage with the engage-target portion.05-30-2013
20110123221IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE - An image forming device includes a casing having a guide, image forming portions configured to form images on a recording medium, and a drawer configured to be installed in and withdrawn from the casing along the guide in a first direction for installation and in a second direction for withdrawal opposite the first direction. The drawer may include a housing configured to house each image forming portion, a projecting portion coupled to the housing and protruding in the first direction, and a support portion coupled to the projecting portion. An engagement of the support portion with the guide regulates movement of the drawer upward or downward during installation and withdrawal.05-26-2011
20110110682PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A process cartridge is detachably mountable to a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus. The cartridge includes an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, a developing roller, a drum unit containing the drum, a developing unit containing the roller and being movable so the roller contacts and is spaced from the drum, and a first force receiver receiving a force from a main assembly first force applier by movement of a door from open to closed positions when mounting the cartridge and a second force receiver movable from a stand-by position by movement of the first force receiver by a force received from the first force applier. The second force receiver takes a projected position receiving a force from the second force applier to move the developing unit so the roller moves out of contact with the drum, the projected position being higher than the stand-by position.05-12-2011
20100226683IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an operating portion provided at a front part of a main assembly of the apparatus; a rear cover covering at least a part of a rear part of the main assembly; a holding mechanism for holding the rear cover relative to the main assembly; an opening and closing mechanism for upwardly moving the rear cover from a close position for covering the part of the rear part of the main assembly to an open position for exposing the part of the rear part and for downwardly moving the rear cover from the open position to the close position; a stabilizer for keeping the rear cover at the open position; an electrical component provided inside the rear cover at a position accessible from a front side of the main assembly when the rear cover takes the open position.09-09-2010
20100061758ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE OF AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER, AND IMAGE-READING DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - An attachment structure is provided that includes a hinge unit for supporting a document feeder and a hinge attachment for fixing the hinge unit having an engagement pin and a retainment hook.03-11-2010
20110249984IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including a plurality of image forming cartridges removably mounted to an apparatus body one above the other is disclosed. Structural members each partition off a space between nearby image forming cartridges mounted to the apparatus body. The apparatus is capable of obviating banding ascribable to the vibration of the cartridges.10-13-2011
20110176829IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING UNIT - An image forming apparatus includes: an apparatus body formed with an opening; a cover capable of opening and closing the opening of the apparatus body; an image forming unit accommodated in the apparatus body; an exposure device provided at the cover; a first fit part provided at one of the image forming unit and the exposure device and having a first reference line; a second fit part provided at the other of the image forming unit and the exposure device and configured to be fit to the first fit part in a state where the cover is closed and having a second reference line; and a mechanism configured to, as the exposure device gets closer to the image forming unit upon closing the cover, make the first reference line of the first fit part closer to the second reference line of the second fit part by changing the inclination of the first fit part.07-21-2011
20110081163Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus to achieve stable attachment/detachment of a developing device and stable power transmission while preventing contamination of the surroundings due to leakage of developer. The image forming apparatus includes a cover to be opened away from or closed to an upper surface of a body, and a drive device provided at a side of the developing device so as to be coupled with or released from the developing device and be moved in linkage with opening/closing of the cover. The developing device includes driven coupling members to be rotated upon receiving drive power from the drive device. The drive device includes driving coupling members engaged with the driven coupling members, and a moving member to horizontally move the driving coupling members according to the opening/closing of the cover and to control the engagement/disengagement of the driving coupling members and the driven coupling members.04-07-2011
20110052254Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes: an apparatus main body, a drawer, an image carrier, a developing unit which is provided to be movable with respect to the drawer, a contacting and spacing mechanism which is provided to at least one of the apparatus main body and the drawer, and which is configured to move the developing unit between a contacting position and a spacing position, a driving unit which is configured to drive the contacting and spacing mechanism, a cover, an interlocking mechanism which is configured to interlock with opening of the cover, wherein when the cover is opened, the interlocking mechanism performs a first operation of releasing the coupled state between the driving unit and the contacting and spacing mechanism, and a second operation of moving the developing unit to a drawn position while interlocking with the first operation.03-03-2011
20110033201IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE - An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes a cartridge accommodating a developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on a photosensitive member, a supporter detachably mounting the cartridge, and a preventor. The supporter moves between an inside position where the cartridge forms an image inside a main assembly of the apparatus and an outside position where the cartridge is mounted and demounted outside the main assembly. The preventor moves between a first position in which it prevents, when the cartridge is not mounted, movement of the supporter from the outside position to the inside position by contacting a portion thereof, and a second position, retracted from the first position, in which the it permits, when the cartridge is mounted, the movement of the supporter from the outside position to the inside position.02-10-2011
20090317126IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device having a frame, a door, and a movable image forming unit to be assembled in the frame when the door is open. Positioning of the image forming unit relative to the frame and a closing position of the door are maintainable when the door is closed. When the door is closed, a hook at the door side is engaged with a hook of a lock unit at the frame side. The lock unit is movable in association with the movement of the door to its closed position to move a pressure portion, so that a part of the image forming unit is pressed by the pressure portion for positioning.12-24-2009
20090317127Image Forming Apparatus Having Movable Drawer Detachably Supporting a Plurality of Process Cartridges - An image forming apparatus capable of easily performing exchange in a process cartridge with a new cartridge and performing removal of a jammed sheet without detachment of a drawer from a casing. The drawer detachably holds a plurality of process cartridges, and is movable in frontward/rearward direction to one of an operable position where each photosensitive drum is in direct confrontation with a conveyer belt, a cartridge exchangeable position where all of the cartridges are positioned out of the casing, and a jammed sheet processing position ahead of the cartridge exchangeable position for removing a jammed sheet. A regulation mechanism is provided for selectively regulating the movement of the drawer dependent on detachment of a rearmost process cartridge from the drawer.12-24-2009
20110211862IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An color image forming apparatus 09-01-2011
20120148294IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A guide surface of an attachment guide for a cartridge attached to a position nearest to a scanner has, in the vicinity of an inlet of the attachment guide, a portion oriented so as to be away from a guide surface of a guide unit for another cartridge from the upstream toward the downstream side in the direction in which the cartridges are attached.06-14-2012
20110026966COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus forms an image on a recording material. A plurality of cartridges is detachably mounted to a main assembly of the apparatus. The apparatus includes a cartridge supporting member for supporting the cartridges. The cartridge supporting member is movable between an inside position inside the main assembly and an outside position outside the main assembly. The apparatus also includes a shutter member movably provided on the cartridge supporting member. The shutter member is movable between an open position in which a photosensitive member supported by the cartridge supporting member is exposed and a closed position in which the photosensitive member is protected. The apparatus further includes a shutter moving device for moving the shutter member to the closed position when the cartridge supporting member is moved from the inside position to the outside position and for moving the shutter member to the open position when the cartridge supporting member is moved from the outside position to the inside position.02-03-2011
