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Photosensitive drum access configuration for an image forming apparatus

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a main body, a photosensitive drum detachably attached to the main body, a light exposure member configured to expose the photosensitive member to light, a developer container configured to store a developer to be supplied to the photosensitive drum, and a supporting member disposed in the main body and configured to support the light exposure member and to hold the developer container detachably. The supporting member is configured to, while holding the developer container, move between a light exposure position where the light exposure member is located proximate to the photosensitive drum and a separation position where the light exposure member is separated from the photosensitive drum while the supporting member holds the developer container.



Fixing device and image forming apparatus including same

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fixing device to fix a toner image on a sheet includes a first rotary member that rotates in a predetermined direction and a second rotary member that contacts an outer circumferential surface of the first rotary member. A stationary member is fixed inside the first rotary member to press the first and second rotary members together to form a nip portion between the rotary members. A reinforcement member is fixedly provided inside the first rotary member and pressed against the stationary member. The fixing device includes heat source to heat the first rotary member and a reflector to reflect heater light emitted from the heat source toward the first rotary member.



Image forming device having holder positioning arrangement

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a main frame and a holder. The holder holds a plurality of photosensitive drums arrayed in a predetermined direction. The holder includes a pair of side plates each positioned at each axial end portion of each photosensitive drum, and each having an upstream end portion in the accommodating direction, and a pair of protruding portions each protruding outward in the axial direction from the upstream end portion of each side plate. The main frame includes a pair of positioning portions and a pair of support portions. The pair of positioning portions is configured to be in contact with each protruding portion from below and on a downstream side of the protruding portion in the accommodating direction. The pair of support portions is positioned downstream of the pair of positioning portions in the accommodating direction and configured to support the pair of side plates.



Image forming device having belt cleaner and drum cleaner both provided in one of drum units

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming device includes a main casing, a plurality of photosensitive accommodated in the main casing, a plurality of developer cartridges detachably mountable in the main casing, an endless belt, a plurality of first cleaning units and first conveying units provided for the respective photosensitive drums, a second cleaning unit for cleaning the endless belt, a second conveying unit, and a third conveying unit. The photosensitive drums include a first photosensitive drum and the developer cartridges include a first developer cartridge corresponding to the first photosensitive drum. The third conveying unit conveys waste developer cleaned by the first cleaning unit and conveyed by the first conveying unit corresponding to the first photosensitive drum and waste developer cleaned by the second cleaning unit and conveyed by the second conveying unit toward a first waste developer accommodating chamber of the first developer cartridge.



Developing device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A developing device and image forming apparatus are provided. The developing device includes a chassis; a developer carrying member; a thickness regulating member; a supply member; and a conveying member. In a state in which the developing device is attached to a main body an opening of the chassis faces upward; the thickness regulating member pressure-contacts the developer carrying member from below the developer carrying member; the conveying member is disposed below the developer carrying member; the supply member overlaps a portion of the conveying member in a horizontal direction; and a portion of the conveying member is disposed within a vertical projection plane between a pressure-contact position of the thickness regulating member to the developer carrying member, and a contact position of the supply member to the developer carrying member. The image forming apparatus includes a main body; a plurality of photosensitive members; and a plurality of developing devices.



Collection device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A collection device including: an accommodation part configured to accommodate therein collected adhering substance; and a detection part configured to detect an amount of the adhering substance in the accommodation part and including, a moving member configured to move from a first position to a second position, the accommodation part being capable of accommodating therein the adhering substance when the moving member is arranged at the first position and being full of the adhering substance when the moving member is in the second position, and a restraining member configured to restrain the moving member from moving from the first position to the second position when the moving member is arranged at the first position, and restrain the moving member from moving from the second position to the first position when the moving member is arranged at the second position.



Color image forming apparatus

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a process unit arranged in the vicinity of the circumference of each photosensitive member and the process unit is configured to act on the photosensitive member in forming a toner image thereon. The image forming apparatus detects a time period since a laser beam emission unit emits a laser beam to the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image for detection until the formed electrostatic latent image for detection or a toner image based on the electrostatic latent image for detection reaches the process unit, and performs color misregistration correction control based on the result of detection. In this case, a control unit at least decreases the light amount of a pre-exposure LED when the electrostatic latent image for detection passes through a position facing the pre-exposure LED.



