Container for feeding developer and system for feeding developer

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: container for feeding developer can be detachably fit into a device for receiving developer. The container has actuation apparatus and apparatus for applying a displacement force, where the container for feeding developer is installed via an installation operation involving at least its turning in the direction of installation. The container for feeding developer includes: a rotating unloading element for unloading developer from said container for feeding developer; apparatus for transmitting actuating force from the actuating apparatus to the said unloading element; movable retaining apparatus which can move between the working position, in which relative turning of the apparatus for transmitting actuating force relative the container for feeding developer is retained in order to turn the container for feeding developer in the direction of installation using the actuation force obtained from the actuating apparatus, and the non-working position; and apparatus for receiving the displacement force, designed to receive from the apparatus for applying the displacement force, a force for displacement of the retaining apparatus from the non-working position to the working position.

EFFECT: design of a container for feeding developer in which the force value is significantly reduced.

32 cl, 27 dwg

 

The technical FIELD TO WHICH the INVENTION RELATES.

The present invention relates to a container for a supply of developer, removable mounted in the device for receiving the developer. It also applies to the supply system of the developer, provided with a container feed of the developer and the device for receiving the developer.

As an example of the device for receiving the developer can cause the device to form images, such as a photocopier, printer and Fax device, and the node imaging, removable mounted in the apparatus for forming an image, for example, in one of the above.

PRIOR art

In the field of electrophotographic devices for forming images, such as copiers, printers, etc. are used toner (developer), consisting of microscopic particles. In devices for forming images, such as those mentioned above, as the consumption of the developer apparatus for forming images is replenished with the developer housed in the container feeder developer, removable mounted in the apparatus for forming an image.

The substance of the developer consists of extremely small particles. Therefore, inappropriate manipulation during the operation of the replenishment developer, see aetsa the possibility of spilling of the developer. So were the ways of the replenishment developer in which the container that supplies a developer, set in the apparatus for forming an image and gradually unload the developer housed in the container, through the smallest hole in the container to supply the developer. Further, some of these methods have found practical application.

It was also suggested that a large number of cylindrical containers of feed of the developer (usually a container), in which is located a mixing element (discharging element for transporting the developer in the stirring.

The container feed of the developer described above, provided with a connecting element for actuating the mixing element located within the container. The connecting element regular container feeder developer designed so that it receives the driving force from the main unit for forming images by engagement with the connecting element of the master node.

After completing the installation (insertion) of the above-described container supply the developer in the apparatus for forming an image, the user must rotate the container at a given angle. When the container feeder developer rotated at a given angle, he gets the opportunity to fulfill their function (func is Yu replenishment of the developer). That is, when the container feeder developer rotated, the hole located on the peripheral surface of the container is connected with an opening for receiving the developer in the apparatus for forming an image, allowing you to recharge the device for forming images by the developer.

The device described in patent application laid Japan N-46040, designed so that the above-described operation to rotate the container supply developer to translate it into the unloading position of the developer, is carried out automatically.

More specifically, when the connecting element to drive the mixing element in the container supply the developer receives a driving force when engaged with the connecting element of the device for forming images, the operation according to the rotation of the container to the feeding position of the developer.

Thus, in the case of the device disclosed in the above document, it is reasonable to assume that as the container for the supply of the developer transferred to the unloading position of the developer by rotation, provided in the device design, which hinders the rotation of the connecting element of the container feed of the developer relative to the container. In other words, it is reasonable to assume that even after the container to supply the developer bude is turning correctly set in position for discharging the developer, on the connecting element of this container continues to operate substantial tangential force.

That is, in the case of the device disclosed in the above document, even during the submission process of the developer in the apparatus for forming an image, which is carried out after proper installation of the container in the apparatus for forming an image by rotating, the amount of force needed to actuate the coupling element remains substantial.

Therefore, in the case of the device disclosed in the above document, the amount of force required for actuating the mixing element to replenish the container supply of the developer by the developer, remains significant and, therefore, the load on the drive motor, the transmission, etc. to actuate the mixing element also remains significant.

BRIEF description of the INVENTION

The aim of the present invention is to provide container feeder developer, which significantly reduced the amount of force needed to actuate the means of discharging of the developer after the rotation of the container in the direction of translation in the position for discharging the developer.

According to one aspect of the present invention proposes a container feeds the developer, removable installed in the device that receives the developer, which contains drive means and means adjacent shear load, in which the container for the supply of the developer is set installation operation, including at least its rotation in the installation direction, the container feeder developer contains a rotary discharging means for discharging the developer from the container to supply the developer, a means for transmitting drive force is designed to transmit drive force from the drive means for discharging means; movable restraining means is arranged to move between a work position, in which restrains relative rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the container to supply the developer in the installation direction under the influence of the drive force applied to the driving means, and a non-working position; and means receiving the moving force that is designed to receive funds from the application of a moving force force to move the restraining means from the outside position to the working position.

According to another aspect of the present invention, it is proposed supply system of the developer containing device to which the developer container to supply the developer, removable mouth is alively in the device, receiving the developer, and which is installed to an installation operation, including at least its rotation in the installation direction in which the device to which the developer contains drive means for the drive force application means application moving efforts for the application of shear forces, in which the container for the supply of the developer contains a rotatable discharging member for discharging the developer from the container, means for transmitting drive force is designed to transmit drive force from the drive means for discharging element, a movable restraining means is arranged to move between a work position, in which restrains relative rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the container feed developer in the installation direction under the influence of the drive force applied to the driving means, and a non-working position; means, receiving the moving force to receive funds from the application moves the efforts to move the restraining means in the direction of the working position.

These and other objectives of the present invention will be clearer from the following detailed description with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION of DRAWINGS

Figure 1 - cross section in which trojstva for imaging, illustrating the General construction of the device.

Figure 2 - cross section of part of the showing of the device, showing its construction.

Figa is a perspective view of the device, receiving the developer.

Fig.3b is another perspective view of the device, receiving the developer.

Figs - drawing to the description of the guide element.

Fig.3d - drawing to the description of the guide element.

Figa is a drawing to describe the inner part of the device that receives the developer, when the opening for receiving the developer tightly closed.

Fig.4b is a drawing to describe the inner part of the device that receives the developer, when the opening for receiving the developer is fully open.

Figa is a perspective view of the container feeding of the developer.

Fig.5b - section of the container feed of the developer.

Figs - side view of the container feeding the developer by receiving drive force.

Fig.5d is a perspective view of the second and third gears.

File - locking element and the space surrounding it to describe the process of retaining the locking element under pressure.

Figa - cross section that generates a tangential force on the container to supply the developer.

Fig.6b - exploded view section that generates a tangential force on the container to supply the developer.

Fig.7 is a perspective view of the locking element.

F. GA - perspective view of the switching mechanism of the magnitude of the tangential efforts, when the tangential force is large.

Fig.8b is a perspective view of the switching mechanism of the magnitude of the tangential efforts, when the tangential force is not enough.

Figs is another perspective view of the switching mechanism of the magnitude of the tangential efforts, when the tangential force is not enough.

Fig.9 is a perspective view of the container feeding of the developer that is installed in the device to which the developer.

Figa is a perspective view of the container feeding of the developer after completion of the installation phase of the container feed the developer in the device to which the developer.

Fig.10b - section of the container feed of the developer after completion of the installation phase of the container feed the developer in the device to which the developer.

Figs - end view of the container feeding the developer by receiving drive force after the completion of the installation phase of the container feed the developer in the device to which the developer.

Fig.10d - section of the container supply developer container after completion of the installation phase of the container feed the developer in the device to which the developer.

Figa is a perspective view of the container feeding of the developer after completion of phase rotation of the container, which was performed after the installation phase, the container is in the device, receiving the developer.

Fig.11b - section of the container feed of the developer after completion of phase rotation of the container, which was performed after the installation phase of the container feed the developer in the device to which the developer.

Figs - end view of the container of the supply of the developer from the drive after the completion of phase rotation of the container, which was performed after the stage of installation of the container in the device to which the developer.

Fig.11d - section of the container feed of the developer after completion of phase rotation of the container, which was performed after the stage of installation of the container in the device to which the developer.

Figa - end view of the container of the supply of the developer from the actuator after completion of the installation phase of the container.

Fig.12b - end view of the container of the supply of the developer from the actuator after completion of engagement of the second gear of the container with the gear drive of the container in the device for receiving the developer.

Figs - end view of the container of the supply of the developer from the drive after the completion of phase rotation of the container, which was performed after the installation phase of the container.

Fig.12d - end view of the container of the supply of the developer from the drive immediately after the disengagement of the locking element after completion of the installation phase of the container.

File - view from which orca container feeder developer drive side, when the locking element is unlinked after completion of the installation phase of the container.

Fig - schematic representation efforts, acting in the direction of pushing the shutter inside.

Figa - end view of the container feeding of the developer drive side of the container, after the disengagement of the locking element.

Fig.14b - end view of the container of the supply of the developer from the actuator when the locking element engages.

Figs is a schematic drawing illustrating the relationship between the guide element and the guide section during insertion of the container to supply the developer, when the locking element is not in engagement with the first gear.

Fig.14d is a schematic drawing illustrating the relationship between the guide element and the guide section during insertion of the container to supply the developer, when the locking element is engaged with the latch during insertion of the container.

File is another schematic drawing illustrating the relationship between the guide element and the guide section when the locking element is in engagement during insertion of the container to supply the developer.

Fig.14f is a schematic drawing illustrating the relationship between the guide element and the guide section when the locking element is in engagement during the WPI is ecene container feeder developer.

Fig 14g is a schematic drawing illustrating the relationship between the guide element and the guide section when the locking element is in engagement during the extraction container to supply the developer.

Fig.14h - end view of the container feeding of the developer drive side of the container when the locking element is in engagement with the first gear.

Figa - end view of the container feeding of the developer drive side of the container, directly before restoring the engagement of the locking element according to the second option.

Fig.15b - end view of the container feeding of the developer drive side of the container, after the restoration of the engagement of the locking element according to the second option.

Fig is a schematic drawing illustrating the restoration of the engagement of the locking element according to the second option.

Figa - end view of the container feeding of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container, immediately after completion of the installation phase of the container in the device to which the developer.

Fig.17b - end view of the container feeding of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container, immediately after engagement of the second gear of the container with the drive pinion device that receives the developer.

Figs - end view of the container under the Chi of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container, after the completion of phase rotation of the container after completion of the installation phase of the container.

Fig.17d - end view of the container feeding of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container just before the locking element disengages, after installation of the container.

File - end view of the container feeding of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container when the locking element is detached after the installation of the container.

Fig.17f - end view of the container feeding of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container, directly before removing the container.

Figd - end view of the container feeding of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container when the locking element restores the link.

Fig.17h - end view of the container feeding of the developer on the second version on the drive side of the container when the locking element restores the link.

Figa - schematic drawing of the modified locking element.

Fig.18b is another schematic drawing of a modified version of the locking element.

Fig - schematic drawing of the guide element according to the second option.

Fig is a perspective view of a locking element according to the second option.

Fig - approximate drawing containerpage developer on the third option.

Fig - a rough drawing of the container feed of the developer according to the fourth variant.

Fig - a rough drawing of the container supply the developer to the fifth option.

Fig - a rough drawing of the container feed of the developer on the sixth option.

Fig - a rough drawing of the container feed of the developer on the seventh option.

Fig - a rough drawing of the container feed of the developer on the eighth option.

Fig - drawing showing the operation of plant operation of container supply of the developer on the eighth option for discharging the developer.

DETAILED description of the INVENTION

Next will be specifically described versions of the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings.

(Option 1)

First will be described the apparatus for forming an image, and then the container feed of the developer. Also, in this embodiment, the system consisting of a device that receives the developer and container feeder developer, will be referred to as the system supply of the developer.

(Device image)

First, with reference to figure 1 as an example, device imaging, having a device receiving the developer, which is able to extract the selected container to supply the developer, will be described the construction of a copier, used in the ordinary electrophotographic method of forming images.

In this drawing, the reference position 100 designated master node electrophotographic copier (hereinafter referred to as "the master node 100 devices). Reference position 101 marked the original placed on the glass table 102 for placing the originals. The latent electrostatic image is formed by focusing the optical image based on the generated image and using a variety of mirrors M and a lens Ln, electrophotographic light-sensitive element 104 (hereinafter referred to as "photosensitive drum"), i.e. the element that bears the image. This latent electrostatic image is manifested in the visible image developing device using a developer.

In this embodiment, as the developer used toner. Thus, in the container supply of the developer, which will be described below, is stored supply of toner. In this regard, in the case when showing your device is to use a developer containing toner and carrier, container feeder developer has a design that allows you to store the toner and the carrier so that in manifesting the device was applied and the toner and the carrier. In addition, in the above case, showing the device for the manifestation of the latent electrostatic image is calculated by using the ie developer, contains both the toner and the carrier, and a container of feed of the developer can be made with the possibility of storage media for supplying the media in manifesting the device.