20100329730IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a cover configured to open/close with respect to an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus, a pullout unit, a locking member configured to lock the pullout unit according to an operation of inserting the pullout unit into the apparatus main body, and an abutting member movable between a position where the abutting member regulates the closure of the cover by abutting against the cover and a position where the abutting member does not regulate the closure of the cover. When the locking member does not lock the pullout unit, the abutting member is positioned at the position where the abutting member regulates the closure of the cover.12-30-2010
20100329729IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an apparatus including a fixing device configured to be rotated by receiving a driving force from a main body of the apparatus and a drawer configured to draw out of the main body while holding the fixing device, a storage position of the drawer is adjusted to adjust an alignment between a transfer unit and a fixing nip. With the alignment so adjusted, meshing of gears that transmit force to rotate a fixing roller from a driving source of the main body of the apparatus may deteriorate, thus causing a rotational unevenness of the fixing roller. Therefore, an alignment unit configured to adjust an alignment is provided between a fixing support member configured to support a fixing unit and a fixing driving unit driving the fixing unit and a transfer support member configured to support a support member supporting the fixing support member.12-30-2010
20100329728IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a housing, an imaging device, a top cover, a moving device, and a state holding device. The housing has a top opening formed on a top face of the housing and a side opening formed on a side face of the housing. The imaging device is housed in the housing and includes a photosensitive body, an exposure device which exposes the photosensitive body to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive body, and a developing device which develops the electrostatic latent image with a developer on the photosensitive body. The top cover is movable between an open state opening the top opening and a close state closing the top opening, the exposure device being attached to an inner face of the top cover.12-30-2010
20110116831Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes an operating portion that moves between a first operating position in which each of positioning members is moved to each of positioning positions and a second operating position in which each of the positioning members is moved to each of releasing positions through each of transmitting members and each of transmitted members when a first transmitting member and a first transmitted member are coupled to each other, and that carries out the movement to a first operating position to move a second positioning member to a second positioning position through a second transmitting member and a second transmitted member and carries out the movement to a second operating position to move the second positioning member to a second releasing position when the first transmitting member and the first transmitted member are decoupled from each other.05-19-2011
20110262181COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus detachably mounts cartridges and includes a support supporting a cartridge, movable between inside and outside positions, an outer wall having an opening through which the support passes through when moving between the inside and outside positions, and a guide supporting the support to linearly move between the inside and outside positions so that when the support is in the outside position, the guide supports the support so that a downstream side thereof is pivotable downwardly about an upstream side of the support with respect to a movement direction to the outside position from the inside position. In this state, the cartridge is mounted to the support from above the support and is dismounted upwardly of the support.10-27-2011
20110052253OPENING/CLOSING MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - When closing a front cover opened in a case where a fixing lever is placed in a fixing position, a guide plate portion formed on the front cover raises the fixing lever together with a support shaft. When a connection pin of the fixing lever enters a cam groove provided in the front cover, the fixing lever obtains a closed state in which the fixing lever is connected to the cam groove.03-03-2011
20110076054DRAWER LATCH FLEXURE MECHANISM - A latch apparatus has a latch base, a latch frame, and at least one flexible bracket connecting the latch frame to the latch base. Connectors are used to connect the flexible bracket to the latch frame and connect the flexible bracket to the latch base. The connectors prevent the outer surface of the flexible bracket from moving along the surface of the latch frame or the surface of the latch base. A biasing member is connected to the latch base and the latch frame. The flexible bracket maintains a gap between the latch base and the latch frame and prevents the latch base from contacting or sliding along the latch frame.03-31-2011
20110076055IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus that includes a body housing having an opening and a cover covering the opening, a body frame in the body housing for supporting thereon various component parts of the image forming apparatus, an image forming cartridge receivable into the body housing through the opening to be detachably supported on the body frame and a support assembly supporting the mounted image forming cartridge. The support assembly includes a locking member movable between a locking position at which the image forming cartridge is limited in its movement along the direction of separating away from the body frame and a releasing position at which the image forming cartridge is allowed to move away from the body frame. The support assembly further includes an elastic member elastically biasing the locking member to the releasing position and a pressing member provided on the cover for pressing the locking member to remain in the locking position when the covered is closed to cover the opening.03-31-2011
20100215396Cartridge - A cartridge is detachably mountable in a receiving area of an image forming apparatus in a first direction. The receiving area is partitioned by partition surfaces opposing each other in a direction orthogonal to the first direction. The cartridge includes first and second side surfaces in the opposing direction. In a part of the case, both ends of which are contactable with the partition surfaces, respectively, when mounted in the receiving area, outlines of the first and second side surfaces are provided on or inside first and second circular arcs, respectively, as seen in a second direction orthogonal to the opposing direction and the first direction. Each circular arc has a center, in the part, at corresponding end in the opposing direction and at a most upstream end in a mounting direction, and a radius corresponding to a line segment connecting the both ends in the opposing direction.08-26-2010
20100215397IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit and a plate. The image forming unit is configured to be detachable from the image forming apparatus. The image forming unit includes a convex portion. The plate includes a hole configured to receive the convex portion. The image forming unit further includes a lever which is provided at a front side of a unit case of the image forming unit and is configured to move between a working position and a storing position. When the lever is moved from the storing position to the working position, the convex portion is removed from the hole.08-26-2010
20100215395REMOVABLE MEMBER-HOLDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A removable member-holding device is provided and includes: a pull-out member being movably between an accommodating position and a pull-out position; a holding member supported on the pull-out member and having a holding member body, the holding member being extended in a moving direction of the pull-out member and holding a removable member which is removed from the image forming apparatus body, the holding member being movable between an insertion enabling position and a removing position; and a pull-out regulating member provided on a downstream end of the holding member in the pull-out direction and regulating a movement of the removable member to a downstream side in the pull-out direction.08-26-2010
20100158559COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus in which a plurality of cartridges are detachably mounted to an apparatus main body to form an image on a recording medium, including: a cartridge supporting member, which moves between an inside position that is positioned inside the apparatus main body and a pullout position pulled out from the inside position to an outside of the apparatus main body, while detachably supporting the plurality of cartridges; in which the plurality of cartridges are arranged side-by-side and supported on the cartridge supporting member so that a longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of cartridges is orthogonal to a pullout direction in which the cartridge supporting member moves from the inside position to the pullout position, and a cartridge, which is heaviest among the plurality of cartridges, is supported most upstream in the pullout direction.06-24-2010
20100158560Image Forming Device Including Lock Member That Locks Cover Member with Respect to Casing - An image forming device includes a casing, a cover member pivotable with respect to the casing between an open position and a closed position, a lock member that selectively locks and unlocks the cover member in the closed position, and a knob movable from an original position toward the open position of the cover member. The lock member is moved to an unlocking position as the knob is moved from the original position toward the open position.06-24-2010