Fixing device capable of grounding tubular member

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fixing device for thermally fixing a developing agent image to a sheet includes: a flexible tubular member having an inner peripheral surface defining an internal space; a heater; a nip member being in sliding contact with the inner peripheral surface of the flexible tubular member and having an electrically conductive surface; a stay supporting the nip member and being electrically conductive and electrically connected to the electrically conductive surface; a backup member nipping the flexible tubular member in cooperation with the nip member; a supporting member supporting the nip member and the stay, the supporting member being movable relative to the backup member; and a first grounding member disposed to be in contact with the stay for grounding the stay, the first grounding member being supported to the supporting member such that the first grounding member is integrally movable with the supporting member.



Developer cartridge

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A developer cartridge is described. The developer cartridge detachably mountable on a tandem type photosensitive unit slidable to a drawn-out position and a mounted position with respect to an image forming apparatus body may include a casing; a developer carrier rotatably supported on one end portion of the casing for carrying a developer; a pair of upright portions arranged on another end portion of the casing at an interval from each other in the axial direction of the developer carrier to extend from another end portion of the casing in a detaching direction for the developer cartridge; and an elastically deformable coupling portion extending in the axial direction of the developer carrier for coupling the upright portions with each other.



Power supply device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The power supply device includes a transformer, a switching unit for driving a primary side of the transformer, a detection unit for detecting an output corresponding to a current flowing on the primary side, a transmission unit for transmitting an output voltage from a secondary side to the primary side, and a control unit for controlling an operation of the switching unit in accordance with an output from the transmission unit, in which, when a switching frequency for driving the switching unit falls within a predetermined frequency range including a resonant frequency of the transformer, the control unit controls the switching unit so as to shorten a turn-ON time of the switching unit in accordance with an output from the detection unit.



Electrode for image forming apparatus and image forming apparatus

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An electrode for an image forming apparatus, the electrode including: an elastically deformable spring portion that is formed in a cylindrical shape by spirally winding a wire; a ring portion that is an electrical contact portion having an annular shape and provided to one end side of the spring portion in an axial direction of the spring portion, the ring portion being formed by winding the wire around a center line, which intersects with the axial direction of the spring portion, at least twice; an inner portion that is formed by the wire forming the ring portion and is positioned at an inside of the ring portion; and an outer portion that is formed by the wire forming the ring portion and is positioned at an outside of the ring portion.



Image formation apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image formation apparatus has a body having a pair of frames, and an image formation unit configured to form an image on a sheet, and a re-feeding path which is used when the sheet, on one surface of which an image has been formed by the image formation unit, is fed again to the image formation unit. The re-feeding path includes a first path vertically extending from a downstream side, in a sheet feed direction, of the image formation unit, a second path extending horizontally, and a curved portion connecting the first path and the second path. The pair of frames are connected with a metal plate which is formed and arranged to extend along the curved portion.



Image forming apparatus and recording medium stacking apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium; a recording medium stacking unit including a stacking member having a stacking surface on which the recording medium having the image formed by the image forming unit is stacked, an outside member that is located at the outside of the stacking surface so as to extend in a substantially vertical direction to the stacking surface and detachably mounted in the recording medium stacking unit, and a support member having a support portion that supports the stacking member; an outside member recognizing unit that recognizes whether the outside member is mounted on the recording medium stacking unit, or not; and a controller that controls one of a maximum number of recording media to be stacked and a maximum height of stack of recording media in the recording medium stacking unit according to whether the outside member recognizing unit recognizes that the outside member is mounted, or not.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A control section controls the rotation of a registration roller that corrects the skew of a sheet and conveys the sheet, and the rotation of a loop forming roller which forms a loop of the sheet, as well as the nipping and releasing of the nip of the loop forming roller. This control section controls so that the sheet with a loop formed between the registration roller and loop forming roller is conveyed downstream in the sheet conveyance direction, and the sheet is released from the nipping of the loop forming roller during the conveyance. This control section further controls so that the total number of rotations of the registration roller from the start of sheet conveyance till releasing of the sheet from nipping of the loop forming roller is kept at a prescribed total number of rotations preset in conformance to the paper type.