Reference positions 105-108 marked cassettes, which contain material S on which the transferred image (hereinafter referred to as "sheets"). Among these sheets S stored in the cassettes 105-108, the most suitable sheet is selected based on the information entered by the operator (user) control panel (liquid crystal panel) of the copy device, or based on the size of the original 101. It should be noted that the material on which the transferred image and which can be used in the device imaging, is not limited to sheets of paper. For example, if necessary, can be used a sheet of transparency film, etc.

Sheet filed in device 105A-108A feed and separation of the sheets is transported to a pair of smoothing rolls 110 transporting section 109, and then transported further, synchronously with the rotation of the photosensitive drum 104 and the scanning cycle of the optical system 103.

Reference positions 111 and 112 are marked bit transfer device bit device branch, respectively. The image formed on the photosensitive drum 104 is transferred onto the sheet S discharge the output device 111 of the transfer. The sheet S, which has just been transferred image formed by the toner is separated from the photosensitive drum 104 bit device 112 branches.

Then, the sheet S is transported on the transport section 113 to the fixing station 114. In the fixing section 114 of the image formed by the developer on the sheet S is fixed by heat and pressure. In one-sided mode, the sheet S is transported through the outlet and transform section 115, and is then output to the output tray 117 by a pair of rollers 116. In multi mode, the sheet S is transported to the pair of smoothing rolls 110 plots re-feed and transporting 119 and 120, under control of valve 118 prom and perevorachivayetsa section 115. Then, the sheet S is displayed in the output tray 117 by the same path that it took place in one-way mode.

In the duplex copy sheet S is transported through the outlet and transform section 115 outputs the rollers 116 to until the sheet S is partially released from the main site. Then, the sheet S is transported back to the master node device by the rotation of the rolls 116 in the opposite direction and under the control valves 118, while the rear edge of the sheet S remains fixed output rollers 116 after the sheet has passed the flap 118. After that, the sheet S to the protractor is conducted on the leveling rollers 110 sections 119 and 120 of re-feeding and transport. He then displayed in the output tray 117 by the same path by which it was transported in simplex copying.

In the home node device 100 having the above construction, next to the peripheral surface of the photosensitive drum 104 are technological devices that form an image, such as showing the device showing the means of cleansing the area 202 that functions as a cleanser, a primary charging device that performs the function of the charging means, etc. While cleansing the area 202 is designed to remove the developer remaining on the photosensitive drum 104. The primary charging device 203 is designed to uniformly charge the peripheral surface of the photosensitive drum 104 for forming a desired electrostatic image on the photosensitive drum 104.

(The device)

What follows is a description showing the device. Showing the device 201 is a device for developing a latent electrostatic image formed on the photosensitive drum 104 by the optical system 103 based on the information about the original 101, by adhesion of the developer to a latent electrostatic image. The container feed the developer in reassume device 201 removable is set by the operator at the master node 100.

Showing the device 201 is a device 10 receiving the developer, in which a removable set the container 1, the supply of the developer, and showing node a. Showing node a is manifesting roller 201b and the element s supply of the developer. The developer supplied from the container 1, is fed by the feed element s on manifesting roller 201b, by which it is applied on the photosensitive drum 104. Next, as shown in figure 2, showing the roller 201b provided showing the knife 201d for regulating the layer thickness of the developer on the roll and in contact with developing roller 201b is sheet a that prevents leakage of the developer through the gap between manifesting roller 201b and the wall showing site a.

Next, as shown in Fig.9, the master node device 100 is equipped with a cover 15, which is designed to change the container to supply the developer, and part of the outer cover of the copier. When the operator sets the container 1, the supply of the developer in the master node 100 of the device or remove it from the container 1, the operator opens the cover 15 for surgery replacement container feeder developer.

(The device to which the developer)

As shown in figa-3d, the device 10, the receiving developer with section 10A of storage, in which the removable insert container 1 supply of the developer, and priem the m hole 10b for receiving the developer, unloaded from the container 1. The developer supplied through the receiving hole 10b, falls into the above manifesting site a for use in the formation of images.

Next, as shown figa and 4b, the device 10 receiving the developer, provided with a shutter 11 showing the site, which has approximately the shape of a semicylinder, the curvature of which corresponds to the curvature of the container 1 filing developer and section 10A of storage. This shutter 11 showing the node is in engagement with the guide sections 10d, which are made on the bottom edge of the wall section 10A of storage, and, thereby, made slidable along the wall section 10A storing in a direction parallel to the circumference of the section 10A of storage, for opening or closing the inlet opening 10b of the developer.

The guide section 10C is located at both longitudinal ends of the inlet opening 10b of the developer, which may be tightly closed or opened by movement of the shutter 11 showing the node.

Prior to installation of the container 1, the supply of the developer in section 10A of storage, the shutter 11 showing the node is in the position in which it tightly closes the receiving opening 10b of the developer being in contact with the stop 10d shutter manifesting node supplied with the device 10, the receiving developer, the sa is th preventing leakage of the developer back ie from showing the device in section 10A of the store.

Next to when opening the shutter 11 for the opening reception hole 10b of the developer, the lower edge of the inlet opening 10b of the developer and the top edge of the shutter 11 showing site exactly adjoined to each other so that the receiving opening 10b of the developer remained fully open, there is an emphasis 10th (fig.10d) to adjust the end position of the shutter 11, in which the shutter 11 is moved to open.

This emphasis 10th also performs the function of the stopper section, stopping the rotation of the actual container 1A in the very moment when the discharge hole 1b is combined with the receiving hole 10b of the developer. That is, when the movement of the shutter 11 showing site, opening a hole for receiving the developer, stop focusing 10th, rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, which is engaged with a shutter 11 showing the node stops opening the tab, which will be described below.

Next, one of the longitudinal ends of the section 10A of storage provided with a pinion gear 12, which is the driving element (driving device) for transmitting the rotary force from the drive motor, which is provided in the main node device 100. Section 10A storage developer has such a construction that this Pref is DNA gear actuates a mechanism 4 for the discharge of the developer, resulting in rotation of the second gear 6 (figa-5d), and the rotation is directed in the same direction, which rotates the container 1, the supply of the developer to move the shutter 11 showing a node in a direction to open the inlet opening 10b, as will be described below.

Further, the drive gear 12 is connected to the drive gear to bring the rotation of the element 201 with the filing of the developer and showing the roller 201b manifesting site, and to adjust the rotation of the photosensitive drum 104. The drive gear 12 used in this embodiment has a module 1 and the number of teeth 17.

Further, the device 10 receiving the developer, provided with a groove 10h and the guide sections 10j and 10k, performing the function of a means of application of force, and which have a surface inclined relative to the direction in which the container 1, the supply of the developer is inserted and extracted. These guide sections 10j and 10k may be called by means of application of force, the guide devices, etc.

Groove 10h is configured to receive the guide section 7C, performs the function of switching the locking element in its position when the container 1, the supply of the developer is set in the device 10, the receiving developer, or extracted from it. Next, as shown figs and 3d, n is sending parcels 10j and 10k are arranged so that they are inside section 10A of the storage grooves 10h. Further, the guide sections 10j and 10k are arranged so that the guide section 7C comes into contact with them when the guide section 7C slides along grooves 10h, while the locking section 7b of the locking element 7 is removed from an exciting plot 9a item 9 grip locking element.

(Container feeder developer)

As shown in figa, the actual container 1A of the container 1, the supply of the developer, as the site of the storage case container) developer has a shape approaching the half. Semi-cylindrical section of the wall proper of the container 1A is equipped with an outlet hole 1b of the developer having the form of a slot and passing in the longitudinal direction of the actual container 1A.

To protect the developer stored in the container 1A, and to prevent leakage of the developer, the actual container 1A is desirable to have a certain degree of rigidity. In this embodiment, the actual container 1A is formed from polystyrene by way of injection molding. Further, the choice of a polymeric substance as a material for the container 1A is not limited to the above material. It is possible to use other substances, such as ABS.

One of the end surfaces of the actual container 1A supply is and handle 2, which is the portion which the user grasps the hand when installing or removing the container 1. Further, the handle 2 is desirable to have a certain degree of rigidity as the actual container 1A. It is formed from the same material as the actual container 1A, and is formed in the same way of injection molding, and that the actual container 1A.

As for fixing the actual container 1A and the handle 2 to each other, they can communicate with each other mechanically, vinciata with each other, to stick to each other or welded to each other. That is, they can connect to each other in any way that ensures sufficient strength of the connection, preventing their separation from each other when installing or removing the container 1 of the filing of the developer. In this embodiment, they are connected to each other by mechanical means.

As an example, a modified version of the handle, the container 1 of the filing of the developer can be made with the possibility of mounting gears 5 and 6 to the rear end of the container 1, the supply of the developer relative to the direction of installation of the container, and the handle 2 for manipulation of the container 1, the supply of the developer is also attached to the rear end so that the place of engagement between the gear 6 and driving gear 12 is kept open. In this case, the transmission elements ol the water effort (gear 5 and 6) can be protected by the handle 2. Therefore, we can say that this design has the advantage over the design described above.

In this embodiment, the front end of the actual container 1A relative to the direction of installation of the container with the developer supplied to the first and second gears 5 and 6. End wall proper of the container 1A, located at the opposite end (in the longitudinal direction) relative to the end, where the gears 5 and 6, provided with a hole 1C to fill the container 1 by the developer. The hole 1C after filling of the container 1 by the developer closes not shown sealing element.

Further, when the container feed the developer is in the working position (when the setup operation of the container, allowing you to unload the developer from the container, completed), in which the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated at a given angle when installed in the device that receives the developer, the outlet 1b of the developer converts roughly to the side, as will be described below. Further, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is made so that when it is installed in the device that receives the developer, it should be in such orientation that the exhaust opening 1b of the developer was drawn up approximately, as will be described below.

(Wipe container)

As shown in figa, issue the SKN hole 1b of the developer remains closed by the cover 3 of the container, which has a shape approximately half, and the curvature which approximates the curvature of the peripheral surface of the container 1, the supply of the developer. This shutter 3 of the container is engaged with the guide section 1d, which are performed on both longitudinal ends of the actual container 1A. These guide sections 1d not only send cover 3 of the container when it slides to open or close, but also prevent the tripping of the shutter 3 of the container from the container 1A.

Further, to prevent leakage of the developer from the container 1, the surface of the shutter 3 of the container facing to the outlet 1b of the developer, provided with a sealing element (not shown). Instead, however, the sealing element can be installed on parts of the actual container 1A that are adjacent to the edge of the outlet 1b of the developer. It is obvious that the sealing elements can be installed and the cover 3 of the container and on the container 1A. In this embodiment, the sealing element is installed only on the container 1A.

Further, instead of equipping the container 1, the supply of the developer by the cover 3, as provided in this embodiment, the discharge opening 1b of the developer may be closed polymeric sealing film, which is welded to the details of the actual container 1A, is the th near the edge of the outlet 1b. In this case, the outlet 1b of the developer is opened by pulling the sealing film.

However, with this design there is a possibility that when replacing the container 1, which ended the developer remaining in a slight amount in the container 1, the developer will be scattered through the outlet hole 1b of the developer. Therefore, it is desirable that the container 1 filing developer had a design that allows you to re-seal the outlet hole 1b of the developer by the cover 3 of the container.

It is obvious that there is a likelihood that the distribution (transportation and shipment) of the container (1) supply of the developer from the container 1 there is a leak of the developer caused by the shape of the outlet 1b of the developer and/or the degree of filling of the container 1 by the developer, therefore, the container 1 of the filing of the developer can be supplied and the sealing film, and a shutter 3, to more securely seal the container 1.

(Discharging element)

The container 1 of the filing of the developer supplied element 4 of the discharge of the developer, which is located in the container 1A. Discharging element 4 performs the function of rotating means for discharging developer (discharging device) from the actual container 1A into the outlet hole 1b by transporting the developer to this the outlet 1b of the simultaneous mixing of the developer while rotating. As shown in fig.5b, discharging element 4 primarily consists of a shaft 4A and stirring blades 4b.

One of the longitudinal ends of the shaft 4A is mounted for rotation on the container 1A, so that virtually the movement of the shaft 4A in the longitudinal direction is not allowed. The other longitudinal end of the shaft 4A is connected to the first gear 5 so that it is made with the possibility of axial rotation with the first gear 5. More specifically, these two elements are connected by a fastening section of the shaft of the first gear 5 and the second end of the shaft 4A with each other in the container 1A. Further, to prevent leakage of the developer from the container 1A along the section of the shaft of the first gear 5, the section of the shaft is inserted into the sealing element.

Further, instead of connecting the first gear 5 and shaft 4A with each other, as described above, it is possible to connect the first gear 5 and shaft 4 via the intermediate element so as to transmit driving force to the shaft 4A.

