US Pat. No. 9,459,573

FIXING DEVICE IN WHICH TEMPERATURE OF HEATING ROLLER IS DETECTED USING NON-CONTACT TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIXING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image onto a recording medium, comprising:
a heating roller;
a pressure roller;
a non-contact temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the heating roller in a non-contact manner;
a first air channel located between the non-contact temperature sensor and the heating roller; and
a second air channel located at a side of the non-contact temperature sensor that is farther from the heating roller, wherein
an air velocity in the first air channel is greater than an air velocity in the second air channel.

US Pat. No. 9,408,270

LIGHTING-ON/OFF CONTROL CIRCUIT AND LIGHTING-ON/OFF CONTROL METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A lighting control circuit comprising:
a control circuit that outputs a plurality of first signals and a plurality of second signals;
a plurality of first push-pull circuits to which each of said plurality of first signals is inputted;
a plurality of second push-pull circuits to which each of said plurality of second signals is inputted; and
a plurality of light emitting device groups that are capable of being connected to respective circuits between one of the
outputs of said plurality of first push-pull circuits and one of the outputs of said plurality of second push-pull circuits,

when said first signal is of a first value and said second signal is of a second value, a first current flows from said first
push-pull circuit to said second push-pull circuit,

when said second signal is of a first value and said first signal is of a second value, a second current flows from said second
push-pull circuit to said first push-pull circuit,

each of said plurality of light emitting device groups including:
a first light emitting device that is lit up only by said first current or a second light emitting device that is lit up only
by said second current, or said first light emitting device and said second light emitting device that are connected in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,058,144

IMAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FACILITATING ADDRESS REGISTRATION

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image transmission system comprising:
an image transmission apparatus configured to transmit an image via a network; and
a client apparatus configured to perform an address information management service as an application for managing address
information that includes information on a transmission destination of the image, and connected to the image transmission
apparatus via the network,

wherein the image transmission apparatus includes:
an operation unit,
a display unit,
a search message distribution device configured to distribute, via the network, a Probe message as a search message for searching
for the client apparatus in which the address information management service is being activated, via User Datagram Protocol
(UDP) multicast, for searching for the client apparatus in which the address information management service is being activated
by using Web Services Dynamic Discovery (WS-Discovery), based on an instruction inputted via the operation unit,

an address information request device configured to transmit a request of the address information to the client apparatus
that has transmitted a Probe Match message based on the WS-Discovery as a reply message for replying to the search message,

an address display device configured to cause the display unit to display one or more addresses included in the address information
that has been transmitted from the client apparatus, and

an image transmission device configured to transmit the image to the address that has been selected based on the instruction
inputted via the operation unit, among the one or more addresses displayed on the display unit,

wherein the client apparatus includes:
an address information management device configured to manage the address information,
a reply message returning device configured to transmit the reply message to the image transmission apparatus that has transmitted
the search message, and

an address information transmission device configured to transmit, to the image transmission apparatus that has requested
the address information, the address information managed by the address information management device, and

wherein the search message includes identification information of the reply message returning device,
the reply message returning device is configured to return the reply message to the image transmission apparatus that has
transmitted the search message including the identification information of the reply message returning device, and

the address display device is configured to cause the display unit to display only one or more addresses included in the address
information that is managed by the client apparatus that is identified using the identification information included in the
search message, among the plurality of the client apparatuses in which the address information management service is being
activated.

US Pat. No. 9,067,438

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:
a conveyance belt having a sheet placing surface on which a sheet is placed and a plurality of belt openings penetrating the
sheet placing surface, the conveyance belt being configured to convey the sheet placed on the sheet placing surface;

an air intake portion configured to draw air from a side of a back surface opposite to the sheet placing surface through the
belt openings; and

a charging member having a surface which is shaped in such a manner as to contact the sheet placing surface while avoiding
the belt openings, the charging member being configured to charge the sheet placing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,369,599

IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE READING DEVICE TO REMOVE BLANK SHEET IMAGE DATA

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image reading device comprising:
an image reading unit for reading a document;
a document feeder unit for feeding set document sheets one by one to a read position of the image reading unit;
a setting input unit for accepting a document read instruction in a mixed setting mode in which a plurality of document sheets
having different sizes are set on the document feeder unit and are read;

a size determination unit for determining a size of each page of the document read by the image reading unit;
a blank sheet detection unit configured to repeat detection whether or not a blank sheet detection area in image data for
performing blank sheet detection is blank since before one page reading of the document is completed, and in case of reading
in the mixed setting mode, to detect whether or not the document sheet is a blank sheet based on a detection result in a sub-scanning
width range in the blank sheet detection area corresponding to a size of the document sheet in the sub-scanning direction
determined by the size determination unit in one-page document image data; and

a blank sheet deletion unit for deleting image data of the document sheet whose blank sheet detection area is detected as
blank, so that the image data is not used for a job;

wherein
the size determination unit determines a main scanning direction size of each page of the document, and
in case of reading in the mixed setting mode, the blank sheet detection unit performs in parallel a blank sheet detection
process in main scanning widths of a plurality of the blank sheet detection areas corresponding to a plurality of document
sizes, and detects whether or not the document sheet is a blank sheet by using a detection result in the main scanning width
corresponding to the main scanning direction size of the document sheet determined by the size determination unit among detection
results in different main scanning widths of the blank sheet detection areas.

US Pat. No. 9,191,552

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR CONVERSION AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a color conversion processing unit configured to perform color conversion from an input color value of a target image to a
corresponding output color value to obtain a tentative output color value;

a modulation candidate creating unit configured to create modulation candidates, wherein the modulation candidates include
combinations of integer values obtained by rounding a decimal fraction of each color component of the tentative output color
value;

a color value modulating unit configured to select one of the modulation candidates at random and to perform modulation by
replacing the tentative output color value with the selected modulation candidate;

an output unit configured to output an image according to a color value obtained after the modulation; and
a modulation adding switch configured to determine whether or not to perform modulation, wherein:
if a setting not to perform the modulation is determined, the output unit is configured to output the image according to the
tentative output color value.

US Pat. No. 9,473,662

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A USAGE RESTRICTION AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus having a plurality of functions that includes at least one predetermined function on which a
usage restriction is imposed, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing section configured to supply toner to an electrostatic latent image to develop the electrostatic latent image into
a toner image and print the toner image on a sheet; and

a control section configured to
count sheets printed by the printing section; and
remove the usage restriction on the at least one predetermined function when a cumulative number of sheets printed by the
printing section reaches a predetermined number;

wherein the at least one predetermined function comprises two or more predetermined functions on each of which a usage restriction
is imposed, and

each time the cumulative number of sheets increases by a predetermined number, the control section removes a usage restriction
that is not yet removed among the usage restrictions on the two or more predetermined functions.

US Pat. No. 9,444,968

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTINUES WITHOUT HALT TO PERFORM PRINT JOB INCLUDING SIGN WHERE GLYPH IS INVALID DATA, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a print device that performs a print job onto a print medium;
a sign printing circuit that causes the print device to print a sign where a glyph is present in a font corresponding to a
code, based on the code included in print data; and

a sign analyzing circuit that analyzes whether or not the glyph is invalid data where the sign printing circuit is not able
to cause the print device to print,

wherein, when the sign analyzing circuit analyzes that the glyph present in the font corresponding to the code of a target
sign is the invalid data, the sign printing circuit causes the print device to print a specific alternative sign as an alternative
to the target sign,

wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises a report printing circuit that causes the print device to print a font-analysis
report indicating that the glyph of the target sign where the alternative sign is printed is the invalid data, and

wherein the font-analysis report includes:
a “format” indicating the format of the font of the sign where the alternative sign has been drawn as the alternative to the
sign;

a “font name” indicating the name of the font of the invalid sign;
an “invalid character code” indicating the code of the invalid sign; and
an “error code” indicating what kind of invalid data the glyph of the invalid sign is.

US Pat. No. 9,329,549

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM INCLUDING PROGRAM FOR PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE INCLUDED IN IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM INCLUDING PROGRAM FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming system comprising:
a portable terminal device; and
an image forming apparatus,
the portable terminal device including:
a first storage part configured to store data indicative of an image;
a transmitting part configured to transmit the data stored in the first storage part by wireless communication;
a displaying part;
a first operation part configured to receive a first operation of selecting the image and a second operation of selecting
printing; and

a transmission controlling part configured to carry out first transmission control to cause the transmitting part to transmit
the data before a print setting screen is displayed on the displaying part when the first operation and the second operation
are carried out, in a case where a remaining amount of a battery as a power source of the portable terminal device is smaller
than a predetermined threshold value,

the image forming apparatus including:
a second storage part configured to store the data transmitted by the first transmission control; and
a printing part configured to execute a print job printing the image indicated by the data stored in the second storage part.

US Pat. No. 9,141,072

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DELETION REDUCING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus which includes:
an image bearing member having a surface on which a photosensitive layer is formed;
a development device configured to form a toner image by supplying developer including toner to the image bearing member to
cause the toner to be attached to an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member; and

a cleaner which is arranged downstream of the development device in a direction of rotation of the image bearing member, which
is configured to be in press contact with the surface of the image bearing member by a preset pressure, and which includes
a polishing member configured to polish the surface of the image bearing member, the apparatus comprising:

a heating element configured to be conducted during connection of the image forming apparatus to an external power source
to heat the image bearing member;

an interior temperature/humidity detection section configured to detect temperature and humidity in the interior of the image
forming apparatus;

a controller capable of discerning whether or not the image forming apparatus is connected to the external power source,
a transfer section which is arranged downstream of the development device in the direction of rotation and upstream of the
cleaner in the direction of rotation and which is configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member
by the development device to a recording medium;

a recording medium conveyance path which is provided between the transfer section and the image bearing member and which is
configured to convey the recording medium; and

a resin member forming a conveyance surface of the recording medium conveyance path on a side of the transfer section, and
a recess is formed in the resin member,
wherein the controller performs a refresh operation when a relative humidity calculated on the basis of the temperature and
the humidity detected by the interior temperature/humidity detection section immediately after the image forming apparatus
is connected to the external power source is higher than a preset value,

the refresh operation is an operation for supply of the developer from the development device to the image bearing member
and for polish of the surface of the image bearing member with the use of the polishing member, and

the heating element is arranged on an opposite side of a line to the development device and is accommodated in the recess,
the line passing through an axial center of the image bearing member and a contact point between the image bearing member
and the transfer section.

US Pat. No. 9,447,022

TRIARYLAMINE DERIVATIVE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A triarylamine derivative represented by general formula (1) shown below,

where, in the general formula (1),
R1, R2, and R3 each represent, independently of one another, a halogen atom, an optionally substituted alkyl group having a carbon number
of at least 1 and no greater than 6, an optionally substituted alkoxy group having a carbon number of at least 1 and no greater
than 6, or an optionally substituted aryl group having a carbon number of at least 6 and no greater than 12,

o, p, and q each represent, independently of one another, an integer of at least 0 and no greater than 4, and
m and n each represent, independently of one another, an integer of at least 1 and no greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 9,316,998

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INNER COVER THAT SHIELDS AN OPTICAL SENSOR WHEN AN OUTER HOUSING COVER IS CLOSED, THE OPTICAL SENSOR USED FOR DETECTING WHETHER A WASTE TONER CASE IS FULL

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a waste toner case attachably/detachably provided in an apparatus main body via an opening part to collect a waste toner ejected
from an image forming part forming an image by a toner;

an optical sensor detecting whether or not the waste toner case is filled with the waste toner;
a cover turnably closing the opening part of the apparatus main body;
a shading member arranged between the cover and the optical sensor to cover the optical sensor in a state where the waste
toner case is attached in the apparatus main body and the cover is closed; and

an interlocking device interlocking the opening/closing operation of the cover to move the shading member;
wherein the shading member is moved between a position to cover the optical sensor in a state where the cover closed and a
position separated from the optical sensor in a state where the cover opened.

US Pat. No. 9,432,550

SERVER DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONFIGURATION SETTING FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A server device that is connected with a plurality of image forming apparatuses in a communicable manner and configures
a setting for a desired image forming apparatus out of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, the server device comprising:
a device location management section configured to acquire location information representing current locations of the plurality
of image forming apparatuses; and

a setting determination section configured to refer to settings for other image forming apparatuses, out of the plurality
of image forming apparatuses, located at a short distance from the current location of the desired image forming apparatus
to determine the setting for the desired image forming apparatus, wherein

the setting determination section selects, out of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, at least one of image forming
apparatuses within a predetermined distance from the current location of the desired image forming apparatus and a predetermined
number of image forming apparatuses in order of increasing distance from the current location of the desired image forming
apparatus,

when settings for the image forming apparatuses selected include numerical values, the setting determination section calculates
an average of the numerical values included in the settings, and

when the settings include non-numerical values, the setting determination section chooses a most frequently appearing setting
out of the settings.

US Pat. No. 9,283,789

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:
a conveyance belt having a plurality of belt openings formed in a previously-set suction attraction region in end portions
thereof in a width direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of a sheet, the conveyance belt configured to convey
the sheet;

a conveyance plate having a plurality of platen openings formed therein at positions corresponding to the belt openings in
the width direction, the conveyance plate disposed on a back surface side of the conveyance belt;

an air intake portion configured to suction air through the belt openings and the platen openings from the back surface side
of the conveyance plate; and

a charging portion configured to charge a previously-set electrostatic attraction region in a center portion in the width
direction of the conveyance belt so as to avoid the suction attraction regions in the conveyance belt.

US Pat. No. 9,411,288

TONER DETECTION SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A toner-amount detection sensor for detecting the amount of toner of a toner visible image formed on a surface of a transfer
body, comprising:
a light-emitting element configured to emit light toward the surface of the transfer body at a predetermined incident angle;
a first light-receiving element disposed on a side opposite to the light-emitting element with respect to a plane normal to
the surface of the transfer body and configured to receive light reflected from the surface of the transfer body; and

a toner-amount calculating unit configured to calculate the amount of toner from the quantity of the reflected light received
by the first light-receiving element;

the sensor having a relationship of A1 the transfer body,

wherein the angle A1 falls within a range of at least 10° and less than 12°, and

the angle A2 falls within a range of at least 12° and less than 18°.

US Pat. No. 9,323,194

FIXING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FIXING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a heating rotation member which heats a toner image transferred to a sheet;
a heater which heats the heating rotation member;
a sensor circuit portion which includes a plurality of series circuits of thermistors for detecting a temperature of the heating
rotation member and capacitors and in which the capacitors of the series circuits differ from each other in capacitance;

a signal circuit portion to which a sensor output voltage that is a voltage between the thermistor and the capacitor in each
of the series circuits is input and which switches between a high level and a low level of an output signal each time the
sensor output voltage that exceeds a predetermined threshold value is increased; and

a processing circuit that includes: a voltage output port which applies a voltage to each of the series circuits and to which
the series circuits are connected so as to be parallel to each other; and an input port to which the output signal is input,
that measures a rising time since a start of the voltage application to each of the series circuits until the output signal
rises and a falling time since the start of the voltage application to each of the series circuits until the output signal
falls and that recognizes a target temperature to be detected with each of the thermistors based on the rising time and the
falling time.

US Pat. No. 9,609,151

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DELIVERS IMAGE DATA DISPLAYED ON DIGITAL SIGNAGE DEVICES AND COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY MEDIUM WITH IMAGE FORMING CONTROL PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image reading section operable to read an original document and generate image data from the read original document;
a storage section operable to store the image data generated by the image reading section;
a communication section operable to communicate data with one or more external digital signage devices;
an acceptance section configured to accept a delivery instruction to deliver the image data with the one or more digital signage
devices designated as destinations; and

an operation control section configured to control the operation of reading the original document and generating the image
data performed by the image reading section, the operation of communicating data performed by the communication section, and
the operation of storing the image data performed by the storage section,

wherein the storage section has a plurality of storage regions at least one or more of which are signage-specific storage
regions associated one-to-one with the one or more digital signage devices,

each of the signage-specific storage regions stores the image data generated by the image reading section having read the
original document,

the operation control section is further configured to: when the acceptance section accepts the delivery instruction, allow
the communication section to send the image data stored in the signage-specific storage region associated with the individual
digital signage device designated in the delivery instruction to the digital signage device designated in the delivery instruction
and allow the storage section to store the delivery instruction as history information in the associated signage-specific
storage region and after the relevant digital signage device has finished displaying the image data, allow the storage section
to store the image data as the history information in the associated signage-specific storage region, and

wherein if a display time of the image data displayed on a relevant digital signage device is equal to or shorter than a predetermined
amount of time, the operation control section reduces a resolution of the image data and allows the storage section to store
the resolution-reduced image data as the history information in the associated signage-specific storage region.

US Pat. No. 9,462,144

DISPLAY PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY PROCESSING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A display processing device comprising:
a display section having a display surface and configured to display an entirety of a first preview image based on image data;
a touch location acquiring section configured to acquire a touch location at which a user touches the display surface;
an area defining section configured to define an image analysis area within the first preview image based on the touch location;
a display size recognizing section configured to recognize a display size of a character image, the character image being
included in the image analysis area defined within the first preview image and displayed in the display size on the display
section;

a magnification determining section configured to calculate a magnification so that the character image is displayed in a
specific size on the display section, the magnification determining section calculating the magnification based on the display
size and the specific size; and

an enlarging and displaying section configured to enlarge the first preview image at the magnification to obtain a second
preview image and cause the display section to display a portion of the second preview image.

US Pat. No. 9,413,903

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER WITH A SWITCHBACK MECHANISM SUITABLE FOR READING OF FRONT AND BACK OF A SINGLE-SIDED DOCUMENT

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an automatic document feeder that automatically feeds a single-sided document;
an automatic document feeder control circuit that controls document feeding of the automatic document feeder;
a reading circuit that reads the single-sided document automatically fed by the automatic document feeder;
an image processing circuit that converts an image signal read by the reading circuit into image data; and
a blank paper detecting circuit that detects whether the single-sided document is a blank paper or a not blank paper from
the image data converted by the image processing circuit, wherein

the automatic document feeder includes a switchback mechanism that inverts the front and back of the single-sided document
to switch a surface of the single-sided document opposing the reading circuit,

the automatic document feeder control circuit controls to activate the switchback mechanism for a first document of the single-sided
document to thereby cause the reading circuit to read a front surface and a back surface of the single-sided document,

when a blank paper is detected from the image data in the first document of the single sided document before inversion by
the switchback mechanism, the automatic document feeder control circuit controls to cause to continue the activation of the
switchback mechanism for a second document and succeeding documents of the single-sided document, and to cause the reading
circuit to read the back surface of the single-sided document after inversion without causing the reading circuit to read
the front surface of the single-sided document before inversion, and

when the blank paper is not detected from the image data in the first document of the single-sided document before inversion
by the switchback mechanism, the automatic document feeder control circuit controls to cause the automatic document feeder
to stop the activation of the switchback mechanism for the second document and the succeeding documents of the single-sided
document, and to cause the reading circuit to read the front surface of the single-sided document.

US Pat. No. 9,256,144

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member containing a terphenoquinone derivative represented by the following formula
(1):

wherein R1 to R5 may be the same or different and each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, an aryl group
having 6 to 12 carbon atoms and optionally having an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group having 6 to
12 carbon atoms, a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 10 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 2 to 6 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,217,981

POSITIVELY-CHARGED SINGLE-LAYER ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A positively-charged single-layer electrophotographic photoreceptor, comprising:
a tubular photosensitive layer support base having
opposite inner and outer circumferential surfaces defining a wall thickness (t) that is 0.7 mm or less, an axial end surface
at one end of the tubular photosensitive support base, and inner and outer chamfers extending between the respective inner
and outer circumferential surfaces and the axial end surface

the outer chamfer being aligned at an outer chamfer angle (a) of an end surface of the photosensitive layer support base that
is 40° or more and 60° or less with respect to a longitudinal tangent of the outer circumferential surface of the tubular
photosensitive layer support base,

an end of the outer chamfer at the axial end surface being offset radially from the outer circumferential surface by an outer
end surface-tail edge surface width (b) that is 0.05 mm or more, and

an end of the inner chamfer at the axial end surface being offset radially from the inner circumferential surface by an inner
end surface-tail edge surface width that is 0.10 mm or more, wherein the inner end surface-tail edge surface width is the
difference of the wall thickness and the sum of the outer end surface-tail edge surface width (b) and a bottom surface length
(c).

US Pat. No. 9,462,151

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a housing having a document table glass on an upper surface thereof;
a contact image sensor that extends in a main scanning direction at a rear surface side of the document table glass and optically
reads an image of a document placed on the document table glass;

a carriage that holds the contact image sensor;
a rail member that extends in a sub-scanning direction and supports the carriage so as to be movable in the sub-scanning direction;
a driving unit that drives the carriage along the rail member;
a shaft arranged at the rear surface side of the document table glass, having a shaft line vertical to the document table
glass, and being rotatable around the shaft line; and

an eccentric cam eccentrically connected to the shaft and having a peripheral surface abutting an intermediate part of the
rail member in the sub-scanning direction, wherein

the carriage, the rail member and the driving unit are accommodated in the housing,
the driving unit has a pair of fixed pulleys, an annular belt, a movable pulley and a motor,
the annular belt is wound around the pair of fixed pulleys and a plurality of tooth parts are formed on an inner peripheral
surface of the annular belt,

the movable pulley is mounted on the carriage and a plurality of tooth parts are formed on an outer peripheral surface of
the movable pulley to be engaged with the tooth parts of the annular belt,

the motor rotates and drives one of the fixed pulleys,
the driving unit is configured to rotate the annular belt with the fixed pulley so as to move the movable pulley together
with the carriage along the rail member,

the rail member is formed by bending a sheet metal,
a section of the rail member vertical to the sub-scanning direction has an M shape opened downward,
the eccentric cam is accommodated in an inner space of the rail member, and has a maximum diameter part having a maximum distance
to the shaft line of the shaft and a minimum diameter part having a minimum distance to the shaft line of the shaft, and

the peripheral surface of the eccentric cam abuts one of two facing walls in the main-scanning direction of the rail member.

US Pat. No. 9,238,561

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feed section that includes a sheet feed cassette and a manual feed tray and that is configured to feed a sheet stored
in the sheet feed cassette or a sheet loaded onto the manual feed tray;

a sheet conveyance section that includes a sheet reversing mechanism for reversing sides of the sheet and that is configured
to convey the sheet fed by the sheet feed section;

a reception section configured to receive input pertaining to image formation;
an image forming section configured to form an image on the sheet based on image data indicated by an image formation instruction
received by the reception section;

an exit tray onto which the sheet is ejected after the image has been formed thereon by the image forming section; and
an operation control section configured to control operation of the sheet feed section, the sheet conveyance section, and
the image forming section, wherein

the operation control section controls the sheet conveyance section to reverse the sheet using the sheet reversing mechanism
in order to perform duplex image formation on the sheet, and

when duplex image formation is performed on one or more reused sheets each having a printed side and an unprinted side fed
from the sheet feed cassette and the reused sheets on which the duplex image formation has been performed are loaded onto
the manual feed tray, the operation control section:

controls the sheet feed section to alternately feed sheets stored in the sheet feed cassette and the sheets loaded onto the
manual feed tray;

controls the image forming section to form, on the sheets fed from the sheet feed cassette, images that have been formed over
the respective printed sides of the reused sheets in the duplex image formation at times at which the sheets stored in the
sheet feed cassette are fed by the sheet feed section;

controls the sheet conveyance section to eject onto the exit tray the sheets which have been fed from the sheet feed cassette
and on which the images have been formed;

controls the image forming section to not form an image at times at which the sheets loaded onto the manual feed tray are
fed by the sheet feed section; and

controls the sheet conveyance section to eject onto the exit tray the sheets that have been fed from the manual feed tray.

US Pat. No. 9,227,432

CONVEYOR DEVICE AND INKJET RECORDING DEVICE INCLUDING CONVEYOR DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A conveyor device arranged to face a recording head, comprising:
a conveyance belt configured to convey a recording medium; and
a suction section including a guide member that supports the recording medium through the conveyance belt and configured to
suck the recording medium through a plurality of first holes passing through the guide member and a plurality of second holes
passing through the conveyance belt to attach the recording medium to the conveyance belt;

wherein none of the first holes are located in a first region of the guide member,
the first region is a region where a partial region of the guide member pertaining to a feeding member overlaps with a head
facing region of the guide member facing the recording head, and

the feeding member is provided on a path through which the recording medium is conveyed to the conveyor device, and feeds
the recording medium from an upstream side to a downstream side of the path.

US Pat. No. 9,229,366

DEVELOPER STORAGE CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

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1. A developer storage container, comprising:
a container main body with a wall defining an internal space for storing a developer, the wall of the container main body
including a first wall and a second wall facing each other in a first direction and a tubular peripheral wall extending between
the first and second walls, the peripheral wall including a step portion formed by a partially different width in a second
direction perpendicular to the first direction;

a developer discharge port arranged at a predetermined position of the container main body and allowing the internal space
to communicate with outside through the wall;

a moving shaft arranged to extend in the first direction in the internal space;
a moving plate configured to move in the first direction along the moving shaft in the internal space and to convey the developer
toward the developer discharge port, the moving plate including an outer peripheral portion facing an inner wall of the peripheral
wall across a gap;

a guide portion configured to guide a movement of the moving plate in the first direction while maintaining the posture of
the moving plate; and

an elastic member attached to the moving plate and configured to slide in contact with an inner surface of the wall of the
container main body when the moving plate moves in the first direction, the elastic member being made of a flexible film member
that includes a base portion attached to the moving plate, an intermediate portion that extends across the gap from the outer
peripheral portion and a tip portion that is held in contact with the inner surface of the peripheral wall, wherein:

the guide portion is an inner surface of the step portion and the moving plate is guided by contact of a part of the moving
plate with the inner surface.