Image forming apparatus reducing driving noise

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus which includes a main body, an image forming unit to form an image on a printing medium, a plate to open and close a first side of the main body; a pickup unit which includes a driven gear to rotate in forward and backward directions, a pickup roller to receive a driving force from the driven gear to pick up the printing medium disposed on the plate, and a support frame to rotatably support the pickup roller and to interlock with the forward and backward rotations of the driven gear to move toward and away from the plate, a driving source to drive the image forming unit and the driven gear, and a blocking gear disposed between the driven gear and the driving source, to prevent the support frame, spaced apart from the plate, from moving toward the plate.



Image transfer device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image transfer device includes a transfer unit and a transport unit. The transfer unit that heats a layered body including a recording member, which is flexible and has an image recorded on a recording surface thereof, and a base member, onto which the image on the recording member is to be transferred, to transfer the image recorded on the recording surface onto the base member. The transfer unit transporting the layered body by rotating while being in contact with a back surface of the recording member on a side opposite to the side of the recording surface. The transport unit disposed upstream of the transfer unit in a transport direction of the layered body. The transport unit rotating while being in contact with the back surface of the recording member to transport the layered body to the transfer unit.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes: an image bearing member; a charger; an irradiator; a development device having an accommodation unit to accommodate toner to obtain a visible image; a transfer device; and a fixing device to fix the visible image transferred onto a recording medium. The fixing device having a fixing rotation member; and a pressure rotation member to form a nipping portion by contacting the fixing rotation member, wherein the surface pressure of the nipping portion is 1.5 kgf/cm2 or less, wherein the fixing rotation member has a Martens hardness of 1.0 N/mm2 or less at 23° C., wherein the ratio of the projected area of a single particle of the toner onto the recording medium at 120° C. to the projected area of a single particle of the toner onto the recording medium at 23° C. is 1.60 or less.



Image heating apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image heating apparatus includes a rotatable heating member; an exciting coil; a magnetic core including a first engaging portion in the neighborhood of an end thereof and a second engaging portion in the neighborhood of another end thereof; a holder including a first recess into which the first engaging portion is inserted and a second recess into which the second engaging portion is inserted; and an elastic member fixed on the holder so as to be located between the magnetic core and the holder. The elastic member urges the first engaging portion, inserted into the first recess, in a direction perpendicular to an inserting direction so that a position of the second engaging portion is determined by the second recess.



Fixing device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fixing device configured to fix a toner image on a recording material by heating while conveying the recording material that bears the toner image by a nip portion, the fixing device includes a fixing roller having a rubber layer, a rotating member configured to form a contact portion between the rotating member and the fixing roller, and a pressure member configured to form the nip portion cooperatively with the fixing roller. In the fixing device, heat of the rotating member transfers to the fixing roller from the rotating member via the contact portion, and the contact portion includes a region where the pressure is increased after being decreased on a downstream side further than a center of the contact portion in the rotational direction of the rotating member.



Fixing device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fixing device includes a rotary endless fixing belt; a nip forming member disposed in an interior of the fixing belt; a rotary opposed member to contact the nip forming member via the fixing belt to form a nip together with the fixing belt; a heat source to directly heat the fixing belt at a portion other than the nip, including at lease one heat-generation part disposed outside lateral ends of a maximum area of the fixing belt where a recording medium passes through, wherein a recording medium carrying an unfixed image is conveyed to the nip and the fixing device fixes the unfixed image onto the recording medium; and a shielding member disposed between the fixing belt and the heat generation part of the heat source and configured to shield heat from the heat source at least at an area outside the maximum passing area of the recording medium.



Fixing device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fixing device includes a radiating portion that radiates light on a recording medium on which a toner image is formed and that is transported along a transport path, a partition member that transmits the light radiated from the radiating portion and partitions between the radiating portion and the transport path, and a drive section that moves a scraping member scraping toner that adheres to the partition member and is heated by the radiation of the light from the radiating portion so as to contact a surface of the partition member of the transport path side.