20100067944IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device includes a main body, an image forming unit configured to be attached to and detached from the main body, the image forming unit being configured to move among first, second, and third positions, a shaft member configured to rotate around an axis line thereof between a first rotational position and a second rotational position, a first regulator provided to the shaft member so as to, when the shaft member is in the first rotational position, engage with the image forming unit and forbid the image forming unit to move between the second position and the third position, and a second regulator provided to the shaft member so as to, when the shaft member is in the second rotational position, engage with the image forming unit and forbid the image forming unit to move between the first position and the second position.03-18-2010
20090175649IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus disclosed includes a body, a cover to open and close an opening of the body, a plurality of photosensitive members provided in the body, a light scanning device to irradiate a light beam to the plurality of photosensitive members, the light scanning device including a plurality of passage windows corresponding to the plurality of photosensitive members, and a shutter device to open and close the respective passage windows in accordance with opening and closing movements of the cover.07-09-2009
20110188884CARTRIDGE INSTALLING UNIT AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - A cartridge installing unit on which a plurality of types of liquid cartridges are to be installed, includes: a plurality of cartridge installing portions on which the plurality of types of liquid cartridges are installed; a plurality of liquid infusing portions each of which corresponds to one of the plurality of types of liquid cartridges, and each of which is provided to be movable between the plurality of cartridge installing portions to communicate with corresponding liquid cartridge; and a plurality of moving mechanisms each of which moves one of the plurality of liquid infusing portions, and when a liquid cartridge among the liquid cartridges is installed on a cartridge installing portion among the cartridge installing portions, a moving mechanism among the moving mechanisms moves a liquid infusing portion corresponding to the liquid cartridge to the cartridge installing portion on which the liquid cartridge is installed.08-04-2011
20110188886DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A developing apparatus is used in an electrophotographic image forming apparatus. Developing units form corresponding developer images. A frame holds the developing units therein in position so that the developing units are movable independently by a distance relative to the frame. An urging member is disposed across the frame and each developing unit and urges each developing unit against the frame. An elastic sealing member secured to the frame and in intimate contact with each of the developing units when the corresponding developing unit is attached to the frame. The sealing member seals a gap between the frame and each of the developing unit.08-04-2011
20110217069IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONER CARTRIDGE - Each of the toner cartridges includes a case, a shutter, a first operation portion and a second operation portion. The shutter is located at an open position where the shutter opens an opening of a case when the first operation portion is located at a first position. The shutter is located at a block position the shutter blocks the opening when the first operation portion is located at a second position. The shutter is located at the open position when the second operation portion is located at a third position. The shutter is located at the block position when the second operation portion is located at a fourth position. An interference unit is configured such that a first operation portions abut the interference unit to be displaced from the second position to the first position when a holder unit is moved from a pulled out position to an accommodated position and such that the second operation portions abut the interference unit to be displaced from the third position to the fourth position when the holder unit is moved from the accommodated position to the pulled out position.09-08-2011
20110217068IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONER CARTRIDGE - A holder unit is movable between an accommodated position and a pulled out position. A plurality of toner cartridges is detachably attached to the holder unit. A shutter provided on each toner cartridge is movable between a block position where the shutter blocks an opening of a case and an open position where the shutter opens the opening. An operation member of each toner cartridge operates the shutter such that the shutter moves between a first position and a second position. The shutter is located at the open position when the operation member is located at the first position. The shutter is located at the block position when the operation member is located at the second position. An interference member is configured such that the operation members abut the interference member to be displaced from the second position to the first position when the holder unit is moved from the pulled out position to the accommodated position.09-08-2011
20120148293IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is a configuration in which a scanner is mounted to a cartridge door via an elastic member, and the scanner is positioned relative to a frame that can be mounted to and demounted from an apparatus main body and that supports an intermediate transfer member and a photosensitive member using an urging force of the elastic member.06-14-2012
20120308259Image Forming Apparatus and Process Unit - In an image forming apparatus, photosensitive bodies are mounted in a first frame. Developing units are detachably mounted in the first frame. A second frame is movable relative to the first frame. Each developing unit is movable relative to the first frame between a separate position, at which a developing roller is separate from a photosensitive body, and a contact position, at which the developing roller is in contact with the photosensitive body. The second frame moves relative to the first frame, thereby moving the developing units relative to the first frame between the separate positions and the contact positions. The second frame positions each developing unit relative to the first frame in a direction to move the developing roller toward the corresponding photosensitive body when the developing unit is in the contact position.12-06-2012
20110305479ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes an opening provided in a main assembly of the apparatus; an openable member movable between a close position for closing the opening and an open position for opening it; a drawer member for supporting an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, the drawer member being movable in a direction crossing with an axis of the drum through the opening between an inside position inside the main assembly and an outside position outside the main assembly where the cartridge can be mounted and dismounted; a transfer unit movable about a rotation axis disposed downstream of the drum with respect to a mounting direction of the drawer member from the outside position to the inside position, between a contacting position contacting the drum and a spaced position spacing from the drum in a state that the drawer member is in the inside position; and an interrelating member interrelating the openable member and the transfer unit with each other, wherein the interrelating member moves the transfer unit from the contacting position to the spaced position with movement of the openable member from the close position to the open position, and moves the transfer unit from the spaced position to the contacting position with movement of the openable member from the open position to the close position.12-15-2011
20120039625IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an image forming apparatus, when the openable and closable member is closed, the regulating member is mounted to the main body of the apparatus in a second state that is elastically changed from a first state; when the openable and closable member is opened, the regulating member is elastically returned to the first state; in this state, when the openable and closable member is closed, an abutting portion of the openable and closable member abuts on an abutting portion of the regulating member to regulate the openable and closable member from closing. A direction of pressing caused when the abutting portion of the openable and closable member abuts on the abutting portion of the regulating member is different from a direction in which the abutting portion of the regulating member moves when the regulating member changes from the first state to the second state.02-16-2012
20120039624ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes: a process cartridge, including a photosensitive drum and process means actable on the photosensitive drum, for being detachably mountable to a main assembly of the developing cartridge, including a developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with a developer and including a developer accommodating portion, for being detachably mountable to the main assembly; and a cartridge supporting member movable, while supporting at least a pair of the process cartridge and the developing cartridge, between an inside position in which the cartridge supporting member is located inside the main assembly and in which the pair of the process cartridge and the developing cartridge is located at an image forming position and an outside position in which the cartridge supporting member is located outside the main assembly and in which the process cartridge and the developing cartridge are mountable and demountable. The process cartridge and the developing cartridge are independently demountable upward relative to the cartridge supporting member when the cartridge supporting member is located at the outside position. The apparatus further includes positioning means for positioning the process cartridge and the developing cartridge in the main assembly when the cartridge supporting member is located at the inside position.02-16-2012