US Pat. No. 9,182,696

MAGNETIC TONER FOR DEVELOPING ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE

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1. A magnetic toner for developing an electrostatic latent image, comprising toner particles each having a toner core containing
a binder resin and a magnetic powder, and a shell layer coating a surface of the toner core, wherein
the shell layer contains a unit derived from a monomer of a thermosetting resin and a unit derived from a thermoplastic resin,
the thermosetting resin is one or more resins selected from the group of amino resins consisting of a melamine resin, a urea
resin, and a glyoxal resin, and

an amount of iron eluted from the toner core is 10 mg/L or less, the amount of iron eluted from the toner core being measured
through:

keeping 2 g of the toner core suspended at 60° C. for 6 hours in 50 mL of an aqueous solution of benzohydroxamic acid having
a pH adjusted to 4 and a concentration of 2% by mass to obtain a suspension;

filtering the suspension containing the toner core to obtain a filtrate;
measuring an absorbance of the filtrate for a light beam having a wavelength of 440 nm; and
measuring the amount of iron eluted from the toner core as an iron concentration in the filtrate based on the absorbance with
a standard curve.

US Pat. No. 9,329,509

ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER

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1. An electrostatic latent image developing toner, comprising toner particles each containing:
a toner core containing a binder resin;
a shell layer coating a surface of the toner core,
wherein the shell layer contains a unit derived from a monomer of a thermosetting resin, and a unit derived from a thermoplastic
resin,

the thermosetting resin is one or more resins selected from the group of amino resins consisting of a melamine resin, a urea
resin, and a glyoxal resin,

the unit derived from the thermoplastic resin is crosslinked by the unit derived from the monomer of the thermosetting resin,
and

the shell layer has a thickness of 1 nm or more and 20 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,304,452

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing member arranged rotatably around a rotation axis and including a passing region through which a recording medium
passes and a non-passing region arranged outside the passing region;

a pressuring member arranged rotatably and configured to come into pressure contact with the fixing member so as to form a
fixing nip;

a separating member including a separating plate configured to face the passing region with an interval and separate the recording
medium passing through the fixing nip from the passing region and a contact piece configured to come into contact with the
non-passing region; and

a reciprocating mechanism configured to reciprocate the separating member along a direction of the rotation axis, wherein
the reciprocating mechanism includes:

a biasing member configured to bias the separating member to a first side in the direction of the rotation axis; and
a pressing member configured to press the separating member to a second side in the direction of the rotation axis against
a biasing force of the biasing member,

wherein the pressing member is located at the first side in the direction of the rotation axis of the separating member and
arranged rotatably,

a cam part configured to press the separating member with the rotation of the pressing member is arranged at a face of the
second side in the direction of the rotation axis of the pressing member,

the fixing device further comprising a drive gear configured to rotate with the rotation of the fixing member, wherein a driven
gear configured to be meshed with the drive gear is arranged at an outer circumference part of the pressing member, and

the fixing device further comprising:
a detected member configured to rotate with the rotation of the drive gear; and
a detecting part configured to detect the rotation of the detected member.

US Pat. No. 9,284,152

POST-PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. A post-processing device comprising:
a tray capable of being loaded with a stack of paper sheets to be stapled;
a sheet output section configured to discharge the stapled stack of paper sheets from the tray;
a stapler provided movably in a direction perpendicular to a direction of the discharge of the stack of paper sheets and configured
to apply staples to a plurality of locations on the stack of paper sheets loaded on the tray;

a sheet stack shifting section configured to shift the stack of paper sheets loaded on the tray in the direction perpendicular
to the direction of the discharge of the stack; and

an operation control section configured to control operations of the stapler and the sheet stack shifting section,
wherein the operation control section allows the stapler to apply a staple to a first one of the locations on the stack of
paper sheets and then allows the stapler to move to a position corresponding to a second one of the locations to be stapled
next on the stack of paper sheets while allowing the sheet stack shifting section to shift the stack of paper sheets in a
direction opposite to a direction of the movement of the stapler.

US Pat. No. 9,174,813

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feed section including a plurality of sheet feed cassettes;
a conveyance section configured to convey a paper sheet contained in the sheet feed cassettes;
an image forming section configured to form an image on the paper sheet conveyed by the conveyance section;
a receiving section configured to receive an image formation job and a designation of a sheet feed cassette for exclusive
use from among the plurality of sheet feed cassettes;

an exclusive use control section configured to put the sheet feed cassette the designation of which has been received by the
receiving section into an exclusive use state, determine whether to permit the image formation job to use the sheet feed cassette
in the exclusive use state, and switch the sheet feed cassette from the exclusive use state to a non-exclusive use state when
a predetermined condition is satisfied;

a number-of-sheets specifying section configured to specify the number of particular paper sheets, which are paper sheets
to be used in the image formation job permitted to use the sheet feed cassette in the exclusive use state, among paper sheets
contained in the sheet feed cassette in the exclusive use state; and

a sheet discharge control section configured to, when the predetermined condition is satisfied and the number of particular
paper sheets specified by the number-of-sheets specifying section is more than one, allow the conveyance section to convey
and discharge the one or more particular paper sheets remaining in the sheet feed cassette in the exclusive use state before
the exclusive use control section switches the sheet feed cassette from the exclusive use state to the non-exclusive use state.

US Pat. No. 9,250,551

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER

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1. A method for manufacturing an electrostatic latent image developing toner, comprising:
mixing an aqueous medium dispersion liquid (X) containing negatively chargeable toner cores and an aqueous medium dispersion
liquid (Y) containing positively chargeable resin particulates including a quaternary ammonium functional group; and

forming shell layers each on a surface of the toner cores with the resin particulates, wherein
the aqueous medium dispersion liquid (X) or the aqueous medium dispersion liquid (Y) is subjected to a stirring treatment
together with an anionic surfactant, and

the aqueous medium dispersion liquid (Y) contains resin particulates subjected to the stirring treatment together with the
anionic surfactant.

US Pat. No. 9,111,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMBINING STAMP IMAGE WITH ORIGINAL IMAGE

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1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a stamp shape data generation unit configured to generate stamp shape data indicating a shape of a stamp image, wherein the
stamp image includes stamp color data indicating a color of the stamp image;

a stamp combining unit configured to (i) generate planes of the stamp shape data corresponding to color components of the
stamp color data, wherein a color density of each plane of the stamp shape data is equal to a color density of a corresponding
color component of the stamp color data, and (ii) combine the planes of the stamp shape data with image data to form a combined
image, wherein the image data has planes each corresponding to a color component, and wherein the stamp combining unit is
configured to combine the planes of the stamp shape data with corresponding planes of the image data to form the combined
image; and

an output execution unit configured to execute an output operation on the combined image.

US Pat. No. 9,363,416

DIGITAL IMAGE ATTRIBUTE PLANE COMPRESSION

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1. A method comprising:
obtaining, by a printing device, an m×n pixel cell from an input image, wherein the input image contains more than m×n pixels,
and each of the m×n pixels in the m×n pixel cell is associated with at least one color value;

obtaining, by the printing device, an m×n attribute cell, wherein elements of the m×n attribute cell are associated in a one-to-one
fashion with respective pixels in the m×n pixel cell, and wherein the elements identify respective control data related to
their associated pixels;

compressing, by the printing device, the m×n pixel cell in a lossy fashion, and the m×n attribute cell in a lossless fashion,
wherein compression of the m×n pixel cell is based on at least part of the m×n attribute cell; and

writing, by the printing device, an interleaved representation of the compressed m×n pixel cell and the compressed m×n attribute
cell to an output medium.

US Pat. No. 9,188,734

LIGHT GUIDE AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE

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1. A light guide formed of a light transmissive member extending in a direction of an optical axis of light incident on an
interior of the light guide and configured to reflect the incident light in a specific direction, the light guide comprising:
an incident surface provided at least one of both longitudinal ends of the light guide and allowing light emitted from a light
source to be incident thereon;

an exit surface forming one side surface of the light guide extending in the direction of the optical axis of the light incident
through the incident surface, the exit surface allowing the incident light to exit the light guide therethrough; and

two reflective surfaces located opposite to the exit surface to extend in the direction of the optical axis and configured
to reflect the incident light toward the exit surface, and

wherein one of the reflective surfaces includes a plurality of light reflecting patterns formed integrally therewith, the
plurality of light reflecting patterns having an oval hemispherical prism shape rising toward the exit surface and being configured
to reflect the incident light toward the exit surface, and the other reflective surface is a separate surface from the one
reflective surface and is formed in a planar shape that enables attachment of a reflective member allowing the incident light
to be reflected thereon toward the exit surface.

US Pat. No. 9,665,056

REFERENCE PLATE MOVING MECHANISM FOR POST-PROCESSING DEVICE

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1. A post-processing device comprising:
a housing;
a tray unit in which a plurality of sheets are carried toward a predetermined conveyance direction and on which the plurality
of sheets are loaded;

a staple unit that is disposed to face ends of front end sides of the sheets in the conveyance direction, is movable along
the ends in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, and performs a staple process on the plurality
of sheets;

a movement section that moves the staple unit in the sheet width direction;
a reference plate that abuts the ends of the plurality of sheets and aligns the plurality of sheets; and
an interlocking mechanism that moves the reference plate in the sheet width direction in interlock with movement of the staple
unit, wherein

the staple unit is inclined by a predetermined angle with respect to the sheet width direction and can be disposed at a first
staple position disposed to face a first corner part of the sheets formed by the ends and a second staple position that is
an inner side from the first staple position in the sheet width direction and is disposed along the ends,

the reference plate can be disposed at a first reference position that is an inner side from the first staple position in
the sheet width direction and is disposed so as to overlap the second staple position and a second reference position that
is disposed at an outer side from the first reference position and the second staple position in the sheet width direction,

the staple unit includes a staple body part and a staple movable part provided to face the staple body part to form a concave
portion for allowing entrance of the ends at the front end sides in the conveyance direction of the sheets between the staple
movable part and the staple body part to perform a staple process in a vicinity of the ends of the sheets, and

the interlocking mechanism disposes the reference plate at the first reference position when the staple unit is disposed at
the first staple position, and allows the reference plate to pass through the concave portion provided in the staple unit
to move the reference plate from the first reference position to the second reference position in interlock with movement
of the staple unit from the first staple position to the second staple position.

US Pat. No. 9,408,074

AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD

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1. An authentication system comprising:
one or more portable terminals; and
an electronic device configured to perform user authentication, wherein
the electronic device includes
a storage section configured to store
authentication information of one or more users each associated with one of the one or more portable terminals,
usage right information indicating a usage right granted to each of the one or more users,
location information of the electronic device, and
orientation information indicating an orientation of the electronic device,
a terminal location information acquiring section configured to acquire location information of each of the one or more portable
terminals,

a terminal determining section configured to determine from among the one or more portable terminals a first portable terminal
that is located within a specific authentication distance from the electronic device, based on the location information of
each of the one or more portable terminals and the location information of the electronic device,

a user authentication section configured to perform authentication of a first user associated with the first portable terminal,
based on the authentication information of the first user,

a right granting section configured to permit the first user to use the electronic device within a scope of usage right granted
to the first user,

an operation input section configured to receive an operation input, and
an error notification section configured to issue, if a plurality of the first portable terminals exist, an error notification
to each of the first portable terminals repeatedly until there exists only one first portable terminal,

upon the operation input section receiving an operation input requiring user authentication, the terminal location information
acquiring section performs the acquisition of the location information of each of the one or more portable terminals, and
the terminal determining section performs the determination of the first portable terminal,

if a plurality of the first portable terminals exist, the terminal determining section specifies one first portable terminal
that is located in front of the operation input section from among the plurality of first portable terminals, based on the
orientation information, and

the user authentication section determines a user associated with the specified first portable terminal as the first user
and performs the user authentication.

US Pat. No. 9,389,567

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER STATE DETERMINATION METHOD THEREOF

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1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an accommodating container that accommodates toner to be supplied to a developing unit and is provided at one end thereof
with a toner supply port to the developing unit;

a stirring conveying member provided with a rotating shaft extending from the one end toward the other end, rotatably provided
in the accommodating container, and conveying the toner to the toner supply port while stirring the toner;

a rotational driving unit that rotationally drives the stirring conveying member;
a current detection unit that detects a driving current for driving the stirring conveying member by the rotational driving
unit;

an overload detection section that detects that the stirring conveying member is in an overload state when the driving current
detected by the current detection unit is within a range of an excess current which is a current exceeding a boundary decided
in advance;

an unevenness determination section that determines whether the toner has been unevenly accumulated at the one end or the
other end of the accommodating container; and

a cause determination section that determines that a cause of the overload state is uneven distribution of the toner when
the overload state of the stirring conveying member is detected by the overload detection section and the unevenness determination
section determines that the toner has been unevenly accumulated at the one end or the other end of the accommodating container;

a notification section; and
a control section that causes the notification section to notify a user of shaking of the accommodating container when the
cause determination section determines that the cause of the overload state is the uneven distribution of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,390,355

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMATION CONTROL METHOD

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1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an installation section in which a toner cartridge is to be installed among a plurality of toner cartridges containing toners
in a same color in an exchangeable manner;

an image forming section configured to form an image on a sheet using a toner supplied from a toner cartridge among the toner
cartridges that is installed in the installation section; and

a control section configured to control an image forming operation by the image forming section, wherein
the image forming section includes a developing device, a photosensitive drum, and a transfer member,
the developing device is configured to form a toner image on a circumferential surface of the photosensitive drum by causing
the toner supplied from the toner cartridge installed in the installation section to adhere to the photosensitive drum,

the photosensitive drum is configured to bear the toner image,
the transfer member is configured to transfer the toner image that the photosensitive member bears to the sheet,
in a situation of toner cartridge exchange, the developing device contains a mixed toner of a plurality of toners supplied
from the plurality of toner cartridges,

the control section includes a storage section that stores therein a control program for controlling the image forming operation
by the image forming section,

through execution of the control program, the control section
calculates a content fraction of each toner contained in the mixed toner,
causes the storage section to store therein, in association with each of the plurality of toners, a control value used for
controlling a component of the image forming section,

calculates an execution control value by multiplying the content fraction of each of the toners by the control value associated
with of each of the toners, and

controls the image forming operation by the image forming section based on the execution control values.

US Pat. No. 9,135,541

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NONVOLATILE MEMORY WRITING METHOD

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1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a volatile memory into which first change data is written, wherein the first change data represents apparatus data that has
been changed, and wherein the first change data is associated with a first category from among a plurality of categories;

a nonvolatile memory into which the first change data is written;
a control unit configured to write the first change data into the volatile memory each time the apparatus data under the first
category has been changed and retain, in the volatile memory at every predetermined time period, the first change data that
is most recently written into the volatile memory within that predetermined time period; and

a nonvolatile memory writing unit configured to write into the nonvolatile memory, at every predetermined time period in which
the first change data is written into the volatile memory within that predetermined time period, the first change data retained
in the volatile memory within that predetermined time period,

wherein the nonvolatile memory writing unit starts writing, at the end of the predetermined time period, the first change
data retained in the volatile memory;

wherein the first change data is retained in the volatile memory after the end of the predetermined time period;
wherein the nonvolatile memory writing unit writes the first change data from the volatile memory simultaneously with and
independent of writing and retaining by the control unit,

wherein the nonvolatile memory writing unit avoids writing the apparatus data within the predetermined time period into the
nonvolatile memory if the first change data is not retained in the volatile memory within the predetermined time period,

wherein the nonvolatile memory comprises:
a plurality of master planes that serves as a primary area configured to store change data into which the first change data
is to be primarily written, wherein each master plane is associated with a respective category from among the plurality of
categories; and

a plurality of sub planes that serves as a temporary area into which the first change data is temporarily written, and wherein
each sub plane from among the plurality of sub planes is configured to store change data associated with any category from
among the plurality of categories,

wherein the nonvolatile memory writing unit comprises:
a primary area writing unit configured to write the first change data into a master plane corresponding to the first category;
a temporary area writing unit configured to write the first change data into a first sub plane from among the plurality of
sub planes; and

a primary area transfer unit configured to transfer the first change data written in the first sub plane to the master plane
corresponding to the first category,

wherein the temporary area writing unit is further configured to write second change data and a second category associated
with the second change data from the volatile memory into a second sub plane from among the plurality of sub planes if the
primary area writing unit is writing the first change data into the master plane corresponding to the first category at an
end of the predetermined time period,

wherein the primary area transfer unit is further configured to transfer the second change data written into the second sub
plane by the sub plane writing unit to the master plane associated with the second category when the primary area writing
unit completes writing the first change data into the master plane corresponding to the first category,

wherein the primary area transfer unit is further configured to transfer the second change data from the volatile memory into
the master plane corresponding to the second category if the master plane corresponding to the first category is in a usable
state at the end of the predetermined time period,

wherein the apparatus data includes a plurality of portions of data, wherein each portion of data corresponds to a category
from among the plurality of categories, and

wherein each portion of data is stored into a respective plane from among the plurality of master planes.

US Pat. No. 9,329,540

FIXING DEVICE THAT DETERMINES ROTATION STATE OF ROTATORY BODY BASED ON POSITION OF OUTER CIRCUMFERENTIAL SURFACE OF ROTATORY BODY IN TERMS OF RADIAL DIRECTION AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIXING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner on a recording medium, comprising:
a first rotatory body in the form of an endless belt, the first rotatory body being rotatable in a circumferential direction
thereof;

a heater configured to heat the first rotatory body;
a pressure receiving member disposed within the first rotatory body and configured to be in contact with an inner circumferential
surface of the first rotatory body;

a supporting member disposed within the first rotatory body and configured to support the pressure receiving member;
a second rotatory body disposed opposite to the pressure receiving member with the first rotatory body therebetween, the second
rotatory body being rotatable, the second rotatory body and the pressure receiving member providing a fixing nip therebetween
where the recording medium becomes sandwiched;

a position detection section configured to detect a position of an outer circumferential surface of the first rotatory body
in terms of a radial direction of the first rotatory body; and

a determination section configured to determine a state of rotation of the first rotatory body based on a result of detection
by the position detection section, wherein

the position detection section includes a first position detection member located at a location upstream of the fixing nip
in terms of a rotation direction of the first rotatory body and a second position detection member located at a location downstream
of the fixing nip in terms of the rotation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,285,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING STABILIZATION ON IMAGE DATA

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1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section that forms a printed image on paper based on image data;
a post-printing processing section that performs post-printing processing on the paper or an original document;
a stabilization section that performs stabilization on image data;
a sheet interval detection section that detects as a sheet interval a time interval between a trailing end of a preceding
sheet of paper and a leading end of a following sheet of paper among consecutive sheets of paper being conveyed in the post-printing
processing section or a time interval between a trailing end of a preceding original document sheet and a leading end of a
following original document sheet among consecutive original document sheets being conveyed in the post-printing processing
section while the post-printing processing section is performing the post-printing processing;

a sheet interval determination section that determines whether or not the sheet interval detected by the sheet interval detection
section exceeds a reference period of time;

a cumulative time measuring section that measures a cumulative total time of an image formation operation performed by the
image forming section;

a time determination section that determines whether or not the cumulative total time measured by the cumulative time measuring
section exceeds a predetermined period of time; and

a control section that controls, upon the time determination section determining that the cumulative total time exceeds the
predetermined period of time and the sheet interval determination section determining that the sheet interval exceeds the
reference period of time, the stabilization section to perform the stabilization during the sheet interval determined to be
exceeding the reference period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,280,734

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS HIGHLY-ACCURATE CALIBRATION, CALIBRATION PROGRAM, AND CALIBRATION SYSTEM

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a print device;
a tone correction unit that corrects a tone characteristic of the print device based on color values of a plurality of color
patches of each of a reference chart and a test chart in an image, the image being generated by simultaneously taking a reference
sheet and a test sheet by an imaging device, the reference chart including the plurality of color patches is drawn on the
reference sheet, the test chart including the plurality of color patches is printed on the test sheet by the print device;

a peripheral light quantity drop detecting unit that detects an amount of a peripheral light quantity drop caused by the imaging
device for each patch in the image; and

a color value correction unit that corrects the color value of the patch in the image based on the amount of the peripheral
light quantity drop detected by the peripheral light quantity drop detecting unit;

wherein the tone correction unit corrects the tone characteristic based on the color value corrected by the color value correction
unit,

at least one of the reference sheet and the test sheet includes a plurality of reference regions arranged at specific positions
with respect to the patches, and

the peripheral light quantity drop detecting unit detects the amount of the peripheral light quantity drop in each of the
patches based on the positions and luminances of the plurality of reference regions in the image and the positions of the
patches in the image.

US Pat. No. 9,272,410

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. A sheet feeding device connectable to an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a paper feeding cassette configured to be attachable to and detachable from the sheet feeding device in a front-rear direction
thereof;

a connecting face, which is disposed at an upper side of the sheet feeding device, configured to be attachable to the apparatus
main body;

an opening portion shaped substantially rectangular in a planar view that is provided in a central region of the connecting
face with respect to the front-rear direction and a left-right direction of the sheet feeding device, a periphery of the opening
portion being surrounded by a frame; and

a paper feeding unit configured to feed a sheet accommodated in the paper feeding cassette to the apparatus main body, the
paper feeding unit being disposed outside the opening portion and on a left or right side of the opening portion,

wherein a first handle of a single piece of sheet metal is provided at a first part of the frame which constitutes a rear
edge of the opening portion, elements of the first handle including a placement plate configured to provide a part of the
connecting face, a vertical plate configured to bend downward from a front end of the placement plate, and a protruding plate,
which is at least a part of a downward portion of the vertical plate, configured to bend and protrude inward with respect
to the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,261,815

CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. A container for supplying developer to a developing device which develops an electrostatic latent image, the container
comprising:
a housing including a primary portion for storing the developer, and a secondary portion that projects from the primary portion
and is connected to the developing device, the primary portion including a facing wall situated at a boundary between the
primary and secondary portions so that the facing wall faces a flow of the developer moving toward the secondary portion,
the primary portion further including a first end wall opposite to the facing wall and a side wall that stands between the
first end wall and the facing wall, the side wall including an attachment surface and a detection area opposite to the attachment
surface;

a conveying mechanism that conveys the developer in the primary portion to the secondary portion, the conveying mechanism
being disposed so that the facing wall stands above the conveying mechanism; and

a detector attached to the attachment surface of the side wall and situated above the conveying mechanism and next to the
facing wall, the detector being configured to detects a physical property of the developer that changes in response to an
amount of the developer and outputs data corresponding to the detected physical property, wherein

the developer includes a flowing portion conveyed to the secondary portion by the conveying mechanism, and an adhering portion
forming an adhering layer made of the developer adhered to the facing wall, and

the detector detects: a decrease of the flowing portion, a decrease of the adhering portion, and a collapse of the adhering
layer due to an absence of the flowing portion below the adhering layer and wherein the detector outputs data corresponding
to the detected physical property and outputs different data values among a first state, in which the developer covers the
detection area, a second state, in which the developer covers a part of the detection area, a third state, in which the detection
area is exposed from the developer, and a fourth state, in which the adhering layer is collapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,201,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT COOLING CHAMBER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive drums;
an intermediate transfer belt wound to a plurality of rollers and configured to be in contact with outer peripheral surfaces
of the photosensitive drums such that toner images are transferred to the intermediate transfer belt from the outer peripheral
surfaces of the photosensitive drums;

a transfer section configured to transfer a toner image from the intermediate transfer belt to a sheet;
a cooling chamber configured to cool the intermediate transfer belt and defined immediately above the intermediate transfer
belt;

a fixing section arranged on one side of the cooling chamber and configured to fix to a sheet the toner image that the transfer
section transfers to the sheet by heating the toner image;

a cooling fan arranged on an opposite side to the one side of the cooling chamber and configured to introduce external air
to the cooling chamber, and

a frame having an exhaust port for releasing air in the cooling chamber and arranged on the opposite side of the cooling chamber,
wherein

the cooling fan is an axial fan,
the axial fan rotates counterclockwise and is arranged in a right part of the cooling chamber when viewing the cooling chamber
in an external air introducing direction in which the external air is introduced to the cooling chamber by the axial fan,
and

the exhaust port is arranged in a left part of the cooling chamber when viewing the cooling chamber in the external air introducing
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,148,534

DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE TO DISPLAY PREVIEW AND DEFAULT SETTING IMAGES, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A display input device, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a set setting value and a default setting value of each setting item used in a case where
the setting value is not set;

an operation input unit configured to accept setting of the setting value; and
a display unit configured to display a screen for selecting the setting item and for setting the setting value of the selected
setting item, and to alternately display a finished image for checking a result when a job is executed with the set setting
value reflected, and a default setting image on which the default setting value is reflected for checking a result when the
job is executed based on the default setting value, by switching between them,

wherein
when the operation input unit accepts a predetermined separating operation in a state of displaying the finished image on
which a plurality of set setting values are reflected, the display unit displays a plurality of separate setting value images
for individual set setting values as the finished image, on which only one setting value is reflected while using the default
setting value for other setting items, and

when the operation input unit accepts a predetermined returning operation in a state of displaying the separate setting value
image, the display unit displays the all setting value image switching from the separate setting value image.