Fixing device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fixing device includes a fixing member, a pressing member and a separating member. The fixing member is provided with a sheet passing region through which a recording medium is passed and a non-sheet passing region arranged outside the sheet passing region. The pressing member comes in pressure-contact with the fixing member to form a fixing nip. The separating member is configured to separate the recording medium passed through the fixing nip from the fixing member. The separating member has a separating plate and a restricting piece. The separating plate faces the sheet passing region with an interval. The restricting piece restricts the interval. The restricting piece is provided with a contacting surface which comes in contact with the non-sheet passing region. The contacting surface has a width which becomes wider from an upstream side to a downstream side in the rotation direction of the fixing member.



Transfer assist blade

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

There is described a transfer assist blade for an electrostatographic machine. The transfer assist blade includes a wear layer for contacting a copy sheet, an interior layer having a thickness of from about 150 microns to about 500 microns and a back layer comprising a thermoset polyimide having dispersed therein carbon particles such that an out surface of the back layer has a surface resistance of from about 1×108 ohms to about 9.99×108 ohms.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A transfer bias voltage supplier supplies, to a transfer member, a transfer bias voltage of a polarity opposite to the polarity of toner. The absolute value of transfer bias voltage to be supplied to the transfer member when a leading/trailing end of the sheet is passed through the nip portion is set smaller than when a toner image transfer region of the sheet is passed through the nip portion. A separation bias voltage supplier supplies, to a discharging electrode member, a separation bias voltage of a polarity opposite to the polarity of transfer bias voltage. The absolute value of separation bias voltage to be supplied to the discharging electrode member when the leading/trailing end of the sheet is passed through a discharging gap is set smaller than when the transfer region is passed through the discharging gap.



Method and apparatus for aligning a bias transfer roll

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for aligning a bias transfer roll are disclosed. For example, the method detects a position of a paper, determines a position of the bias transfer roll, calculates an offset between the position of the paper and the position of the bias transfer roll and moves the bias transfer roll laterally by an amount of the offset to align the bias transfer roll to the paper.



Toner case and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A toner case includes a case main body and an agitating member. The case main body contains a toner. The agitating member agitates the toner contained in the case main body by rotating along an inner surface of the case main body. A rib is protruded on the inner surface of the case main body along a rotation direction of the agitating member. The agitating member is provided with a slit extending along the rotation direction and located at a position corresponding to the rib.



Toner delivery system for a shake-free toner cartridge

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A toner delivery system for a shake-free toner cartridge comprises a toner paddle assembly having a plurality of scrapers. A main scraper scrapes toner adhering to interior surfaces and directs toner from a first region of the toner reservoir into the opening in a first portion of the front of the housing. A secondary scraper positioned adjacent with the main scraper scrapes and directs toner from a second region of the toner reservoir into the first region. A side scraper scrapes toner adhering to interior surfaces of respective side walls of the housing.



Powder accommodation container, image forming apparatus and manufacturing method of the image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A powder accommodation container includes an accommodation container body, a regulation member, and a transport member. The accommodation container body has a hole portion to outside and accommodates powder. The regulation member is provided in the hole portion to regulate a passage of the powder accommodated in the accommodation container body. The transport member is arranged in an inside of the accommodation container body to rotate about a rotating shaft and to transport the powder in the inside of the accommodation container body. The transport member has one end side in a short direction that is arranged on the rotating shaft and the other end side that is a free end, the free end includes a flexible member that is in contact with the accommodation container body to be flexed. The flexible member is locatable to face the hole portion.



Electronic apparatus and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a driving motor, a gear mechanism including a drive gear rotated by driving force of the driving motor and a slave gear meshed with the drive gear, to transmit the driving force to an object, one of the drive gear and the slave gear including a toothless portion without the gear tooth, formed on a circumferential edge of the corresponding gear, a control unit, a detection unit that detects a driving current for the driving motor when the driving motor is working, a decision unit that decides whether the driving current detected by the detection unit is below a predetermined threshold, and a calculation unit that counts the number of times that the decision unit has decided that the driving current is below the threshold, and calculates an amount of movement of the slave gear on the basis of the number of times counted.



