US Patent No. 9,665,036

REGULATING MEMBER AND DEVELOPING DEVICE


Patent No. 9,665,036
Issue Date May 30, 2017
Title Regulating Member And Developing Device
Inventorship Tomonori Kitan, Abiko (JP)
Assignee CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,665,036

1. A developing device for developing a latent image on an image bearing member comprising:
a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a toner;
a first bearing member, provided at one end of said developer carrying member, configured to rotatably support said developer
carrying member;

a second bearing member, provided at the other end of said developer carrying member, configured to rotatably support said
developer carrying member;

a regulating member configured to regulate an amount of a developer carried on said developer carrying member, said regulating
member comprising:

a base portion;
a regulating portion, extending along a rotational axis direction of said developer carrying member, configured to project
from a first surface of said base portion and configured to regulate a layer thickness of a developer;

a first supporting portion, provided at one end of said base portion with respect to the rotational axis direction, configured
to support said first bearing member;

a second supporting portion, provided at the other end of said base portion with respect to the rotational axis direction,
configured to support said second bearing member;

a first through hole structure which is provided outside a maximum image forming region where an image is formable on the
image bearing member and inside said first supporting portion with respect to the rotational axis direction and which is provided
so as to oppose a gap between the image bearing member and said developer carrying member;

a second through hole structure which is provided outside the maximum image forming region and inside said second supporting
portion with respect to the rotational axis direction and which is provided so as to oppose the gap between the image bearing
member and said developer carrying member; and

a first rib which projects from a second surface opposite from the first surface of said base portion and which extends from
said one end to said the other end along the rotational axis direction;

a second rib, extending from one end of said first rib in a substantially perpendicular direction to said first rib, configured
to form part of said first through hole structure; and

a third rib, extending from the other end of said first rib in a substantially perpendicular direction to said first rib,
configured to form part of said second through hole structure.