US Pat. No. 9,231,854

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An information processing device, comprising:
a multi-core processor including plural cores;
a virtual network connecting the plural cores to each other;
a network interface;
a router function unit configured, in a core of the plural cores, to act as a router between the virtual network and a local
network to which the network interface is connected; and

a forward processing unit configured, in the core that the router function unit exists, to forward either a multicast packet
or a broadcast packet on the virtual network to the local network wherein:

the forward processing unit is further configured to identify a core as a source of either the multicast packet or the broadcast
packet when the packet is forwarded, and transmit a response packet for the packet to the identified core as a destination
of the response packet when the response packet is received from the local network.

US Pat. No. 9,073,722

SHEET EJECTION DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ARE PROVIDED THEREWITH

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet ejection device comprising an ejection roller pair including at least one first roller and at least one second
roller pressed to contact with each other for ejecting a sheet by a pressure contact portion, wherein
the at least one first roller includes a cylindrical portion pressed to contact with the at least one second roller, and a
disk shaped flange formed on the same rotation axis as the cylindrical portion with an interval from a peripheral end of the
cylindrical portion in a sheet width direction,

the flange is provided with at least one a protrusion protruding in a radial direction from an outer circumference surface
of the flange so as to contact with a back end of the sheet to be ejected along with rotation of the at least one first roller,

the at least one protrusion includes a sheet pushing surface substantially perpendicular to the outer circumference surface
and an inclined surface inclined with respect to the outer circumference surface, and

a distance in the radial direction from a center of rotation of the flange to a tip of the at least one protrusion is equal
to or smaller than a radius of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 9,712,715

PRINTING CONTROL SYSTEM AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD THAT DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT TO TRANSMIT PRINT JOB BASED ON DOCUMENT INFORMATION TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CORRESPONDING TO LOCATION INFORMATION OF MOBILE TERMINAL IN ACCORDANCE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A printing control system for controlling printing on a recording medium, comprising:
a server;
an approver terminal communicable with the server;
an image forming apparatus communicable with the server; and
a mobile terminal communicable with the image forming apparatus, wherein
the server includes a printing determination section and a storage section configured to store therein document information,
the mobile terminal transmits output request information and location information to the server via the image forming apparatus,
the output request information includes information requesting the server to transmit a print job based on the document information,
the location information includes information indicating a location of the mobile terminal,
upon the output request information and the location information being transmitted from the mobile terminal to the server
via the image forming apparatus, the printing determination section determines whether or not to transmit the print job to
the image forming apparatus corresponding to the location information in accordance with an approval status of the document
information,

the approval status varies depending on presence or absence of transmission of content approval information from the approver
terminal to the server and depending on presence or absence of transmission of output approval information from the approver
terminal to the server, the content approval information approving content of the document information, the output approval
information approving output conditions for output of an image based on the document information,

the printing control system further comprises a document creator terminal communicable with the server,
the document creator terminal:
transmits the document information to the server; and
transmits content approval request information and output approval request information to the approver terminal via the server,
the content approval request information includes information requesting approval of the content of the document information,
the output approval request information includes information indicating the output conditions and information requesting approval
of the output conditions,

the approver terminal includes a notification section configured to notify that approval of the content of the document information
has been requested and that approval of the output conditions has been requested, and

the approver terminal transmits the content approval information for the content approval request information and the output
approval information for the output approval request information to the server.

US Pat. No. 9,292,242

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a wireless communication unit for wirelessly transmitting and receiving data to and from an external apparatus; and
a controller for communicating with the wireless communication unit,
wherein the wireless communication unit and the controller include a plurality of communication interfaces for communication
via a plurality of communication systems having different communication speeds and one of the plurality of communication systems
is selected according to a state of the image forming apparatus, the wireless communication unit and the controller being
connected via a plurality of communication paths corresponding to the plurality of communication systems,

the plurality of communication systems includes a first communication system and a second communication system faster than
the first communication system; and

the controller is connected to the wireless communication unit via the second communication system at startup and switches
connection to the wireless communication unit from that via the second communication system to that via the first communication
system when the image forming apparatus transitions to a sleep state,

the image forming apparatus further comprising:
a power supply control unit for powering off the controller in the sleep state,
wherein, when the reception of data by the wireless communication unit is detected by the power supply control unit in the
sleep state, the controller is powered on by the power supply control unit to receive the data from the wireless communication
unit via the first communication system, and, in a case that the received data is configured by successive print data, to
switch the connection with the wireless communication unit from that via the first communication system to that via the second
communication system after a printing process of first print data is finished and to receive second and subsequent print data
from the wireless communication unit via the second communication system.

US Pat. No. 9,290,339

SHEET FEED CASSETTE, PAPER SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet feed cassette comprising:
an end cursor configured to be slidable in a sheet feed direction and regulate a rear end position of stored paper sheets
in the sheet feed direction;

a pair of gears rotatably provided on a lower surface of a base portion of the end cursor and having a same module and a same
number of teeth; and

a pair of racks provided on a bottom surface of a cassette main body in parallel with each other along a slide direction of
the end cursor, and respectively meshing with the pair of gears, wherein

the end cursor includes a pair of claw portions having projecting-and-recessed surfaces, and in the cassette main body, a
pair of latch teeth sets that allow the end cursor to slide only in the sheet feed direction are provided such that the latch
teeth sets and the racks form two layers in a vertical direction, and the claw portions are respectively engaged with the
latch teeth sets in an engageable/disengageable manner.

US Pat. No. 9,232,113

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR IMAGE FORMING THAT CREATE HIGHLY ACCURATE COLOR CONVERSION TABLE

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an interpolation reference data creating unit that, in a reference space where an RGB color space is divided into a plurality
of hue planes, divides the hue planes with grid points, and creates interpolation reference data where triangles formed by
the grid points for a linear interpolation are altered in areas where saturation of the hue plane is equal to or less than
a predetermined threshold and where the saturation of the hue plane is higher than the predetermined threshold, the RGB color
space therein being of color value data from interpolated point data registered in a color conversion table the interpolation
reference data creating unit including

a grid point color value calculating unit that calculates color values in a CIE LAB color space with respect to color values
in the RGB color space at the grid points, and

a triangle shape information determining unit that, using the color values in the CIE LAB color space calculated by the grid
point color value calculating unit, determines information as to the shape of the triangles that the grid points form, wherein

the reference space is calculated by correlating the color values in the RGB color space with the color values in the CIE
LAB color space, with coordinates for CIE L* and CIE C* components corresponding to the color values in the CIE LAB color
space also being calculated,

the predetermined threshold indicates a CIE C* threshold referred to in altering the shape of the triangles according to the
color values in the CIE LAB color space calculated from the color values in the RGB color space, and

if a CIE C* component at a grid point is equal to or less than the predetermined threshold, triangle data alteration is performed
by replacing the triangle at the grid point, wherein triangles with a vertex at grid points present in a position that is
an incrementing or decrementinq by one grid point along the CIE C* and CIE L* components are altered by replacing them with
a pairing of triangles having a common apex at the grid point;

a reference space coordinate calculating unit that refers to the interpolation reference data created by the interpolation
reference data creating unit to calculate coordinates in the reference space of the color values in the RGB color space;

an interpolation operation unit that performs the linear interpolation with the coordinates of the triangles formed by the
grid points in the hue plane adjacent to the coordinates calculated by the reference space coordinate calculating unit so
as to create the color conversion table, the color conversion table therein indicative of a correspondence relationship between
the color values in the RGB color space and the color values in a CMYK color space;

the interpolation operation unit including
a tetrahedron dividing unit that divides a triangular prism into tetrahedrons, the triangular prism being formed by the coordinates
of the triangles formed by the grid points in adjacent pairs of hue planes,

a tetrahedron inside/outside determining unit that for each of the tetrahedrons divided by the tetrahedron dividing unit determines
whether an interpolated point in the color conversion table is present inside the tetrahedron, and

a volume interpolation unit that, if an interpolated point is determined to be inside a tetrahedron by the tetrahedron inside/outside
determining unit, calculates an interpolation value of the color value for the interpolated point in the CIE LAB color space
using a volume ratio of a solid, the solid being formed by the grid points of the tetrahedron and the interpolated point,
wherein

if the interpolated point is present in a hue plane, the interpolation operation unit performs a triangle interpolation value
calculating process that includes 1) calculating the triangle in which the interpolated point is present, 2) calculating the
color value in the CIE LAB space by performing the linear interpolation based on distances in the reference space from the
respective apexes of the triangle to the interpolated point, 3) calculating the color value in the CMYK color space corresponding
to the calculated color value in the CIE LAB color space with reference to the color conversion table, and 4) setting the
calculated CMYK color-space value as the corresponding color value data for the interpolated point data, and

if the interpolated point is surrounded by an adjacent pair of hue planes, the interpolation operation unit performs a triangle
calculating process that includes 1) drawing perpendicular lines respectively to the two hue planes, 2) calculating the triangles
where the hue planes intersect, 3) forming a triangular prism enclosed by the respective triangles in the two hue planes,
and 4) setting the triangular prism as the tetrahedron data; and

a color conversion unit that converts the color values in the RGB color space into the color values in the CMYK color space
with the color conversion table.

US Pat. No. 9,069,326

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image formation apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing cover pivotably supported on a main body frame of an apparatus main body;
a cover fulcrum shaft for pivotably supporting the opening and closing cover on the main body frame; and
a roller shaft for rotatably supporting a conveying roller for conveying a recording medium, the roller shaft being disposed
on the opening and closing cover; wherein

the image formation apparatus further comprises a grounding member for grounding the roller shaft to the main body frame via
the cover fulcrum shaft, the grounding member being disposed on the opening and closing cover and having a first portion electrically
connected to the roller shaft and a second portion electrically connected to the cover fulcrum shaft;

the cover fulcrum shaft has a bent part that is bent so as to extend in a direction intersecting the pivot axis direction
of the opening and closing cover, and the opening and closing cover includes an engaging part capable of engaging with the
bent part; and

due to the engaging of the bent part with the engaging part, the cover fulcrum shaft integrally pivots with the opening and
closing cover when the opening and closing cover is opened and closed.

US Pat. No. 9,394,947

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a rotatable member rotatable in a rotation direction about a rotation axis;
a driven member configured to be driven to rotate by rotation of the rotatable member;
a driving coupling disposed at an end of the rotatable member; and
a driven coupling disposed at an end of the driven member, wherein
the driving coupling has a plurality of driving protrusions protruding toward the driven coupling,
a centroid of each of the plurality of driving protrusions shifts along a corresponding one of planned lines of the centroid
shift with rotation of the driving coupling,

each of the planned lines of the centroid shift extends along the rotation direction,
the driven coupling has a plurality of driven protrusions corresponding to the plurality of driving protrusions and protruding
toward the driving coupling,

both the plurality of driving protrusions and the plurality of driven protrusions are arranged at equal intervals in the rotation
direction,

each of the driving protrusions is in mating contact with the corresponding one of the driven protrusions,
a surface of each of the driving protrusions that is in contact with the corresponding one of the driven protrusions includes
an inner contact region located closer to a center of the driving coupling than the corresponding planned line of the centroid
shift and an outer contact region located closer to a periphery of the driving coupling than the corresponding planned line
of the centroid shift,

the inner contact region extends along a curve transverse to the rotation direction or along a straight line obliquely transverse
to the rotation direction toward the corresponding planned line of the centroid shift,

the outer contact region extends along a curve transverse to the rotation direction or along a straight line obliquely transverse
to the rotation direction toward the corresponding planned line of the centroid shift,

each of the driven protrusions includes an inner linear portion located closer to a center of the driven coupling than the
planned line of the centroid shift for the centroid of the corresponding one of the driving protrusions and an outer linear
portion located closer to a periphery of the driven coupling than the planned line of the centroid shift for the centroid
of the corresponding one of the driving protrusions,

the inner linear portion linearly extends along a curve transverse to the rotation direction or along a straight line obliquely
transverse to the rotation direction toward the corresponding planned line of the centroid shift,

the outer linear portion linearly extends along a curve transverse to the rotation direction or along a straight line obliquely
transverse to the rotation direction toward the corresponding planned line of the centroid shift, and

each of the driving protrusions is disposed between the inner linear portion and the outer linear portion of the corresponding
one of the driven protrusions.

US Pat. No. 9,329,094

IMPACT DETECTION APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An impact detection apparatus comprising
a first detection portion and a second detection portion mounted at a corner portion of a mounting target along two adjacent
lateral surfaces, and a connection portion,

wherein the first detection portion and the second detection portion each include:
a solution container configured to store a colored solution therein, and having an outlet enabling the colored solution to
flow out when being subjected to a predetermined pressing force;

a solution absorption portion capable of absorbing the colored solution that has flowed out from the outlet;
a mount-surface portion mounted on one of the two lateral surfaces; and
an exterior portion that is disposed on the mount-surface portion, that forms, together with the mount-surface portion therebetween,
a housing space housing the solution container and the solution absorption portion, and that has a transparent portion at
least one part thereof,

wherein the connection portion connects the respective mount-surface portions of the each the first detection portion and
the second detection portion at a predetermined angle,

wherein the exterior portions are formed to be capable of changing states between a first state in which the predetermined
pressing force is not applied on the solution containers when not being subjected to external force, and a second state in
which the predetermined pressing force is applied on the solution containers when being subjected to the external force, and
the colored solution that has flowed out from the outlet of one of the solution containers due to being subjected the predetermined
pressing force in the second state is absorbed by one of the solution absorption portions, and the one of the solution absorption
portions colored by the colored solution is visually recognized through the transparent portion.

US Pat. No. 9,278,535

RECORDING HEAD RECOVERY MECHANISM, INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING HEAD RECOVERY METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

6. A recovery method for a recording head having a nozzle region in which an opening of a discharge nozzle for discharging
ink onto a recording medium is present, the recovery method comprising:
attaching residual ink from a tip of a wiper onto an ink discharge surface including the nozzle region at a first position
outside of the nozzle region by pressing the wiper against the ink discharge surface at the first position and subsequently
moving the wiper along the ink discharge surface;

purging ink from the discharge nozzle such that purged ink is attached to the nozzle region; and
wiping away the purged ink and the residual ink after attachment thereof by moving the wiper along the ink discharge surface
toward the first position from a second position at an opposite side of the nozzle region relative to the first position.


US Pat. No. 9,283,779

CONVEYOR DEVICE AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A conveyor device comprising:
at least one roller that has a width narrower than a width of a recording medium in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance
direction of the recording medium and that feeds the recording medium while in contact with a part of the recording medium;

a conveyor belt that circulates to convey the recording medium having been fed by the at least one roller; and
a suction section that sucks the recording medium onto the conveyor belt, wherein
the conveyor belt includes a first region and a second region adjacent to each other in the direction perpendicular to the
conveyance direction of the recording medium,

the first region extends in a direction in which the conveyor belt circulates and is to receive the part of the recording
medium in contact with the at least one roller,

the second region extends in the direction in which the conveyor belt circulates and is to receive a part of the recording
medium out of contact with the at least one roller,

the conveyor belt has a plurality of suction holes in communication with the suction section,
the suction holes have a lower opening ratio in the first region than in the second region,
the opening ratio of the suction holes in the first region is an opening area per unit area of the suction holes in the first
region, and

the opening ratio of the suction holes in the second region is an opening area per unit area of the suction holes in the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,712,711

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING PRINT TIMING

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory computer-readable job storage portion, which is a storage device configured to temporarily store print job
data received from a terminal apparatus via a network;

a print processing device including a sheet conveying portion configured to convey a sheet material and an image forming portion
configured to form an image on the sheet material being conveyed, the print processing device being configured to perform
a print process of forming an image of developer, represented by the print job data, on the sheet material and discharging
a printed matter which is the sheet material on which the image has been formed, to a discharged sheet receiving portion;
and

a processor configured to execute:
an allowance time specifying information acquisition portion configured to acquire, per the print job data, allowance time
specifying information used for specifying an allowance time from a time of reception of the print job data to a time at which
a sender of the print job data reaches a self-apparatus;

a start possibility determination portion configured to determine whether each print job data stored in the job storage portion
is in a start enabled state where a planned start time has come which is back-calculated from a time point when the allowance
time specified by the allowance time specifying information elapses after the reception of the print job data, on the basis
of a time required for the print process; and

a print time control portion configured to control a start time of the print process for each print job data stored in the
job storage portion, in accordance with an order in which the print job data is determined as being in the start enabled state,
wherein

if a print job data group composed of a plurality of the print job data transmission sources that are the same is present
in the job storage portion, the start possibility determination portion determines whether the print job data group is in
the start enabled state, on the basis of a time of reception of the last print job data in the print job data group, and

the print time control portion collectively controls a start time of the print process for the print job data group.

US Pat. No. 9,918,415

SHIELD STRUCTURE FOR STORING ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A shield structure comprising:
a main body portion which is conductive and in which an electronic circuit is stored; and
a lid portion which is conductive and attached to the main body portion in a detachable manner, wherein
one of the main body portion and the lid portion includes a first contact portion, and the other includes an opening portion,
a second contact portion, and a pressurizing portion, wherein the first contact portion can be inserted in the opening portion,
the second contact portion is provided in an edge portion of the opening portion, and the pressurizing portion is configured
to pressurize the first contact portion inserted in the opening portion,

when the first contact portion moves in a direction perpendicular to an attachment direction of the lid portion attached to
the main body portion, in a state of being inserted in the opening portion, the first contact portion is elastically deformed
in a first direction by contacting the second contact portion and comes into pressure contact with the second contact portion,
and

during a period from an insertion of the first contact portion in the opening portion until the first contact portion contacts
the second contact portion, the pressurizing portion contacts and pressurizes the first contact portion in a second direction
that is opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,290,340

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a sheet cassette which includes a storage for storing sheets inside and is mounted into the apparatus main body in a predetermined
mounting direction;

a mounting portion which is arranged in the apparatus main body and into which the sheet cassette is mounted; and
a conveying unit which is arranged above the sheet cassette in the apparatus main body and conveys the sheet;
wherein:
the conveying unit includes:
a conveyance path in which the sheet is conveyed;
an upper guide unit which defines an upper surface part of the conveyance path and is fixed to the apparatus main body;
a lower guide unit which defines a lower surface part of the conveyance path and enters the mounting portion to open the conveyance
path by downward rotation of an upstream side in the mounting direction about a rotation supporting point arranged on a downstream
side in the mounting direction; and

a locking mechanism which is arranged on one end side of the upstream side in the mounting direction in a sheet width direction
intersecting with the mounting direction and locks the lower guide unit to the upper guide unit;

the lower guide unit includes a projecting piece projecting toward the upstream side in the mounting direction, the locking
mechanism being disposed closer to the one side than the projecting piece in the sheet width direction; and

the sheet cassette includes a push-up portion which pushes up the projecting piece when the sheet cassette is mounted into
the mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,283,763

RECORDING HEAD RECOVERY MECHANISM, INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS THEREWITH, AND RECORDING HEAD RECOVERY METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A recording head recovery mechanism for recovery of a recording head having a nozzle region in which an ejection nozzle
for ejecting ink onto a recording medium has an aperture, the mechanism comprising:
a wiper configured to wipe off purged ink forcibly expelled out of the ejection nozzle and residual ink stuck at a first position
on an ink ejection surface outside the nozzle region; and

a drive mechanism configured to reciprocally move the wiper across the ink ejection surface which includes the nozzle region;
and

a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to be capable of performing recovery operation for the recording head, the recovery operation
comprising:

a residual ink sticking step of putting the wiper in pressed contact with the first position, and then moving the wiper, with
the wiper in pressed contact with the ink ejection surface, along the ink ejection surface to let the residual ink stick to
the first position;

a wiping step of, after the residual ink sticking step is performed, moving the wiper, with the wiper in pressed contact with
the ink ejection surface, along the ink ejection surface from a second position, which is a position on the ink ejection surface
opposite from the nozzle region with respect to the first position, in a first direction toward the nozzle region to wipe
off the residual ink and the purged ink; and

an ink expelling step of, before the wiper wipes off the purged ink, forcibly expelling ink out of the ejection nozzle to
let the purged ink stick to the nozzle region.

US Pat. No. 9,279,981

LIGHT DEFLECTOR, OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A light deflector, comprising:
a fixing portion; and
a movable portion including a mirror portion for deflecting light by swinging about a predetermined swing axis, first and
second torsion bars fixedly supported on the fixing portion and having an axis serving as the swing axis, and a supporting
body configured to support the mirror portion and fixed to the torsion bars;

wherein:
the supporting body includes a contact surface to be held in contact with the mirror portion and a non-contact surface opposite
to the contact surface, the supporting body further includes a first supporting member extending in a direction intersecting
with the first torsion bar, a second supporting member arranged to face the first supporting member and extending in a direction
intersecting with the second torsion bar, a third supporting member connecting the first and second supporting members, a
fourth supporting member arranged symmetrically to the third supporting member with respect to the torsion bar and connecting
the first and second supporting members, and a space defined by the first, second, third and fourth supporting members, the
first torsion bar being fixed to the first supporting member in a center of the first supporting member and the second torsion
bar being fixed to the second supporting member in a center of the second supporting member; and

the light deflector further comprises a reinforcing member provided only on the non-contact surface out of the contact surface
and the non-contact surface of the supporting body and configured to reinforce the supporting body and adjust a center of
gravity of the movable portion so that the center of gravity of the movable portion is located on the axis, the reinforcing
member including a first rib extending in a direction intersecting with the first torsion bar and projecting from the non-contact
surface side of the first supporting member and a second rib extending in a direction intersecting with the second torsion
bar and projecting from the non-contact surface side of the second supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,124,840

IMAGE PROCESSING FOR FACILITATING IDENTIFICATION OF COLORS USING PATTERNED REGIONS

Kyocera Document Solution...

6. A method for image processing, comprising:
determining, via an image region determining unit, a colored region where an inside of an outline is filled with a single
color from color image data;

determining, via an image color determining unit, a color of the colored region determined by the determining of the colored
region;

determining, via a boundary determining unit, a boundary between the adjacent colored regions based on brightness and saturation
of colors of the colored regions; and

via a change processor,
changing the colored region determined by the determining of the colored region to a patterned region with a pattern different
in each of the colors determined by the determining of the color,

when the colored regions with different colors are adjacent, changing the adjacent colored regions to the patterned regions,
and

when differences in brightness and saturation of the adjacent colored regions whose boundary has been determined by the boundary
determining unit are below a threshold, changing the adjacent colored regions to the respective patterned regions.

US Pat. No. 9,285,692

POSITIVELY-CHARGED SINGLE-LAYER ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A positively-charged single-layer electrophotographic photoreceptor in which a photosensitive layer, containing at least
a binding resin and a charge transporting material, is carried directly on a photosensitive layer support base with a wall
thickness of 0.5 mm to 0.7 mm,
wherein the charge transporting material includes only a hole transporting material, and
wherein the photosensitive layer includes a content of the hole transporting material of 40 parts by mass to 110 parts by
mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of the binding resin, and

at least a surface portion of the photosensitive layer support base is constituted by a conductive metal.

US Pat. No. 9,367,015

SHEET FEEDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet feeder comprising:
a sheet feeding cassette including a side plate and a bottom plate and forming a sheet storing part;
a cassette storage part configured to store the sheet feeding cassette;
a first gap formed between the bottom plate of the sheet feeding cassette stored in the cassette storage part and a bottom
portion of the cassette storage part, and having an air intake port opened to an outside;

a second gap formed between the side plate of the sheet feeding cassette stored in the cassette storage part and a side portion
of the cassette storage part, the second gap having a vent port communicating with the first gap and communicating with the
sheet storing part to thereby allow air flow between the first gap and the sheet storing part;

a dehumidifying heater disposed in the first gap, having a flat and elongated heater body extending along an upper face of
the bottom plate and a wiring part supplying power to the heater body and heating air in the first gap; and

flow regulating plates disposed in the first gap on both sides of the dehumidifying heater in a horizontal direction;
wherein the flow regulating plates is configured to form a duct together with the sheet feeding cassette and the cassette
storage part, in which air flow is generated in the duct such that air is supplied from the air intake port into the first
gap, is heated up by the dehumidifying heater, rises through the second gap from the vent hole, and flows to the sheet storing
part.

US Pat. No. 9,322,431

SLIDE RAIL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A slide rail, comprising:
a plurality of plate-shaped ball retainers including ball bearings each holding a ball;
a fixed rail on which the plurality of plate-shaped ball retainers are provided slidably in a sliding direction; and
a moving rail arranged in the fixed rail and configured to engage with the ball bearings to be slidable relative to the plurality
of plate-shaped ball retainers,

wherein the fixed rail includes an engaging rail that engages with the ball bearings of the plurality of plate-shaped ball
retainers,

the moving rail is capable of being inserted into and drawn out from the engaging rail by being pulled frontward of the engaging
rail to be taken out from the plurality of plate-shaped ball retainers or by being inserted into the plurality of plate-shaped
ball retainers from front,

the plurality of plate-shaped ball retainers aligned in one line in the sliding direction along the fixed rail,
the plurality of plate-shaped ball retainers include a guide retainer arranged on a front end part of the engaging rail and
an adjacent ball retainer rearwardly adjacent to the guide retainer in the sliding direction in the engaging rail,

the engaging rail includes a restriction member located between the guide retainer and the adjacent ball retainer in the sliding
direction,

the guide retainer is located between the front end part of the engaging rail and the restriction member,
the adjacent ball retainer is located between a rear end part of the engaging rail and the restriction member, and
the restriction member restricts sliding of the guide retainer rearward of the engaging rail and sliding of the adjacent ball
retainer frontward of the engaging rail.