It is desirable that the shaft 4A was tough enough discharging element 4 could loosen the developer in the container 1, the supply of the developer so that the developer could, mixing, conveying to manifesting device, even if the developer bridge, harden, clog. Further, it is desirable that the shaft 4A had the smallest resistance relative to the actual is of Steiner 1A. Based on the above considerations, in this embodiment, as the material of the shaft 4A discharging element is used polystyrene. Obviously, the choice of material for the shaft 4A is not limited to polystyrene. It is possible to use substances such as Polyacetal etc.

Mixing blades 4b attached to the shaft 4A. They are designed for transporting developer located in the container 1A to the outlet 1b of the developer with simultaneous stirring of the developer. When the shaft 4A is rotated, the agitating blades convey the developer. Further, as the radius of the actual container 1A, mixing blades 4b are of sufficient length to sweep the inner surface of cylindrical wall proper of the container 1A, to minimize the amount of developer that is impossible to unload the container 1A.

Next, as shown fig.5b, mixing blades 4b are of the form that the edges of their free ends bent in an L shape (the area denoted by the reference position "a" on fig.5b). The delay in the rotation of this section "and" is used for transporting the developer to the outlet 1b. In this embodiment, a mixing blade 4b is made in the form of a sheet of a tough polyester. Obviously, the choice of material for mixing is oposta 4b is not limited to the sheet of the complex polyester. It is possible to use a different polymer, if the sheet is made of this polymer is flexible.

The design of the discharging element 4 described above is not limited to the above example. It is possible to use any designs that allow discharging element 4 to perform the function of discharging the developer from the container 1, the conveying developer due to its rotation. For example, the material, shape, etc. may differ from those described in the above example, the stirring blades 4b, and you can also use the transport system than that described in this embodiment. Further, in this embodiment, the first gear 5 and the discharging element 4, which are two separate components that are attached to each other. However, the first gear 5 and the shaft section discharging element 4 can be performed at the same time of the polymer by casting.

What follows is a description of the mechanism for opening or closing the shutter 11 showing the node.

As shown in figs, the container 1A supply of the developer provided with an opening protrusion 1E and closing protrusion 1f, which are designed to move the shutter 11 showing the node between the open and closed position. The projections 1E and 1f are located on the peripheral surface of the actual container 1A.

The opening protrusion 1E is designed to have vital the air traffic management shutters 11 showing the node down (figure 4) to open the inlet opening 10b of the developer (figure 4) when the installation operation of the container 1, the supply of the developer after the installation of the container 1 (rotate container 1 at a given angle in the working position).

Closing the tab 1f is designed to push the shutter 11 showing site up for closing the inlet opening 10b of the developer during the operation of the extraction container 1 filing developer (reverse rotation of the container 1 at a given angle from the working position (position) in the position in which the container 1 is inserted or removed).

As described above, to coordinate the opening or closing movement of the shutter 11 showing the node with the operation of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the opening protrusion 1E and closing protrusion 1f are as follows:

The opening protrusion 1e and closing protrusion 1f are arranged so that immediately after insertion of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the device 10, the host developer (figure 10), they are on the front and back sides, respectively, relative to each other in the direction in which the shutter 11 showing the node is rotated to open.

(The means of transmission of drive force)

There follows a description of construction of the means for transmitting the rotating drive force (device for transmitting torque drive force) from the device 10, the receiving developer, for item 4, discharging the developer.

The device 10 receiving the developer, provided privode the second gear 10, which is the driving element for transmitting drive force to the element 4, discharging the developer, the container 1 of the filing of the developer.

On the other hand, the container 1 of the filing of the developer provided with means for transmitting torque drive force from the drive gear 12 on the element 4, discharging the developer, through engagement with the pinion gear 12.

In this embodiment, the means for transmitting drive force comprises a gear transmission. The section of the shaft of each pinion gear attached to one end surface of the container 1, the supply of the developer, as will be described below.

In this embodiment, after the container 1, the supply of the developer is inserted, it must be rotated at a given angle for the handle 2 to be installed in the operating position (feeding position). Before the turn of the container 1, the means for transmitting drive force and the drive gear 12 are not in engagement with each other. That is, they remain separated from each other in the circumferential direction of the container 1, the supply of the developer. Then, when the container 1 supply of developer turn the handle 2, the means for transmitting drive force and the drive gear 12 match each other and are engaged with each other, providing the ability to transfer drive force from the drive gear 12 to transmit drive force (the state geared the I).

More specifically, the first gear 5 (intermediate transmission element drive force) as a means for transmitting drive force, which is in connection with discharging the element 4 is supported on its axis, attached to the container 1A with the possibility of rotation around the center of rotation (approximate center) of the container (1) submission of the developer. The first gear 5 can rotate coaxially with the discharging element 4.

The section of the shaft of the first gear 5 is attached to the end surface of the actual container 1A so that when the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated at a given angle for installation in the discharge position of the developer, the center of rotation of the first gear 5 is approximately on the same axis with the center of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer.

Further, the second gear 6 (element or Cam element transmitting drive force) mounted for rotation on a shaft attached to the container 1A, so that the second gear 6 has the ability planetary rotate around the center of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer at a given distance between the center of rotation of the container 1 and the center of rotation of the second gear 6. The second gear 6 is located so that it is able to engage with the driving gear 12 of the device 10, the receiving developer, DL the transmission of drive force from the drive gear 12 to the second gear 6. That is, the container 1 of the filing of the developer and the device 10, the receiving developer, designed so that the second gear takes the rotating drive force from the drive gear 12. Next, as shown fig.5d, the second gear 6 is designed as a stepped gear for transmitting torque efforts on the first gear 5. It is equipped with the gear 6', that is, the third gear, which is engaged with the first gear 5 to transmit the rotating drive force to the first gear 5.

The container 1 of the filing of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, are made so that the direction in which the drive gear 12 transmits the driving force is opposite to the direction in which the actual container 1A is rotated for installation in the operating position, and the direction in which rotates the second gear 6 being engaged with the pinion gear 12, coincides with the direction in which the actual container 1A is rotated for installation in the operating position.

Further, the direction in which the actual container 1A is rotated, when the container 1 is set for the discharge of the developer, coincides with the direction in which the shutter 11 showing the node is rotated for opening the discharge outlet 1b, as described above.

That is, the container 1 of the filing of the developer and the device 10, rhinemeuse developer, made so that when torque is transmitted drive force from the drive gear 12 to the second gear 6, the second gear 6, the gear 6' (third gear) and the first gear 5, which is in mesh with the gear 6' (third gear) for receiving drive force, rotate and, consequently, rotates discharging element 4 in the container 1A, as described above.

Immediately after installation of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the device 10, the receiving developer, between the second gear 6 and driving gear 12 is a certain distance in the circumferential direction of the actual container 1A, as described above.

Then, when the user performs an operation of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the second gear 6 is engaged with the drive gear 12 so that the driving force can be transmitted from the drive gear 12 to the second gear 6. At this time the outlet 1b of the developer is not connected with reception hole 10b of the developer (the shutter 11 shows the device remains closed).

After that, the driving force is supplied to the drive gear 12 of the device 10, the receiving developer, as will be described below.

By adjusting the position in which the second gear 6 relative to the container 1, the supply of the developer (the opening protrusion 1E is whether the outlet 1b of the developer) in the circumferential direction, in the above-described time starts to be engaged between the second gear 6 and driving gear 12. Therefore, the second gear 6 and driving gear 12 are located so that the center of rotation of the second gear and the center of rotation of the drive gear 12 does not match.

In this embodiment, the actual container 1A is hollow and has a cylindrical shape. Therefore, the center of rotation of the element 4, discharging the developer, coincides (approximately) with the center of rotation of the actual container 1A and the first gear 5, which is in direct connection with item 4, discharging the developer. However, the center of rotation of the second gear 6 does not coincide with the center of rotation of the first gear. Therefore, when the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated, the second gear is engaged with the driving gear 12 of the device 10, the receiving developer, moving in an orbit around the center of rotation of the actual container 1A.

At this time the container 1, the supply of the developer may be so designed that the center of rotation of the element 4, discharging the developer, did not coincide with the center of rotation of the actual container 1A. For example, the container 1 of the filing of the developer may be so designed that the center of rotation of the element 4, discharging the developer, has been displaced to the outlet 1b of the developer (in the direction the radius of the actual container 1A) from the center of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer. In this case, it is desirable that the first gear 5 had reduced the diameter (the radius), and the container 1 filing developer had designed so that the first gear 5 has been installed on the shaft attached to the position on the end wall proper of the container 1A, coincident with the center of rotation of the element 4, discharging the developer, but not coincident with the center of rotation of the actual container 1A. In other respects, the modified version of the container to supply the developer, described above, has the same design as the container 1, the supply of the developer under this option.

Further, if the container 1, the supply of the developer is so designed that the center of rotation of the element 4, discharging the developer, does not coincide with the center of rotation of the actual container 1A, the means for transmitting drive force of the container 1 may be composed only of the second gear 6, i.e. without the presence of the first gear 5, and, in addition, the design may be such that the second gear 6 mounted on a shaft attached to the plot of the actual container 1A is offset from the rotation center of the actual container 1A as well as the center of rotation of the element 4, discharging the developer. In this case, the second gear 6 is connected to the element 4, discharging the developer, so that they can rotate coaxially.

Further, in this case, the direction of rotation of the element 4, VYGR is concerned with the developer, opposite to the direction described above, and therefore, the developer is transported down to the outlet 1b of the developer, which is turned sideways. In addition, in this case, it is desirable that the container 1 filing developer had a design that allows the element 4 discharge of the developer while rotating to raise the developer housed in the container 1, and send lifted the developer to the outlet 1b of the developer, which is located below.

Preferably, the first and second gears 5 and 6 have a function of transmitting full drive force from the device 10, the host developer. In this embodiment, the material of the first and second gears 5 and 6 is Polyacetal, and the gear formed by way of injection molding.

In more detail, the first gear 5 has a module of 0.5; 60 teeth and a diameter of 30 mm, and the second gear 6 is module 1, 20 teeth and a diameter of 20 mm, Then, the third gear 6' is a module of 0.5, 20 teeth and a diameter of 10 mm of the Center of rotation of the second gear 6 and the third gear 6' is displaced from the center of rotation of the first gear 5 to 20 mm in the direction of the radius of the first gear 5.

In this module, number of teeth and diameter Ø each of these gears is not limited to the above, if they are chosen taking into account the required characteristics of the means of transmission of drive force.

For example, all that is necessary to Supplement the sustained fashion increase the speed of discharge of the developer (frequency of rotation of the element 4, discharging the developer), it will increase in diameter of the first gear 5 and the second gear 6. On the other hand, if more important is the torque, you just need to increase the diameter of the first gear 5 and a decrease in the diameter of the second gear 6. That is, the magnitude of these factors can be selected in accordance with required specifications.

In this embodiment, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is so designed that when viewed in the longitudinal direction, the second gear 6 stands for the peripheral surface of the actual container 1A. However, the design of the container 1, the supply of the developer may be such that, even when viewed in the longitudinal direction, the second gear 6 will not extend beyond the peripheral surface of the actual container 1A. In this case, the container 1 filing developer has an advantage because it can easily be wrapped in a wrapping material, and reduces the number of cases where it breaks when dropped during distribution, etc.

(Method of Assembly of the container feeder developer)

The method of Assembly of the container 1, the supply of the developer is as follows. First element 4, discharging the developer, is inserted in a proper container 1A. Then to the container 1A is fixed to the first gear and the shutter 3. After that, the container 1A is fixed to the second gear 6, the third gear 6', which is an integral part of the second gear 6. Then the actual container 1A is filled with the developer through the loading hole 1C. Then boot the hole 1C is closed with the sealing element. Finally, attach the handle 2.

The order in which fill the actual container 1A by the developer and attach the second gear 6, the cover 3 of the container and the handle 2 to the container 1A can be modified if necessary to facilitate Assembly of the container 1, the supply of the developer.

Further, in this embodiment, the internal volume of the container 1A is approximately 660 CC when using a hollow cylindrical container having an inner diameter of 50 mm and a length of 320 mm Further, the amount of the developer filled in the proper container 1A, 300,

(The tool rotation control)

The container 1 of the filing of the developer in this embodiment is so designed as to automatically turn the drive force from the drive gear 12 in the direction in which it is installed for discharging the developer, and in addition to the amount of force needed to rotate the container 1 after installation was less than the amount of force needed to rotate the container 1 after installation in the discharge position of the developer.

More specifically, the container 1 of the filing of the developer supply the Yong management tool rotation to prevent rotation of the means of transmitting drive force relative to the container 1 for automatic rotation of the container 1 in the direction of installation in the discharge position of the developer the driving force of the drive gear 12. This tool rotation control may be cited as the control device, by means of application of the load device load or brake mechanism.

Next, the tool rotation control is arranged to move so that it can be placed in the working (active) position in which it prevents rotation of the means of transmitting drive force relative to the container 1, the supply of the developer, and outside (passive) position in which it prevents rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the container 1. In this embodiment, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is so designed that the tool rotation control is automatically moved from the outside position. Next, with reference to figure 5-8 follows a detailed description of the design of controls rotation.

