US Patent No. 9,164,423

DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT CONTAINER ACCOMMODATING APPARATUS, DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT CONTAINER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS


Patent No. 9,164,423
Issue Date October 20, 2015
Title Developer Replenishment Container Accommodating Apparatus, Developer Replenishment Container, And Image Forming Apparatus
Inventorship Kazuhiro Mochizuki, Misato (JP)
Akira Masuda, Tachikawa (JP)
Yutaka Ban, Tokyo (JP)
Nobuo Nakajima, Higashi Matsuyama (JP)
Assignee CANON FINETECH INC., Misato-shi (JP) CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,164,423

9. A developer replenishment container detachably mountable to a main body of a developer replenishment container accommodating
apparatus to replenish a developer, the main body of the accommodating apparatus including a projecting portion configured
to determine a position of the developer replenishment container to discharge the developer with respect to the main body
and a biasing portion configured to bias the developer replenishment container in a direction opposite to an inserted direction
in which the developer replenishment container is inserted into the main body, the developer replenishment container comprising:
a container body configured to contain the developer and rotatable about an axis thereof, the container body being provided
with an opening at one axial end portion thereof, the opening being configured to permit discharge of the developer contained
in the container body;

an open/close member configured to open and close the opening;
an inserted portion into which the projecting portion is inserted, the inserted portion including a first surface portion
disposed upstream of the opening in the inserted direction and configured to be engageable with the projecting portion and
a second surface portion disposed opposite to the first surface portion in the inserted direction at a position upstream of
the first surface portion in the inserted direction and configured to be engageable with the projecting portion; and

a portion to be biased disposed upstream of the first surface portion in the inserted direction and configured to be biased
in the direction opposite to the inserted direction by the biasing portion so that during rotation of the container body,
the biasing portion causes the first surface portion to contact the projecting portion.