US Pat. No. 9,317,148

DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING TOUCH PANEL PORTION

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A multifunctional peripheral, comprising:
a display input device including:
a display portion that displays a screen on which an object is provided, the object being a graphical element displayed on
the display portion of the multifunctional peripheral that can be associated with at least one of the plurality of functions
of the multifunctional peripheral; and

a touch panel portion that is provided on the display portion and detects a plurality of touched positions that a user is
touching, wherein

the screen is a setting screen on which a plurality of tab keys respectively associated with a plurality of setting items
related to a designated function of the plurality of functions are displayed, and accepts a setting instruction for a setting
item associated with a display position of a tab key designated from among the plurality of tab keys,

the display portion, while displaying the screen on which the object is provided, when an operation of touching two points
on the touch panel portion has been performed, displays the setting item as transfer destination information indicating a
transfer destination candidate that can be a transfer destination of the object,

the touch panel portion, when an object transfer operation including an operation of touching a display position of the transfer
destination information and then releasing the touched state has been performed, accepts that the transfer destination candidate
corresponding to the transfer destination information displayed at a last touched position has been determined as an actual
transfer destination of the object,

the touch panel portion, when an operation of touching two points at a display position of the object and varying an interval
between the two points while keeping touching the two points has been performed, accepts that the object displayed at the
touched position has been determined to be transferred,

the display portion displays the transfer destination information at a time when a predetermined time set in advance has elapsed
while the two points keep being touched on the touch panel portion since the object to be transferred is determined, and when
a touched state at the display position of the object to be transferred has been released before the predetermined time elapses,
accepts an operation for determining a movement destination of the object to be transferred on the same screen, and moves
the object to be transferred to the movement destination on the same screen,

the display portion, if there are a plurality of transfer destination candidates that can be a transfer destination of the
object to be transferred, displays, as a list, a plurality of pieces of the transfer destination information respectively
indicating the plurality of transfer destination candidates that can be the transfer destination, and

the touch panel portion, after the display portion has displayed the transfer destination information, when an object transfer
operation of, while keeping touching one or more points at the display position of the object to be transferred, moving the
touched position to a display position of the transfer destination information and then releasing the touched state has been
performed, accepts that the transfer destination candidate corresponding to the transfer destination information displayed
at the last touched position has been determined as an actual transfer destination of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,152,087

TONER TRANSPORTATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. A toner transportation device comprising:
a transportation screw that has a rotational shaft and a transportation fin formed on an outer circumferential surface of
the rotational shaft;

a toner transportation pipe that has a circular shape in cross-section, the transportation screw being rotatably positioned
in the toner transportation pipe;

a support member is attached to the rotational shaft and the support member has a bearing portion having an annular shape
and rotatably fitted onto the rotational shaft and has a plurality of leg portions radially protruding outward from an outer
circumferential surface of the bearing portion, wherein a tip portion of each leg portion has an arc shape in cross-section
as viewed in an axial direction of the toner transportation pipe; and

a distance between an axis of the rotational shaft and a tip of each leg portion is greater than a radius of the transportation
fin and equal to or less than a radius of an inner circumferential surface of the toner transportation pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,411,265

DEVELOPER CONVEYING MECHANISM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A developer conveying mechanism comprising:
a first lateral conveyance path forming portion forming a first lateral conveyance path for conveying developer in a first
lateral direction, a lower opening being formed on the first lateral conveyance path forming portion as an outlet from which
the developer falls down;

a longitudinal passage forming portion forming a longitudinal passage of the developer that has fallen down from the lower
opening; and

a second lateral conveyance path forming portion forming a second lateral conveyance path for conveying the developer in a
second lateral direction, wherein

the first lateral conveyance path forming portion includes, inside thereof, a first conveyance member that is configured to
convey the developer in the first lateral direction,

the second lateral conveyance path forming portion includes, inside thereof, a second conveyance member that is configured
to convey, in the second lateral direction, the developer that has passed through the longitudinal passage,

the lower opening of the first lateral conveyance path forming portion is formed such that in a partial range on an upstream
side in the first lateral direction, a width of the lower opening in the partial range gradually expands from the upstream
side to a downstream side in the first lateral direction, and

the lower opening of the first lateral conveyance path forming portion is further formed such that in a remaining range outside
of the partial range, a width of the lower opening in the remaining range is constant.

US Pat. No. 9,280,089

DEVELOPER CONVEYING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. A developer conveying apparatus comprising:
a developer housing portion that includes a first housing portion and a second housing portion housing a developer, the developer
housing portion forming communicating ports at both end portions in a longitudinal direction of a partition wall partitioning
the first housing portion and the second housing portion, the developer being movable between the first housing portion and
the second housing portion through the communicating ports;

a first spiral feeder rotatably located in the first housing portion, the first spiral feeder conveying the developer housed
in the first housing portion in a first direction along the longitudinal direction;

a second spiral feeder rotatably located in the second housing portion, the second spiral feeder conveying the developer housed
in the second housing portion in a second direction opposite direction from the first direction;

a driving unit that rotatably drives the first spiral feeder and the second spiral feeder at an identical rotation speed;
an operation control unit that controls a rotary drive operation by the driving unit; and
a sensor located at a periphery position of the communicating port in the developer housing portion to measure a toner amount
of the developer housed in the developer housing portion; wherein

the first spiral feeder and the second spiral feeder each include a hollow spiral member and rib members, the hollow spiral
member being spirally formed and internally having a space, the rib members running in the first direction and bridging spiral
pieces constituting the spiral member; and

the operation control unit:
causes the driving unit to change the rotation speed of the first spiral feeder and the second spiral feeder according to
a printing linear speed of an image forming part, the image forming part being a supply destination of the developer housed
in the developer housing portion; and

causes the driving unit to change a rotational phase difference between the first spiral feeder and the second spiral feeder
referring positions of the rib members to a predetermined rotational phase difference according to the changed rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 9,158,218

ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrostatic latent image developing toner, comprising:
toner base particles including a binder resin; and
an external additive attached to surfaces of the toner base particles,
wherein the external additive contains silica covered with a coating layer containing a nitrogen containing resin having a
main chain containing at least one of a nitrogen-carbon bond and a carbon-carbon bond.

US Pat. No. 9,316,980

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMATION METHOD THAT PAPER DOES NOT STOP IN REGISTRATION ROLLER POSITION

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus that a paper does not stop in a registration roller position, comprising:
a resist position roller that is set at the registration roller position and has no resist function to specify timing for
paper feeding from one of a sheet paper cassette and a paper feed tray;

wherein the resist position roller is directly linked with a actuator of a feed roller, and is controlled by the actuator
that drives the feed roller;

a print engine control circuit that controls operation of a print engine; and
a warm-up information preparing circuit that makes warm-up information before the paper feeding from one of the sheet paper
cassette and the paper feed tray;

wherein the print engine control circuit sets up, before the paper feeding from one of the sheet paper cassette and the paper
feed tray, the print engine based on the warm-up information made by the warm-up information preparing circuit;

wherein the warm-up information includes feeding paper source information, discharging destination information, blank information,
and color information;

wherein the warm-up information includes information for performing a setup a printing part including a photo conductor drum,
a charging device, an exposure device, an image formation device, a transfer device, a fixing device, a cleaning device, and
an actuator of a roller;

wherein, after the print engine is notified of the warm-up information, the print engine is notified of information not regarding
a drive of the printing part or rollers in the image forming apparatus; and

wherein the information not regarding a drive of the printing part or rollers includes post conditioning information, count-up
information, and charging information.

US Pat. No. 9,286,479

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An information management system comprising:
a management server that communicates with a first terminal used by a first user; and
an image forming apparatus that communicates with the management server and also communicates with a second terminal used
by a second user, the first terminal being communicable with the second terminal, wherein

a processor of the image forming apparatus includes:
a registration information storing section that stores registration information for which the first user has a usage right
to check existence of the registration information and to use the registration information after the first user logs on to
the image forming apparatus through authentication;

a permission information receiving section that receives a passcode with a time limit from the second user, the passcode being
usage permission information that is notified from the first user to the second user not having the usage right for the registration
information and for temporarily permitting the second user to check the existence of the registration information and to use
the registration information; and

a registration information management section that enables, based on the passcode received by the permission information receiving
section from the second user, the second user to check the existence of the registration information and to use the registration
information, and

a processor of the management server includes:
a permission information issuing section that issues the passcode to the first user in response to an issuance request received
from the first terminal; and

a permission information management section that manages the passcode in association with the first user,
the management server issues the passcode to the first user by transmitting the passcode to the first terminal,
the passcode issued to the first user is notified from the first user to the second user by the first user transmitting the
passcode from the first terminal to the second terminal,

the registration information includes destination information that includes a destination name and a destination identifier,
the processor of the image forming apparatus further includes a transmission scheduling section that receives from the second
user a scheduled transmission instruction instructing to set a scheduled transmission of e-mail to a destination indicated
by the destination information displayed based on the passcode and that transmits the scheduled transmission instruction to
the management server, and

the processor of the management server further includes:
a transmission permission receiving section that receives, upon receipt of the scheduled transmission instruction transmitted
from the transmission scheduling section, transmission permission from the first terminal that is associated with the passcode;
and

a transmission executing section that transmits, based on the transmission permission, e-mail according to the scheduled transmission
instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,031,470

DEVELOPER CONTAINER THAT REDUCES COMING-OFF OF ROTATING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT INCLUDES THE SAME

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. A developer container comprising:a container body that includes an internal space and a pair of sidewalls, the internal space housing a developer, the pair of sidewalls being opposed across the internal space;
a rotating member that includes both end portions in an axial direction of the rotating member, both the end portions being rotatably supported by the pair of sidewalls; and
a position regulating portion located in the container body so as to cover a part of the rotating member; wherein
the rotating member includes
a large-diameter portion formed to have an outer diameter rotatable around a shaft inside the position regulating portion, and
a small-diameter portion formed to have an outer diameter smaller than the large-diameter portion;
the position regulating portion includes a cut-out portion that regulates passing of the large-diameter portion and permits passing of the small-diameter portion; and
the small-diameter portion is arranged by being displaced in the axial direction from an inside of the position regulating portion, and the large-diameter portion is arranged inside the position regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,498,978

CONVEYOR DEVICE AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A conveyor device comprising:
a conveyor belt configured to convey a recording medium; and
a suction section configured to suck on the recording medium via the conveyor belt, wherein
the suction section includes a guide member configured to support the recording medium via the conveyor belt,
the guide member has a plurality of grooves each extending in parallel to a conveyance direction of the recording medium,
the plurality of grooves include at least one pair of grooves that are adjacent in the conveyance direction,
the grooves in the pair have respective longitudinal axes substantially located on a single straight line extending in parallel
to the conveyance direction,

each of the grooves in the pair has an end adjacent to an end of the other groove in the pair,
the adjacent ends of the respective grooves in the pair are located opposite to each other in the conveyance direction, and
the adjacent ends of the respective grooves in the pair each have a portion overlapping with a portion of the adjacent end
of the other groove in the pair in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,448,496

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a conductive substrate; and
a photosensitive layer located either directly or indirectly on the conductive substrate, wherein
the photosensitive layer contains at least a charge generating material, a charge transport material, and a binder resin,
the photosensitive layer includes a charge generating layer and a charge transport layer located on the charge generating
layer,

the charge transport layer contains a pigment that is absorptive with respect to a wavelength of exposed light, and
the pigment is a metal phthalocyanine pigment represented by General Formula (I) or a metal-free phthalocyanine pigment represented
by General Formula (II),


where, in the General Formulae (I) and (II), X represents a sulfur atom or an oxygen atom, R1 represents an optionally substituted aryl group or an alkyl group, R2 to R4 each represent, independently of one another, a hydrogen atom, an optionally substituted alkyl group, an aryl group, an alkoxy
group, an optionally substituted phenoxy group, an alkylthio group, an optionally substituted phenylthio group, or a dialkylamino
group, and in the General Formula (I), M represents a metal atom, and Y represents non-substitution or represents an optionally
substituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, an oxygen atom, or a hydroxyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,417,588

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developing unit which forms a visible image on paper using a developing agent;
a fixing unit which includes a heating roller and a pressurizing roller abutting on the heating roller and which conveys the
paper on which the visible image is formed by the developing unit between the heating roller and the pressurizing roller to
fix the visible image to the paper;

an operation unit which receives a demand for smoothing-out of wrinkles of the paper;
a paper setting unit which sets the paper to be subjected to smoothing-out of wrinkles;
a control unit which performs control so that the developing unit is not operated and the paper to be subjected to smoothing-out
of wrinkles set in the paper setting unit is conveyed to the fixing unit when the operation unit receives the demand for smoothing-out
of wrinkles; and

a liquid spraying unit which sprays a liquid to the paper to be subjected to smoothing-out of wrinkles,
wherein the liquid spraying unit is provided between the developing unit and the fixing unit in a conveyance path of the paper
to be subjected to smoothing-out of wrinkles,

wherein, when the operation unit receives the demand for smoothing-out of wrinkles, the control unit controls the spraying
unit to spray the liquid to the paper to be subjected to smoothing-out of wrinkles.

US Pat. No. 9,319,565

INTERLEAVED ENCODING OF COMPRESSED ATTRIBUTE AND COLOR PLANES

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining, by a printing device, an a×b pixel macro-cell from an input image with one or more color planes, and an a×b attribute
macro-cell, wherein the a×b pixel macro-cell contains 4 non-overlapping m×n pixel cells and the a×b attribute macro-cell contains
4 non-overlapping m×n attribute cells, wherein a×b pixels in the a×b pixel macro-cell are associated with respective color
values, and wherein elements of the a×b attribute macro-cell are associated in a one-to-one fashion with respective pixels
in the a×b pixel macro-cell;

determining, by the printing device, 4 attribute-plane output values associated respectively with the 4 non-overlapping m×n
attribute cells;

determining, by the printing device, 1 to 4 color-plane output values for the non-overlapping m×n pixel cells; and
writing, by the printing device, an interleaved representation of the 4 attribute-plane output values and the determined color-plane
output values to a computer-readable output medium, wherein the interleaved representation is a compressed representation
of the a×b pixel macro-cell and the a×b attribute macro-cell.

US Pat. No. 9,224,011

EMBEDDED SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An embedded system comprising:
a nonvolatile memory configured to have a normal area and an access restricted area, to store firmware and a public key in
the normal area, and to store a hash value concerning the public key in the access restricted area;

a control section configured to read and execute the firmware from the nonvolatile memory; and
a firmware update section configured to receive new firmware in which the hash value is encrypted and given as an electronic
signature, and to update the firmware to the new firmware,

wherein the firmware update section is configured to: read the public key from the nonvolatile memory to calculate the hash
value concerning the public key; when the hash value is identical to the hash value stored in the nonvolatile memory, calculate
a hash value of the new firmware; decrypt the electronic signature with the public key to restore the hash value; and when
these hash values are identical to each other, update the firmware.

US Pat. No. 9,045,663

INK FOR INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUSES AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An ink for an ink-jet recording apparatus, comprising water, a pigment dispersion, an organic solvent, and a humectant,
wherein the pigment dispersion comprises a pigment and a resin having a weight average molecular weight from about 35,000
to about 140,000,

an adsorbed resin proportion, determined in accordance with the following formula from a mass of a total amount of resin in
the ink and an amount of resin separated from pigment among the resin, is at least 0.97:

Adsorbed resin proportion=1?(mass of free resin)/(mass of total resin), and
the ink contains as the organic solvent from 3% to 15% by mass of C1-C4 monoalkyl ether of polyhydric alcohol based on a mass
of the ink.

US Pat. No. 9,383,667

ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrostatic latent image developing toner comprising
toner particles, each including:
a toner core containing a binder resin and a releasing agent; and
a shell layer coating the toner core, wherein
the releasing agent has a melting point Mpr of no less than 50° C. and no greater than 100° C.,

the releasing agent has a number average dispersion diameter of no less than 30 nm and no greater than 500 nm,
the shell layer is made from a resin including a unit derived from a monomer of a thermosetting resin,
the thermosetting resin is one or more resins selected from the group of amino resins consisting of a melamine resin, a urea
resin, and a glyoxal resin, and

the shell layer has a thickness of not less than 1 nm and no greater than 20 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,377,620

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, APERTURE FIXING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a cylindrical aperture in which an opening portion is formed, the opening portion restricting a beam path width of a laser
beam emitted from a light source;

a support member including a cylinder supporting portion that pivotably supports the aperture; and
a base portion to which the support member is fixed by adhesion fixing, wherein
the base portion includes a pass-through portion that is formed to pass through between a front surface and a rear surface
of the base portion and allows the support member to move in a direction perpendicular to a pivoting axis of the aperture,
and

the support member has a length such that a lower end portion thereof projects from a rear surface of the base portion in
a state where the support member has been inserted in the pass-through portion of the base portion to such a position where
the laser beam is incident in the opening portion of the aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,329,507

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A method for producing an electrostatic latent image developing toner including a plurality of toner particles that each
include a toner core containing a binder resin and a release agent, and a shell layer covering the toner core, the method
comprising the steps of:
preparing the toner core; and
forming the shell layer covering the toner core,
wherein the step of preparing the toner core includes the sub-steps of:
supplying a first unprocessed liquid containing binder resin fine particles and release agent fine particles, or a first unprocessed
liquid containing fine particles including the binder resin and the release agent;

supplying a second unprocessed liquid containing an aggregating agent;
mixing the first unprocessed liquid and the second unprocessed liquid; and
obtaining the toner core containing the binder resin and the release agent by aggregating the binder resin fine particles
and the release agent fine particles or aggregating the fine particles including the binder resin and the release agent,

the method comprising the step of preparing the toner core by using a microreactor,
wherein the microreactor includes a fixed disk A and a rotary disk B, a first unprocessed liquid supply section, and one or
more second unprocessed liquid supply sections,

the fixed disk A and the rotary disk B are circular disks, arranged to have a space between circular surfaces of the fixed
disk A and the rotary disk B during the step of preparing the toner core,

the first unprocessed liquid supply section supplies the first unprocessed liquid to the space from an end of the space, and
each second unprocessed liquid supply section is formed to penetrate through an upper surface and a lower surface of the fixed
disk on one side of a center of the circular surface of the fixed disk opposite to the first unprocessed liquid supply section,
and supplies the second unprocessed liquid to the space from an upper surface side of the fixed disk.

US Pat. No. 9,409,742

POST-PROCESSING DEVICE CONTROLLING ACCUMULATION OF SHEET ONTO PROCESSING TRAY ACCORDING TO POSITION OF STACK TRAY AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING THIS POST-PROCESSING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A post-processing device comprising:
a device main body including a sheet ejection port used for ejecting a sheet and a sheet feeding port used for inputting the
sheet from the outside;

a processing tray arranged inside the device main body to have one end at a side of the sheet ejection port, on which the
sheet is temporarily placed;

a placed sheet processing part arranged at a side of another end of the processing tray and carrying out post-process to the
sheet in a state of being placed on the processing tray;

a stack tray arranged in the device main body to stack the sheet ejected from the sheet ejection port;
a detecting part arranged in the device main body to detect whether or not a top face of the stack tray or a top face of the
sheet stacked on the stack tray is positioned at a detected position below the sheet ejection port;

a stack tray driving part configured so as to move downwardly the stack tray until the detecting part cannot detect the stack
tray or the sheet stacked on the stack tray, when the sheet is ejected from the sheet ejection port, and then, to move upwardly
the stack tray until the detecting part detects the top face of the stack tray or the top face of the sheet stacked on the
stack tray, and moreover, moving upwardly the stack tray in a case where the detecting part does not detect the stack tray
or the sheet stacked on the stack tray, when ejecting the sheet;

a sheet conveying part arranged on a conveying path of the sheet from the sheet feeding port to the sheet ejection port; and
an aligning member aligning the sheet placed on the processing tray,
wherein the sheet conveying part has:
a conveying roller positioned at an upstream side from the placed sheet processing part in the conveying path of the sheet
to convey the sheet ejected without the post-process of the placed sheet processing part to a downstream side in the conveying
path; and

a sheet ejecting roller positioned at a side of one end of the processing tray and ejecting every one sheet or every one sheaf
composed of a predetermined number of the sheets placed on the processing tray,

the sheet conveying part is configured, when the sheet is ejected with the post-process by the placed sheet processing part,
so as to eject a post-processed sheet placed on the processing tray and aligned by the aligning member from the sheet ejection
port to the stack tray and, when the sheet is ejected without the post-process by the placed sheet processing part, in a case
where the detecting part detects the stack tray or the sheet stacked on the stack tray, so as to eject the sheet from the
sheet ejection port without placing on the processing tray and, in another case where the detecting part does not detect the
stack tray or the sheet stacked on the stack tray, to stop the ejection of the sheet to the stack tray and to place the sheet
on the processing tray until the detecting part detects the stack tray or the sheet stacked on the stack tray, and then, to
eject the sheet placed on the processing tray and aligned by the aligning member from the sheet ejection port to the stack
tray after the detecting part detects the stack tray or the sheet stacked on the stack tray,

the sheet ejecting roller is constructed as a pair of the rollers interposing the sheet placed on the processing tray from
an upper side and a lower side, the pair of the rollers are configured so that one roller can be moved to be separated from
and to come into pressure contact with another roller, the one roller is separated from the other roller when placing the
sheet onto the processing tray, and the one roller comes into pressure contact with the other roller, when ejecting the sheet
placed on the processing tray to the stack tray, so as to interpose the sheet by an appropriate nip pressure according to
the number of the sheets to be ejected.

US Pat. No. 9,389,535

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING RIBS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing unit that includes an image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a developing device that includes
a developing roller that is disposed opposite to the image bearing member and supplies toner to the image bearing member,
and

a first housing that stores therein developer containing the toner and rotatably supports the developing roller;
a main apparatus body to which the image bearing unit and the developing device are detachably attached; and
a second housing, wherein
the image bearing unit and the developing device are integrally attachable to and integrally detachable from the main apparatus
body,

the first housing includes a pair of ribs on an upper surface thereof at positions corresponding to opposite axial ends of
the developing roller, the ribs abutting against a casing part of the main apparatus body while the image bearing unit and
the developing device are being integrally attached to and integrally detached from the main apparatus body, and

the ribs abut against the second housing while the developing device is being detached from the image bearing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,348,300

UNIT RETRACTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A unit retraction device comprising:
a hook member which engages with an engaged portion provided on a unit that is inerrably or extractably loaded in an apparatus
body; and

a retraction force generating mechanism which exerts a retraction force on the unit when the hook member engages with the
engaged portion in a retraction start position of the unit, wherein

the retraction force generating mechanism includes
a first rotary member which is rotatably disposed on a first rotation pivot and to a rotating end part of which the hook member
is rotatably coupled;

a biasing member of which one end is hooked to the first rotary member and which biases the first rotary member in such a
direction that the hook member retracts the unit into the apparatus body; and

a second rotary member to which another end of the biasing member is hooked, the second rotary member being rotatably disposed
on a second rotation pivot, the second rotary member rotating in a same direction as the first rotary member as the first
rotary member rotates under a biasing force of the biasing member, and

the unit retraction device retracts the unit into a retraction completion position inside the apparatus body.

US Pat. No. 9,319,552

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SETTING UPDATING INFORMATION BOTH OF WHICH BEING FOR EXECUTING FIRMWARE UPDATING WITH EXTERNAL EQUIPMENT CONNECTED

KYOCERA Document Solution...

4. A method of updating setting of an information processing apparatus in which a firmware program is stored, in an updatable
manner, in both a flash memory and an internal auxiliary storage region that is different from the flash memory, the method
comprising the steps of:
detecting a firmware program to be updated when the information processing apparatus is connected with an external auxiliary
storage device that stores a package file in which a plurality of firmware programs are recorded in a packaged manner;

determining whether an internal auxiliary storage device is in failure after re-starting, the re-starting being made after
turning a start mode to indicate an update mode for use in a firmware program updating when the firmware program that is to
be updated is detected;

starting the information processing apparatus by the update mode using a firmware program in the package file when an occurrence
of the failure is determined; and

installing and updating, in a case where a firmware program that is to be installed into the flash memory is updatable even
if an installation of a firmware program that is to be installed into the internal auxiliary storage device is unsuccessful,
only the firmware program that is to be installed into the flash memory.

US Pat. No. 9,304,479

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoconductor drum configured to carry a toner image while rotating; and
a developing portion including a developing roller and a collecting roller, wherein
the photoconductor drum includes:
a drum base body having a cylindrical outer circumferential surface; and
a drum coating layer formed on the outer circumferential surface of the drum base body and including a charge transport material,
the drum coating layer has been formed by a dipping method in which the drum base body is dipped in a first liquid in a state
where the drum base body is in a vertical attitude such that a first end of the drum base body faces down and a second end
of the drum base body faces up,

the developing roller supplies charged toner to the photoconductor drum,
the collecting roller is rotatably supported, in a state of not contacting the photoconductor drum, at a position more on
a downstream side in a rotation direction of the photoconductor drum than the developing roller, a bias being applied to the
collecting roller, a polarity of a potential difference of the bias to the photoconductor drum being same as a charging polarity
of the toner,

the collecting roller includes:
a collecting roller base body having a cylindrical outer circumferential surface; and
a collecting roller coating layer formed on the outer circumferential surface of the collecting roller base body,
the collecting roller coating layer has been formed by the dipping method in which the collecting roller base body is dipped
in a second liquid in a state where the collecting roller base body is in a vertical attitude such that a first end of the
collecting roller base body faces down and a second end of the collecting roller base body faces up, and

the collecting roller is supported in a state where the collecting roller and the photoconductor drum are opposed to each
other and the first end of the collecting roller base body and the second end of the drum base body face a same direction.