In this embodiment, the container 1 filing developer has simplified design through the use of means of transmitting drive force to the element 4, discharging the developer, as a mechanism for automatic rotation of the container 1 in its working position, as described above.

That is, in this embodiment, a mechanism is used to generate tangential forces, in which the means for transferring drive us what Leah is used for converting the drive force from the drive gear 12 in torque for automatic rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the working position.

More specifically, the magnitude of the tangential efforts of the second gear 6 relative to the actual container 1A is increased by increasing the magnitude of the tangential efforts of the first gear relative to the actual container 1A. That is, while the drive force supplied from the drive gear 12 to the second gear 76, which is engaged with the pinion gear 12, the rotation of the second gear relative to the actual container 1A is blocked. Thus, received driving force is converted into a force which acts in the direction of rotation of the actual container 1A. As a result, the actual container 1A is automatically rotated into the working position.

That is, while the container 1, the supply of the developer is automatically rotated, the tool rotation control blocks rotation of the means of transmitting drive force and the container 1 relative to each other. In other words, the tool rotation control raises the amount of torque required to rotate the means of transmission of drive force, and the container 1, the supply of the developer relative to each other up to a level higher than the amount of torque required to rotate the container 1, the supply of the developer relative to the device 10, the receiving developer.

What follows is a description of the design, zastavlyau the th management tool rotation to act on the first gear 5. However, such a construction may be such that makes the tool rotation control to influence the second gear 6.

As shown in figa and 6b, the first gear 5 is supplied with item 9 of the capture of the locking element, which is made in the form of a ring and is mounted on the peripheral surface 5C of the first gear 5. This exciting element 9 has a design that allows it to rotate relative to the first gear 5 around its center of rotation. Next, the entire periphery of the gripping element 9 forms a gripping plot 9a, which is made in the form of a sawtooth teeth.

The section of the shaft of the first gear 5 is provided with a ring 14 (so-called o-ring seal), which is squeezed between the plot 5C peripheral surface and the inner surface 9b exciting element. Further, the ring 14 is attached to section 5C of the peripheral surface of the shaft of the first gear 5. Thus, when the gripping element 9 is rotated relative to the first gear, between the inner surface 9b exciting element 9 and the compressed ring 14 occurs tangential force (friction).

In this embodiment, the periphery of the gripping element 9 is covered with teeth (spectacular sections 9a) as a circular saw. However, you can only use one exciting area 9a. Next exciting plot 9a mo is no be in the form of protrusion or recess.

Further, it is desirable as a material for the ring 14 to use an elastic substance such as rubber, felt, foam, urethane rubber, elastomer, etc. In this embodiment uses a silicone rubber. Further, the ring 14 may be in the form of an incomplete ring; ring 14 you can use the ring without a part of its circumference.

In this embodiment, the peripheral surface 5C of the first gear 5 is provided with a groove 5b, and the ring 14 is attached to the first gear 5 through the installation in the groove 5b. However, the fastening ring 14 to the first gear 5 is not limited to the method according to this variant. For example, the ring 14 may not be attached to the first gear 5, and to the gripping element 9 so that torque generated by the interaction of the peripheral surface 5C of the first gear 5 and the ring 14. Further, the ring 14 and the first gear 5 can be molded at the same time (using the so-called two-color molding).

As shown in figs, the actual container 1A provided with a supporting axle 1h, which is from the same end surface of the actual container 1A, and the shafts of the above gears. On the axis 1h installed with the possibility of changing the position of the locking element 7, which is part controls the rotation control device, the control), which controls the rotation is of the gripping element 9.

As shown in Fig.7, this locking element 7 has a plot 7a separation locking element, the guide section 7C (section switching the position of the locking element and the supporting column 7d. The guide section 7C is designed to move the locking element 7, which prior to installation of the container 1, the supply of the developer is in the off position, the operating position during installation of the container 1. The container 1 of the filing of the developer has a structure in which at least the top of the locking element 8 protrudes beyond the peripheral surface of the actual container 1 in the direction of the radius of the actual container 1A.

The locking element 7 is the element that also functions as a tool to change (switch) torque effort of the second gear 6 relative to the actual container 1A, as will be described below. That is, the locking element 7 also functions as a means to change the magnitude of the force necessary to prevent rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the element that transmits the driving force, with respect to each other.

What follows is a description of a case in which the gears 5 and 6 are rotated about the actual container 1A, even when the locking element 7 is in the engaged position. In this embodiment, even in the above case, airaudi element 7 will be referred to as "locking" element. Further, as will be described below, the container 1 of the filing of the developer may be so designed that the locking element 7 does not allow rotation of the gears 5 and 6 relative to the actual container 1A. All of these States will be referred to as States of "locking".

What follows is a description of the relationship between the locking element 7 and a gripping element 9 with links to figa-8C.

As shown in figa, while the locking section 7b is engaged with a gripping plot 9a exciting element 9, a gripping element 9 cannot rotate relative to the actual container 1A (the locking element 7 is in the active position). As applications drive force from the drive gear to the first gear 5 through the second gear 6, when the locking section 7b and exciting plot 9a are in the above condition, the magnitude of the torque load (torque)required to rotate the first gear 5 is great, as the ring 14 is squeezed between the inner surface 9b exciting element 9 and the section of the shaft of the first gear 5.

As shown in fig.8b, on the other hand, when the locking section 7b is not in engagement with a breathtaking plot 9a exciting element 9, the rotation of the gripping element 9 relative to the actual container 1A is not blocked (for irusi element 7 is in the inactive position). When the drive gear 12 supplies a driving force to the first gear 5 through the second gear 6, a gripping element 9 rotates with the first gear 5. That is, the tangential part of the efforts of the first gear 5, which is generated by the ring 14, is missing and, therefore, the amount of torque required to rotate the first gear 5 becomes small enough.

In this embodiment, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is of such design as to generate torque to rotate the container 1 between the first gear 5 and a gripping element 9 is placed the ring 14 to create friction. However, the torque can be generated by using different design. For example, you can use a design that uses gravity (magnetic force) between the South and North poles of a magnet or a change in the internal and external diameters of the elastic coil springs.

Next, as shown figs and 5e, the locking element 7 is a so-called trigger mechanism, and the locking element 7 is provided with a spring 8, which is the element that supports the locking element 7.

"Triggering mechanism, provided with a pressurizing element" means a mechanism consisting of element Z, which is designed with the ability to move between points X and Y (the distance L (angle L)) of an element W, made with the possibility to move the element Z of the point X in the direction of the point Y by a distance less than the distance L (angle L); and providing a pressure element (elastic element), and when the element Z is moved by the element W of the point X in the direction of the point Y as far as possible, he passes the remaining distance to the point Y due to the elastic pressing element. That is, the element Z, which is at point X, the element W is the effect so that the impact magnitude is insufficient to element Z has reached a point Y without effort putting pressure element (elastic element).

What follows is a description of trigger element under this option.

One end of the spring 8 is attached to the supporting column 1n, which acts perpendicularly from the end surface of the actual container 1A, that is, from the surface on which the gear while the other end of the spring 8 is attached to the supporting column 7d, which is part of the locking element 7. As shown in Figi, the spring 8 is installed so that the locking element 7 is located in a certain area (sector And five) of the range of their movements, and the spring 8 exerts a force to the locking element 7 in the direction shown by position, i.e. in the direction of rotation of the locking element. The size of the sects which RA And file should be set in accordance with the position of the supporting column 1n, the power spring 8, the friction force between the locking element 7 and the axis of 1h, which is the locking element 7, etc.

On the other hand, the first gear 5 is provided with a release protrusion 5A (figure 5 and 6), which is a plot of releasing the locking element out of engagement, which acts perpendicularly from the outer surface of the first gear 5. This release protrusion 5A is of such a shape and arrangement that when the first gear 5 rotates relative to the container 1, the supply of the developer, when the container 1 is in the working position, in which it was introduced by rotation, release the plot 5A faces release section 7a of the locking element.

That is, the release protrusion 5A performs the function of pushing the locking element 7, by coming in contact with the release section 7a of the locking element 7, when rotating the first gear 5. When the locking element 7 is pushed upward, the locking section 7b disengages from the breathtaking plot 9a exciting element 9, immediately releasing the first gear 5 from acting tangential efforts.

That is, after the automatic rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, it is exempt from the state in which the rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the container 1 was blocked owano. In other words, the amount of torque required to rotate the means of transmitting drive force relative to the container 1, the supply of the developer, is significantly reduced (lack of control).

As described above, the mechanism generating the tangential efforts in this embodiment does not completely prevent rotation of the first gear 5 relative to the actual container 1A (not fully locking the first gear 5). That is, the magnitude of the tangential force (resistance to twisting), which generates the mechanism generating the tangential effort is small enough to allow the first gear 5 to rotate relative to the actual container 1A, when the container 1, the supply of the developer remains fixed in position.

In this embodiment, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is so designed that when there is no need for a tangential force generated by the generating mechanism tangential efforts, this mechanism does not generate a tangential force. However, the design is such that the magnitude of the tangential efforts generated by this mechanism after release of the locking element 7 is smaller than at least the amount of torque required for the automatic rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer.

Further, in this is the version of guide section 7C is an integral part of the locking element 7. However, the guide section 7C can be formed independently from the locking element 7. In this case, it is independent of the locking element 7 guide section 7C transmits the force from the device 10, the receiving developer, the locking element 7.

(Operation installation container feeder developer)

Next, with reference to Fig.9-11 is a description of the installation operation of the container 1, the supply of the developer. On fig.10b and 11b presents the cross-section of the container 1, the supply of the developer, illustrating primarily the relationship between the outlet 1b of the developer, the reception hole 10b of the developer and a shutter 11 manifesting site. On figs and 11C shows the cross section of the container 1, the supply of the developer, illustrating the first drive gear 12, the first gear 5 and the second gear 6. On fig.10d and 11d shows the cross section of the container 1, the supply of the developer, illustrating primarily the relationship between the shutter 11 showing node and projections actual container 1A, which take part in the movement of the shutter 11 shows the device.

The above-mentioned operation installation container feeder developer means an operation of rotation of the container 1, which is located in the socket in the device 10, the receiving developer, in which the container 1 is inserted or extracted, at a given angle in a production put the E. The Jack device 10 receiving the developer, in which the inserted container 1, or from which the container is removed, means the place in the device 10, the receiving developer that hosts the container 1, or from which the container 1 is removed. Further, the operating position means the feeding position (installed position), in which the container may be unloaded contained in the developer. Further, when the container 1 filing developer rotated slightly from the position in which the container 1 is located immediately after the introduction of the device 10, the receiving developer, or just before removing from the device 10, the locking mechanism of the container 1 makes it impossible to extract this container 1 of the device 10, the host developer. In addition, the container 1 cannot be removed from the device 10, the receiving developer when it is in the above-described operating position.

What follows is a description of the installation steps of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the order in which these steps are performed.

(1) As shown in Fig.9, the user must open the cover 15 for a replacement container feeder developer and insert container 1 of the filing of the developer in the device 10 receiving the developer, in the direction shown by the arrow A, through the opening in the cover 15. When the container 1 is of filing of the developer inserted, the drive gear 12 of the device 10 receiving the developer, and the second gear of the container 1 remain separated from each other, and therefore, transmission of drive force is impossible.

(2) After the container 1, the supply of the developer to be inserted into the device 10, the receiving developer, the handle 2 is turned in the direction shown on fig.10b-10d of the arrow B, causing the container 1 and the device 10 are connected to each other so that it is possible to transmit the driving force from the device 10 to the container 1.

More specifically, when the container 1A is rotated in the direction shown by the arrow B, the second gear 6 performs a planetary motion around the center of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer (the center of rotation of the discharging element 4) until then, until it engages with the drive pinion 12. After that, the drive gear 12 can transmit the driving force to the second gear 6.

On fig.12b shows the container 1, the supply of the developer immediately after the user turned at a given angle. When the container 1, the supply of the developer is in the position shown in fig.12b, the outlet 1b of the developer container 1 remains almost completely closed by the cover 3 of the container (front relative to the direction of movement of the shutter 3 container or road is 1 and the edge of the outlet 1b facing the emphasis 10d shutter manifesting node 10). Next, the reception hole 10b of the developer remains completely closed by the shutter 11 showing node, thereby preventing the flow of the developer in the device 10 of the container 1.

(3) the User must close the door 15 bays for removable container.

(4) When the cover 15 of the compartment removable container is closed, from the motor to the drive gear 12 of the device 10, the receiving developer, served the driving force.

When the drive gear 12 is supplied driving force, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is automatically rotated into the operating position (the position of the supply of the developer), because the amount of torque required to rotate the second gear 6, which is engaged with the pinion gear 12 is supported by the mechanism that generates through the first gear 5 tangential force at a level exceeding the amount of torque necessary to rotate the container 1.