20120148295IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus has a tray, which is able to be drawn out of the apparatus and on which a plurality of cartridges of different sizes can be mounted. A cartridge, being the largest in size among a plurality of process cartridges, is detachably arranged at a location at which it is first exposed to outside when a cartridge tray is drawn out. A developer storage portion of the largest cartridge has the largest capacity and stores a developer of a black color.06-14-2012
20110064457Image Forming Apparatus and Tandem Type Photosensitive Unit - An image forming apparatus is described. An image forming apparatus may include an image forming apparatus body and a tandem type photosensitive unit slidable with respect to the body, wherein the unit includes: a frame; a plurality of photosensitive bodies; a plurality of developer cartridges, including developer carriers, detachably mountable on the frame; and a pressing portion provided on the frame for pressing each of the cartridges so that the developer carrier thereof is directed toward the corresponding photosensitive body, each of the cartridges is pivoted to be movable to an imaging position pressed by the pressing portion and a detached position released from the pressing by the pressing portion, and the body is provided with an abutting portion abutting the cartridge located on the detached position thereby pivoting the cartridge and moving the same to the imaging position when the unit is mounted on the body.03-17-2011
20110318050Cover Opening and Closing Mechanism and Image Processing Device - A cover opening and closing mechanism, including: a housing; a cover; a first locking mechanism having a first stopper portion and a first receiving portion which are brought to a locked state when the cover is in the closed position; and a second locking mechanism having a second stopper portion and a second receiving portion which are brought to a locked state when the cover is in the closed position, and wherein, when the cover is moved to the closed position, the first stopper portion and the first receiving portion move with respect to each other in a first direction, move with respect to each other in a second direction, and thereafter are brought to the locked state, and the second stopper portion moves in the second direction in connection with movement of the first stopper portion so that the second locking mechanism is brought to the locked state.12-29-2011
20120003001TANDEM PHOTOSENSITIVE-MEMBER UNIT HAVING GRIP PART - An image-forming device includes a main body and a tandem photosensitive-member unit. The tandem photosensitive-member unit includes a unit frame, a plurality of photosensitive members, a front-side grip part, and a rear-side grip. The unit frame is configured to be slidably installed to and removed from the main body in a predetermined direction. The unit frame has a leading side and a trailing side with respect to the predetermined direction. The plurality of photosensitive members is provided corresponding to a plurality of colors and is supported by the unit frame. The front-side grip part is provided at the leading side of the unit frame. The rear-side grip part is provided at the trailing side of the unit frame.01-05-2012
20120003000IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND TONER CARTRIDGE MOUNTED THEREIN - An image forming device includes: a main casing; a retaining member; a plurality of developing units; a plurality of toner cartridges; and an operation unit. The retaining member is configured to be movable in a first direction between an accommodated position and a pulled-out position. The retaining member includes a first side plate and a second side plate extending in the first direction and disposed in confrontation with and spaced apart from each other in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The developing units are retained in the retaining member. The toner cartridges have one-on-one correspondence to the developing units and are configured to be mountable in or detachable from the retaining member when the retaining member is located at the pulled-out position. Each toner cartridge includes a casing formed with a cartridge opening, and a cartridge shutter configured to be movable between an open position for opening the cartridge opening and a closed position for closing the cartridge opening. The operation unit is provided in the retaining member and configured to be pivotally movable in an imaginary plane parallel to the first direction and the second direction. The operation unit is interlocked with the cartridge shutter while the toner cartridge is mounted in the retaining member to move the cartridge shutter between the open position and the closed position in accordance with the pivotal movement of the operation unit.01-05-2012
20120008977IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE - An image forming device includes a casing having a guide, image forming portions configured to form images on a recording medium, and a drawer configured to be installed in and withdrawn from the casing along the guide in a first direction for installation and in a second direction for withdrawal opposite the first direction. The drawer may include a housing configured to house each image forming portion, a projecting portion coupled to the housing and protruding in the first direction, and a support portion coupled to the projecting portion. An engagement of the support portion with the guide regulates movement of the drawer upward or downward during installation and withdrawal.01-12-2012
20120114372DETACHABLE UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A detachable unit to be attached to a unit-receiving apparatus includes a unit body, a rotary member, an urging member urging the rotary member toward a downstream side in a detachable-unit-attaching direction, a contact-receiving portion provided on the rotary member, first and second support-receiving portions provided at respective ends of the rotary member, first and second supports provided at respective positions of the unit body corresponding to the positions of the first and second support-receiving portions, and first and second rotary support members provided between the first support-receiving portion and the first support and between the second support-receiving portion and the second support, respectively, and supporting the respective ends of the rotary member such that the rotary member is rotatable. The first and second rotary support members are supported in such a manner as to be movable in a detachable-unit-attaching-and-detaching direction.05-10-2012
20120114373IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFECTIVELY UTILIZING INTERIOR SPACE - An image forming apparatus comprises a exposure device as a light source, a developer container storing developer and attached to a main body of the image forming apparatus perpendicular to a lengthwise direction of the photoconductor, a developing unit and a photoconductor unit having a photoconductor for bearing a latent image thereon each detachably attached to the main body substantially in the same direction as the developer container. An exposure device displacing mechanism displaces the exposure device between a first position enabling the exposure device to function as the light source and a second position disabling the exposure device to function as the light source. The photoconductor unit is detached when the developer container is either displaced from an initially attached position or is removed from the main body and the exposure device displacing device has displaced the exposure device to the second position.05-10-2012
20120251166RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes: a first housing; a second housing pivotable about a shaft relative to the first housing between a close position and a distant position; and a tank mount portion provided in the second housing such that a mounting direction of a tank with respect to the tank mount portion in a state in which the second housing is at the distant position has a downward component in a vertical direction. The tank mount portion includes a resistance applying mechanism which applies a resistance force to the tank in a state in which at least a part of the tank is inserted into the tank mount portion when the second housing is at the distant position.10-04-2012
20120155916OPENING AND CLOSING MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPENING AND CLOSING MECHANISM - An opening and closing mechanism includes a movable member removably mounted relative to a main body of an apparatus, an opening and closing member having a cover portion, protrusions, and pivot shafts, and shaft position adjusters to change positions of the pivot shafts while the cover portion pivots between a closed position and an open position. The opening and closing member is arranged so that, on an imaginary plane perpendicular to a central axis of each pivot shaft on which each pivot shaft and the movable member are projected, a projected portion of each pivot shaft is positioned to interfere with a projected portion of the movable member when the cover portion is placed at the closed position, and the cover portion is positioned so as not to interfere with a trajectory of movement of the movable member while the cover portion pivots toward the open position.06-21-2012
20110085821Image Forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a developing device that forms a toner image on the surface of the image carrier, a transfer unit that transfers the toner image formed on the image carrier onto a transfer material such as paper, a neutralizing unit that neutralizes an electrostatic latent image on the surface of the image carrier by light radiation, a cleaning unit that cleans toner remaining on the surface of the image carrier after the toner image is transferred. The image carrier, the developing device, the transfer unit, the neutralizing unit, and the cleaning unit are provided to the main body of the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus further includes a withdrawal mechanism that withdraws at least the image carrier, the cleaning unit, and the neutralizing unit integrally from the main body of the image forming apparatus.04-14-2011