US Pat. No. 9,195,194

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COVER FOR MAINTENANCE OF INTERIOR THEREOF, AND OPENING/CLOSURE DETECTING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first cover;
a second cover;
a first interlock switch that is set on/off according to opening/closure of the first cover;
a second interlock switch that is set on/off according to opening/closure of the second cover, the first interlock switch
and the second interlock switch being connected in series to a power line through which a load is supplied with power from
a supply voltage, the first interlock switch being connected to the supply voltage to supply the supply voltage to the power
line when the first interlock switch is on, and being connected to a detection voltage which is lower than the supply voltage
and on which the load does not operate to supply the detection voltage to the power line when the first interlock switch is
off; and

a cover opening/closure detecting part that detects opening/closure of each of the first cover and the second cover based
on a voltage on the power line between the first interlock switch and the second interlock switch and a voltage on the power
line between the second interlock switch and the load.

US Pat. No. 9,046,842

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a heat source;
a fixing roller that is heated by the heat source;
a first housing that rotatably supports the fixing roller;
a pressure roller that is held in contact with the fixing roller so that a fixing nip portion is formed between the pressure
roller and the fixing roller and through which a sheet is to be passed;

a second housing that rotatably supports the pressure roller;
an elastic layer formed on a circumferential surface or an inner layer of the fixing roller or the pressure roller;
a pressing portion that presses one roller of the fixing roller and the pressure roller against the other roller by biasing
one of the first and second housings toward the other while compressing the elastic layer;

a restricting portion that restricts a compression amount of the elastic layer lest the compression amount should exceed a
preset compression amount when the pressing portion presses the roller, the restricting portion restricting the compression
amount of the elastic layer by restricting an inter-axis distance between the fixing roller and the pressure roller lest the
inter-axis distance should become equal to or shorter than a preset distance, the restricting portion including a contact
portion arranged on one of the first and second housings and a contacted portion arranged on the other of the first and second
housings different from the one on which the contact portion is arranged, the inter-axis distance being restricted by contact
of the contact portion with the contacted portion, the contact portion is separated from the contacted portion by thermal
expansion of the elastic layer when the fixing roller is heated to a preset temperature by the heat source; and

a driving unit that drives and rotates one of the fixing roller and the pressure roller in a state where the compression amount
is restricted by the restricting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,507,144

OPTICAL DEFLECTOR AND OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An optical deflector comprising:
a mirror unit including a vibration mirror part extending in a main scanning direction and a torsion bar part extending in
a direction crossing the main scanning direction and supporting the vibration mirror part so as to be swingable; and

a support member that supports the mirror unit,
wherein the support member is provided with a pair of solid parts arranged adjacent to circumferential side surfaces of both
end portions of the vibration mirror part in the main scanning direction and suppressing a vortex generated at a time of vibration
of the vibration mirror part, and

a positioning mechanism that performs positioning of the mirror unit for the support member is provided such that a clearance
distance between each solid part and the circumferential side surfaces of both end portions of the vibration mirror part is
a preset setting distance.

US Pat. No. 9,473,658

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT PROCESSES DATA RECEIVED FROM AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a main system that operates in (i) a normal state or (ii) an energy saving state, wherein energy consumed by the electronic
device in the energy-saving state is less than energy consumed by the electronic device in the normal state;

a data retaining unit that stores data;
a network communication unit that communicates with an external apparatus; and
a subsystem that:
receives, via the network communication unit, a packet from an external apparatus;
provides the received packet to the main system to process the received packet;
receives a response packet generated by the main system as a result of processing the received packet;
upon receiving the response packet, transmits the response packet to the external apparatus via the network communication
unit;

determines whether the transmitted response packet corresponds to main dedicated data, wherein the main dedicated data is
required to be processed by the main system;

based on determining that the transmitted response packet does not correspond to the main dedicated data, stores response
generation information associated with the transmitted response packet in the data retaining unit, wherein the response generation
information is used for generating the response packet to the received packet;

determines whether the transmitted response packet corresponds to a command to transition the main system from the normal
state to the energy saving state, wherein the command is input from the main system to the subsystem; and

based on determining that the transmitted response packet corresponds to the command to transition the main system from the
normal state to the energy saving state, transitions the main system from the normal state to the energy saving state,

wherein while the main system is in the energy saving state, if the subsystem receives a response packet that corresponds
to main dedicated specific data that is a specific type of main dedicated data, the subsystem stores the main dedicated specific
data in the data retaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,465,342

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image formation section performing image formation of image data, and having a photoconductive drum, a charging roller,
and a transfer roller;

a fixing section having a fixing roller;
a position specification section specifying relationship between each position on a recording paper on which an image has
been formed by the image formation section and a position of each circumferential surface of the photoconductive drum, the
charging roller, the transfer roller, and the fixing roller;

a display section displaying the image data
an abnormal image information reception section causing display of the image data at an operation section and also receiving,
from a user, specification of a position and a kind of an abnormal image appearing on the recording paper;

a cause specification section specifying a cause of the appearance of the abnormal image based on the position and the kind
of the abnormal image received by the abnormal image information reception section;

a cleaning section cleaning each driving section of the image formation section; and
an operation control section making the cleaning section perform a predefined cleaning operation in correspondence with the
cause specified by the cause specification section, wherein

the cause specification section, based on the positional relationship specified by the position specification section and
the position and the kind of the abnormal image appearing on the abnormal image which position and kind have been received
by the abnormal image information reception section, specifies a position of any of the photoconductive drum, the charging
roller, the transfer roller, and the fixing roller, which causes the appearance of the abnormal image, and

the operation control section makes the cleaning section perform an operation of cleaning, with greater cleaning power than
cleaning power adopted in a normal cleaning operation, the position which has caused the appearance of the abnormal image
and which has been specified by the cause specification section.

US Pat. No. 9,451,106

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THAT CHANGES OPERATION MESSAGES, CONTROLLING METHOD OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:
a display that displays first information;
a memory part that is written the first information, second information and an operation program for changing a part or all
of the first information to the second information, and a source code for a basis of the operation program;

a control circuit that executes a process based on the operation program; and
a communication interface that connects with a communications network to which a control apparatus is connected;
wherein the display displays the first information and the second information changed to from the first information, each
corresponding to a function of the group consisting of a copy function, a fax function, a scanner function and a communication
function;

wherein the operation program causes display of the second information in place of said changed all or part of the first information
upon selection of a language in a language setting of the image forming apparatus; and

wherein the control circuit transmits the second information written in the memory part to the control apparatus and generates,
only in a case where the second information is determined to be appropriate by the control apparatus, the operation program
based on the source code, the first information, and the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,440,447

INK CONTAINER AND INKJET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An ink container comprising:
an ink pack to be filled with an ink; and
a container case housing the ink pack,
wherein the container case includes:
an upper plate and a lower plate respectively covering the ink pack from an upper side and a lower side;
at least one side plate provided between side parts of the upper plate and the lower plate; and
at least two hinges coupling the upper plate and the lower plate with the side plate to each other, and
wherein the upper plate, the lower plate, the side plate and the hinges are integrally molded, and the upper plate, the lower
plate and the side plate are bent by the hinges so as to be thereby assembled as the container case including a housing configured
to house the ink pack at a center, and one ends of the upper plate and the lower plate constitute a grip, and other ends of
the upper plate and the lower plate constitutes an aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,389,577

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cover provided to be able to open and close an opening formed in a housing;
a conveying unit disposed adjacent to an inner side of the cover and forming a sheet conveyance path in the housing; and
a sheet feeding unit disposed in an inner side of the conveying unit and that feeds a sheet toward the conveyance path, wherein
the cover is rotatably supported by a pair of first bearings between an opened position and a closed position of the opening,
and the conveying unit is rotatably supported by a pair of second bearings, which are provided inward from the first bearings,
in the same direction as a rotation direction of the cover, and is detachably provided with respect to the housing at a position
at which the conveying unit has rotated in an opening direction of the cover by a predetermined angle,

the conveying unit has a pair of second spindles pivotally supported by the second bearings, respectively,
one of the second bearings by which one of the second spindles is pivotally supported is provided with an elastically deformable
stopper piece, the elastically deformable stopper piece engaging with the one of the second spindles to prevent separation
of the one of the second spindles from the one of the second bearings,

the other of the second bearings by which the other of the second spindles is pivotally supported is provided with a slit,
the slit extending in an axial direction of the other of the second bearings,

the other of the second spindles is provided with an elastic piece having an engagement portion engageable with the slit by
elastic deformation, and

the elastic piece is elastically deformable to allow the engagement portion to engage with the slit, so that the conveying
unit slides in the axial direction of the other of the second bearings up to a position in which engagement of the one of
the second spindles and the stopper piece is releasable by elastic deformation of the stopper piece.

US Pat. No. 9,319,559

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing system comprising:
an image processing apparatus configured to execute a job related to image processing;
a detection portion configured to detect an error of the job executed by the image processing apparatus;
a storage portion included in the image processing apparatus and configured to store image data;
a first transmission portion configured to transmit error information and setting information to a predetermined information
processing apparatus, the error information being related to the error detected by the detection portion, the setting information
being related to the job in which the error occurred;

a changing portion provided in the information processing apparatus and configured to change the setting information;
a second transmission portion provided in the information processing apparatus and configured to transmit, to the image processing
apparatus, a re-execution instruction that includes the setting information that has been changed by the changing portion,
the re-execution instruction instructing to re-execute the job; and

a job executing portion configured to re-execute the job based on the image data stored in the storage portion and the setting
information and the re-execution instruction transmitted by the second transmission portion; wherein

the setting information includes one or more of: a transmission destination of image data read in an image reading process;
a sheet feed cassette selected to be used in an image forming process; a sheet size for use in the image forming process;
and an output magnification of image data in the image forming process;

the first transmission portion transmits a part or all of the setting information that is set in advance in correspondence
with the error information, to the information processing apparatus;

the error information includes apparatus type identification information identifying an apparatus type of the image processing
apparatus; and

the information processing apparatus obtains handling information that indicates an error handling method for handling the
error that has been associated in advance with the apparatus type of the image processing apparatus identified by the apparatus
type identification information, and displays, on a display portion, the handling information and the setting information
received from the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,152,359

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SELECTS APPROPRIATE POWER SAVING MODE FOR EACH TIME SLOT

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an operation panel that accepts user operations;
a printing device that executes a print job;
a storage device that stores job classification data that indicates a job type belonging to a first job type group and a job
type belonging to a second job type group;

a job management unit that records the job type of an executing job and a start time point of the job execution as a job log;
a power-saving mode setting unit that
(a) specifies the job log where the start time point of the job execution belongs to an identical time slot in a past for
a predetermined time slot,

(b1) sets a power-saving mode for the predetermined time slot to a first power-saving mode when a proportion of the number
of the executing jobs where the job types of the specified job log belong to the first job type group to the number of the
executing jobs where the job types of the specified job log belong to the first job type group or the second job type group
exceeds a predetermined threshold value, and

(b2) sets the power-saving mode for the predetermined time slot to a second power-saving mode when the proportion is equal
to or less than the predetermined threshold value; and

an operation mode control unit that causes an operation mode to be switched to the first power-saving mode or the second power-saving
mode set by the power-saving mode setting unit when the operation mode is switched from a normal mode to the power-saving
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,135,736

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WHICH GATHER A PLURALITY OF IMAGES WITHIN AN OUTPUT IMAGE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a computing circuitry;
a non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium stored thereupon instructions which when executed by the computing circuitry
performs the following steps:

receives a plurality of rectangular selected images selected by user's operation; and
overlays specific sides of two selected images on each other among the plurality of selected images to gather the plurality
of selected images within an output image corresponding to predetermined paper by

searching for a first horizontal selected image having a maximum horizontal side among the plurality of selected images;
searching for a first vertical selected image having a maximum vertical side among the plurality of selected images except
the horizontal selected image;

overlaying one specific side of the first horizontal selected image on one specific side of the first vertical selected image
to form a first combined image in which one side orthogonal to the overlaid side of the first vertical selected image is aligned
with one side orthogonal to the overlaid side of the first horizontal selected image; and

arranging the first combined image within the output image.

US Pat. No. 9,137,401

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING CONTENT DISPLAY LANGUAGE AND DISPLAY PROGRAM

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An electric apparatus comprising:
a touch panel;
a content storage unit that stores content to be displayed on the touch panel in different languages;
a selected language storage unit that stores a selected language;
a content display unit that displays, on the touch panel, content corresponding to the selected language stored in the selected
language storage unit, of pieces of content stored in the content storage unit in the languages; and

a language setting unit that
displays a first language selection screen including items corresponding to regions of the world on the touch panel if a particular
operation is accepted in a non-explicit area other than an explicit area that is explicitly indicated as being ready for accepting
an operation, the first language selection screen being one of screens displayed on the touch panel,

specifies an item if a portion touched on the touch panel reaches an explicit area on the first language selection screen
by moving the portion touched on the touch panel,

displays a second language selection screen including items corresponding to each of the languages corresponding to the specified
item on the first language selection screen,

specifies an item if a portion touched on the touch panel reaches an explicit area on the second language selection screen
by moving the portion touched on the touch panel, and

stores, in the selected language storage unit, a language corresponding to the specified item on the second language selection
screen,

wherein after the first or second language selection screen has been displayed on the touch panel, if an operation to cancel
a state in which the touch panel is touched is accepted before the portion touched on the touch panel reaches the explicit
area on the first or second language selection screen, the language setting unit turns off the first or second language selection
screen displayed on the touch panel.

US Pat. No. 9,110,404

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER CASE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner case including a case main body having a discharge port configured to discharge a toner, a shutter configured to open/close
the discharge port, and an operation part connected to the shutter;

an apparatus main body to which the toner case is attachably/detachably installed; and
a cover openably/closably attached to the apparatus main body and covering at least a part of the toner case, wherein
the operation part is configured to be movable between a port closing position where the operation part makes the shutter
close the discharge port and interferes with the cover and an port opening position where the operation part makes the shutter
open the discharge port and permits the cover to be closed without interfering with the cover,

when the cover is closed in the state in which the operation part is located at the port closing position, the cover presses
the operation part and the operation part moves from the port closing position to the port opening position,

when the cover is opened in the state in which the operation part is located at the port opening position, the cover presses
the operation part and the operation part moves from the port opening position to the port closing position.

US Pat. No. 9,453,816

DIFFERENTIAL TRANSFORMER TYPE MAGNETIC SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A differential transformer type magnetic sensor comprising:
a board;
a drive coil that includes a polygonal planar coil in which a dimension of a first direction which is one of longitudinal
and transverse dimensions is smaller than that of a second direction which is the other of the longitudinal and transverse
dimensions, and that is disposed on the board;

a first differential coil that includes a planar coil along which induced current flows due to magnetic flux generated as
drive current flows along the drive coil and which has the same shape as the drive coil, and that is disposed on the board;
and

a second differential coil that includes a planar coil along which induced current flows due to magnetic flux generated as
drive current flows along the drive coil and which has the same shape as the drive coil, and that is disposed on the board,

wherein the first differential coil and the second differential coil are electrically connected so that a direction of the
induced current flowing along the first differential coil and a direction of the induced current flowing along the second
differential coil are opposite to each other;

when viewed from a thickness direction of the board, an array region of the drive coil, an array region of the first differential
coil, and an array region of the second differential coil overlap;

the board includes a first surface and a second surface located on the opposite side of the first surface;
the drive coil includes a first drive coil that is disposed on the first surface and a second drive coil that is wound in
the opposite direction of the first drive coil when viewed from a side of the first surface and is disposed on the second
surface;

the first differential coil is wound in the same direction as the first drive coil, and the first differential coil and the
first drive coil are disposed on the first surface so that a wire rod constituting the first differential coil and a wire
rod constituting the first drive coil are alternately disposed;

the second differential coil is wound in the opposite direction of the second drive coil, and the second differential coil
and the second drive coil are disposed on the second surface so that a wire rod constituting the second differential coil
and a wire rod constituting the second drive coil are alternately disposed;

the differential transformer type magnetic sensor includes:
a first connecting member that is formed by penetrating the board and electrically connects one end of the first drive coil
and one end of the second drive coil;

a second connecting member that is formed by penetrating the board and electrically connects one end of the first differential
coil and one end of the second differential coil;

a third connecting member that is formed by penetrating the board; and
connection patterns that are disposed on the first surface and are used as a part of the second drive coil or a part of the
second differential coil; and

the connection patterns grade-separate the wire rod constituting the second differential coil and the wire rod constituting
the second drive coil by connecting the wire rod constituting the second drive coil or the wire rod constituting the second
differential coil using the third connecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,338,327

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing device that detects a fluorescent color from image data and replaces the fluorescent color with a designated
color, the image processing device comprising:
a color range storing section that stores a color range including a fluorescent color targeted for detection;
a reproduction color storing section that stores, in association with the color range, a plurality of pieces of color information
each specifying a reproduction color candidate usable for reproducing the fluorescent color included in the color range;

a pixel extracting section that extracts from the image data a pixel having the fluorescent color based on the color range
stored in the color range storing section;

a display control section that
reads, from the reproduction color storing section, the plurality of pieces of color information corresponding to the fluorescent
color of the pixel extracted by the pixel extracting section and

displays the reproduction color candidates specified by the respective read pieces of color information on a display section;
a reproduction color receiving section that receives a reproduction color selected by a user from among the plurality of reproduction
color candidates displayed on the display section; and

a fluorescent color reproducing section that replaces color information of the pixel extracted by the pixel extracting section
with color information specifying the reproduction color received by the reproduction color receiving section, wherein

the pixel extracting section extracts, from the image data, pixels each having the fluorescent color and extracts pixels included
in a text character region, the text character region being an image region enclosing a text character,

the text character is located within a fluorescent color region, the fluorescent color region being an image region in which
the pixels extracted as having the fluorescent color are distributed, and

when the fluorescent color region does not fully cover the text character region, the pixel extracting section enlarges the
fluorescent color region in width and height so as to fully cover the text character region.

US Pat. No. 9,335,648

ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrostatic latent image developing toner comprising a toner particle including a toner core containing a binder resin,
and a shell layer coating a surface of the toner core,
wherein the shell layer is constituted by a resin containing a thermosetting resin,
the shell layer has a thickness of 1 nm or more and 20 nm or less,
a zeta potential of the toner core measured in an aqueous medium adjusted to pH 4 is negative,
a zeta potential of the toner particle measured in an aqueous medium adjusted to pH 4 is positive, and
a pH at which the zeta potential of the toner particle measured in an aqueous medium is zero is 4.5 or higher and 7.0 or lower.

US Pat. No. 9,275,318

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM FOR PARTIALLY GENERATING IMAGES AS LOG IMAGE

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a reading device for capturing image information from original documents;
a storage unit for storing received image information;
a printing device for executing print jobs on sheets in accordance with image information from the reading device or from
the storage unit; and

a control processor enabled to function as
a job execution unit configured to execute jobs by the printing device whereby input pages of a job-specific input sheet count
are formed as output pages of an actual output sheet count less than or equal to the input sheet count; and

a log-image generating unit configured to generate log images of the jobs; wherein the log-image generating unit is configured
to

generate, as a log image, images of a portion of pages among the output pages in a job by the job execution unit, and generate
the log image after the job execution unit has terminated execution of the job, the portion of pages being one selected from

(1) any specifically designated page or pages among the output pages;
(2) a designated proportion of the actually output pages; or
(3) output-page mirroring, being a reflection of all actual output pages.

US Pat. No. 9,261,856

TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THEREOF

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body; and
a toner container attached to the apparatus main body, wherein
the apparatus main body includes a first rotation portion, a second rotation portion, and a lever, the first rotation portion
and the second rotation portion being provided each rotatably, in alignment with each other at one end of the apparatus main
body in a front-rear direction of the apparatus main body, and the lever being provided integrally with the first rotation
portion,

the toner container includes a housing for storing toner, a toner discharge outlet formed on the housing, an opening/closing
mechanism provided on the housing and configured to open and close the toner discharge outlet, and a first coupling portion
that is provided rotatably with respect to the housing and configured to, when the toner container is attached to the apparatus
main body, be coupled with the first rotation portion of the apparatus main body to be integrally rotatable therewith,

the opening/closing mechanism includes a second coupling portion configured to, when the toner container is attached to the
apparatus main body, be coupled with the second rotation portion of the apparatus main body to be integrally rotatable therewith,
the opening/closing mechanism being configured to open and close the toner discharge outlet as the second coupling portion
is rotated, and

the first coupling portion includes a first gear, the second coupling portion includes a second gear, both the first gear
and the second gear are disposed at the one end of the apparatus main body, and the first coupling portion and the second
coupling portion are configured to rotate in conjunction with each other by meshing of the first gear and the second gear
with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,258,442

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PORTABLE TERMINAL CONFIGURED TO DISPLAY AN EFFECT OF PERFORMING IMAGE ADJUSTMENT PROCESSING TO IMAGE DATA IN THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing system comprising
an image processing apparatus and a portable terminal, wherein
the image processing apparatus includes:
a storing section configured to store image data;
an image processing section configured to perform image adjustment processing with respect to the image data;
a first display; and
a display controlling section configured to cause the first display to display a menu indicating one or more settings pertaining
to the image adjustment processing and a unique marker corresponding to a currently selected setting among the one or more
settings in the menu, and

the portable terminal includes:
an image capturing device;
a second display;
a marker detecting section configured to detect the marker as depicted in a captured image that has been captured by the image
capturing device; and

a display processing section configured to cause the second display to display a screen indicating an effect of performing
the image adjustment processing with respect to the image data in accordance with a setting, among the one or more settings,
corresponding to the marker detected by the marker detecting section.

US Pat. No. 9,207,570

DEVELOPING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER CONCENTRATION DETECTING METHOD USING LC OSCILLATOR CIRCUIT

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A developing device comprising:
multiple developing units configured to contain developers; and
multiple toner concentration sensors each including an LC oscillator circuit, and respectively provided for the multiple developing
units,

wherein the LC oscillator circuit includes a fixed capacitor having a fixed capacitance, the capacitance of the fixed capacitor
being different in each of the toner concentration sensors provided for the multiple developing units.

US Pat. No. 9,158,456

DISPLAY INPUT APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A display input apparatus comprising:
a display portion that displays a screen provided with a button for switching a display screen to a one-more downward layer
screen, and

a touch panel portion that accepts a touch operation for touching a screen of the display portion,
wherein when the touch panel portion accepts a predetermined first operation during display of the screen provided with the
button, the display portion starts display in a gradual shift mode in which the display portion sets the screen in a current
display as a shift start screen, sets a one-more downward layer screen than the shift start screen as a shift target screen,
gradually erases the shift start screen, and gradually increases a display percentage of the shift target screen, whereby
the display screen is gradually shifted from the shift start screen to the shift target screen, and

when the first operation is continued on the touch panel portion even after the shift to the shift target screen, if there
are a plurality of downward layer screens that are screens on a one-more downward layer than the shift target screen, the
display portion reduces sizes of the plurality of downward layer screens to sizes smaller than a usual screen size and displays
a list screen that disposes the plurality of reduced-sized downward layer screens in a same screen.

US Pat. No. 9,158,724

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING ARBITRATION OF ACCESS REQUESTS FROM AN IC CHIP TO A MEMORY

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first IC chip;
a second IC chip connected to the first IC chip via a serial bus; and
a memory that is either connected to or included in the first IC chip;
wherein the first IC chip comprises:
a first internal bus; said first internal bus having circuitry to perform arbitration of access requests to the memory;
a memory controller connected to the first internal bus and configured to access the memory;
one or more first processing circuits connected to the first internal bus and configured to output an access request to the
memory;

a first serial bus interface of the serial bus;
plural buffers connected to the first internal bus and corresponding to plural arbitration priority degrees of the first internal
bus, respectively; and

a request classifying circuit configured to (a1) identify an arbitration priority degree of a requester of an access request
to the memory received from the second IC chip by the first serial bus interface, and (a2) cause a buffer corresponding to
the identified arbitration priority degree among the plural buffers to buffer the access request received from the second
IC chip; and

the first internal bus configured to (b1) perform arbitration of access requests to the memory from the one or more first
processing circuits and the plural buffers in accordance with arbitration priority degrees of the one or more first processing
circuit and the plural buffers, and (b2) output the access requests after the arbitration to the memory controller.