Moreover, in this embodiment, the design provides that the amount of force applied to the container 1, the supply of the developer in the direction of rotation of the container is greater than the amount of force applied to the container 1 of the device 10 receiving the developer, in this direction to prevent rotation of the container 1. Therefore, when the driving force is transmitted to the second gear 6, the containers is p 1 submission of the developer is guaranteed automatically rotated.

Further, when the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated, the shutter 11 showing a node opens the opening protrusion 1E. More specifically, when the container 1A is rotated, the shutter 11 developing site-slip, pushed down opening projection 1E of the container 1, thereby opening reception hole 10b of the developer (fig.10d →11d).

On the other hand, when the shutter 11 shows the device is moved by the rotation of the actual container 1A in the direction of opening of the inlet opening 10b of the developer, and the cover 3 of the container comes into contact with SitePlayer plot device 10 receiving the developer, and thus its further rotation is stopped. At the outlet 1b of the developer opens.

As a result, the outlet 1b of the developer, opened by moving the shutter 3 of the container, directly addressed to the receiving hole 10b of the developer opened by moving the shutter 11 showing the node; that is, the discharge hole 1b and the reception hole 10b are connected to each other (Fig.10b→11b).

The shutter 11 showing the node stops (figs) in contact with the stop 10th (fig.11b)to prevent movement of the shutter 11 at the position where it should be, when the discharge hole 1b is fully open. Therefore, the lower chromeframe holes 10b of the developer and the top edge of the shutter 11 showing site exactly are combined with each other. Automatic rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer ends when the shutter 11 showing the node connected with the container 1 supply of developer, stop.

Further, in this embodiment, the position of the outlet 1b of the developer relative to the actual container 1A in the circumferential direction of the actual container 1A is adjusted so that the exhaust opening 1b accurately aligned with the receiving hole 10b, when the container 1, the supply of the developer is in the working position.

(5) Supply drive force on the drive gear 12 continues even after moving the container 1, the supply of the developer in the working position, where the container 1 is blocked from further movement through the curtain 11 manifesting site. Therefore, the first gear 5 rotates relative to the container 1, the supply of the developer, which rotation is blocked, overcoming the tangential force, which attaches to the first gear 5, the mechanism generating the tangential efforts. In the release protrusion 5A, which is supplied with the first gear 5, is in contact with release section 7a of the locking element 7 (fig.12d). Then, when the first gear 5 rotates further, the release protrusion pushes up release section 7a in the direction shown by the arrow And fig.12d, forcing the locking section 7b superuser the element 7 to be split, with an exciting plot 9a exciting element 9 (fige and fig.8b).

As a result, the first gear 5 is released from the tangential effort, which it was affected; the amount of torque required to rotate the first gear 5 becomes sufficiently small.

Then the amount of force needed to rotate the element that transmits the driving force (the gear from the first to the third), the device 10 receiving the developer (the drive pinion 12) in the application process, the developer can be reduced. Therefore, the drive gear 12 is not exposed to high torque (tangential force). Therefore, it is possible to reliably transmit the driving force.

Further, the container 1 of the filing of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, in this embodiment are so designed that the tangential force from the first gear 5 is removed with some delay after the process is complete, the automatic rotation of the container 1 for combining the exhaust opening 1b with a reception hole 10b. Therefore, it is always possible to satisfactorily combine the outlet 1b with a reception hole 10b.

Moreover, when the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10, the receiving developer, designed so that the magnitude of the tangential effort, which affects the element that transmits the driving force is not changed (switched), i.e. the values of the tangential load is kept at the same level even after turning the actual container 1A, that is, even after the outlet 1b of the developer in alignment with the receiving hole 10b, the first gear 5 continues to influence the tangential force generated by the generating mechanism tangential efforts, and, therefore, the drive gear 12 also remains under load through the second gear 6, which may cause problems, for example, as described below. Therefore, in this embodiment, the preferred design, which changes (switches) the magnitude of the tangential force.

That is, when the tray 1 feed of the developer and the device 10, the receiving developer, does not change the tangential force on the first gear 5, i.e. supports the value of the tangential force, the mechanism generating the tangential effort continues to affect the first gear 5 a long time, even after turning the actual container 1A, i.e. even after combining the exhaust opening 1b and the reception hole 10b. Therefore, the drive gear 12 also affects the tangential force through the second gear 6, even after automatically turning itself of the container 1A. Thus, such an effort may adversely affect the durability of the drive gear 12 and/or the reliability of the transmission of the drive force. Also, when the first gear 5 rotates continuously for a long time, the ring 14 may heat up due to friction during the rotation, and this heat may cause damage to the element that transmits the driving force, and/or developer contained in the container 1.

On the other hand, if the design under this option you can reduce the amount of power required to drive the element that transmits the driving force, the device 10 receiving the developer. Further, it is possible to waive the requirement for greatly increased strength and durability of the components of the gear transmission device 10, the receiving developer, for example, the drive gear 12. Therefore, the design of this variant may lead to a reduction in production costs of the device 10, the host developer. Further, it is possible to prevent the above-mentioned thermal destruction of the element that transmits the driving force, and developer.

As described above, this option allows you to automate the process of accurate positioning of the container 1, the supply of the developer to ensure that the process developer, which is started after positioning of the container 1, and the transmission of drive force from the device 10, the receiving developer, element transmitting the driving force of the container 1, was carried out properly, even though PR is a frequency of the design of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10, receiving the developer, in this version.

That is, under this option it is possible to automatically rotate the container 1 supply developer into position, using a simple design, that is, without requiring the use of special motor to rotate the container 1 and is separate from the above gear. Therefore, it is possible to improve the convenience and ease of use of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10 for forming images, compatible with the container 1, at the same time ensure a satisfactory supply of the developer.

Thus, it is possible to prevent a problem of insufficient amount of developer, which leads to the distortion of the images which become unsatisfactory due to non-uniform and/or not high enough density.

Further, the problem associated with the connection of the container to supply the developer and the device that receives the developer, in which the container is automatically rotated into the working position by means of an element that transmits the driving force, can be easily prevented through the connection as described for this option.

(Operation for removing the container feeder developer)

What follows is a description of the retrieval operations Conte is Nera 1 feed developer for a replacement or for any other reason.

(1) First, the user opens the door of the compartment 15, which has a container 1.

(2) Then the user must rotate the container 1, the supply of the developer from its operating position to its original position in the device 10, the receiving developer by turning the knob 2 in the opposite direction from that shown in figure 10 by the arrow C. That is, the container 1 supply of developer turn back to the initial position shown in figs.

When the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated, as described above, the shutter 11 showing a node is popped up closing the tab 1f of the container 1, the supply of the developer, again thereby closing the receiving opening 10b of the developer. In addition, the outlet 1b of the developer is rotated and the roller cover 3 of the container (fig.11b →fig.10b).

More specifically, the shutter 3 of the container comes into contact with a locking section (not shown) of device 10 receiving the developer, and thus, its further movement is stopped. Then while the shutter 3 of the container is in the above condition, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is rotated, causing the discharge hole 1b is again closed by the cover 3 of the container.

Further, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is so designed that the rotation of the container 1, which is intended for closing the Torquay 11 showing node, stopped by contact of the above-mentioned locking section (not shown), which is made on the pilot plot 1d blinds container, with the cover 3 of the container.

Further, when the rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the second gear 6 disengages from the drive gear 12; by the time when the container 1 filing developer will turn back into its original position in the device 10, the receiving developer, the second gear 6 and driving gear 12 is fully disengages with each other, stopping to create mutually obstacles.

(3) Finally, the user must be removed from the device 10, the receiving developer, the container 1 of the filing of the developer, which is in its original position in the device 10.

After this, the user must replace the extracted container 1 new, pre-prepared container 1. The operation is performed the same steps that were described above in the section "installation container feeder developer".

(The principle of rotation of the container feeder developer)

Next, with reference to Fig is a description of the principle of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer. On Fig shows a drawing illustrating the principle upon which the container 1 filing developer will automatically turn "inward traction is violence".

When the drive gear 12 exerts a torque force to the second gear 6, which remains in engagement with the drive pinion 12 on plot P of the shaft of the second gear 6 impact torque force f created by the rotation of the second gear 6, and this torque force f acts on the actual container 1A. If this torque force f is greater than the resistance F (friction between the peripheral surface of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10, the receiving developer)that the device 10 has a container 1, the container 1A is rotated.

Therefore, it is desirable that the tangential force, which is transmitted to the container 1, the supply of the developer of the second gear 6, and which is created by the impact mechanism that generates a tangential force on the first gear 5, was more tangential resistance, which is the container 1 when interacting with the device 10, the receiving developer.

On the other hand, the tangential force, which is transmitted to the container 1, the supply of the developer from the second gear 6 after the release of the first gear 5 from the effects of generation engine torque effort, it is desirable to make smaller than at least the resistance to rotation, which is the container 1 from the device 10, the receiving developer.

Preferably, the button above the quantitative ratio between the tangential force and the resistance to rotation, remained from the time when the drive gear 12 begins to engage with the second gear 6 to the complete opening of the shutter 11 showing the node.

The magnitude of this torque f can be determined by measuring the amount of torque required to rotate (by hand) the drive gear 12 in the direction of opening movement of the shutter 11, when the drive gear 12 is in mesh with the second gear 6. More specifically, the drive gear 12 provided with a measuring shaft or similar device mounted coaxially and rotating together with the drive pinion 12. Then the value of the above-mentioned torque can be determined by measuring the torque required for rotation of the measuring shaft when the drive gear 12 is in the above condition. Obtained in this way, the torque value is the value of the required torque when the container 1 there is no toner.

The resistance value F is torsion can be determined by measuring the amount of torque required to rotate (by hand) the actual container 1A in the direction of movement of the shutter 11 shows the device at which the exhaust port 1E is opened. That is, this value is measured by turning the actual container 1A in the time period since the start of engagement of the drive gear 12 with the second gear 6, up to the moment when the shutter 11 is fully opened. More specifically, the drive gear 12 is removed from the device 10, the receiving developer, and set the measuring shaft or similar device, the axis of rotation of which coincides with the center of rotation of the actual container 1A. Then, the device for measuring torque measuring the resistance F is torsion, by measuring the torque required for rotation of the measuring shaft.

In this embodiment, used tensiometer (BTG 90 CN) company Tohnichi Co. Ltd. By the way, torque can be measured automatically using a measuring machine, comprising an electric motor and torque Converter, perform the function of the measuring device.

Further, this principle will be described in detail with reference to the model shown in Fig. It is assumed that the drive gear 12, the second gear 6 and the first gear 5 are the radius of the pitch circle a, b, and c, respectively; torque, measured at the center of each of the gears A, B and C, respectively (reference positions a, b and C also denote the centers of rotation of the respective gears). Further, the reference position E indicated the value of the "inward traction", which occurs after engagement of the drive gear 12 with the second gear, and a reference on what icia D indicated torque, necessary to rotate the actual container 1A around its center of rotation.

To the actual container 1A turned, it is necessary to: f>F, where

F=D/(b+c)

f=(c+2b)/(c+b)×E=(c+2b)/(c+b)×(C/c+B/b)

Therefore

(c+2b)/(c+b)×(C/c+B/b)>D/(b+c) and

(C/c+B/b)>D/(c+2b).

Therefore, to ensure rotation of the actual container 1A by generating "inward traction" it is desirable that the above conditions are met. Thus, it is reasonable to consider the means for torque increase or or decrease torque D.

That is actually the container 1A can be rotated by increasing the torque required to rotate the first gear 5, which is directly connected to the element 4, discharging the developer, and which is required for rotation of the second gear 6, while reducing resistance to twisting, which is actually the container 1A.

In this embodiment, the torque, required to rotate the first gear 5 is increased by the above-generating mechanism of resistance to twisting, thereby increasing the amount of torque required to rotate the second gear 6.

Given the fact that the actual container 1A is rotated by generating a "healthy lifestyles is spent inside traction", the amount of torque required to rotate the first gear 5, is preferably as high as possible. However, if the amount of torque required to rotate the first gear 5 is excessively large, the power consumption of the motor of the device 10, the receiving developer, will become excessively large, and the strength and durability of the gears will have to increase. Further, from the viewpoint of heat generated during the rotation of the first gear 5, it is undesirable that the amount of torque required to rotate the first gear 5 was too big. Therefore, it is desirable that the above-described torque tuned to an appropriate value by adjusting the pressure generated between the ring 14 and the inner surface 9b exciting element 9, and by careful selection of the material for the ring 14.

The magnitude of the resistance to twisting (the friction between the peripheral surface of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the wall of the socket under the container in the device 10, the receiving developer), which is the container 1, preferably should be as small as possible. In this embodiment, taking into account the above considerations, the friction is reduced as much as possible by reducing the area (peripheral surface) of the contact between the container 1A and the wall sockets to what nananom in the device 10, receiving the developer, by actually supply container 1A seal with increased lubricity or similar methods.

Next follows a specific description of the set operation, the torque required for rotation of the second gear 6.