Toner case and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A toner case includes a case main body and a shutter, a lever, a rotating member and a transmitting member attached to the case main body. The case main body includes a discharge port discharging a toner. The shutter is rotatably attached to open/close the discharge port and includes a shutter side gear. The lever is rotatably attached to operate the shutter and includes a lever main body that includes a lever side gear meshing with the shutter side gear. The rotating member is installed in a rotatable state. The transmitting member is rotatably attached to transmit the rotation to the rotating member and includes a transmitting member main body that covers the outside of the lever main body and includes an aperture. The aperture exposes a meshing part of the lever side gear and shutter side gear when the transmitting member is located to a predetermined rotational displacement.



Charging device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A charging device for electrically charging a photosensitive member, includes: a discharging electrode; a casing provided with an opening; a grid provided at the opening; a sheet-shaped shutter; a moving portion; a connecting portion; a winding-up portion; an urging portion; a first supporting portion; a second supporting portion; and an operating portion. The winding-up portion is configured to wind up, when the shutter is closed, the shutter so that a surface of the shutter opposing the photosensitive member is an outermost surface. When movement of the shutter in the opening direction is completed, the operating portion is covered with the shutter. When the connecting portion is separated from the moving portion, a leading end portion of the shutter with respect to the closing direction is movable toward a downstream side of the operating portion with respect to the opening direction by a winding-up force by the urging portion.



Grid electrode, charging device, and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A grid electrode that is substantially thin-plate-shaped includes an opening section in which plural openings are formed and a frame section that surrounds the opening section. The grid electrode is curved along a short-side direction thereof and includes portions having different thicknesses, the portions being arranged in the short-side direction.



Rotation driving force transmitting member, photoreceptor drum, process cartridge, and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A rotation driving force transmitting member is disposed between a motor section and a main body of a photoreceptor drum. The rotation driving force transmitting member has a convex member which is provided on the photoreceptor drum side and includes a twisted convex portion with an elliptical cross-section and a concave member which is provided on the motor section side and includes a twisted concave portion with an elliptical cross-section, the concave portion being fitted in the convex portion. The rotation driving force transmitting member transmits rotation driving force by the motor section to the photoreceptor drum via the convex member and the concave member in a state where the convex member is subjected to a drawing force toward the concave member side, due to rotation of the motor section in a state where the convex portion and the concave portion are fitted in each other.



Image forming apparatus having photosensitive member and intermediate transfer member subjected to driving rotation control independently

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus stabilized in transferability of an image from the photosensitive member to the intermediate transfer belt. The image forming apparatus includes photosensitive drums and an intermediate transfer belt (ITB) that rotates in contact with each drum, brushless DC motors for driving the drum and the ITB for rotation. Rotary encoders associated with the drum and the ITB detect respective rotational speeds thereof. A controller sets a target value for the drum-associated rotary encoder for making the surface speeds of the drum and the belt equal to each other during normal printing operation, from a detection value from the drum-associated rotary encoder in a state of the drum being friction-driven by the belt at the primary transfer section, and controls the drum-associated motor such that the target value becomes a detection value.



Rotating-body driving device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A rotating-body driving device that includes a rotating body; a driving source; a reduction gear that includes an output shaft and a gear rotating at a non-integer ratio of rotation period to a rotation period of the output shaft, and the reduction gear reducing rotation speed of the driving source; a pulse-signal generating unit; a pulse-count storage unit; a speed-fluctuation storage unit that stores therein a rotation speed fluctuation of the output shaft; and a driving-source control unit. The driving-source control unit detects the speed fluctuation information associated with the accumulated number of pulse signals from the speed-fluctuation storage unit, and performs for the driving source a feedforward control to set off the rotation speed fluctuation.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is an image forming apparatus provided with an image forming unit. The image forming apparatus includes a movable member configured to be displaced relative to an apparatus main body; a cover configured to be displaced between a position where an opening portion provided on the apparatus main body is opened and a position where the opening portion is closed; a link that displaces the movable member in conjunction with the cover; a driving pulley and a driven pulley; and an endless belt that is looped around and stretched between the driving pulley and the driven pulley and transmits a driving force from the driving pulley to the driven pulley. The belt overlaps with the link in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of the driving pulley.