US Pat. No. 9,153,057

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS AN ORDINARY CHARACTER AND A DENSITY REVERSED CHARACTER

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an edge image generating unit configured to detect edges in an original image and to generate an edge image formed by the
detected edges;

a connection pixel extracting unit configured to extract connection pixel sets in the edge image;
a binary image generating unit configured to classify the connection pixel sets by colors and generate respective character
images which are binary images corresponding to the colors;

a background image generating unit configured to generate a background image of the original image on the basis of the character
images; and

an image compressing unit configured to compress image data of the character images and image data of the background image
using respective different compressing methods;

wherein the binary image generating unit is further configured (a) to identify which of a density reversed character, an ordinary
character and non character each one of the connection pixel sets is, on the basis of luminance values of the original image
on pixels at four corners of a rectangle circumscribed to the connection pixel set, and (b) to generate the character image
of the density reversed character and the character image of the ordinary character;

wherein the binary image generating unit is further configured (a) to identify that the connection pixel set is a density
reversed character if all of the luminance values are less than a predetermined binarization threshold value, (b) to identify
that the connection pixel set is an ordinary character if all of the luminance values are larger than the binarization threshold
value, and (c) to identify that the connection pixel set is non character if at least one of the luminance values are larger
than the binarization threshold value and at least one of the luminance values are less than the binarization threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,106,875

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING A RUN-TIME COLOR-CONVERSION LOOK-UP TABLE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A method for creating a run-time color-conversion look-up table comprising:
forming a representation of a slice of a color conversion object, wherein the color conversion object is defined by a color
coordinate system having a plurality of color axes and further includes a neutral axis, wherein each color axis includes values
ranging from a respective minimum value to a respective maximum value, wherein the neutral axis includes values ranging from
a minimum colorant amount to a maximum colorant amount, wherein the slice is defined by a plurality of grid points on the
color coordinate system that are in a common plane orthogonal to the neutral axis, and wherein the slice is bound along a
plurality of faces of the color conversion object for which at least one of the plurality of color axes is at a minimum or
maximum value;

receiving a user input that includes a parameter for a first design rule to be applied at an intersection of the slice with
the neutral axis;

receiving a user input that includes a parameter for a second design rule to be applied at grid points located on at least
one of the faces of the color conversion object;

determining outputs for grid points located between the intersection and the faces according to a third design rule; and
storing the outputs for the slice in a portion of the look-up table.

US Pat. No. 9,355,342

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT AUTOMATICALLY PROMPTS MIGRATION OF BOX BETWEEN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUSES AT APPROPRIATE TIMING

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to be coupled to a network, comprising:
a box configured to store data, wherein the box corresponds to a user identification;
a display unit;
a box information storage unit configured to store a box information table;
a usage amount count unit configured to count a usage amount for the user identification registered in the image forming apparatus;
a threshold value storage unit configured to store a first threshold value associated with the usage amount;
a comparison unit configured to determine whether or not the usage amount is equal to or larger than the threshold value;
a box search unit configured to acquire, if i) a user having the user identification moves to a department in which the image
forming apparatus is installed to use the image forming apparatus, ii) the usage amount corresponding to the user identification
within the image forming apparatus that is currently being used is equal to or larger than the first threshold value and iii)
the usage amount corresponding to the user identification within another image forming apparatus now used by the user less
often coupled to the network is equal to or smaller than a second threshold value, a box name serving as box identification
information that defines the box corresponding to the user identification within the other image forming apparatus now used
by the user less often coupled to the network;

a user interface unit configured to display a list of the acquired box identification information on the display unit, wherein
the box identification information can be selected from the list through the display unit; and

a box migration unit configured to migrate, via the network, the data on the box within the other image forming apparatus
specified by the selected box identification information to the box corresponding to the user identification within the image
forming apparatus,

wherein, if the comparison unit determines that the usage amount of the user is equal to or larger than the first threshold
value, the comparison unit queries the other image forming apparatus whether or not the usage amount of the user on the other
image forming apparatus is equal to or smaller than the second threshold value,

wherein, if there is a positive reply indicating that the usage amount of the user on the other image forming apparatus is
equal to or smaller than the second threshold value, a control is passed to the box search unit,

wherein the box search unit refers to the box information table within the image forming apparatus to display, on the display
unit via the user interface unit, the list including i) an image forming apparatus name, ii) a migration source box name serving
as the box name for a migration source, and iii) a migration destination box name serving as the box name for a migration
destination,

wherein, if the same box name as the migration source box name exists in the box information table, the box search unit sets
the migration destination box name to be the same as the migration source box name,

wherein, if the same box name as the migration source box name does not exist in the box information table, the box search
unit sets the migration destination box name to be a blank,

wherein if the migration source box name and the migration destination box name are the same, the data on the box is migrated,
wherein, if the migration destination box name is blank, the box and the data on the box are migrated,
wherein the usage amount includes at least one of a total number of logins, a total number of printed sheets, and a total
number of pieces of in-box data that corresponds to the user identification, and

wherein the data on the box is migrated from the box of the other image forming apparatus now used by the user less often
to the box of the image forming apparatus that is currently being used.

US Pat. No. 9,313,361

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A PRINTING CONDITION FOR MEETING MATERIALS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a connection portion configured to connect the information processing apparatus to a plurality of image forming apparatuses;
a display portion configured to display a print setting screen and a predetermined operation button;
a first acquisition portion configured to, when the predetermined operation button displayed on the display portion is operated,
acquire management data including a plurality of meeting schedules in each of which meeting information relating to content
of a meeting is associated with material information relating to a meeting material used for the meeting, and display the
acquired management data on the display portion;

a printing condition determination portion configured to, when a predetermined meeting schedule is specified from among the
management data displayed on the display portion, determine, as a printing target, a meeting material that is associated with
the specified meeting schedule, and determine, based on the meeting information and the material information included in the
specified meeting schedule, a type of print sheet as a printing condition to be applied to a printing process for the meeting
material that is associated with the specified meeting schedule,

wherein the printing condition determination portion determines, based on the meeting information included in the specified
meeting schedule, whether the meeting material to be used in the meeting is an external material or an in-house material,
and upon determining that the meeting material is an external material, determines, based on the material information included
in the specified meeting schedule, whether the external material is a predetermined document type that specifies a higher
printing quality than for the in-house material and the external material,

wherein the printing condition determination portion determines a first type of print sheet according to a first printing
quality required for the meeting material that is determined as not an external material, determines a second type of print
sheet according to a second printing quality required for the meeting material that is determined as an external material,
and determines a third type of print sheet according to a third printing quality required for the meeting material that is
determined as a predetermined document type among external materials, the third printing quality being a higher printing quality
than the first printing quality and the second printing quality,

a second acquisition portion configured to acquire printing condition information relating to a printing condition that can
be set in each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses;

a first selection portion configured to select, from among the plurality of image forming apparatuses, an image forming apparatus
that satisfies the printing condition determined by the printing condition determination portion, based on the printing condition
information acquired by the second acquisition portion, and

a print-out portion configured to transmit, to the image forming apparatus selected by the first selection portion, printing
data including the material information and the determined print condition, to cause the image forming apparatus to execute
printing.

US Pat. No. 9,298,136

AGITATING MECHANISM, TONER CONTAINER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An agitating mechanism disposed in a toner container in which toner is stored, the agitating mechanism comprising:
an agitating member configured to agitate the toner; and
a rotation shaft member configured to support an agitating member that agitates the toner, the rotation shaft member provided,
together with the agitating member, in the toner container so as to be rotatable, wherein

the rotation shaft member includes:
a pair of outer walls that extend in a rotation axis direction;
a plurality of through holes that are defined by the pair of outer walls and pass through the rotation shaft member in a direction
orthogonal to the rotation axis direction;

a projection member having a plate-like shape and projecting outward from at least one of the pair of outer walls, the projecting
member extending in the rotation axis direction; and

a plurality of separation walls that are disposed parallel to each other between the pair of outer walls in such a way as
to separate the plurality of through holes along the rotation axis direction, wherein

the separation walls respectively have inclined surfaces that incline relative to the rotation axis direction, and
when the rotation shaft member rotates, the inclined surfaces respectively apply forces to toner that has entered the plurality
of through holes such that the toner is moved in the rotation axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,300,836

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENABLING CIRCUIT-CYCLING TIME OF IMAGE CARRIER INCLUDED IN TRANSFER UNIT TO BE FOUND ACCURATELY

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a transfer unit including a rotating image carrier onto which a toner image formed by developing an exposure-formed electrostatic
latent image is transferred, the rotating image carrier by design having a single-circuit cycling time;

a reflectance sensor configured to measure reflectance of a background portion of the image carrier;
a time-series data acquiring unit configured to acquire, at predetermined time intervals, and independent of rotational position
of the image carrier, time-series data with respect to the image carrier background-portion reflectance, measured by the reflectance
sensor, as reference data over a time period twice longer than the by-design single-circuit cycling time of the image carrier,
and as advance/delay data over a time period twice longer than a time period longer or shorter in multiples of a predetermined
time interval than the by-design single-circuit cycling time; and

a transfer-unit rotation-time calculating unit configured to calculate an actual single-circuit cycling time that is the time
actually required for the image carrier to rotate through one cycle, based on the reference data and the advance/delay data
acquired by the time-series data acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,292,772

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PAPER-CARVING ART

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to create a material in a form of a stack made by a plurality of paper sheets
being piled so as to be used in production of a piece of work, the piece of work being made by each of the plurality of paper
sheets being cut out along cutting lines formed thereon, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an image reading portion configured to optically read a document sheet and generate image data for the document sheet;
an image forming portion; and
a processor, configured to execute:
a detecting portion operatively coupled to the image reading portion and configured to detect, based on the image data read
by the image reading portion, at least one of color information and density information included in the image data;

a correspondence setting portion operatively coupled to the image reading portion and configured to set correspondence between
each of a plurality of section image regions which are made by an image, indicated by the image data, being sectioned based
on the information detected by the detecting portion, and either one or both of a color and a density of each of a plurality
of paper sheets to be used in creation of the material;

a piling order determining portion operatively coupled to the image forming portion and configured to determine, based on
a condition defined in advance, a piling order for a case where paper sheets having either one or both of the colors and the
densities whose correspondence with the respective section image regions has been set by the correspondence setting portion
are to be used in the material; and

a print data generating portion operatively coupled to the image forming portion and configured to generate, for each paper
sheet to be used in the material, print data that includes line images indicating cutting lines in accordance with the piling
order defined based on borders of the respective section image regions and determined by the piling order determining portion,
wherein

the image forming portion is configured to form, on the paper sheets, the line images based on the print data generated by
the print data generating portion in accordance with the piling order determined by the piling order determining portion.

US Pat. No. 9,280,138

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES EITHER A HEATER OR FRICTIONAL HEATING TO HEAT AND DRY A SURFACE OF A PHOTOCONDUCTIVE DRUM BASED ON THE DETECTED AMBIENT TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoconductive drum;
a charger charging a surface of the photoconductive drum;
an exposing device exposing the surface of the photoconductive drum to form an electrostatic latent image thereon;
a developing device developing the electrostatic latent image formed on the photoconductive drum by a toner to thereby obtain
a toner image;

a transfer member transferring the toner image onto a transfer object at a time of image formation;
a heat generator for heating and drying the surface of the photoconductive drum;
a heating control section controlling operation of the heat generator;
a slidingly-rubbing roller abutting the surface of the photoconductive drum;
a temperature detection section detecting an atmospheric temperature; and
a humidity detection section detecting atmospheric humidity,
wherein, in a case when the humidity detected by the humidity detection section is equal to or higher than a first threshold
humidity and also when the temperature detected by the temperature detection section is equal to or higher than a threshold
temperature, the heating control section executes heat-generation heating control to heat and dry the surface of the photoconductive
drum, while in a case when the humidity detected by the humidity detection section is equal to or higher than the first threshold
humidity and also when the temperature detected by the temperature detection section is less than the threshold temperature,
the heating control section executes slidingly-rubbing heating control in which a developing operation is performed by the
developing device to cause toner adhesion to the surface of the photoconductive drum, and by supplying the adhering toner
to an abutting part between the slidingly-rubbing roller and the photoconductive drum without transferring the toner to the
transfer object by the transfer member and also simultaneously driving the slidingly-rubbing roller, and the surface of the
photoconductive drum is heated and dried by frictional heat generated by a polishing of the surface of the photoconductive
drum at the abutting part.

US Pat. No. 9,261,824

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENSURING REDUCED INITIAL BLEEDING PHENOMENON

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a power supply switch arranged on the apparatus main body;
a photoreceptor drum configured to be rotatably driven in a predetermined rotational direction, wherein an electrostatic latent
image is formed on a circumferential surface of the photoreceptor drum;

a charging device including a charging roller circumferentially in contact with the photoreceptor drum;
a charging bias applying unit configured to apply to the charging roller a charging bias including a positive DC voltage;
an exposure device configured to irradiate the circumferential surface of the photoreceptor drum with an exposure light so
as to form the electrostatic latent image;

a developing device arranged opposed to the photoreceptor drum, the developing device housing toner charged to a predetermined
polarity, and including a developing roller;

a developing bias applying unit configured to apply a predetermined developing bias to the developing roller such as to develop
the electrostatic latent image on the photoreceptor drum into a toner image;

a transfer roller made of an elastic material, the transfer roller contacting the circumferential surface of the photoreceptor
drum downstream, in the predetermined rotational direction, of the developing device;

a transfer bias applying unit configured to apply to the transfer roller a predetermined toner-image transfer bias of reverse
polarity to the polarity of the toner so as to transfer the toner image to a sheet;

a cleaning device arranged opposed to the photoreceptor drum, downstream, in the predetermined rotational direction, of the
transfer roller, the cleaning device being configured to clean the photoreceptor drum; and

a control unit, the control unit including a toner-layer formation unit, and configured to, in starting operation begun by
a predetermined post-setup instance of the power supply switch being switched on, control the charging bias applying unit
not to apply the charging bias to the charging roller, such that the surface potential of the photoreceptor drum will be 0
V, and at the same time control the toner-layer formation unit to

control the developing bias applying unit to provide a difference of electrical potential between the developing roller and
the photoreceptor drum so as to form a toner band of predetermined length in the predetermined rotational direction on the
circumferential surface of the photoreceptor drum, and

control the transfer bias applying unit to apply the predetermined toner-image transfer bias to the transfer roller so as
to transfer the toner band superficially onto the transfer roller, thereby forming a toner layer on the transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 9,261,843

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NUMBER OF PIXELS AND USAGE AMOUNT OF DEVELOPER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image by using a developer;
a storage portion configured to store a relationship between a number of pixels formed by the image forming portion and a
usage amount of the developer;

a density measurement portion configured to perform measurement of a density of a patch image formed by the image forming
portion;

a calibration portion configured to perform calibration processing based on the density obtained as a result of the measurement;
and

a correction portion configured to perform correction of the relationship between the number of pixels and the usage amount
of the developer, the relationship being stored in the storage portion, by using differences in number of pixels at a plurality
of previously set densities between before and after the calibration processing,

wherein in a case where a frequency at which the image forming portion forms an image in halftone is equal to or lower than
a predetermined frequency, the correction portion does not perform the correction of the halftone.

US Pat. No. 9,250,839

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR DATA HANDLING HAVING A PRIMARY SERVER FOR STORING ACTIVE AND PASSIVE DATA AND A SECOND SERVER FOR STORING NORMALIZED AND ANALYTICAL DATA

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A method comprising:
receiving, at a primary server, a plurality of data transmissions from a corresponding plurality of printing devices, wherein
the plurality of data transmissions comprises respective data transmissions, and wherein each respective data transmission
is formatted according to an original format and wherein each respective data transmission comprises a respective device identifier;

storing the respective data transmissions in an active database associated with the primary server, wherein storing the respective
data transmissions comprises storing the respective data transmissions in the respective original formats;

determining archive-ready data from the stored data transmissions based on a timestamp being beyond a threshold;
storing the archive-ready data as accumulated archive data in a passive archive associated with the primary server;
determining secondary-ready data from the accumulated archive data based on a size of the accumulated archive data;
transferring the secondary-ready data from the primary server to a secondary server;
storing the secondary-ready data as secondary data in a second archive associated with the secondary server; and
pre-processing the secondary data, wherein pre-processing the secondary data comprises:
grouping the secondary data into sections based at least on a respective printing device property of the respective data transmissions
of the secondary data; and

forming a normalized database comprising the sections organized based at least on the respective device identifiers of the
respective data transmissions of the secondary data.

US Pat. No. 9,229,369

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner case including a case main body having a discharge port configured to discharge a toner, a shutter configured to open/close
the discharge port, and a manipulation portion movable between a first position to make the shutter open the discharge port
and a second position to make the shutter close the discharge port;

an apparatus main body to which the toner case is detachably attached; and
a cover openably/closably attached to the apparatus main body, wherein
the cover includes an interfering member movable between an interfering position where the interfering member interferes with
the manipulation portion being in the second position and an interference release position where the interfering member does
not interfere with the manipulation portion being in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,188,914

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FUSING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section configured to transfer a toner image to a sheet;
a fusing device configured to fuse the toner image to the sheet, the fusing device including:
a first roller configured to rotate about its axis;
a second roller configured to rotate about its axis and to form a fusing nip part together with the first roller;
an adjustment mechanism configured to change posture of the first roller or the second roller between first posture and second
posture to adjust a nip pressure of the fusing nip part, the adjusting mechanism setting the first or second roller in the
first posture to allow the first or second roller to be in press contact with the second or first roller by a first pressure,
and setting the first or second roller in the second posture to allow the first or second roller to be in press contact with
the second or first roller by a second pressure which is reduced from the first pressure;

a separation member arranged downstream of the fusing nip part in a direction of rotation of the first roller and including
a plate-shaped member extending in an axial direction of the first roller;

a turning mechanism configured to turn the separation member about an axis parallel to the axial direction of the first roller,
the turning mechanism turning the separation member so that a tip end of the plate-shaped member approaches a peripheral surface
of the first roller when the posture of the first or second roller is changed from the second posture to the first posture;

an abutting member mounted on each opposite end of the plate-shaped member of the separation member and configured to abut,
when the first or second roller is in the first posture, on the peripheral surface of the first roller in a vicinity of each
opposite end of the first roller to form a gap between the tip end of the plate-shaped member and the peripheral surface of
the first roller, the abutting member being separated from the peripheral surface of the first roller when the first or second
roller is in the second posture;

an isolation mechanism configured to allow the abutting member to abut on the peripheral surface of the first roller when
the first or second roller is in the first posture and to separate the abutting member from the peripheral surface of the
first roller in a process when the posture of the first or second roller is changed from the first posture to the second posture
so as to create a state in which the abutting member is separated from the peripheral surface of the first roller; and

a heater of induction heating type configured to heat the first roller,
a drive section configured to drive the first roller or the second roller;
a mode switching section configured to switch an operating mode of the image forming apparatus between a first mode and a
second mode, the first mode being a mode in which image formation is performed on a sheet to cause the sheet to pass through
the fusing nip part, and the second mode being a standby state for image formation to cause no sheet to pass through the fusing
nip part; and

a controller configured to control the adjustment mechanism so that the first or second roller is in the first posture in
the first mode and so that the first or second roller is in the second posture in the second mode and to control the drive
section so that the first and second rollers rotate in the first mode and so that the first and second rollers rotate in the
second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,158,257

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cassette chamber;
a paper feed cassette configured so as to be mounted in the cassette chamber, and to lift up a recording sheet placed in the
paper feed cassette upon being mounted in the cassette chamber;

a cassette detection unit provided in the cassette chamber, and configured to detect whether the paper feed cassette is mounted
in the cassette chamber;

a lift-up detection unit provided in the cassette chamber, and configured to detect whether the recording sheet is lifted
up; and

a decision unit configured to decide that the paper feed cassette is mounted when the lift-up detection unit detects that
the recording sheet is lifted up, despite the cassette detection unit having detected that the paper feed cassette is not
mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,129,205

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, including a cache memory area in which bitmap graphics of character fonts are stored, comprising:
a font cache storage portion configured to store a character image by an LRU method; and
a first determination portion configured to determine whether to store the character image at a position of a head of the
font cache storage portion or at a position of a rear of the font cache storage portion, on the basis of a used state of the
character image, wherein

the first determination portion determines to store the character image at the position of the head if a frequency of use
of the character image is not lower than a threshold and if a character code of the character image is present as a character
code that is set for each linguistic area, and determines to store the character image at the position of the rear if the
frequency of use of the character image is not lower than the threshold and if the character code of the character image is
not present as the character code that is set for each linguistic area.

US Pat. No. 9,110,429

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body including an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording paper;
an in-apparatus temperature sensor that detects an in-apparatus temperature that is a temperature inside the apparatus body;
and

an outside-air-temperature calculation unit that calculates an outside-air temperature that is a temperature outside the apparatus
body on the basis of the in-apparatus temperature detected by the in-apparatus temperature sensor, wherein

the image forming apparatus is configured to switch an operation mode between a normal mode and a sleep mode in which the
power is less consumed than in the normal mode,

the image forming apparatus further comprises: a storage unit that stores therein data on a difference between the in-apparatus
temperature detected by the in-apparatus temperature sensor and the outside-air temperature;

a mode determination unit that determines whether a mode at a current time point is either the normal mode or the sleep mode;
and

a clocking unit that clocks or estimates an elapsed time from a start time of the mode determined by the mode determination
unit to a current time point, and

the outside-air-temperature calculation unit is configured to correct, on the basis of the mode at a current time point determined
by the mode determination unit and the elapsed time from a start time of the mode clocked by the clocking unit to a current
time point, the in-apparatus temperature detected by the in-apparatus temperature sensor on the basis of the data so that
the corrected temperature is calculated as the outside-air temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,063,484

FIXING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND BELT DRIVING UNIT

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device, comprising:
a first roller rotatable about a first axis of rotation;
a second roller rotatable about a second axis of rotation;
a fixing belt rotatably wound between the first roller and the second roller; and
auxiliary rings capable of coming into contact with the fixing belt and each configured to be rotated accompanied by rotation
of the fixing belt in a state in which the fixing belt is in contact therewith,

wherein at least one of the rollers of the first roller and the second roller includes a rotation maintaining part configured
to hold the fixing belt rotatably and a restricting flange protruding from an outer peripheral surface of each of opposite
end parts in a direction of an axis of rotation of the rotation maintaining part,

the auxiliary rings are located outside the opposite end parts in the direction of the axis of rotation of the rotation maintaining
part, have an outer diameter larger than the restricting flange, and are rotatable independently of the restricting flange,

the fixing device further comprising:
a support shaft;
first bearings provided inside the at least one of the rollers, the support shaft passing through the first bearings; and
second bearings provided inside the respective auxiliary rings, the support shaft passing through the second bearings,
the at least one of the rollers is rotatably held at the support shaft through the first bearings, and
each auxiliary ring is rotatably held at the support shaft through the corresponding second bearing.

US Pat. No. 9,473,661

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES EXECUTION ORDER OF PRINT JOBS BASED ON USER ARRIVAL TIMES AT THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving section configured to receive a print job input by a user;
a distance acquiring section configured to acquire a distance between a position of the user and a position of the image forming
apparatus;

an arrival time calculating section configured to calculate a travel speed of the user based on variation per unit time in
the distance acquired by the distance acquiring section and to calculate an arrival time indicating an amount of time it will
take for the user to arrive at the image forming apparatus based on the calculated travel speed and the acquired distance;

a printing section configured to execute the print job received by the receiving section; and
an execution order determining section configured to determine an order of execution of a plurality of print jobs received
by the receiving section according to arrival times calculated by the arrival time calculating section,

wherein
in a situation in which the number of print pages indicated in at least one of the print jobs exceeds the number of printable
pages that is a maximum number of pages printable by the printing section, the execution order determining section multiplies
an arrival time read for the print job by a weighting coefficient and determines the order of execution to start from a print
job for which a shortest arrival time after the weighting is read, and

the printing section executes the print jobs in the order of execution determined by the execution order determining section.

US Pat. No. 9,432,496

MOBILE TERMINAL, SELECTION PROCESSING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:
a motion detecting portion configured to detect a motion of shaking the mobile terminal and a direction toward which the mobile
terminal was shaken;

a display processing portion configured to display a plurality of pieces of information on a display portion as selection
candidates;

a touch detecting portion configured to detect a touch operation that is performed to select a piece of information from the
plurality of pieces of information; and

a selection processing portion configured to, when the motion detecting portion has detected the motion of shaking the mobile
terminal while the plurality of pieces of information are displayed on the display portion, select, as processing targets,
one or more pieces of information from the plurality of pieces of information based on the direction toward which the mobile
terminal was shaken that was detected by the motion detecting portion and a position of the piece of information selected
by the touch operation detected by the touch detecting portion, wherein

the selection processing portion selects, from the plurality of pieces of information, all of one or more pieces of information
that are positioned more on a side of the direction toward which the mobile terminal was shaken than the piece of information
selected by the touch operation detected by the touch detecting portion, and deletes all of the selected one or more pieces
of information.

US Pat. No. 9,411,450

DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A display input device comprising:
a display unit configured to display setting screens in a tree-like hierarchical structure, to display a button in each setting
screen and to switch a setting screen to be displayed from a setting screen that is currently displayed to one of a lower
layer setting screen and a higher layer setting screen in accordance with a button that is operated in a normal mode; and

a touch panel unit for accepting an operation on the setting screen of the display unit and for accepting an operation on
the button displayed on the display unit, wherein

when the touch panel unit accepts a predetermined first operation, the display unit starts a display in a list display mode,
in which the display unit divides an entire display area into a predetermined number of areas and reduced screens are displayed
in the divided areas respectively in a list display in order from the higher layer setting screen, the reduced screens being
setting screens reduced to be smaller than a setting screen in the normal mode to fit within the divided areas respectively
and being selected so as to move toward a lower layer one by one from a next lower layer setting screen of the setting screen
on which the first operation is made.