The amount of torque required to rotate the second gear 6, preferably set taking into account the amount of force (torque), which should be attached to the container 1A (on the peripheral surface of the container 1, the supply of the developer), the diameter of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the diameter of the second gear 6, and the magnitude of eccentricity of the second gear 6. Here there is the following relationship between the resistance to rotation (twisting) F' actual container 1A, the diameter D' of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the amount of eccentricity "e" of the second gear 6 (distance from the center of rotation of the container 1 to the point at which the second gear 6 mounted on the shaft), and the diameter d' of the second gear 6:

The amount of torque required to rotate the second gear 6=F'×d'×D'/(2×(2e+d')).

You should start with the fact that the magnitude of the resistance to twisting F1' of the container 1, the supply of the developer is affected by the actual diameter of the container 1A, the size of the seal and seal design. However, it is reasonable to assume that the actual diameter to which the container 1A is 200-300 mm In this case, the resistance value of the curl of F' on the merits is set to 1H-N. Further, taking into account the actual diameter of the container 1A, the diameter d' of the second gear is 4-100 mm, and the amount of eccentricity "e" of the second gear 6 is selected in the range of 4-100 mm These values should be properly selected in accordance with the dimensions and specifications of the device for forming images. Thus, when conventional container 1 filing developer resistance to twisting for the second gear 6, calculated with respect to the minimum and maximum values of the above ranges is approximately 3.0×10-4N·m to 18.5 N·m

For example, if the diameter of the container to supply the developer, for example such as that used in the present embodiment, is 60 mm, the resistance value of the curl of F will be approximately 5H-100N.

Therefore, when the second gear 6 under this option is the eccentricity of 20 mm and a diameter of 20 mm, the resistance to twisting for the second gear 6 is preferably set less than 0.05 N·m and not more than 1.0 N·m using the above resistance to twisting F. Further, given the strength of the generating mechanism of resistance to twisting, the maximum resistance to twisting for the second gear 6 is preferably set to approximately 0,65 N·m Then there were the ina resistance to twisting for the second gear 6 is preferably not less than 0.1 N·m and not more than 0.5 N·m

In this embodiment, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is designed to take into account changes in various elements of the container 1 and apparatus for imaging so that the resistance value of the curl for the second gear 6 is 0.15 to 0.34 N·m, including the amount of resistance to twisting (about 0.05 N·m), which occurs when the stirring of the developer. However, the magnitude of the resistance to twisting that occurs when the stirring of the developer (the amount of torque required for mixing the developer), affected by the amount of the developer housed in the container 1, and the design used for mixing the developer. Therefore, the magnitude of the resistance to twisting for the second gear 6 should be set accordingly.

Next, after the automatic rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the locking element 7 unlinked, reducing the impact of the mechanism generating twisting efforts to zero. Thus, after detaching the locking element 7, the amount of torque necessary to drive the container 1, the supply of the developer, is only the amount of torque required for mixing of the developer (the rotation of the discharging element 4).

In this embodiment, the amount of torque required to drive vtoro the gear 6, after detaching the locking element 7 is approximately 0.05 N·m, i.e. the amount necessary for mixing the developer.

Given the magnitude of the load, which is subjected to the device 10, the receiving developer, and the amount of electricity consumed, it is desirable that the amount of torque required to rotate the second gear 6 upon disconnection of the locking element 7 is as small as possible. Assuming that the device for imaging has the design described for this option, if a portion of the torque required for rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, created by the mechanism generating the tangential force when disconnected the locking element 7 is not less than 0.05 N·m, the area generating tangential efforts will generate heat. Further, this heat can be accumulated and transferred to the developer housed in the container 1, thereby impairing its properties.

Therefore, it is desirable that the magnitude of the tangential effort, which generates the mechanism generating the tangential efforts after detaching the locking element 7, did not exceed 0.05 N·m

Next, one of the factors that should be seriously taken into account is the direction in which force is generated when the second is esterno 6 applies the rotating force of the drive gear 12.

More specifically, with reference to Fig, the rotating force (torque) F, which is generated in the area of the shaft of the second gear for rotating the actual container 1A), is one of the components of the force F with which the drive gear 12 acts on the second gear 6. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that depending on the potential correlation between the second gear 6 and driving gear 12 when they are meshed with each other, the rotating force (torque) can not be generated. In the case of the model shown in Fig, a straight line connecting the point (which in this model coincides with the center of rotation of the first gear 5), which is the rotation center of the actual container 1A, and point b, which is the center of rotation of the second gear 6, is a reference line. It is desirable that the angle θ (the angle measured in the clockwise direction from the reference line (0°)between this reference line and the straight line connecting the point b and the point a, which is the center of rotation of the drive gear 12), was not less than 90° and not more than 270°.

In particular, it is desirable that effectively used component of f (a direction which is parallel to the container 1A at the point of engagement between the second gear 6 and driving gear 12) this force F, which is generated at the point of engagement between the second sixth is erney 6 and the drive gear 12, when the driving force is transmitted from the drive gear 12. Therefore, the angle θ is preferably set not less than 120° and not more than 240°. Further, for more efficient utilization of this component (f) of the force F, which is generated in the direction f, it is desirable to set the angle θ is close to 180°. In this model, θ=180°.

In this embodiment, position, design, etc. of each gear is defined taking into account the above factors.

In reality, some amount of drive force is lost during the transmission from one gear to another. However, the model has been described without regard to such loss. In other words, needless to say that various structural characteristics of the container 1, the supply of the developer should be determined taking into account such losses, as described above, so that the container 1 filing developer automatically rotate into position.

As described above, in this embodiment, the first and second gears 5 and 6 are used as a means for transmitting drive force. Therefore, the means of transmission of drive force in this embodiment has a simple structure and, at the same time, provides reliable transmission of drive force.

Further, when tested according to the replenishment developer device that receives the developer, with the use of the container 1, the supply of the developer under this option, no problems svyazannyhs addition, and, therefore, it was possible to reliably form the image.

By the way, the selection device that receives the developer, is not limited to the above. For example, a device receiving the developer, can be made with the possibility removable installation in the apparatus for forming images. That is, it can be performed as a node imaging. An example of a node imaging is a process cartridge provided with the photosensitive element and at least one process tool from a number consisting of a charger, a cleaning device, etc. and the developing cartridge, equipped with a developing device.

Materials, methods of casting, the form of the various elements described above are not limited to the illustrated in this embodiment. They can be chosen freely, provided that the above effects are achieved.

(The mechanism of re-locking the locking element)

Sometimes indefinitely happens that when installing the container 1, the supply of the developer in the device 10, the receiving developer, the locking section 7b of the locking element 7 disengages from the breathtaking plot 9a exciting element 9. For example, it can be assumed that the user moves the locking element 7 gear accidentally touching the locking ele is enta 7 or temporarily removing the container 1, even if there is still a sufficient amount of the developer. Therefore, in this embodiment, the locking element 7 is of such construction that allows you to lock it up. Next is a detailed description of the mechanism of re-locking the locking element 7.

The container 1 of the filing of the developer in this embodiment is equipped with a mechanism of re-locking (guide mechanism) so that even if you encounter the above situation, the locking element can be re-lock. The locking mechanism re-presented on figa-14h. More specifically, figa shown derived from the engagement of the locking element 7, and the fig.14b shown in the engaged locking element 7. On figs→14d→14e shown as being in engagement of the locking mechanism 7 is withdrawn from engagement by the rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer occurring during the installation operation of the container 1. Next on Figg→14f→14e shown, as derived from the engagement of the locking member 7 is re-locked by the rotation of the cylinder 1, the supply of the developer during the operation of the extraction container 1.

On figa shown derived from the engagement of the locking element 7. The container 1 the supply of the developer is of such construction that when it is inserted into the device 10 receiving the developer, with the locking element 7, which is in the position shown in Fig is, the locking element is re-introduced into gear.

More specifically, when the container 1, the supply of the developer inserted into the device 10, the receiving developer, the locking section 7C, as a means of taking the effort to move the locking element extends over the groove 10h device 10 receiving the developer. This guide section 7C can be called the pickup device moves the efforts of the locking element, the reception area of the moving efforts locking element, a guiding device, activating the plot, SitePlayer lever locking element, etc. When the guide section 7C passes over the groove 10h, he comes into contact with the guide section 10j as a means of application transfers the force to the locking element, and, therefore, is pushed upward sloping section of the guide section 10j (figs→14d→14e). When the guide section 7C pushed upwards, the locking element 7 is rotated in the direction shown by the arrow And fig.14b. In the locking section 7b of the locking element 7 is captured breathtaking plot 9a exciting element 9. In this guide section 10j (10k) can be called the element adjacent the moving force to the locking element, device, making the moving force to the locking element, etc.

That is, to record the surrounding element 7 again engages (figa→14b→14h). In other words, the guide section 7C functions as a switching section for switching the locking element 7 of rescaling state to the engaged position.

On the other hand, when the user removes the container 1, the supply of the developer from the device 10, the receiving developer, for replacement or for any other reason, the locking element 7 remains derived from the mesh (the state shown in figa). The user must extract the container 1, the supply of the developer in this state, pulling it in the extraction direction by turning the knob 2 in the direction shown by the arrow In figure 10. When the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated, the guide section 7C of the locking element 7 is in contact with the guide section 10k, as shown in fig.14f, and is pushed up due to the inclination of the guide element 10k. When the guide section 7C is pushed upward, the locking element 7 is rotated and re-engages (figd→14f→14e). This ensures the restoration of the engagement of the locking element 7 before installing the container 1, even when the user temporarily remove the container 1 of the device 10 and then again tries to insert the same container 1.

Next, as shown figs, if the locking element 7 re-vveden engages with the above-described mechanism, rare, but possible, that the end of the locking section 7b of the locking element 7 directly face the end of an exciting plot 9a exciting element 9, thus preventing the engagement between the locking element 7 and a gripping element 9.

In the case of this option, however, even if the above phenomenon, the locking element 7 acts the force of the spring 8. Therefore, the locking element 7 is guaranteed to return into engagement. That is, after completion of the operation performed by the user, the installation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the first gear 5 rotates under the influence of drive force from the drive gear 12 of the main unit. Therefore, the end of the locking section 7b will be captured by section 9a exciting element 9, as shown in figa.

As described above, if the container 1, the supply of the developer has a structure according to the present variant, the locking element 7 is guaranteed to re-engages without execution of special operations. Therefore, even if the setup operation of the container 1 by turning automated, correct opening the shutter 11 showing node and the shutter 3 of the container are provided, and therefore, the device 10 is properly served developer.

(Option 2)

What follows is a description of the second variant of this is about invention. This option differs from the first design tool drive force transmission device transmitting drive force) of the container (1) submission of the developer. Otherwise, the second option has the same design as the first option. Therefore, part of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10, the receiving developer, this option is not related to the transfer device and the drive force, the detail will not be described. Further, the container 1 of the filing of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, which perform the same functions as in the first embodiment, are denoted by the same reference position as their counterparts in the first embodiment.

(The mechanism of re-locking the locking element)

On Fig shows a drawing illustrating the mechanism of re-locking the locking element. In this embodiment, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is so designed that the locking element is re-locked by rotation of the container 1, more specifically, the operation of rotation of the container 1 for removal. Next follows a specific description of this mechanism.

When the container 1, the supply of the developer is inserted into the device 10, the receiving developer, when extracted from the engagement of the locking element, the container 1 takes the state shown in figa. When the container 1 of this provision, the chief shall provide in the direction in which it must be rotated for installation in the discharge position of the developer, the guide section 7C is pushed by the sending section 10m, which means locking element for making moving efforts (section locking element for making moving efforts, device locking element for making the moving force), in the direction shown by the arrow And fig.15b.

Thus, the locking element 7 is rotated component forces And, that is component of the force which acts in the direction of rotation of the locking element 7, while he did not come to the right edge of the range As shown in figa. When the locking element 7 is shifted, as described above, it is moved into the working position shown in figa, due to the elasticity of the spring 8. As a result, the locking section 7b is engaged with a gripping plot 9a exciting element 9. That is, the locking member 7 is re-locked. In other words, the guide section 7C acts as a switching section for switching the locking element 7 from the state of lack of engagement in the status of the engagement.

To allow rotation of the container 1, the supply of developer to the introduction of the locking element 7 engages or taking it out of engagement, gellately is about, to guide section 7C moved directing sloping plot of 10m in the direction of the radius of the actual container 1A.

On Fig shows a schematic drawing illustrating the relationship between the movement guide section 7C, and the guide section 10m. In the drawing the reference position And the position in which the guide section 7C, when it is not active (the locking element 7 is not in the engaged position), and the reference position shown In the position in which the guide section 7C, when it is active (the locking element 7 is in the engaged position). Further, it is assumed that the guide section 7C during the operation of supply of the developer is in the inactive position.

When the container 1A is rotated in the direction shown by the arrow D, while remaining in the above state, the guide section 7C comes into contact with the guide section 10m and then moves to position C. However, it does not move in the direction of the radius of the container 1, the supply of the developer. Therefore, the guide section 7C is faced with a guiding section 10m, preventing further rotation of the actual container 1A.