Neutralization device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The light emitting portions 140 are mounted on the substrate 120, and emit neutralization light. The first end engagement portion 115 is engaged with the first end portion 121 of the substrate 120 opposite to the image carrier 2. The partitioning member 130 is connected to the housing 110, so as to form an opened portion that is opened to face the surface of the image carrier 2. The plurality of restriction protrusions 150 are arranged along an axial direction of the image carrier 2. The first end engagement portion 115 is disposed in the central portion of the plurality of restriction protrusions 150 in the arrangement direction. The arrangement direction of the plurality of restriction protrusions 150 curves, such that a central portion of the restriction protrusions in the axial direction is closer to the image carrier than end portions of the restriction protrusions in the axial direction.



Document reader with a plurality of holding portions

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A document reader is provided, which includes side covers disposed to face each other to form side faces of a main body housing, each of the side covers including a protruding section formed with an upper portion of the side cover being protruded outward relative to the main body housing, the upper portion being higher than a predetermined position below a reading unit, the protruding section including a first finger-holding portion disposed on a lower surface of the protruding section, the first finger-holding portion being formed with a length in a longitudinal direction thereof as long as a length of a readable range for the reading unit in a main scanning direction, the first finger-holding portion being configured such that one or more operators put their fingers thereon from below, the first finger-holding portion including one or more ribs formed along the longitudinal direction of the first finger-holding portion.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a unit housed in an apparatus body and configured to contribute to image formation, a driving source disposed in the apparatus body and configured to apply a driving force to the unit, an opening formed in the apparatus body, a door configured to form a conveyance path for conveying a recording material, and movable between a first position, where the opening is closed, and a second position, where the opening is opened, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the driving force from the driving source to the unit when the door is at the first position and to urge the door in a door closing direction.



Transfer belt device and image forming apparatus including the same

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a housing and a transfer unit. The transfer unit detachably attachable relative to the housing includes a drive roller, a driven roller disposed opposite the drive roller, a belt formed into a loop and entrained around the drive roller and the driven roller, a frame to support the shaft of the drive roller, and a support member to movably support the shaft of the driven roller to be parallel to an axial direction of the drive roller and movable in a first direction different from the axial direction. A positioning member disposed in the housing holds the shaft of the drive roller parallel, and a restriction member restricts movement of the driven roller in the first direction to keep the shaft of the driven roller parallel to the shaft of the drive roller as the transfer unit is mounted in the image forming apparatus.



Powder refilling device, process cartridge and image including same, and powder refilling method

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A powder refilling device includes a refill powder chamber to accommodate a powder bag containing powder, an opener to open the powder bag inside the refill powder chamber, and a squeezer to squeeze the opened powder bag to discharge powder therefrom and reduce a volume of the opened powder bag.



Developing cartridge

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A developing cartridge includes a receiving member which receives a driving force from outside; a first rotary member which rotates by the driving force; a second rotary member which takes a driven position where the second rotary member rotates by the driving force from the first rotary member and a non-driven position where transmission of the driving force from the first rotary member is cut off; a detectable member which moves as the rotation of the second rotary member, and a first portion which rotates by the driving force. The second rotary member includes a second portion. When the second rotary member is in the non-driven position, the second portion is provided on a rotating locus drawn by the first portion. The first portion engages with the second portion as the first portion rotates, so that the second rotary member rotates from the non-driven position to the driven position.



Process unit

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A process unit includes a drum frame supporting a photoconductor drum and a development frame supporting a development roller. The development cartridge is swingably supported by the drum frame at a coupling joint provided at a first side of the development frame and a support portion provided at a second side of the development frame. A center of rotation of the development roller is located in a position shifted from a line segment connecting a center of rotation of the coupling joint and a center of rotation of the photoconductor drum to an upstream side with respect to a direction of rotation of the coupling joint as viewed in an axial direction of the development roller, such that the development roller is pressed against the photoconductor drum by the action of the rotatory force received by the coupling joint.