US Pat. No. 9,405,246

FIXING DEVICE COMPRISING HEATING STOP DEVICE TO STOP HEAT SOURCE FROM HEATING FIXING BELT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing belt configured to be rotatable around a rotation axis;
a pressuring member configured to be rotatable and to come into pressure contact with the fixing belt so as to form a fixing
nip;

a heat source arranged at an inner diameter side of the fixing belt, provided at a position displaced from the rotation axis
and configured to heat the fixing belt;

a pressing member configured to press the fixing belt to a side of the pressuring member; and
a first heating stop device configured to face an outer circumferential face of a closest part to the heat source of the fixing
belt and to operate at a first operating temperature so as to stop the heat source from heating the fixing belt;

wherein, when the heat source heats the fixing belt in a state where a rotation of the fixing belt is stopped, the closest
part to the heat source of the fixing belt is deformed by a thermal expansion and comes into contact with the first heating
stop device and the first heating stop device operates,

the fixing device further comprising a second heating stop device configured to face an outer circumferential face of an end
part at an upstream side or an end part at a downstream side of the fixing belt in a conveying direction of a recording medium
and to operate at a second operating temperature so as to stop the heat source from heating the fixing belt,

wherein, when the fixing belt is broken in a circumferential direction, the fixing belt is deformed so that the end part at
the upstream side or the end part at the downstream side of the fixing belt comes into contact with the second heating stop
device and the second heating stop device operates.

US Pat. No. 9,402,007

IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a first moving body configured to move between a first position and a second position;
a second moving body disposed to be more separate from the second position than the first moving body in a movement direction
of the first moving body from the second position to the first position, and configured to move in a same direction as the
first moving body at a speed half of a moving speed of the first moving body in conjunction with a movement of the first moving
body;

a control portion disposed below the first moving body and more on a second position side than a movement range of the second
moving body;

a cable connected from the first moving body to the control portion via the second moving body; and
a guide member that is formed to project from the second moving body toward the first moving body and supports part or all
of the cable between the first moving body and the second moving body.

US Pat. No. 9,335,685

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing member arranged rotatably;
a pressuring member arranged at an external diameter side of the fixing member to come into pressure contact with the fixing
member so as to form a fixing nip, and arranged rotatably;

a heat source arranged at an internal diameter side of the fixing member to emit radiant heat;
a heat conducting member coming into contact with an inner circumference face of the fixing member to absorb the radiant heat
emitted from the heat source and to conduct it to the fixing member;

a reflecting member reflecting the radiant heat emitted from the heat source toward the heat conducting member; and
a contacting/separating mechanism making the heat conducting member and reflecting member come into contact with or separate
from each other,

wherein the heat conducting member includes:
a first main body part coming into contact with the inner circumference face of the fixing member; and
first extending parts extending from both end parts of the first main body part toward a side of the reflecting member,
the reflecting member includes:
a second main body part facing to the first main body part across the heat source; and
second extending parts extending from both end parts of the second main body part toward a side of the heat conducting member,
the first extending part and second extending part are arranged so as to be overlapped as viewed from the heat source in both
contacting and separating condition of the heat conducting member and reflecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,310,719

DEVELOPER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A developer container, comprising:
a housing including a storage space configured to contain developer, and an opening having a longer dimension and communicating
with the storage space for allowing the developer to flow therethrough;

a sealing member attached to the housing and sealing the opening in a longitudinal direction of the opening; and
a winder mechanism configured to wind up the sealing member while peeling the sealing member from the housing, wherein
the sealing member is in a folded state that a first end of the sealing member and a second end opposite to the first end
are disposed on one end of the housing in the longitudinal direction and a crease of the sealing member is on the other end
of the housing in the longitudinal direction with a sealing surface of the sealing member sealing the opening,

the winder mechanism includes
a winder shaft disposed at the one end of the housing in the longitudinal direction and fixedly holding the second end of
the sealing member,

a drive transmission mechanism configured to transmit a torque to the winder shaft, and
an interrupting member fixedly holding the first end of the sealing member and connected to the drive transmission mechanism,
the interrupting member being operable to interrupt the transmission of the torque of the drive transmission mechanism owing
to a tension of the sealing member caused by peeling the first end fold side of the sealing member from the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,280,731

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM STORED THEREON

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming system comprising:
a user registration portion configured to register a user so as to associate the user with a print setting;
a control portion configured to calculate a printing time period required for printing a document by an image forming apparatus,
calculate a distance by which the user is expected to move within the required time period based on the required time period
and a moving speed of the user, and calculate an area surrounded by positions away from a venue based on the calculated distance;

a user detection portion configured to detect that the user registered by the user registration portion has entered the area
surrounded by positions away from the venue; and

a printing control portion configured to cause an image forming apparatus to start printing a specific document at a printing
start time point with the print setting registered by the user registration portion so as to be associated with the user,
at least when entry of the user into the area is detected by the user detection portion;

wherein the printing time period comprises the printing start time point when printing starts and a printing end time point
when printing ends, and

wherein the printing start time point is set such that the printing end time point substantially coincides with an arrival
time point when the user is calculated to arrive at the venue.

US Pat. No. 9,261,844

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to transfer a toner image onto a recording medium;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, transferred by the image forming portion, onto the recording medium;
a curling correction portion disposed downstream of the fixing portion in a conveying direction of the recording medium, and
having one pair of rollers composed of members that respectively have different elasticities and are pressed against each
other, the curling correction portion configured to correct curling that has occurred in the recording medium after the toner
image was fixed thereto by the fixing portion, by conveying the recording medium sandwiched with the roller pair; and

a speed control portion configured to change a conveyance speed of the recording medium by the roller pair based on a density
value of the toner image on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,213,288

OPERATION PANEL SUPPORT MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An operation panel support mechanism for mounting an operation panel onto an apparatus main body, comprising:
a first support member fixed to the apparatus main body,
a second support member fixed to the operation panel,
a swing mechanism that supports the second support member swingably up and down and holds the second support member at an
arbitrary angle in a swingable range,

a movement mechanism that supports the second support member movably up and down in a translation manner with respect to the
first support member and holds the second support member at an arbitrary height in a translation range, and

a descent stop mechanism which in a case where the second support member descends at a predetermined speed or higher with
respect to the first support member, stops the descent of the second support member, wherein

the movement mechanism includes: a rack member that moves up and down together with the second support member; and a drive
gear that is rotatably supported by the first support member and engages with the rack member,

the descent stop mechanism includes: a detection mechanism that detects a descent speed of the rack member; and an actuator
portion that is driven based on a detection result from the detection mechanism, wherein

in a case where the descent speed of the rack member is a predetermined value or higher, the actuator portion engages with
the rack member to stop the descent of the rack member.

US Pat. No. 9,201,381

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, LIGHT GUIDE MEMBER, AND ELECTRICITY REMOVING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to irradiate an image carrying member with light to remove electricity from a surface of the image
carrying member after formation of an electrostatic latent image thereon;

a cleaning portion configured to clean the surface of the image carrying member; and
a light guide member disposed on an upstream side of the cleaning portion in a rotation direction of the image carrying member,
the light guide member forming a light guide path for guiding the light irradiated from the light source to the image carrying
member, and including at least one reflection surface, wherein an area of the reflection surface on the image carrying member
side is lower in reflection ratio than an area of the reflection surface on the light source side, wherein

the light guide member is elongated in an axis direction of the image carrying member, and the at least one reflection surface
is two reflection surfaces arranged to face each other in a direction vertical to the axis direction; and

each of the reflection surfaces includes a high reflection area located on the light source side and a low reflection area
located on the image carrying member side.

US Pat. No. 9,195,171

TONER CASE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE TONER CASE

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A toner case that is attached to an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus, the toner case comprising:
a housing that contains toner;
a toner discharge port that discharges the toner in the housing;
a shutter portion that opens and closes the toner discharge port;
a lever that drives the shutter portion;
a shaft portion that swingably supports the lever;
a bracket portion with which the shaft portion is integrally formed and is directly or indirectly connected to the housing;
a first protrusion; and
a second protrusion, wherein
the bracket portion has a first side wall with one end side directly or indirectly connected to an outer side surface of the
housing, a second side wall with one end side directly or indirectly connected to the outer side surface of the housing, and
arranged to be opposite to the first side wall, and a third side wall formed so as to link another end side of the first side
wall and another end side of the second side wall,

the shaft portion is integrally formed with the third side wall of the bracket portion,
the first protrusion is integrally formed with the first side wall and the third side wall of the bracket portion, and the
second protrusion is integrally formed with the second side wall and the third side wall of the bracket portion, and

at least one of the first and second protrusions allowing for attachment of the housing to the apparatus body of a specific
model, and not allowing for attachment of the housing to apparatus bodies of other models except for the specific model.

US Pat. No. 9,191,526

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a communication portion executed by a processor, configured to enable transmission and reception of data among respective
terminal devices of multiple users;

a notification portion executed by the processor, configured to, when a job is submitted from a terminal device of one user
among the terminal devices of the multiple users, display a first message associated with the job on another terminal device
of another user among the terminal devices of the multiple users;

a print request management table storage portion executed by the processor, configured to, when a print request is transmitted
from the another terminal device of the another user in response to the first message, register and store the print request
in a predetermined print request management table; and

a response portion executed by the processor, configured to, when the print request is registered in the print request management
table, display, on the terminal device of the one user, a second message requesting the one user who submitted the job to
provide a response whether or not the one user intends to print a print object for the another user in response to the print
request;

wherein when the one user who submitted the job makes a response, from the terminal device, indicating an intention of the
one user to print a print object for the another user, the image forming apparatus prints a print object for the one user
who submitted the job and for the another user.

US Pat. No. 9,154,660

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, LOG MANAGEMENT METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage control portion configured to store logs of jobs executed by the image processing apparatus into a storage portion;
a setting control portion configured to set an importance level of each of the logs based on a plurality of target items and
weight conditions, wherein the plurality of target items are set in advance with regard to the image processing apparatus,
the jobs, or the logs, and the weight conditions are set in advance respectively in correspondence with the target items;

a deletion control portion configured to determine an order of automatic deletion of the logs stored in the storage portion,
based on the importance level set by the setting control portion, wherein

the target items include content of job, content of image data which is processing target of the job, log storage period,
the number of log browsing times, job security level set by user operation, installation site of the image processing apparatus,
user of the image processing apparatus, group to which the user of the image processing apparatus belongs;

the weight conditions are defined as correspondence between contents of the target items and weight values corresponding to
the contents of the target items, and

the setting control portion calculates and sets the importance level of each of the logs based on the weight values corresponding
to the contents of the target items.

US Pat. No. 9,413,918

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, SERVER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD THAT ENSURE SIMPLE EXECUTION OF APPLICATION

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and
a server that is connected to the image forming apparatus;
the image forming apparatus including
a model-unique-information transmitting unit that transmits model-unique information of the image forming apparatus to the
server, and

a function-control mediating unit that controls functions of respective units based on an instruction from the server when
an application corresponding to the model-unique information transmitted to the server is executed at the server; and

the server including
a model-unique-information receiving unit that receives the model-unique information transmitted by the model-unique-information
transmitting unit of the image forming apparatus,

an application managing unit that manages and executes the application corresponding to the model-unique information acquired
by the model-unique-information receiving unit, and

an interface unit that instructs the function-control mediating unit of the image forming apparatus to perform control corresponding
to the model-unique information, based on an instruction of the control on a function of the image forming apparatus from
the application executed by the application managing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,374,481

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image processing apparatus operated by a plurality of remote operation devices, comprising:
a first storing part;
a controlling part; and
a second storing part,
wherein the controlling part works as:
a storage controlling part, when an image output operation with respect to an output object image is carried out in a first
remote operation device out of the plurality of remote operation devices and the first remote operation device responds to
the image output operation by instructing the image processing apparatus to obtain an output object image, to set a first
process condition, to process the output object image on the basis of the first process condition to create a first processed
image and to output the first processed image to the first remote operation device, associating the output object image with
the first process condition and storing the output object image in the first storing part; and

a display controlling part, when a preview operation with respect to the output object image stored in the first storing part
is carried out in a second remote operation device out of the plurality of remote operation devices and the second remote
operation device responds to the preview operation by transmitting a preview execution instruction with respect to the output
object image to the image processing apparatus and setting a second process condition peculiar to the second remote operation
device, processing the output object image on the basis of the second process condition to create a second processed image
and instructing the second remote operation device to display the second processed image on a displaying part of the second
remote operation device,

the second storing part stores identification information of the second remote operation device and identification information
of the group to which the second remote operation device with associating with each other,

the display controlling part allows the second remote operation device to display the second processed image when the identification
information of the second remote operation device is stored in the second storing part with being associated with the same
group as the first remote operation device.

US Pat. No. 9,365,371

SHEET WIDTH ALIGNING DEVICE AND SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A sheet width aligning device including an elevator tray that accommodates sheets of paper thereon and is capable of moving
up and down between a lower position where the sheets are loaded and an upper position where the sheets are fed, a pair of
guides that are provided on the elevator tray, are capable of moving in a width direction of the sheets, the width direction
intersecting a feed direction in which the sheets are fed, and abut against sheet edges extending along the feed direction
on the elevator tray to limit the movement of the sheets in the width direction, a pair of racks coupled with the pair of
guides, respectively, and a pinion that is rotatably supported by inserting a shaft portion into a shaft hole formed in the
pinion, the shaft portion projecting from the elevator tray, wherein the pair of guides are moved so as to increase or decrease
the distance therebetween in operative association with the pair of racks meshed with the pinion, the sheet width aligning
device comprising:
a pressing mechanism that is provided on a back face side of the elevator tray and includes an abutment member that abuts
against the pinion, the pressing mechanism separating the abutment member away from the pinion when the elevator tray is in
the lower position, and the pressing mechanism abutting the abutment member against the pinion to press the pinion when the
elevator tray is in the upper position.

US Pat. No. 9,354,584

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, comprising
a plurality of image forming units, wherein
of the plurality of image forming units, one or more image forming units are intermediate image forming units, and one or
more image forming units adjacent to a side of the intermediate image forming units and one or more image forming units adjacent
to an opposite side of the intermediate image forming units are side image forming units,

the plurality of image forming units each include a photosensitive drum, a light emitting element that performs static elimination
on the photosensitive drum, and a heating element that heats the photosensitive drum,

the heating element of each of the intermediate image forming units receives supply of electric power different in quantity
from electric power of which supply the heating element of each of the side image forming units receives,

the light emitting element and the heating element are turned on and off independently of each other,
the plurality of image forming units each include a substrate,
the light emitting element of each of the image forming units includes a plurality of light emitting elements, the heating
element of each of the image forming units includes a plurality of heating elements, and the light emitting elements and the
heating elements are disposed in a straight line on one main surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,298,451

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM AND APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT AUTOMATICALLY SUPPORT PLATFORM VERSION

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing an application development support program, the application
development support program causing a computer to function as:
a development tool circuit for i) providing an application development environment being an integrated environment for supporting
designing, coding, debugging, and testing of applications using a graphical user interface (GUI), and for ii) controlling
the application development environment such as to be created in units of projects, the projects including files, libraries,
and folders, with components of the projects being stored in the folders, the development tool circuit being used, in creating
of applications, for defining a project and editing source code in the defined project;

a resources-for-building holding circuit that includes the files and the libraries required when building an application to
be created in a project; and

a building circuit using the files and the libraries in the resources-for-building holding circuit to execute a build for
creating an application, the build including i) generating of execution codes for the application based on the files in the
resources-for-building holding circuit, and ii) processing including compile and link steps, and the building circuit including

a building execution circuit for building an application based on the resources-for-building holding circuit,
a file extractor for i) extracting the libraries required in common for all platforms including a plurality of versions in
an operating system, for ii) arranging the searched libraries required in common for all the platforms into necessary locations
for a project, for iii) searching the platform supporting the version of a project, and for iv) identifying libraries not
required in common for all the platforms but necessary to the platform for a target build,

an interface reference circuit for performing a dynamically created process, declared for determining which application programming
interface to use for the target build, of querying open-source interfaces for libraries remaining as not having been extracted,
the remaining libraries being interface difference files, and

a manifest file creation circuit for creating manifest files, in which information on querying open-source interfaces is described
and being necessary to the application development environment for a build, for any difference files found by the interface
reference circuit, and merging the manifest files, created for the interface difference files, with existing manifest files;

a project updating process therein including
initiating the application development environment, and
operating the development tool circuit and displaying the GUI for starting application creation,
via the file extractor,
referring to the resources-for-building holding circuit,
searching all the project components present in the folders,
listing the platform versions of all the projects,
confirming the version of the platform for building the project to create the application,
determining whether the searched projects have the same platform version as that of the application development environment
itself,

if the searched projects have the same platform version, terminating the project updating process, and
if the searched projects have a different platform version, updating version-dependent files in the application development
environment, by replacing any files that are different per version stored in the application development environment with
files appropriate to the version of the project, and

via the manifest file creation circuit, creating manifest files for the interface difference files, and merging the manifest
files created for the interface difference files with the existing manifest files.

US Pat. No. 9,285,752

DRIVING DEVICE FOR DRIVING ENDLESS METAL BELT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A driving device, comprising:
an endless metal belt having a strip shape;
a plurality of rotational members for bearing the metal belt to allow the metal belt to run circularly; and
a polisher disposed so as to come in contact with widthwise opposite end edges of the metal belt for polishing the opposite
end edges of the metal belt in running, the polisher having a shape that avoids interference with the rotational members,
wherein:

at least a first of the plurality of rotational members has a pair of opposite surfaces, and a circumferential surface for
bearing the metal belt thereon,

the circumferential surface has, in cross sectional view perpendicular to a circumferential direction of the metal belt, a
convex shape projecting radially outward,

the circumferential surface has a widthwise central region coming in contact with the metal belt, and a widthwise peripheral
region that is not in contact with the metal belt, and

the polisher is disposed near the first rotational member along the widthwise opposite end edges of the metal belt at a farther
downstream position in a rotational direction of the first rotational member than a position where the metal belt starts changing
from a straight form into a curved form by contacting the first rotational member.

US Pat. No. 9,280,092

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A developing device comprising:
a storing portion storing developer which contains, as main components, a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier;
a stirring member rotatably provided in the storing portion and configured to stir the developer in the storing portion by
being rotationally driven in a predetermined first rotation direction;

a developing roller rotatably provided above the stirring member, and configured to be rotationally driven in a predetermined
second rotation direction;

a magnet unit provided inside the developing roller and having a main pole, a carrying pole, a peeling pole, a draw-up pole,
and a regulation pole that are disposed around a shaft of the developing roller, the draw-up pole being positioned so as to
face the stirring member and attracting the developer in the storing portion to a surface of the developing roller by a magnetic
force thereof;

a film-like, elastic shield plate made of a nonmagnetic material and provided at a facing position where the developing roller
and the stirring member face each other; and

a guide portion provided more on an upstream side in the first rotation direction than the facing position, and configured
to guide the developer from the storing portion to the developing roller side, wherein

the shield plate is extended from an end of an outer wall of the storing portion toward the facing position, the end being
on a downstream side in the first rotation direction, and

the guide portion is an opening formed in the shield plate.

US Pat. No. 9,274,453

DEVELOPING ROLLER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING DEVELOPING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A developing roller comprising:
a roller main body disposed to face, without contact, an outer circumferential surface of an image carrier, wherein
in the roller main body, a boehmite layer of 0.2 to 1.0 ?m in thickness has been formed on an outer circumferential surface
of a base body that is made of a metal including aluminum, by a surface treatment by a boehmite method, and a resin coat layer
of 5.3 to 6.1 ?m in thickness has been formed on a surface of the boehmite layer, the resin coat layer being made of a resin
material having electric conductivity,

a product of resistance component Rs [?] and electrostatic capacitance component Cs [F] in AC impedance Z of the roller main
body is in a range from 8.0×10?7 to 1.8×10?4, the AC impedance Z being obtained when an AC voltage of a predetermined frequency f is applied to between a supporting shaft
of the base body and a surface of the roller main body,

the resin coat layer is formed from nylon resin which contains 50 to 125 parts by weight of titanium oxide in a dispersed
state, and

surface roughness Ra of the resin coat layer of the roller main body is in a range from 0.21 to 0.26 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,232,095

DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A display input device comprising:
a display unit configured to display a button in a screen, and to switch a screen to be displayed from a screen that is currently
displayed to one of a lower layer screen and an upper layer screen in accordance with the button that is operated in a normal
mode; and

a touch panel unit for accepting an operation on the screen of the display unit including an operation on the button, wherein
when the touch panel unit accepts a transmission start operation, which is an operation of, in the normal mode, long pressing
a given button on the screen by keeping touching inside a display area of the given button continuously for a predetermined
long press period, the display unit performs a transmission transition display in which the screen on which the transmission
start operation was performed is taken as a first transition source screen and the transition source screen gradually disappears
while a screen that belongs to a next lower layer of the transition source screen and that is displayed by operating the given
button that was long pressed by a normal operation is taken as a first transition destination screen and a ratio of display
of the transition destination screen to display of the transition source screen is increased as time passes in such a way
that the transition destination is increasingly overlaid on, so as to emerge stepwise from, the transition source screen,
so that the screen to be displayed is changed, and

while the transmission start operation is continued, the display unit repeats the transmission transition display toward a
lower layer, in which the transition destination screen after the transition is completed with total transmission of the transition
source screen is regarded as a new transition source screen, and a screen that belongs to a next lower layer of the new transition
source screen is regarded as a new transition destination screen.

US Pat. No. 9,197,787

IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a light source configured to radiate lights of R (red), G (green), and B (blue);
a photoelectric conversion portion configured to receive light reflected from a document and output an electric signal corresponding
to a light reception amount;

a first radiation control portion configured to sequentially radiate lights in two colors of G and R or B from the light source
to each line along a main scanning direction on the document while alternately switching the light of R and the light of B
on a line-by-line basis; and

a first image generating portion configured to generate color image data for one line, based on at least three electric signals
corresponding to lights of R, G, and B among the electric signals corresponding to lights in respective colors radiated to
at least adjacent two lines by the first radiation control portion, wherein

the first radiation control portion alternately radiates light of G and light of R or B on a ½ line basis from the light source,
and

the first image generating portion generates color image data for one line, based on the electric signals corresponding to
lights radiated in an order of R, G, then B, or B, G, then R to adjacent two lines by the first radiation control portion.

US Pat. No. 9,187,272

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet feeding device, comprising:
a feeding tray on which a sheet is placed;
a conveying device feeding the sheet on the feeding tray to an image reading device;
an ejecting tray receiving the sheet after image reading;
a feeding guide configured to be movable in a direction intersecting a feeding direction of the sheet and to regulate a position
in a width direction of the sheet on the feeding tray;

a conveying rib configured to be movable in interlocking with movement of the feeding guide and to lead the sheet to be ejected
onto the ejecting tray;

an ejecting guide configured to be movable together with the conveying rib in interlocking with movement of the feeding guide
and to regulate a position in the width direction of the ejected sheet; and

fixed ribs arranged in parallel with the conveying rib in the width direction of the sheet and positioned so as to come into
slidably contact with the sheet having minimum width;

wherein a pair of the feeding guides, a pair of the conveying ribs and a pair of the ejecting guides are arranged so as to
respectively face to each other in the width direction of the sheet, so that the guide width of the pair of the ejecting guides
may be wider than the guide width of the pair of the feeding guides; and

one fixed rib at the center in the width direction is formed larger than the other fixed ribs.

US Pat. No. 9,094,555

READING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR READING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A reading device comprising:
an image reading unit including a place-reading contact glass on which a document to be read is placed and a feed-reading
contact glass on which a transported document sheet passes, so as to perform document reading by one of place reading for
reading the document placed on the place-reading contact glass and feed reading for reading the transported document sheet;

a document feeder unit being capable of opening and closing with respect to the image reading unit, and configured to feed
a document sheet set on a document tray and to transport the document sheet to the feed-reading contact glass;

a table document detection unit for detecting whether or not there is a document on the place-reading contact glass;
a document set sensor for detecting whether or not a document sheet is set on the document tray in such a manner that the
document feeder unit is capable of feeding the document sheet;

a size detection unit including a size sensor disposed at the document feeder unit for detecting a size in a document transport
direction of the document sheet set on the document tray, the size sensor being a sensor provided in addition to the document
set sensor;

an open/close detection unit for detecting open and close of the document feeder unit;
an input unit for accepting an instruction to start the document reading;
a notifying unit configured to display a screen for request, confirmation, or selection;
a history storing unit for storing history information about whether or not the document feeder unit is opened and closed
in a period after a last document reading job is finished until the instruction to start the document reading is issued based
on an output of the open/close detection unit; and

a determining unit for detecting whether or not there is a document on the place-reading contact glass based on an output
of the table document detection unit, whether or not a document sheet is set on the document tray based on an output of the
document set sensor, and a size of an object placed on the document tray based on an output of the size detection unit, for
determining whether to execute the feed reading, or to execute the place reading, or to be disabled to determine to execute
the place reading or the feed reading, based on whether or not there is a document on the place-reading contact glass and
based on the history information, in a determination necessary state in which the document set sensor does not detect that
a document sheet is set on the document tray while the size detection unit detects an object on the document tray, and for
permitting the feed reading or the place reading to be started not promptly but after making the notifying unit display the
screen for request, confirmation, or selection, even when an instruction to execute a job accompanying the document reading
is issued in the determination necessary state.