On the contrary, if the inactive and active positions guide section 7C are provisions b and C, respectively, and napravlyayus the plot 7C is in the inactive position during the feeding of the developer, the guide section 7C is moved from position b to position With rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the direction shown by the arrow D. In this case, the guide section 7C is moved relative to the center of rotation of the actual container 1A. Therefore, the guide section 7C is moved to the position in which it does not contact with the lower portion of the guide section 10m. When the guide section 7C is in this position, you can rotate the container 1, the supply of the developer to remove it. As described above, to switch the locking element 7 between active and inactive positions, it is desirable that the container 1 of the filing of the developer was made so that during rotation of the container 1, the portion of the edge of the locking element 7 is deviated from the rotation center of the actual container 1A in the direction of the radius of the actual container 1A. Obviously, this is true, when the locking element is newly introduced in the engaged position, when showing the container 1 is installed.

Next, with reference to Fig will be described in detail a sequence of re-introduction engages the locking element 7 mechanism of re-locking. On figa shows the state of the container 1, the supply of the developer before the container is rotated after it is inserted, and fig.17b shows the state of the container 1, the second gear kotorogo is engaged with the pinion gear 12, and which is ready to receive the driving force from the drive gear 12. On figs shows the state of the container 1 after the automatic rotation driving force from the drive gear 12 and the fig.17d shows the state of the container 1, the locking element 7 which came out of engagement. On file shows the state of the container 1, when the release protrusion of the locking element stalkivaetsja with the locking element 7, and the fig.17f shows the state of the container 1, when the locking element 7 and release the protrusion of the locking element does not collide with each other. On Figg and 17h shows the state of the container 1 after re-locking the locking element 7.

(Re-locking of the container to supply the developer)

What follows is a description of the operation of re-locking of the container 1, the supply of the developer, when the container 1 is removed for replacement or for any other reason.

(1) First, the user must open the cover 15 for replacement of the container 1, the supply of the developer.

(2) Then the user must rotate the container 1 from its operating position to its original position in the device to which the developer by turning the knob 2 in the direction opposite the arrow on fig.10b. That is, the container 1 is returned to its original position, taking the orientation shown in figa. While rescale is a first protrusion 5A of the locking element is in contact with a plot 7a, host release force, as shown in Fig 17f, the guide section 7a and the guide section 10n rest against each other when the container 1 is rotated, causing the locking element 7 to start rotating in the direction shown by the arrow In fig.17f.

After the locking element 7 rotates to the right edge of the plot And five, he then turns under the action of the elasticity of the spring 8 in the position shown in figs.

Further, when the mutual location of the release protrusion 5A and section 7a of the intake release efforts such that they face each other, as shown in Figi, the guide section 7C of the locking element 7, when the container 1, the supply of the developer turns popped guide section 10n in the direction of a Century After that, when rotating the first gear 5, the mutual location of the release protrusion 5A and section 7a of the intake release efforts becomes as shown in Figg, or as shown in fig.17h, due to the release profile plot 5A and profile section 7a of the intake release efforts. Therefore, the mutual position remains the same until the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated back to its original position in the device 10, the receiving developer.

Further, the second gear 6 and driving gear 12, with regards the OTE container 1 filing developer disengage with each other. So, by the time when the container 1 is rotated to its original position, the second gear 6 and driving gear 12 do not interfere with each other.

(3) Finally, the user must extract the container 1, the supply of the developer held in the initial position of the device 10, the receiving developer, and insert a new container 1 in the device 10. The steps of this operation are similar to the steps described in the Operation section for setting the container to supply the developer" for the first option.

As described above, even when the user sets the same container 1 supply of the developer, the above-described locking mechanism re-enables automatic rotation and proper installation of the container 1, the supply of the developer.

Moreover, in this embodiment, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is so designed that the locking of the container 1 the locking section 7b must move relative to the rotation center of the actual container 1A in the radial direction of the actual container 1A. Therefore, for locking the container 1, the supply of the developer, the guide section 7C should move in the radial direction of the actual container 1A during the rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer. However, the container 1 of the filing of the developer may be so designed that the locking element 7 moves in the axial direction of the actual container 1A, as shown in figa and 18b, for locking the container 1, the supply of the developer during rotation of the container 1 (figa: before turning, fig.18b: after turning). That is, the device 10 receiving the developer, provided with a surface inclined so that the locking element 7 is moved in the axial direction of the container 1, the supply of the developer, and the container 1 is locked by moving the guide section 7C in contact with the inclined surface.

In this design all that is necessary to switch the locking element 7 between the engaged position and the position of the coupler, using the rotary movement of the actual container 1A is attached to the guiding section 7C so shaped that, when the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated, the locking element 7 is moved in the direction parallel to the rotation center of the actual container 1A.

By the way, the guide section 7C, described above, may move the locking element 7 by contact with the guide sections 10m and 10n, regardless of whether he has the right angles or not. However, from the viewpoint of smoothness of movement of the locking element 7, it is desirable to round the corners (Fig).

Further, as to form guides plots 10m and 10n, the order of the movement guide section 7C within the above range of rotation can be controlled by the shape of the guide part is Cove 10m and 10n.

For example, due to the design of the locking element 7, move management tool rotation from the inactive position to the active, using the rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer to the discharge position of the developer is more difficult than using the rotation of the container 1 in the direction of extraction. Therefore, the guide section 10m is made smaller than the guide section 10n in terms of offset guide section 7C in the direction of the radius of the actual container 1A, relative to a predetermined angle, which rotates the container 1 (Fig).

(The third option)

What follows is a description of the third variant of the present invention. This option differs from the first only by the design tool drive force transmission device transmitting drive force) of the container (1) submission of the developer. That is, other components have the same construction as the container 1, the supply of the developer in the above-described first embodiment, and therefore will not be described in detail. The elements of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, in this embodiment, which perform the same functions as in the first embodiment, are denoted by the same reference position as their counterparts in the first embodiment. Further, in this embodiment uses the same locking mechanism as in the first embodiment, but instead is that it is possible to use the locking mechanism on the second option.

As shown in figa and 21b, the container 1 filing developer has such a structure that the driving force is transferred to the conveying element 4 through the four gears 6, 6A, 6b and 6c.

To transmit drive force to the first gear 5 is used an odd number of gears. Further, the direction in which it rotates the gear 6A which engages with the drive pinion 12, coincides with the direction in which automatically rotates the container 1.

In addition, in this embodiment, the driving force is supplied to the drive gear 12, as in the first embodiment, even if the container 1 filing developer has the design described above. As of the filing of the drive force, the actual container 1A is automatically rotated by this driving force through the gear 6A, which is in mesh with the drive pinion 12.

If the design of the container 1, the supply of the developer to transfer drive force to the first gear uses a few gears, the cost of these gears greatly increases the cost of the container. Therefore, the gears 6A, 6b and 6C are preferably identical.

From the viewpoint of cost reduction, the preferred construction of the container of the supply of the developer by the first option.

(Fourth edition)

What follows is a description of the fourth version. This option is different from the first only by the design tool drive force transmission device transmitting drive force) of the container (1) submission of the developer. That is, other components have the same construction as the container 1, the supply of the developer in the above-described first embodiment, and therefore will not be described in detail. The elements of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, in this embodiment, which perform the same functions as in the first embodiment, are denoted by the same reference position as their counterparts in the first embodiment. Further, in this embodiment uses the same locking mechanism as in the first embodiment, but instead, you can use the locking mechanism on the second option.

As shown in Fig, in this embodiment, the means for transmitting drive force contains the first gear 5, the second gear 6 and the third gear, made of such material, which gives its peripheral surface with a high coefficient of friction. A third gear mounted coaxially with the second gear 6. The drive gear 12 of the device that receives the developer, also formed from a material with a high coefficient of friction.

Even in the case of the combination of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10, the receiving developer having the above structure and is made of the material described above, the container 1 can be rotated automatically, as in the first embodiment.

Moreover, from the point of view of correct transmission of the drive gain is I, the application in this embodiment, the means of transmission of drive force, such as in the first embodiment, consisting of gears (toothed wheels), is preferred.

(Fifth version)

Next, with reference to figa-23d, followed by a description of the fifth variant of the container 1, the supply of the developer. On figa presents a perspective view of the container 1, the supply of the developer, and fig.23b presents a schematic drawing of the locking element. On figs shows the end face of the container 1 from the drive before turning the container 1, and fig.23d shows the end face of the container 1 after the rotation of the container 1. The container 1 of the filing of the developer under this option has the primary structure, which is the same as in the first embodiment. Therefore, the description of the basis for the design of the container 1, the supply of the developer in this embodiment is omitted. In other words, in this embodiment, will be described only those constituent elements of a container 1 of the filing of the developer, which differ from the corresponding structural characteristics of the container 1 in the first embodiment. Further, the container 1 of the filing of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, in this embodiment, is identical to the same elements in the first embodiment, are denoted by the same reference position, as in the first embodiment.

This option differs from the first variant the fact that in this embodiment, the rotation of the first the second gear 5 is locked relative to the actual container 1A thus that it does not rotate relative to the actual container 1A. That is, the second gear, the first gear cannot rotate relative to the actual container 1A.

More specifically, as shown in figa and 23b, the first gear 5 is made as an integral part of the gripping element 9 and the ring 14 is missing. Next, release the projection 10f for unlocking the locking element 7, belongs to the device 10, the receiving developer.

In this embodiment, when the second gear 6 applies drive force from the drive gear 12 of the device 10, the receiving developer, the force generated in the direction of retracting the actual container 1 inside, because the locking element 7 prevents the rotation of the second gear 6 relative to the actual container 1A through the first gear 5.

Therefore, the actual container 1A is automatically rotated as the actual container 1A in the first embodiment. So the plot 7b receive release efforts locking element 7 comes into contact with the projection 10f, making release force, and is popped up release projection 10f in the direction shown by arrow B. as a result, the first gear 5 is unlocked.

In addition, in this embodiment, the first gear 5 and a gripping element 9 is designed as an integral part of each other so that airaudi element 7 is captured breathtaking element 9. In principle, as long as the gear is locked, no matter at what point gear this gear is locked. That is, the transmission gear can be locked, locking the first gear 5 or the second gear 6.

In the first embodiment, as described above, the portion of the container 1, the supply of the developer, through which driving force is attached to the container 1 in the direction of rotation of the container 1, is a shaft running gear 6. Thus, the greater the distance of the shaft from the center of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, the easier you can rotate the container 1, and therefore it is possible to reduce the amount of load that must withstand the second gear 6. In the case where rotation of the first gear 5 relative to the container 1, the supply of the developer is controlled so as in this embodiment, the greater the distance between the element to release the first gear 5 from the control, the less the load acting on the element for uncoupling the first gear 5 with a control element, and, consequently, the less must be the physical strength of release element.

In this embodiment, elements such as the ring 4 used in the first embodiment, is not required. Therefore this option allows you to reduce the cost of the container 1, the supply of the developer.

However, due to changes of various components shall now container 1 of the filing of the developer and the device 10, receiving the developer, as well as their positioning, there is a probability that the point in time at which the discharging hole 1b of the developer will be fully connected with the reception hole 10b, will not coincide with the point in time at which the first gear 5 is unlocked. Therefore, the structure according to the first variant, in which there are no problems of this type, is preferred.

(Sixth version)

Next, with reference to Fig, followed by a description of a sixth variant of the container 1, the supply of the developer according to the present invention. The container 1 of the filing of the developer under this scenario also has the same basic design as the container in the first embodiment. Therefore, description of those parts of the container 1 under this option, which is similar to parts of the container in the first embodiment, is omitted. That is, it describes only those parts of the container 1, the supply of the developer, which differ from the corresponding parts in the first embodiment. Further, those elements of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, which have the same functions as the corresponding elements in the first embodiment, are denoted by the same reference position as the corresponding elements in the first embodiment. Further, this option will be described with reference to the case when the mechanism is used again to record the project in the first embodiment. However, the following description of this option remains valid for the case when the mechanism is used to re-lock on the second option.

In this embodiment, as a means of the drive force transmission device transmitting drive force) is used, only the first gear 5. The second and third gears are missing. Further, the first gear 5 is an integral part of the above-described gripping element 9. The ring 14 is missing. The first gear 5 is locked in the locking element 7 so that it cannot rotate relative to the actual container 1A.

In this embodiment, the first gear 5 is engaged with the pinion gear 12 at the end of the installation operation of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the device 10, the host developer. When the drive gear 12 which engages with the first gear 5, served the driving force, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is rotated because the rotation of the first gear relative to the actual container 1A is locked in the locking element 7, which is the managing agent.

Therefore, the actual container 1A in this embodiment is also automatically rotated as the actual container 1A of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the first embodiment. When the container 1, the supply of the developer turns the plot 7b receive rasce the Commissioner efforts locking element 7 is in contact with the release protrusion 10A of the device 10, receiving the developer, at approximately the same time, when the outlet 1b of the developer and the reception hole 10b is an ideal combined each other. Thus, when the container 1, the supply of the developer is rotated further, the locking element 7 is pushed upward and disengages from the first gear 5.