20110091238IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In one embodiment of an image forming apparatus of the present invention, the image forming apparatus includes an opening/closing cover that is supported so as to be capable of moving relative to an image forming apparatus main body and opens/closes an opening portion of the image forming apparatus main body; and a unit installed so as to be capable of swinging on an image forming apparatus main body side of the opening/closing cover, in which when the opening/closing cover is opened/closed, the unit moves in a track that moves around a guide shaft of the unit, and in a track that moves so as to follow opening/closing of the opening/closing cover.04-21-2011
20120207511Image Forming Device - A first retaining member is configured to be moved in a prescribed direction between a mounted position and a pulled-out position. A plurality of exposure units is configured to move between a first adjacent position in which each of the plurality of exposure units is located adjacent to the corresponding photosensitive drum to expose thereof and a first retracted position in which each of the plurality of exposure unit is moved away from the corresponding photosensitive drum in a direction intersecting with the prescribed direction. A space is formed by removing a tray from a main casing. Each of the plurality of exposure units is moved to the space to be moved to the first retracted position such that each of the plurality of exposure units fails to interfere with the first retaining member in the prescribed direction when the first retaining member moves from the mounted position to the pulled-out position.08-16-2012
20110103824RECLAIMED MATERIAL CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A reclaimed material container includes a container body that is removably mounted to a mounting portion of an image forming apparatus, and that accommodates a reclaimed material existing after forming an image, a receiving portion that is provided at a bottom portion of the container body, and that is supported by a support of the mounting portion from therebelow, and a mounting member that mounts the container body to the mounting portion as a result of rotation of the container body with the receiving portion as a fulcrum while the receiving portion is supported by the support from therebelow. In the container, the container body has a first recess that provides a field of view for the support when the receiving portion is supported by the support from therebelow.05-05-2011
20130170854Imaging Unit Having a Collapsible Handle - An imaging unit of an image forming apparatus is provided including a handle mechanism. The imaging unit includes at least one of a photoconductor unit and a developer unit for developing a toner on the photoconductor unit. The handle mechanism is mounted on a frame portion of the housing and is configured to pivot between a collapsed position and an extended position. When in the collapsed position, the handle mechanism is substantially flush with a surface of the housing to accommodate a toner cartridge. When in the extended position, the handle mechanism automatically returns to the collapsed position by gravity when released from a user's grip.07-04-2013
20120163858IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - What is provided is an image formation apparatus including: an image formation part provided inside a main body so that the image formation part may be attached to the main body and detached from the main body; a plurality of opening-closing parts which may be opened and closed to attach the image formation part to the main body or detach the image formation part from the main body; and a plurality of locking parts latching each of the plurality of opening-closing parts to the main body, wherein when one of the plurality of locking parts undergoes a releasing operation, an other one of the plurality of locking parts also undergoes a releasing operation.06-28-2012
20120163857Image Forming Apparatus Having Exposure Unit Moving Mechanism - A cam member has each of a plurality of first exposure-side surfaces provided in association with a first contact part of each exposure units and each of a plurality of second exposure-side surfaces provided in association with each first contact part. Each first contact part confronts but separates from the corresponding first exposure-side surface when the corresponding exposure unit is disposed in an adjacent position where the exposure unit is capable of exposing the corresponding photosensitive drum. Each first contact part is in contact with the corresponding second exposure-side surface when the corresponding exposure unit is disposed in a retracted position positioned farther than the adjacent position from the photosensitive drum.06-28-2012
20100247138ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus, in which a drawer supporting a cartridge is mounted in an apparatus main body, and an impact when a drawer is mounted into the apparatus main body may be suppressed to prevent a developer from scattering within a developer container. The drawer supporting the cartridge is movable between an inside position in the apparatus main body and a pullout position at which the cartridge is mounted and removed. On a forward side of the inside position, a force giving portion for giving a force to the drawer in a direction opposite to a mounting direction is provided. The force giving portion gives the force gradually to the drawer along with movement of the drawer in the mounting direction. With this structure, it is possible to suppress the scattering of the developer in the cartridge caused by the impact on mounting.09-30-2010
20120128387DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A developing cartridge having a simplified mounting/separation configuration and an image forming apparatus having the same. The image forming apparatus includes a main body, a developing cartridge unit provided in the main body to form an image, a tray unit configured to accommodate the developing cartridge unit and movably mounted in the main body, a first link member movably coupled to the tray unit, and a second link member provided in the main body to be moved simultaneously with the first link member. The first link member includes a pressure piece to press the second link member such that the second link member does not interfere with the developing cartridge unit during movement of the first link member.05-24-2012
20120213548IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A unit detachably mountable to an apparatus main assembly s provided with a coupling for receiving a rotational driving force from the apparatus main assembly. Also the apparatus main assembly is provided with a coupling to be engaged with the coupling of the unit. At least one of these couplings can be pushed in a direction parallel to a rotation shaft and one of the couplings is provided with an inclined surface. During mounting and demounting of the unit, the engagement between the couplings is released by the pushing-in of one of the couplings pushed by the inclined surface.08-23-2012
20110182614Interlock System And Image Forming Apparatus Incorporating Interlock System - An interlock system includes first and second racks movable in parallel to each other in a longitudinal direction between opening and closing positions in conjunction with opening and closing of the first cover, respectively. A housing is provided to slidably accommodate the first and second racks in the longitudinal direction. A pinion unit is provided and is sandwiched by the first and second racks. The first and second racks have meshing sections respectively meshing with the pinion unit at one side surfaces extending in the longitudinal direction facing each other. The pinion unit slides in the longitudinal direction by a prescribed length in conjunction with movement of at least one of the first and second racks. The interlock switch is turned on and off in accordance with a sliding length of the pinion unit in the longitudinal direction.07-28-2011
20110182613IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING RETAINING MEMBER THAT CAN BE PULLED OUT THEREFROM - An image forming device includes a casing, photosensitive bodies, developing devices, developer accommodating devices, and a retaining member. The developer accommodating devices includes a first developer accommodating device that is individually replaceable and separable from the corresponding developing device and a second developer accommodating device that is replaceable together with the corresponding developing device. The retaining member retains the photosensitive bodies arranged in an arrangement direction, the developing devices, and the developer accommodating devices at fixed positions within the casing. The retaining member is capable of being pulled out from the casing and is movable between a housed position and a withdrawn position. One of the developer accommodating devices located at a most downstream side in the arrangement direction is the first developer accommodating device, and each of the developer accommodating devices other than the one of the developer accommodating devices is the second developer accommodating device.07-28-2011
20100189462IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A unit detachably mountable to an apparatus main assembly s provided with a coupling for receiving a rotational driving force from the apparatus main assembly. Also the apparatus main assembly is provided with a coupling to be engaged with the coupling of the unit. At least one of these couplings can be pushed in a direction parallel to a rotation shaft and one of the couplings is provided with an inclined surface. During mounting and demounting of the unit, the engagement between the couplings is released by the pushing-in of one of the couplings pushed by the inclined surface.07-29-2010
