US Patent No. 9,389,580

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE


Patent No. 9,389,580
Issue Date July 12, 2016
Title Image Forming Apparatus And Process Cartridge
Inventorship Shigeru Hoashi, Numazu (JP)
Masaki Sato, Kawasaki (JP)
Assignee CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,389,580

1. An image forming apparatus, capable of forming a color image on a recording material, having a plurality of photosensitive
members and a plurality of developing units, each of which includes a developing roller actable on the photosensitive member
and each of which is movable relative to the photosensitive member, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable member movable between an inside and an outside of a main assembly of said image forming apparatus in a movement
direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the photosensitive members in a state in which the plurality of photosensitive
members and the plurality of developing units are supported;

a mounting portion, provided in said movable member, for supporting the plurality of developing units, wherein the plurality
of developing units are detachably mountable to said mounting portion from a direction crossing the longitudinal direction
and the movement direction; and

an interrelating member, movable in interrelation with movement of said movable member, for moving the plurality of developing
units in an upward direction relative to the plurality of photosensitive members when said movable member is moved from the
inside to the outside of the main assembly.