US Pat. No. 9,066,038

IMAGE PROCESSING AND SCANNING APPARATUS IDENTIFYING POINTS HAVING MAXIMUM DENSITY ALONG A SCANNING DIRECTION SO THAT BINDING POSITION OF INPUT IMAGE IS IDENTIFIED

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a local maximum point identifying unit configured to identify positions of local maximum points of densities along a first
scanning direction in an input image of a book;

a distribution deriving unit configured to derive a distribution in the first scanning direction of the number of the local
maximum point obtained along a second scanning direction perpendicular to the first scanning direction;

a binding position identifying unit configured to identify a binding position in the input image of the book on the basis
of a position of a peak in the distribution;

wherein the local maximum point identifying unit is further configured to identify (a) whether an objective pixel is the local
maximum point or not on the basis of a density variation pattern on three pixels: the objective pixel and forward and backward
pixels away from the objective pixel by a predetermined interval in the first scanning direction and (b) that an objective
pixel is the local maximum point if neither of densities of the forward and backward pixels is higher than a density of the
objective pixel and at least one of the densities of the forward and backward pixels is lower than the density of the objective
pixel;

the distribution deriving unit is further configured to derive distributions in the first scanning direction of the number
of the local maximum point correspondingly to respective plural partial ranges in the second scanning direction; and

the binding position identifying unit is further configured to detect a tilt of the input image of the book to the first scanning
direction and/or the second scanning direction by identifying respective binding positions corresponding to the plural partial
ranges on the basis of peak positions in the plural distributions of the plural partial ranges.

US Pat. No. 9,454,523

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING ACRONYM-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, ACRONYM-MANAGEMENT DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING EXPANDED-DISPLAY PROGRAM, AND EXPANDED-DISPLAY DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

6. An acronym-management device comprising:
a list-managing device that manages an acronym list in which an acronym, an expanded form corresponding to the acronym, and
the frequency with which the acronym is used to refer to the expanded form are correlated;

an acronym-extracting device that extracts the acronym from a plurality of list-updating references for updating the acronym
list; and

an expanded-form-extracting device that extracts, from a designated list-updating-reference out of the plurality of list-updating
references, a candidate for the expanded form corresponding to the acronym extracted from the designated list-updating reference
from which the acronym has been extracted;

the list-managing device increasing, in the acronym list, the frequency correlated with the acronym and the expanded form
when the likelihood of the acronym extracted from the list-updating reference by the acronym-extracting device being used
in the list-updating reference to refer to the expanded-form candidate extracted by the expanded-form-extracting device reaches
or exceeds a specific level; and

a category-determining device that extracts a category given in a corpus for each of N words occurring most frequently in
the designated list-updating reference, and determines that a category extracted most often is a category of the designated
list-updating reference;

the acronym, the expanded form, and the category being correlated in the acronym list; and
the list-managing device increasing, in the list, the frequency as correlated with the acronym, the expanded form, and the
category when the likelihood of the acronym extracted from the list-updating reference being used in the list-updating reference
to refer to the extracted expanded-form candidate reaches or exceeds a specific level.

US Pat. No. 9,444,963

NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PRINTER DRIVER USED BY APPLICATION SOFTWARE THAT GENERATES PRINT SCRIPT FROM ORIGINAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH ABILITY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing a printer driver to be used by application software for generating
a print script to be printed by an image forming apparatus from an original in accordance with ability of the image forming
apparatus,
the printer driver causing the computer to function as an ability reply device, wherein the ability device replies the ability
to the application software in response to an inquiry asking the ability from the application software, and

wherein the ability reply device obtains a resolution to reply as a print resolution included in the ability to reply to the
application software, by obtaining a scale factor of the resolution to reply to an actual print resolution of the image forming
apparatus on the basis of a size of a printable region in a size of a recording medium to be printed by the image forming
apparatus and a size of a printable region in a size of the original, and by multiplying the obtained scale factor by the
actual print resolution of the image forming apparatus,

wherein, the ability reply device determines a horizontal scale factor Rw and a vertical scale factor Rh from the following
equation:

Rw=(W2?d×2)/(W1?d×2), and Rh=(H2?d×2)/(H1?d×2),when non-printable regions in upper, lower, right, and left sides of the recording medium have the same width, and when supposed
that sizes in horizontal and vertical directions of the size of the original are W1 and H1, respectively, sizes in horizontal
and vertical directions of the size of the recording medium are W2 and H2, respectively, and a width of the non-printable
region of the recording medium is d, and
wherein the ability reply device obtains a smaller one of the determined Rw and Rh as the scale factor of the resolution to
reply.

US Pat. No. 9,418,325

DOCUMENT BOX SYNCHRONIZATION ON AN IMAGING SYSTEM

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A method, comprising:
receiving, by an image forming device, authentication data corresponding to an external device;
transmitting, by the image forming device, authentication approval data;
after transmitting the authentication approval data, the image forming device receiving a first document list from the external
device, wherein the first document list includes first document data;

responsive to receiving the first document list, the image forming device retrieving second document data corresponding to
documents stored by the image forming device, wherein the stored documents correspond to the external device;

identifying a document using the first and second document data, wherein data corresponding to the identified document is
included in either the first document data or the second document data; and

responsive to the identification, transferring the data corresponding to the identified document between the external device
and the image forming device.

US Pat. No. 9,403,381

CURL ELIMINATING DEVICE FOR RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A curl eliminating device, comprising:
a decurl roller pair including a first roller contacting with a non-image formed side of a recording medium, the first roller
being an elastic roller including an elastic layer formed on an outer circumference surface thereof, and a second roller configured
to be pressed to contact with the outer circumference surface of the first roller and configured to contact with an image
formed side of the recording medium, the second roller having a diameter smaller than that of the first roller and hardness
higher than that of the first roller, the decurl roller pair configured to correct curl of the recording medium;

a cleaning member for cleaning the second roller by contacting with the second roller from a side thereof opposite to a nip
portion between the first and second rollers;

a pair of frames rotatably supporting both end portions of rotation shafts of the first roller, the second roller, and the
cleaning member;

a pressure contact mechanism for pressing the cleaning member to contact with an outer circumference surface of the second
roller from the side opposite to the first roller; and

a pressure adjustment mechanism for adjusting an interval between the rotation shafts of the first roller and the second roller,
wherein

the rotation shafts of the first roller and the cleaning member are supported so as to be slidable in a direction toward or
away from the second roller along slots formed in the frames, and

a press contact force acting from the first roller to the second roller by the pressure adjustment mechanism and a press contact
force acting from the cleaning member to the second roller by the pressure adjustment mechanism cancel each other.

US Pat. No. 9,377,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT PORTION FOR FIXING UNIT

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit attached to an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus;
a first support portion fixed to the apparatus main body and configured to fit with and position a first supported portion,
which is an end of the fixing unit, in an up-down direction and to support the first supported portion movably in insertion
direction of the fixing unit toward an attachment position;

a second support portion provided movably in the up-down direction with respect to the apparatus main body and configured
to fit with and position a second supported portion, which is another end of the fixing unit, in the up-down direction and
to support the second supported portion movably in the insertion direction; and

a height adjustment portion configured to adjust height position of the fixing unit by moving the second support portion in
the up-down direction, wherein

the first support portion includes a vertical surface facing the first supported portion and extending in the up-down direction,
and the vertical surface has a projection at an end thereof on foreside of the insertion direction, the projection projecting
from the vertical surface in a first direction of going away from the vertical surface, and

the image forming apparatus further comprises a retreating portion configured to, when the fixing unit has been attached to
the attachment position, retreat the projection, in the first direction, from a side surface of the first supported portion
that faces the vertical surface.

US Pat. No. 9,372,457

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing belt configured to be rotatable around a rotation axis;
a pressuring member configured to be rotatable and to come into pressure contact with the fixing belt so as to form a fixing
nip;

a heat source configured to heat the fixing belt;
a pressing member configured to press the fixing belt to a side of the pressuring member;
a heating stop device configured to face an outer circumferential face of the fixing belt and to operate at an operating temperature
so as to stop the heat source from heating the fixing belt;

shape restricting members attached to both end parts of the fixing belt and configured to restrict a shape of the fixing belt;
and

biasing members configured to bias the shape restricting members toward an inside in a direction of the rotation axis,
wherein, when the fixing belt is broken in a circumferential direction, the shape restricting members move toward the inside
in the direction of the rotation axis by biasing force of the biasing members and the shape restricting members press the
fixing belt toward the inside in the direction of the rotation axis so that at least a part of the fixing belt is deformed
to a close side to the heating stop device.

US Pat. No. 9,367,004

ABNORMALITY DETECTION METHOD AND ABNORMALITY DETECTION DEVICE FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An abnormality detection method for detecting an abnormality in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a providing step of providing an image forming apparatus including a heating roller, a fixing roller, and a heating belt looped
around the heating roller and the fixing roller;

a temperature detection step of detecting temperatures of one widthwise end portion and the other widthwise end portion of
the heating belt using thermistors;

a temperature difference detection step of determining whether or not a temperature difference between the temperature of
the one end portion and the temperature of the other end portion which are detected in the temperature detection step is greater
than a predetermined value; and

a judgment step of judging that an abnormality has occurred in the image forming apparatus when it is determined in the temperature
difference detection step that the temperature difference is greater than the predetermined value, wherein

in the temperature difference detection step, when it is determined that the temperature difference is smaller than the predetermined
value, a pulse signal is output, and

the method further comprises a controlling step of controlling upon receipt of the pulse signal, a heat source that heats
the heating belt.

US Pat. No. 9,361,484

SECURITY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SECURITY PROCESSING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A security processing apparatus comprising:
a first memory storing a first registered position information indicating a position of the security processing apparatus
in advance;

a second memory storing a second registered position information indicating a position of a hard disk drive in advance;
a position information acquisition unit for acquiring a first current position information indicating a current position of
the apparatus and a second current position information indicating a current position of the hard disk drive when the apparatus
is activated;

a position information determination unit for executing a first determination whether or not the first current position information
thus acquired is identical with the first registered position information, and a second determination whether or not the second
current position information thus acquired is identical with the second registered position information; and

an activation permission unit for activating the apparatus and the hard disk drive when the current position information are
identical with the registered position information based on the first and second determinations, or activating the apparatus
only when the current position information is identical with the registered position information based on the first or second
determination, or not activating the apparatus and the hard disk drive when the current position information are not identical
with the registered position information based on the first and second determinations,

wherein the first registered position information and the second registered position information are different in kind, one
is the position information based on a global positioning system and the other is the position information based on a communication
network system.

US Pat. No. 9,285,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPENABLE AND CLOSABLE COVER MEMBER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a cover member which is movable in a circular direction between an first position and a second position relative to the apparatus
main body;

a first rotary body that is rotatably supported on a side of the cover member;
a second rotary body that is rotatably supported on a side of the apparatus main body and, when the cover member is in the
second position, comes in press-contact with the first rotary body so that a recording medium is conveyed between the second
rotary body and the first rotary body;

a rotary shaft that is provided at each of both end portions of the first rotary body;
a bearing member that rotatably supports the rotary shaft;
a spring member that biases the bearing member to press the first rotary body against the second rotary body;
a bearing support portion that is provided in the cover member and supports, in addition to the spring member, the bearing
member so that the bearing member is movable in a first direction connecting between rotation centers of the first and second
rotary bodies and a second direction, wherein the second direction is perpendicular to the first direction and to an axial
direction of the rotary shaft; and

a bearing guide portion that is provided in the apparatus main body and has a guide groove that extends in the first direction
and in which an outer peripheral portion of the bearing member is fitted when the cover member is in the second position,

wherein the bearing support portion has an opening portion that extends in the first and second directions and a contact portion
that is formed on an opposite side to the opening portion relative to the rotary shaft,

the bearing member has a cylindrical bearing portion that rotatably supports the rotary shaft, a convex portion that is formed
so as to protrude from an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical bearing portion and is movable within the opening portion
in the first and second directions, and a regulation lug that is formed at a position deviating from a position of the convex
portion in a radial direction of the cylindrical bearing portion and, when the cover member is in the first position, can
come in contact with the contact portion under a biasing force of the spring member, and

the opening portion is wider than the convex portion in both the first and second directions in such a manner that the convex
portion can move in the first and second directions within the opening portion, and

when the cover member is closed with respect to the apparatus main body, the convex portion moves within the opening portion,
and the outer peripheral portion of the bearing member is thereby guided into the guide groove and fitted therein, and

the bearing support portion is formed integrally with the cover member.

US Pat. No. 9,256,150

TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A two-component developer containing a carrier and toner particles,
the carrier including a carrier core, a first layer coating a surface of the carrier core, and a second layer coating a surface
of the first layer,

the first layer containing a fluorine-based resin, the second layer containing a polyamide-imide resin and/or a melamine resin,
the toner particles each including a toner core containing a binder resin and a shell layer coating a surface of the toner
core,

the shell layer containing a thermosetting resin.

US Pat. No. 9,250,842

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROCESSING A PLURALITY OF PAGES IN PARALLEL

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a data storing unit configured to store data of a plurality of pages onto a plurality of storage devices;
a plurality of data processing units configured to perform parallel processing on the data of the plurality of pages, wherein
the data for each of the pages is assigned to one of the plurality of data processing units;

an assignment unit configured to assign the data of each of the pages to be processed by one of the plurality of data processing
units, wherein the assignment of the data of each of the pages to one of the plurality of data processing units is determined
by a transfer rate of each of the storage devices for the data of the plurality of pages stored on the plurality of storage
devices; and

a table creation unit configured to acquire the transfer rates of each of the storage devices and create a priority table,
wherein a priority for each of the storage devices is determined in descending order of the transfer rates of the plurality
of storage devices,

wherein the assignment unit is further configured to assign the data of each of the pages to the plurality of data processing
units based on the priority of each of the storage devices within the priority table.

US Pat. No. 9,134,659

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing member configured to rotate in a first direction;
a pressure member configured to rotate in a second direction to allow a fixing target to pass between itself and the fixing
member;

at least one separation roller configured to rotate only in the same direction as the first direction to separate the fixing
target from the fixing member; and

a rotation direction restricting mechanism configured to allow the at least one separation roller to rotate only in the first
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,094,547

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DISPLAYING INFORMATION THAT IS RECEIVED FROM AN EXTERNAL DEVICE AND IS DIRECTED TO A USER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a display device configured to display information for display;
an operation device configured to receive input of an operation from a user;
a storage device that stores the information for display,
an information-for-display reception unit configured to (a) receive the information for display from an external device, (b)
cause the storage device to store the information for display, (c) receive alternative information for display that is associated
with the state identification information, and (d) cause the storage device to store the alternative information for display;
and

a display control unit configured to (a) control the display device, (b) cause the display device to display the information
for display, when the information for display received by the information-for-display reception unit is directed to the user,
(c) cause the display device to display the information for display stored in the storage device, (d) cause the display device
to display fixed information for display that is stored in the storage device and is associated with state identification
information on a state that has occurred in the image forming apparatus, on the display device, (e) determine whether or not
the alternative information for display is stored in the storage device, (f) cause the display device to display the alternative
information for display when determining that the alternative information for display is stored, and (g) cause the display
device to display the fixed information for display when determining that the alternative information for display is not stored.

US Pat. No. 9,503,602

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THAT EXECUTE APPLICATION

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a control circuit, the control circuit including
an apparatus control platform that manages hardware resources on an operating system,
a standard-application execution part that executes a standard application, wherein the standard application uses the hardware
resources managed on the apparatus control platform, and

an extended application platform that includes
a standard function service for using a function of the standard application executed by the standard-application executing
part,

an extended function service for using the hardware resources, and
an extended application management part for managing and executing an extended application to allow calling the standard function
service and the extended function service, respectively,

wherein the apparatus control platform includes a platform service interface part that provides an interface for using the
hardware resources from outside of the apparatus control platform, and an each part controlling service that has a plurality
of control service providing parts for providing service for controlling the hardware resources,

wherein the platform service interface part has a plurality of control service call parts for determining a request from the
standard application and for calling a specific one or more control service providing parts of the plurality of control service
providing parts of the each part controlling service corresponding to the request, and

wherein each of the plurality of control service call parts can call the specific one or more control service providing parts
of the each part controlling service directly, and wherein each of the plurality of control service call parts operates independently
without cooperating with each other;

wherein one of the plurality of control service call parts corresponding to the request directly calls the specific one or
more control service providing parts corresponding to the request.

US Pat. No. 9,442,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a toner image thereon;
a transfer section that forms, in conjunction with the image bearing member, a pressing part where a recording medium is pressed
and that is configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member to the recording medium as the recording
medium passes through the pressing part;

a transfer bias applying section that supplies transfer current to the transfer section to apply a transfer bias to the transfer
section;

a conveyance section that conveys the recording medium in a conveyance direction toward the pressing part;
an element that is connected with the conveyance section and conducts when a voltage equal to or greater than a prescribed
value is applied thereto;

a current measurement section that measures a value of leak current, the leak current being a current flowing through the
element; and

a control section that controls a value of the transfer current, wherein
the current measurement section measures the leak current for each of leak current measurement periods that are each defined
by a specific period of time,

when an absolute value of the leak current in one leak current measurement period of the leak current measurement periods
is not less than a threshold value, the control section changes an absolute value of the transfer current after the leak current
measurement period,

the threshold value includes a first threshold value and a second threshold value,
the control section changes the absolute value of the transfer current by a first amount when the absolute value of the leak
current is not less than the first threshold value and less than the second threshold value,

the control section changes the absolute value of the transfer current by a second amount when the absolute value of the leak
current is not less than the second threshold value, and

when the absolute value of the leak current in one leak current measurement period of the leak current measurement periods
is less than the first threshold value and the control section decreases the absolute value of the transfer current by the
second amount after a leak current measurement period immediately preceding the one leak current measurement period, the control
section increases the absolute value of the transfer current so that the absolute value of the transfer current in a leak
current measurement period following the one leak current measurement period is greater by the first amount.

US Pat. No. 9,372,449

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A fixing device, which comprises a heating means, a fixing belt heated by the heating means, an abutting member abutting
an inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt, and a pressing roller brought into press-contact with the abutting member
while interposing the fixing belt between the pressing roller and the abutting member and rotationally driven in the abutting
state to allow the fixing belt to be rotationally driven, and allows a paper to pass through between the fixing belt and the
pressing roller so as to fix a toner image to the paper, wherein
a peripheral surface of the pressing roller has a pair of drive transmission surface portions respectively formed at both
end portions of the pressing roller in an axial direction to transmit rotational driving force of the pressing roller to the
fixing belt, and a paper passing surface portion positioned between the pair of drive transmission surface portions and having
a lower dynamic friction coefficient for the fixing belt as compared with the pair of drive transmission surface portions,
and

the fixing device further comprises:
a first temperature sensor arranged to face the drive transmission surface portion and detecting a temperature of the drive
transmission surface portion;

a second temperature sensor arranged to face the paper passing surface portion and detecting a temperature of the paper passing
surface portion; and

a slip determination unit that determines whether a slip of the fixing belt occurs with respect to the pressing roller based
on a temperature difference between the temperatures detected by the first and second temperature sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,294,636

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT HAS INTERNET FACSIMILE FUNCTION AND STORES MESSAGE ID RELATED TO IMAGE DATA IN NON VOLATILE MEMORY

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus that has an Internet facsimile function, comprising:
a facsimile device that includes a nonvolatile memory in which received image data of the Internet facsimile function is stored;
said nonvolatile memory including one of an on-board memory and a FAX dual inline memory module connected to a memory slot;

a mail processing unit that receives an email of the internet facsimile function from a mail server; said email containing
a message ID that identifies said email;

an image processing unit that generates received image data of the internet facsimile function on the basis of the email received
by the mail processing unit;

a job managing unit (a) stores a message ID of the email by the mail processing unit, the message ID being related to the
received image data of the internet facsimile function in the nonvolatile memory included in the facsimile device, and (b)
performs printing of an image based on the received image data of the internet facsimile function stored in the nonvolatile
memory included in the facsimile device; and

an open confirmation processing unit acquires a part or all of a header of the received email corresponding to the message
ID stored in the non volatile memory from the mail server using the mail processing unit, and transmits an open confirmation
email to a destination specified by the acquired part or all of the header;

wherein when power is resumed after power off, the job managing unit resumes or starts printing the image based on the received
image data in the nonvolatile memory, and reads the stored message ID related to the received image data in the nonvolatile
memory;

when a printing of the image is completed, the job managing unit outputs a completion notification of the printing and the
read message ID to the open confirmation processing unit, and deletes the image data and the message ID stored in the non
volatile memory;

when the completion notification and the message ID is received, the open confirmation processing unit outputs an email information
request that specifies the message ID to the mail processing unit;

when the email information request is received, the mail processing unit acquires email information of the email having the
message ID related to the received image data from the mail server, and provides the acquired email information to the open
confirmation processing unit, the email information including the part or all of the header that has information on necessity
or not of the open confirmation email and destination information;

when the email information is received, the open confirmation processing unit specifies the destination for the open confirmation
email, generates the open confirmation email, and outputs a transmission instruction of the generated open confirmation email
to the mail processing unit, the destination being a destination specified by the destination information for the open confirmation
email in the email information;

the mail processing unit transmits the open confirmation email to the destination;
when a transmission of the open confirmation email is completed, the mail processing unit outputs a completion notification
of the transmission to the open confirmation processing unit;

when the completion notification of the transmission is received, the open confirmation processing unit outputs a deletion
instruction of the received email corresponding to the open confirmation email to the mail processing unit; and

when the deletion instruction is received, the mail processing unit transmits a deletion request of the received email to
the mail server and deletes the received email in the mail server.

US Pat. No. 9,285,702

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier having an image carrying surface for forming an electric latent image thereon;
a developer carrier being disposed facing to the image carrying surface, and having a developer carrying surface for carrying
a developer for developing the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrying surface;

an electric field generating unit for generating the development field between the image carrying surface and the developer
carrying surface, the development field developing the electrostatic latent image;

a space detecting unit for detecting a space between the image carrying surface and the developer carrying surface;
a correcting unit for correcting the intensity of the development field based on the space detected by the space detecting
unit and the correspondence relation between the image density of a visible image transferred from the image carrying surface
to a transferred medium and the intensity of the development field for suppressing the density unevenness of the visible image;

wherein, when the visible image corresponding to the electrostatic latent image includes both a low density range in which
the density unevenness of the visible image appears remarkably and a density range higher than the low density range, an instruction
receiving unit receives an instruction from a user to the correcting unit to correct the intensity of the development field
corresponding to the low image density range or the high density range.

US Pat. No. 9,102,484

RECORDING MEDIUM FEEDING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A recording medium feeding unit, comprising:
a recording medium loading plate configured to load a recording medium;
a main body configured to hold the recording medium loading plate;
a pair of positioning members configured to position the recording medium in a widthwise direction perpendicular to a conveyance
direction for the recording medium;

a pair of racks respectively provided on the pair of positioning members, extending along the widthwise direction, and configured
to move in the widthwise direction integrally with the pair of positioning members;

a pinion rotatably provided on the main body and configured to be engaged with each of the racks and to rotate in association
with movement of the racks; and

a boss protruding toward the recording medium loading plate from the main body; and
an adjustment pin protruding on the recording medium loading plate, inserted in an insertion hole formed at a center of the
pinion, and configured to rotatably attach the pinion to the boss,

wherein the adjustment pin applies a rotation load to the pinion by allowing the pinion to be in contact therewith, and is
capable of adjusting the rotation load of the pinion in a manner to move in a thickness direction of the recording medium
loading plate.

US Pat. No. 9,894,219

MAINTENANCE SYSTEM HAVING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PORTABLE TERMINAL PERFORMING NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION WITH IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. A maintenance system having an image forming apparatus that performs image formation by a setting depending on a replaceably
configured replacement part using the replacement part and a portable terminal that performs near field communication with
the image forming apparatus,
wherein the portable terminal comprises:
an image reading part that reads part information of the replacement part from a printed matter affixed to the replacement
part; and

a near field communication part that transmits the part information read by the image reading part via the near field communication;
and

the image forming apparatus comprises:
a non-contact IC tag in which the part information is written based on power generated from the near field communication;
and

a reflection processing part that reads the part information from the IC tag at the time of power on and reflects the part
information in the setting,

wherein the IC tag stores an app invocation command to command the portable terminal to invoke an application program implementing
a guidance function of a maintenance work,

wherein the portable terminal comprises: a storage part that stores the application program, and
wherein when the portable terminal touches an embedded position of the IC tag of the image forming apparatus, the portable
terminal reads the app invocation command from the IC tag via the near field communication, invokes the application program,
and starts guidance for the maintenance work.

US Pat. No. 9,651,885

ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER

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1. An electrostatic latent image developing toner comprising:
toner particles that each include a toner core and a shell layer disposed over a surface of the toner core, wherein
the shell layer contains a hydrophobic thermoplastic resin and a hydrophilic thermosetting resin,
the hydrophobic thermoplastic resin is contained in an amount of no less than 0.2% by mass and no greater than 4.7% by mass
relative to mass of the toner particles,

the hydrophilic thermosetting resin is contained in an amount of no less than 0.01% by mass and no greater than 0.71% by mass
relative to mass of the toner particles, and

the hydrophobic thermoplastic resin is exposed at a surface of each of the toner particles.