20120251165Cartridge - 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. The cartridge may also include a detection protrusion including an elastic body and which is disposed at a position away from a rotational center of the rotational member. The detection protrusion may protrude from the rotational member away from the housing. The cartridge may also include a cover attached to the housing, the cover having an opposite part that faces a portion of the rotational member from which the detection protrusion protrudes. At an initial position, which is a position before the rotational member is rotated, the detection protrusion may abut the opposite part of the cover.10-04-2012
20120251164IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS - An image-forming apparatus includes: a process cartridge including a photosensitive drum having a photosensitive surface and a rotational axis; an exposing unit having a first end, a second end opposing the first end, and an exposing surface formed on the first end and oriented in a predetermined direction; and a supporting member on which the process cartridge is mountable from a side of the second end. The supporting member has a pivotal supporting portion configured to pivotably movably support the process cartridge between an exposing position where the photosensitive surface of the photosensitive drum faces the exposing surface and a retracted position where the photosensitive surface of the photosensitive drum is offset from the exposing surface, the exposing surface being configured to expose the photosensitive surface of the photosensitive drum to form an electrostatic latent image when the process cartridge is positioned at the exposing position.10-04-2012
20100272467Image Forming Device and Image Bearing Member Unit - An image forming device includes: a housing; a conveying belt; and a retaining member. The retaining member retains a plurality of image bearing members such that the image bearing members are juxtaposed with one another and that are arranged spaced apart from one another, the retaining member being slidingly movable relative to the housing in a direction that the image bearing members are juxtaposed. The retaining member retains the image bearing members such that the image bearing members confront the conveying belt and such that the image bearing members and the conveying belt are arranged in a reference direction, the image bearing members being configured to form images on the recording medium that is conveyed by the conveying belt. The retaining member includes: a cleaning member that is configured to remove a residual developing agent from the conveying belt; and a guide unit that is configured to guide the recording medium to the conveying belt. The guide unit and the cleaning member are arranged in the reference direction such that the guide unit is located on the image bearing member side and the cleaning member is located on the conveying belt side with respect to the reference direction, at least part of the guide unit overlapping at least part of the cleaning member when projected in the reference direction.10-28-2010
20100272466IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR INSTALLING IMAGE FORMING STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING IMAGE FORMING STRUCTURE - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming apparatus main body; an opening/closing part provided in the image forming apparatus main body; an image forming structure including an image holder that holds an image and an image holder covering member that moves between a protective position over the image holder and a moved-aside position beside the image holder, the image forming structure being installed and removed in/from the image forming apparatus main body through an open space which is opened by opening the opening/closing part; a displacement mechanism that moves the image holder covering member to the protective position in conjunction with opening of the opening/closing part and moves the image holder covering member to the moved-aside position in conjunction with closing of the opening/closing part; and a push mechanism that releases the image forming structure mechanically pushed and fit in the image forming apparatus main body in conjunction with opening of the opening/closing part and pushes the image forming structure to be fit in the image forming apparatus main body in conjunction with closing of the opening/closing part.10-28-2010
20100034555CART WITH XERO MODULE LIFT ASSIST - This involves a cart that can be used in changing a marking module in a xerographic color marking system. The cart has a lifting mechanism securely attached to its upper surface. When the marking module is to be changed and a new replacement module installed, the lifting mechanism is used to support the marking module during each of these procedures. Since the marking modules are relatively heavy (30-35 lbs.), to prevent accidental damage to the module, the cart and its attached lifting mechanism are conveniently used by the customer.02-11-2010
20120230723MEDIUM CARRYING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE MEDIUM CARRYING UNIT - A medium carrying unit to be installed in an image forming apparatus includes a first carrying path through which a medium is carried, a handle member positioned above or around the first carrying path and including a part to be gripped by a user in a state that allows the handle member to project above a carrying surface of the first carrying path, an accommodation area that is defined around the handle member and that accommodates the handle member in a state that allows the handle member to be freely inserted and removed so that the handle member hides below the carrying surface of the first carrying path, and a push-out mechanism that pushes out the handle member from an interior of the accommodation area when the medium carrying unit is removed from the image forming apparatus.09-13-2012
20120082478Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a door to cover an opening in a chassis, a fixing unit, a frame, a linear motion member to linearly move along with the door, a guiding member to guide the linear motion member to move linearly, a coupler assembly to couple the door with the linear motion member and move the linear motion member, and a manipulation member being movable according to movement of the linear motion member. The linear motion member includes a contact portion, with which the manipulation member comes in contact along an intersecting direction. The guiding member includes a slider plane to slidably support the linear motion member. The linear motion member is slidably supported by the slider plane of the guiding member at a surface which is on an opposite side from the surface having the contact portion.04-05-2012
20120263493Image Forming Device - A color laser printer is configured with a tray being provided above the housing cassette which houses a recording medium. The tray holds developing units and is configured to be pulled out from device main body while leaving housing cassette inside device main body. Furthermore, a sliding support element capable of supporting protrusions of the tray is provided, such that a portion of the tray downstream of the protrusions can be supported on the installation surface when the tray is pulled out from device main body.10-18-2012
20120321341TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A toner container that is detachably attached to a main body of an image forming apparatus such that a longitudinal direction of the toner container is parallel to a horizontal direction includes: a cylindrical container body that has an opening on one end thereof in the longitudinal direction, and is configured to convey toner contained therein toward the opening; a cap portion into which the opening of the container body is inserted, and which includes a toner outlet at a bottom portion thereof for discharging toner discharged from the opening of the container body to the outside of the toner container in a vertically downward direction; and a shutter member that is held on the bottom portion of the cap portion, and moves along an outer periphery of the cap portion to thereby open and close the toner outlet, wherein the cap portion is formed by integral molding.12-20-2012
20110229193Image Forming Device - A plurality of photosensitive drums is positioned between a first side plate and a second side plate of a holder unit. The first side plate is formed with a plurality of openings. Each of a plurality of toner cases supports each developing roller and is positioned between the first side plate and the second side plate. Each toner case has a confronting surface confronting the first side plate. Each of a plurality of developer couplings is provided at the confronting surface at a position in alignment with each opening and receives an input force to rotate each developing roller. A fixing member has a plurality of intervenient portions and a connecting portion integrally linking neighboring intervenient portion together. Each intervenient portion is interposed between each opening and each developer coupling to fix a position of each toner case relative to the holder unit.09-22-2011
20110229192IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image-forming apparatus comprises: a body having a mount/remove opening; a removable component that can be mounted on or removed from the body via the mount/remove opening, the removable component being operable when mounted on the body; a door attached to the mount/remove opening; a mounting unit, on which the removable component is mounted, attached to the body; a connecting member that connects the door and the mounting unit, a position or attitude of the mounting unit in accordance with an opening/closing operation of the door, causes the removable component to move to a first position in which the removable component is operable when the door is closed, and causes the removable component mounted on the mounting unit to move to a second position, which is more easily accessible when the door is opened.09-22-2011