Interval securing member, developing apparatus, and process cartridge

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An interval securing member configured to maintain a distance between an image bearing member and a developer bearing member includes a first image bearing member side contact portion that contacts with the image bearing member upstream in a rotation direction of the image bearing member from a nearest position where the distance between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member becomes the smallest, a first developing side contact portion that contacts with the developer bearing member upstream from the nearest position in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member, a second image bearing member side contact portion that contacts with the image bearing member downstream from the nearest position in the rotation direction of the image bearing member, and a second developing side contact portion that contacts with the developer bearing member downstream from the nearest position in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member.



Cartridge and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cartridge attachable/detachable to/from a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge includes a developer storage unit configured to store developer, a partitioning member movably provided inside the developer storage unit and configured to partition the developer storage unit, a developer conveyance member configured to convey the developer stored in the developer storage unit, and an operated portion configured to move the partitioning member, wherein when the cartridge is attached to the main assembly, the operated portion is moved by touching the main assembly to move the partitioning member from a first position to a second position where the developer storage unit is caused to be greater in capacity than that in the first position.



Electrophotographic image forming apparatus and development cartridge

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An electrophotographic image forming apparatus and a development cartridge are provided. The electrophotographic image forming apparatus includes a body including an opening, a photoreceptor cartridge attached to, or detached from, the body through the opening, a photoconductive drum and a mounting portion, a development cartridge attached to, or detached from, the mounting portion through the opening while the photoreceptor cartridge is mounted in the body, a development roller supplying toner to an electrostatic latent image formed on the photoconductive drum, a cover for opening or closing the opening, and a pressurizing unit fixing the development cartridge to the mounting portion by providing a pressing force to the development cartridge in a direction parallel to a center line connecting centers of the photoconductive drum and development roller while the opening is closed.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes: a body frame having an opening; a cover configured to open/close the opening; an exposure unit configured to expose a photosensitive member and being swingable between an exposure position and a retreated position; an urging member configured to urge the exposure unit from the exposure position towards the retreated position; and an interlocking mechanism configured to: swing the exposure unit from the retreated position to the exposure position against an urging force of the urging member in conjunction with the rotation of the cover when the cover is closed; and allow the exposure unit to swing from the exposure position to the retreated position by the urging force of the urging member in conjunction with the rotation of the cover when the cover is opened.



Attachment structure for operation unit and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An attachment structure for operation panel unit includes an operation panel unit 16 with keys 20a to 20c operated by a user, a main body 2 to which the operation panel unit 16 is attached and an outer covering 6 that is attached to the main body 2 so as to cover the operation panel unit 16. The operation panel unit 16 is attached to the main body 2 in such a way that the operation panel unit 16 can slide with respect to the main body 2, in a direction intersecting an attaching direction of the outer covering 6 to the main body 2. When the outer covering 6 is attached to the main body 2 in a state in which the operation panel unit 16 is attached to the main body 2, sliding of the operation panel unit 16 is restricted.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a cover and a supporting member. The cover includes a connecting portion, the supporting member has a first path which guides the connecting portion and a second path which is bifurcated from the first path. When the connecting portion is located at an end of the first path, the cover is supported at a first opening angle, and when the connecting portion is located at an end of the second path, the cover is supported at a second opening angle which is larger than the first opening angle. When the supporting member upwardly rotates in a state where the cover is supported at the first opening angle, the cover rotates so as to interwork with the rotation of the supporting member, the connecting portion moves from the first path to the second path by its own weight of the cover.



Developing device, process cartridge, and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A developing device includes a developer carrying member that carries developer; a frame member that supports the developer carrying member; a sealing section that faces a peripheral surface of the developer carrying member and suppresses leakage of the developer; and an interval ensuring member that maintains a distance between the image carrying member and the developer carrying member. The interval ensuring member includes a movement regulating portion that prevents movement of the interval ensuring member in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member when the image carrying member and the developer carrying member rotate, and a maintaining portion that contacts the image carrying member and the developer carrying member for maintaining the distance between the image carrying member and the developer carrying member. The maintaining portion and the sealing section are positioned in a predetermined cross section that is orthogonal to an axial line of the developer carrying member.