20100232828IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING STRUCTURE - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming apparatus main body; and an image forming structure attached/removed in/from the image forming apparatus main body. In a state where the image forming structure is attached in the image forming apparatus main body, a concave part is formed in a position opposite to another concave part formed in an adjacent image forming structure.09-16-2010
20100232829IMAGE FORMING AGENT STORAGE CONTAINER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MOUNTING IMAGE FORMING AGENT STORAGE CONTAINER, AND METHOD OF REMOVING IMAGE FORMING AGENT STORAGE CONTAINER - An image forming agent storage container includes a container body, a driven transmission member, and a guide part. The container body stores an image forming agent. The container body is configured to be mounted to an image forming apparatus body. The driven transmission member is provided along a side face of the container body. A driving force is transmitted to the driven transmission member. The guide part guides mounting of the container body to the image forming apparatus body. The guide part is located in a position anterior to the driven transmission member in a mounting direction in which the container body is mounted to the image forming apparatus body. The guide part is provided so as to project in a direction away from the side face of the container body.09-16-2010
20120328325Image Forming Apparatus Having Photosensitive Drum Moving Mechanism - The retaining unit is configured to retain a plurality of photosensitive drums juxtaposedly arrayed with each other in a predetermined direction. The retaining unit is movable between an internal position within the main casing and an external position outside of the main casing. Each photosensitive drum includes a first pressed portion and a second pressed portion opposite to the first pressed portion in an axial direction. The endless belt is disposed above the retaining unit that is in the internal position. The retaining unit includes a pair of side plates. Each of the pair of side plates includes a plurality of receiving portions each of which is configured to receive each photosensitive drum to be movable in a vertical direction. The first pressed portion and the second pressed portion protrude outward from corresponding one of the plurality of receiving portions in the axial direction.12-27-2012
20120328326IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM MOVING MECHANISM - Each of a plurality of pressing portions presses a pressed portion of corresponding one of a plurality of photosensitive drums. The moving member is configured to be moved between a contact position and a separated position when the retaining unit is in an internal position. Each of the plurality of pressing portions exerts upward pressure on the corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums to bring the corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums into contact with the endless belt when the moving member is in the contact position. Each of the plurality of pressing portions releases the upward pressure on the corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums to separate the corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums from the endless belt when the moving member is in the separated position. The moving member is provided on the retaining unit.12-27-2012
20120328327Image Forming Apparatus Having Photosensitive Drum Moving Mechanism - A holder is movable in a horizontal direction between an internal position within the main casing and an external position outside of a main casing. The holder has a first opening extending in the horizontal direction. A drum unit is configured to be held by the holder and is movable in a vertical direction with respect to the holder. The drum unit includes a photosensitive drum having an axis extending in an axial direction, a first end portion and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion in the axial direction. A particular pressure member is positioned in confrontation with the drum unit and urges the first end portion upward through the first opening to permit the photosensitive drum to be in contact with an endless belt when the holder is in the internal position.12-27-2012
20110158680OPENING-AND-CLOSING MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An aspect of the invention is an opening-and-closing mechanism including: an opening-and-closing member that open-and-closes an body; a holding member rotatably coupled to the body; a sliding member disposed slidable to the holding member along a longitudinal-direction of the holding member, whose end portion is coupled to the opening-and-closing member, and sliding to the holding member in accompaniment with rotation of the opening-and-closing member; a braking member of an elastic material whose coefficient of friction with one of the sliding member or the holding member is larger than that between the other of the sliding member or the holding member and the one, the braking member sliding to the one in accompaniment with the sliding member sliding to the holding member to generate a braking-force by a frictional-force; and a pressing member disposed on the other, the braking member being mounted thereat, pressing the braking member against the one.06-30-2011
20130022368CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A cartridge is provided with an electrode portion for connecting a main assembly contact. The cartridge electrode includes a first contact portion, exposed toward an outside of a frame of the cartridge, contacted to a main assembly contact provided in the apparatus main assembly. The cartridge electrode further includes a second contact portion provided for being electrically connected to a process means of the cartridge, and an injection receiving portion into which resin is injected when the cartridge electrode is molded into the frame. The electroconductive resin injected from the injection receiving portion is branched to mold the first contact portion and the second contact portion so that an electroconductive path for electrically connecting the main assembly contact and the process means is formed.01-24-2013
20120243902IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body including a positioning portion, a replaceable member that is provided so as to be attachable to and detachable from the apparatus body, and has a portion to be positioned that comes into contact with and is positioned by the positioning portion at least at one longitudinal end, and an urging mechanism that urges the portion to be positioned toward the positioning portion, wherein when the position of the replaceable member in a longitudinal direction is determined, the replaceable member is mounted on the apparatus body as the urging mechanism is switched from the state where the urging force of the urging mechanism does not act to the state where the urging force of the urging mechanism acts so that the positioning portion and the portion to be positioned come into contact with each other.09-27-2012
20130170855Image Forming Apparatus and Developing Unit For Use In Image Forming Apparatus - A photosensitive drum extends in an axial direction. An irradiating unit includes a first reacting portion and a second reacting portion spaced from each other in the axial direction. A moving member includes a first acting portion and a second acting portion spaced from each other in the axial direction. The first acting portion and the second of the moving member act on the first reacting portion and the second reacting respectively, in response to attachment of the developing unit to a main body, such that the irradiating unit moves from the retracted position to the proximate position with respect to the photosensitive drum, and cancel the actions on the first reacting portion and the second reacting portion respectively, in response to removal of the developing unit from the main body, such that the irradiating unit moves from the proximate position to the retracted position.07-04-2013
20110274461IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus may transfer an image to a transfer-receiving material. The image forming apparatus includes a main body to which a cartridge is detachably mounted. The cartridge includes an image bearing member in contact with the transfer-receiving material and a receiving member to receive driving force from the main body to drive and rotate the image bearing member. The image forming apparatus also includes a shaft passing through and supporting the receiving member of the cartridge and a transmission member to rotate around the shaft and to transmit drive force from a motor to the receiving member. A bending unit included with the image forming apparatus bends the shaft passing through and supporting the receiving member and the transmission member.11-10-2011
20130129382IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus capable of easily achieving installation of developing units on a developing tray is disclosed. The disclosed image forming apparatus includes a tray section, a plurality of developing units each provided with guide protrusions, and a developing tray including a plurality of supports to support the guide protrusions of the developing units, and a plurality of guides each adapted to guide a corresponding one of the guide protrusions to a corresponding one of the supports. The guides have widths gradually increasing in a direction from a first end of the tray section to a second end of the tray section, respectively.05-23-2013
20120251163Image Forming Device Provided with Side Walls Having Empty Region - An image forming device includes a main casing and a photosensitive unit having photosensitive bodies arrayed in an array direction. The main casing includes a first side plate having a first primary portion extending in the array direction, and having a first positioning portion and a second positioning portion spaced away therefrom in the array direction. The photosensitive unit includes a second side plate supporting the photosensitive bodies and having a second primary portion extending in the array direction. The second side plate has a third positioning portion subjected to positioning relative to the first positioning portion and has a fourth positioning portion subjected to positioning relative to the second positioning portion. The first and third portions are overlapped with each other and the second and fourth positioning portions are overlapped with each other while the first primary portion and the second primary portion are spaced away from each other.10-04-2012
20130114972CARTRIDGE - A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, includes: a member to be supplied with electric energy; a frame molded with a resin material; and an electrode member formed on the frame by injection molding of an electroconductive resin material. The electrode member includes a supporting portion for supporting the member to be supplied with electric energy and a contact portion to be contacted to a main assembly electric contact, provided in the main assembly, when the cartridge is mounted to the main assembly.05-09-2013
20130129383Image-Forming Device and Process Cartridge - An image forming device includes a casing having a guide, image forming portions configured to form images on a recording medium, and a drawer configured to be installed in and withdrawn from the casing along the guide in a first direction for installation and in a second direction for withdrawal opposite the first direction. The drawer may include a housing configured to house each image forming portion, a projecting portion coupled to the housing and protruding in the first direction, and a support portion coupled to the projecting portion. An engagement of the support portion with the guide regulates movement of the drawer upward or downward during installation and withdrawal.05-23-2013
20120275820UNIT MOUNT-DEMOUNT MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A mount-demount mechanism includes a unit that is mountable on and demountable from an apparatus main body, and a pair of slide rails that are disposed on the apparatus main body and slidably support both surfaces parallel to a mount-demount direction of the unit. Provided, on both side surfaces thereof parallel to a mount-demount direction of the unit, are a pair of unit-side rollers that include a first roller that is disposed in a downstream insertion direction and a second roller that is disposed in an upstream insertion direction. The slide rail is provided with a rail groove that includes a lower rail and an upper rail, a cut-away portion for allowing the unit-side roller run off from the rail groove is formed on a portion of the upper rail or the lower rail, wherein either of the first roller and the second roller runs off from the rail groove.11-01-2012
20120275819IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided, which includes a housing having a cover swingable around a rotational shaft, and first and second LED heads attached to the cover, a position of the first LED head relative to a first axis line around which a first photoconductive body is rotatable being more shifted toward the rotational shaft in a first direction than a position of the second LED head relative to a second axis line around which a second photoconductive body is rotatable, the first direction being a direction along which the first and second photoconductive bodies are arranged, the first and second axis lines being parallel to a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.11-01-2012
20130156463IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a body provided with an opening at one side thereof, a developing tray movably installed at the opening, a plurality of developing units mounted to the developing tray, and a pair of frames forming opposite inner sides of the body. The frames are provided with a plurality of seating grooves to support lower ends of the developing units such that the developing units are supported by the frames, and therefore the positions of the photosensitive bodies of the developing units with respect to other constituents supported by the frames may be accurately regulated.06-20-2013
20130183062IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus having an improved structure of simply executing contact or separation between developing rollers and photoconductors is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a cover opening and closing a side of a main body, a photoconductor unit including a photoconductor, a laser scanning unit irradiating the photoconductor to form an electrostatic latent image and including a light source generating light and an optical window transmitting the light generated from the light source, a developing unit supplying a developer to the photoconductor and including a developing roller contacting or separated from the photoconductor, and a shutter unit operable in connection with the cover, opening the optical window when the cover closes the side of the main body, and closing the optical window when the cover opens the side of the main body.07-18-2013
20110311269IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes a cartridge mounting portion to which a cartridge is detachably mountable; a stacking portion for accommodating the recording material; and a protecting cover for protecting the recording material accommodated in the stacking portion, wherein the protecting cover is movable between a first position in which the recording material accommodated in the stacking portion is protected and a second position in which movement of the cartridge mounted in the cartridge mounting portion is prevented.12-22-2011
20130188985INFORMATION STORAGE DEVICE, REMOVABLE DEVICE, DEVELOPER CONTAINER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An information storage device installed in a removable device configured to be removably installed in an image forming apparatus body, includes: an information storage unit that stores information communicated between the image forming apparatus body and the removable device; a terminal that comes in contact with a body side terminal; and a substrate that holds the information storage unit and the terminal and includes a hole configured to be engaged with a protruding section installed in the image forming apparatus body. The terminal includes a plurality of terminals each including one of a plurality of metallic plates arranged in a transverse direction thereof. An earth terminal, which comes in contact with a body side earth terminal formed in the protruding section, is formed in the hole. The hole is disposed at a position sandwiched between two metallic plates among the plurality of metallic plates.07-25-2013
20120027455Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: a body; a holding member movable between a housing position and a drawn-out position; a plurality of cartridges configured to be attached to the holding member along a attachment path, so that the plurality of cartridges are placed at image forming positions and are arranged in a movement direction of the holding member; and a plurality of restricting members disposed correspondingly with the cartridges. In a state where the holding member is drawn out to the drawn-out position, the plurality of restricting members are located at unrestricted positions that are retracted from the attachment path. In an attachment process in which the holding member is moved from the drawn-out position to the housing position, the plurality of restricting members advance from the unrestricted positions to restricting positions on the attachment path to restrict the cartridges from being detached from the image forming positions.02-02-2012
20120027454Image Forming Device Having Retaining Member Retaining Toner Cartridges - An image-forming device includes: a main casing; a retaining member; a plurality of developing units; a plurality of toner cartridges; and an operating member. The main casing defines an accommodation space. The retaining member is movably disposed between an accommodated position, in which the retaining member is accommodated inside the accommodation space, and a pull-out position. The plurality of developing units are retained by the retaining member. The plurality of toner cartridges are detachably attachable to the retaining member, one for each of the developing units, when the retaining member is at the pull-out position. Each of the toner cartridges includes: a casing in which a through-hole is formed for supplying toner accommodated inside the casing to the corresponding developing unit; and a shutter that is configured so as to be capable of moving between an open position exposing the through-hole and a closed position closing the through-hole. The operating member is provided at the retaining member. The operating member is configured to be operated to move the shutter between the open position and the closed position by shifting between a first position corresponding to the closed position of the shutter in which the operating member extends above the retaining member, and a second position corresponding to the open position of the shutter in which the operating member has a lower profile than in the first position.02-02-2012
20130195505Image Forming Apparatus - There is provided an image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body having an opening, an open/close member which opens and closes the opening, and an image forming unit which is drawable to an outside of the apparatus body through the opening. The open/close member includes a restraint member which is movable between a restraint position of restraining movement of the image forming unit and a restraint release position of releasing the restraint, and a moving member which moves the restraint member from the restraint position toward the restraint release position as the open/close member being moved from a close position to an open position. Once the restraint member is moved from the restraint position toward the restraint release position, the restraint member is held at the restraint release position not to be moved from the restraint release position to the restraint position even when the open/close member is moved.08-01-2013

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