Further, in this embodiment, when the locking element 7 is engaged with the first gear 5, the first gear 5 cannot rotate relative to the container 1 of the filing of the developer. However, the container 1 may have the following construction: rotation of the first gear 5 relative to the container 1 can be prevented by acting on the first gear 5 and the tangential force. For example, between the first gear 5 and the container 1 can be placed elastic element, such as the ring 14 in the first embodiment. That is, the container 1 of the filing of the developer may be so designed that the first gear 5 is held under load, large enough container 1 is automatically turned for installation, but not large enough to prevent rotation of the first gear 5 relative to the container 1 of the filing of the developer. In this case, the release element is the same as in the first embodiment.

As stated above, this variant differs from the first variant the fact that in this embodiment, the operation of turning the con is anera supply of developer 1 after installation can be automated completely. Therefore, this option could further improve the usability of the container 1, the supply of the developer compared to the first option. Further, this option does not require an item such as a ring 14 in the first embodiment, which can further reduce the cost of the container 1, the supply of the developer.

However, due to changes in the size and position of the various components in the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, there is a probability that the point in time when the outlet 1b of the developer is fully connected with the reception hole 10b, will not coincide with the time when the first gear 5 is unlocked. Further, installation of the container 1 in the device 10 causes the contact of the first gear 5 with the drive pinion 12 with the direction parallel to their axes. Therefore, there is a possibility that the teeth of the first gear 5 will collide with the teeth of the drive gear 12, which can hinder the installation of the container 1 until the end of the device 10. Therefore, the first option is more desirable, as it is free from adverse effects that may occur in this variant.

(Seventh version)

Next, with reference to Fig, followed by a description of a seventh variant of the container 1, the supply of the developer according to the present invention. The container 1 in this embodiment also has the same core is Wu design, as the container in the first embodiment. Therefore, description of those parts of the container 1 under this option, which is similar to parts of the container in the first embodiment, is omitted. That is, it describes only those parts of the container 1, the supply of the developer, which differ from the corresponding parts in the first embodiment. Further, those elements of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, which have the same functions as the corresponding elements in the first embodiment, are denoted by the same reference position as the corresponding elements in the first embodiment. Further, this option will be described with reference to the case when the mechanism is used to re-lock in the first embodiment. However, the following description of this option remains valid for the case when the mechanism is used to re-lock on the second option.

In this embodiment, the means for transmitting drive force (device transmit drive force) contains the first gear 5, the drive belt 16 and two pulley on which the belt 16 are wearing and natjanutoi addition, in this embodiment, the first gear 5 and a gripping element 9 made integral, as shown in Fig, and the ring 14 is missing. First gear is held locked on the container 1A, the locking element 7 so that it does not rotate about the regarding the actual container 1A.

Further, in this embodiment, to prevent slippage of the belt relative to the pulleys, the inner surface of the belt and the outer surface of the pulleys processed to give them a high coefficient of friction. Moreover, in order to further impede slippage of the belt 16 relative to the pulley, facing the inside surface of the belt and facing outward surface of each pulley may be provided with teeth so that the teeth of the belt 16 engages with the teeth of the pulleys.

In this embodiment, when the container 1, the supply of the developer when installed in the device 10, the receiving developer, is rotated by the user at a certain angle, the teeth of the belt 16 engages with the driving gear 12 of the device 10, the receiving driving force. Then, after closing the user door of the container on the drive gear 12 will be filed with the driving force, this driving force is converted into a force which acts in the direction of rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer, because the first gear 5 is locked relative to the actual container 1A locking element, which is the managing agent, and, thereby, its rotation relative to the actual container 1A is locked.

Therefore, the actual container 1A auto powerchip who is, as the container 1A in the first embodiment. As a result, approximately simultaneously with the full combination of the outlet 1b of the developer with a reception hole 10b, section 7b of the receiving release efforts locking element 7 facing section 10A of disengagement of the locking element of the device 10, the receiving developer, and pushes up the locking element in the direction shown by the arrow In releasing the first gear 5 from the locking element 7.

This option has a great advantage compared with the first option because it leaves more room for design (positioning) means for transmitting drive force.

However, in this embodiment, there is a possibility that due to changes in the sizes of the various components and the positions of the components, the point in time at which the discharging hole 1b of the developer will be fully connected with the reception hole 10b, will not coincide with the point in time at which the first gear 5 is unlocked. Therefore, the design of the first option is more desirable, since it is free from harmful effects that may appear in this version.

Further, in this embodiment, the container 1 filing developer has such a structure that the first gear rigidly locked on the container 1A. what, however, the actual container 1A may be so designed, to the first gear was subjected to tangential forces, as in the first embodiment. In this case, the locking element 7 is withdrawn from engagement release the tab that rotates with the first gear 5 relative to the actual container 1A, allowing to connect the outlet 1b with a reception hole 10b at the right time.

(Eighth version)

Next, with reference to Fig and 27, followed by a description of the eighth variant of the container 1, the supply of the developer according to the present invention. The container 1 according to this variant also has the same basic design as the container in the first embodiment. Therefore, description of those parts of the container 1 under this option, which is similar to parts of the container in the first embodiment, is omitted. That is, it describes only those parts of the container 1, the supply of the developer, which differ from the corresponding parts in the first embodiment. Further, those elements of the container 1, the supply of the developer and the device 10 receiving the developer, which have the same functions as the corresponding elements in the first embodiment, are denoted by the same reference position as the corresponding elements in the first embodiment. Further, this option will be described with reference to the case when the mechanism is used to re-lock in the first embodiment. However, the following description e the CSO option remains valid for the case when the mechanism is used to re-lock on the second option.

On Fig shows a schematic view in perspective of the container 1, the supply of the developer under this option. On figa, 27b and 27C shows the drawings, sequentially illustrating the process steps for installation of the container 1 under this option. That is figa shows the container 1, the supply of the developer at the end of the stage at which it is inserted, and on fig.27b shows the container 1 immediately after its engagement with the drive pinion 12 for receiving drive force. On figs shows the container 1 after the complete connection of the outlet 1b with a reception hole 10b by the rotation of the container 1.

The container 1 of the filing of the developer in the embodiment of the present invention described immediately before this section had a design in which the actual container 1A is automatically turned by using the transfer drive force. However, the container 1 of the filing of the developer under this option differs from the foregoing that is equipped with an adjustable cylindrical shutter which is installed around the actual container 1A with automatic rotation.

That is, the container 1 of the filing of the developer in this embodiment has a so-called design double cylinder. More specifically, it has an internal cylinder 800 (which function is ionium as the actual cylinder), storing the developer, and the outer cylinder 300 (which functions as a dummy container), which is rotatable element mounted around the inner cylinder 800.

The inner cylinder 800 is equipped with gears 5 and 6 and is actually a container 1A of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the first embodiment. It is also provided with a guide groove 700, a pair of connecting projections 1E and guide 1g. Guide groove 700 made so that it is possible to insert the guide 500, which is provided with a peripheral surface of the inner cylinder. It provides the direction of the outer cylinder when the outer cylinder is rotated relative to the inner cylinder. Next, the installation guide 1g designed to control the angle and position of the container 1, the supply of the developer relative to the device 10, the receiving developer, when the container 1 is inserted into the device 10. Next, plot pinion shaft 5 is rigidly connected to the section of the shaft of the mixing element 4 in the inner cylinder so that the gear 5 and a mixing element 4 are rotated together. That is, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is performed so that the gears 5 and 6 it is difficult to rotate relative to the outer cylinder 300, when these gears 5 and 6 are driven pinion gear 12 of the device 10, the host about the representative. Thus, when the gears 5 and 6 are driven gear 12, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is automatically rotated to the position for discharging the developer.

In this embodiment, the inner cylinder 800 is equipped with a hole 900 for discharging the developer. Further, the outer cylinder 300 is equipped with a hole 400 (which serves as the outlet of the developer), which is connected with the hole 900 for discharging the developer. Directly after the container 1, the supply of the developer is inserted, the hole 900 of the inner cylinder and the hole 400 of the outer cylinder not connected to each other. That is, the outer cylinder 300 still plays a role blinds container.

Further, the hole of the outer cylinder 300 is closed by a closing film 600, which is attached to the outer cylinder 300 so that the user can tear off before turning the container 1, the supply of the developer and after the container 1 is inserted into the device 10, the receiving developer.

Further, the container 1 of the supply of the developer is provided with an elastic seal which is located between the inner and outer cylinders, 800 and 300, surrounding the hole 900 of the inner cylinder 800, to prevent leakage of the developer. This elastic seal is kept external and internal cylinders 800 and 300 compressed with a predetermined force.

Directly after that is about, as the container 1, the supply of the developer to be inserted into the device 10, the receiving developer, hole 900 in the inner cylinder is combined with the receiving hole of the device 10, the receiving developer, then as a hole 400 in the outer cylinder 300 is combined with the receiving hole of the device 10, and converted approximately straight up.

When the container 1, the supply of the developer is in the above state, it must be rotated in the unloading position of the developer, as the container 1 in the first embodiment described above (figa→27b→27(C)). When the container 1 is rotated, only the outer cylinder is automatically rotated relative to the inner cylinder, which remains attached to the device 10, the receiving developer, so that the rotating inner cylinder is almost impossible.

That is, the shutter showing the node is opened by operation of the rotation of the container 1, the supply of the developer in the operating position (discharge position of the developer). Further, the hole 900 of the outer cylinder 800 is brought to the position in which it is addressed directly to the receiving hole of the device 10, the host developer (figs). As a result, the hole 400 of the inner cylinder, the hole 900 of the outer cylinder and the receiving hole of the developer device 10 is ideally combined and connected. The opportunity under the sun to the developer in the device 10.

The operation for removing the container 1, the supply of the developer by this variant of the device 10, the receiving developer, similar to the above described operations for the previous variants. That is, the outer cylinder 300 to rotate in the direction opposite to that in which it was rotated to translate into the working position (figs→27b→27A). When the container 1 is rotated due to rotation of the outer cylinder 300 are sequentially carried out the operation to close the hole 400 of the inner cylinder 300 and the operation for closing the inlet opening of the device 10, the host developer. The hole 900 of the outer cylinder remains closed. However, when the container 1 is extracted from the device 10, the opening 400 in the inner cylinder is closed by the outer cylinder and, optionally, a hole 900 of the outer cylinder facing almost straight up. Therefore, the number of their broken developer when removing the container 1 is very small.

In this embodiment, the hole 400 is made in the cylindrical wall of the actual container 1A. However, the position of the opening 400 may be different. For example, the shape of the shutter container may be such that has a wipe container in the first embodiment so that the outer cylinder-shaped cover of the container in the first embodiment, is rotated, moving away from the hole 900 inner cylinder is a, in order to "open" the container 1 of the filing of the developer. In this case, the outer cylinder is not provided with a hole 400, designed for the discharge of the developer.

Above the present invention has been described with reference to containers of feed of the developer and the supply system of the developer in the embodiments from the first to the eighth. However, the constructive elements of containers and delivery systems developer in these eight options can be modified, combined and/or replaced as necessary, if such changes are within the scope of the present invention.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY

As described above, according to the present invention it is possible to create a container for the supply of the developer, requiring significantly less effort required to drive the container, after it is installed in the discharge position of the developer than the containers of the prior art.

Although the container of the supply of the developer and supply system developer according to the present invention has been described with reference to options 1-8, options 1-8 can be combined or replaced within the concept of the present invention.

1. Container feeder developer made with the possibility removable installation in the device to which the developer containing the drive means and the means of application moves to strengthen the I, designed for bias application efforts, and container feeder developer is installed the installation operation, including at least its rotation in the direction of installation, the container feeder developer contains:
rotatable discharging member for discharging the developer from the above-mentioned container supply developer;
a means for transmitting drive force is designed to transmit drive force from the drive means on said discharging element;
movable restraining means is arranged to move between a work position in which relative rotation of the means of transmitting drive force relative to the container to supply the developer is constrained to rotate the container to supply the developer in the direction of installation of the driving force received from the driving means, and a non-working position; and
the tool receiving moving efforts designed to receive, from the funds of the application moving efforts, efforts to move the restraining means from the outside position to the working position.

2. The container according to claim 1, in which the tool receiving moving effort takes the effort from the mentioned tools application moving efforts through operation in which the container for the supply of the developer is inserted in condition the device, receiving the developer.

3. The container according to claim 2, in which the direction in which the container for the supply of the developer is inserted in the device to which the developer is essentially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the container to supply the developer.

4. The container according to claims 1, 2 or 3, wherein the tool receiving moving effort takes the effort from the mentioned tools application moving efforts through the operation of the extraction container to supply the developer from the device receiving the developer.

5. The container according to claim 4, in which the extraction direction of the container supply of the developer from the device receiving the developer is essentially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the container to supply the developer.

6. The container according to claim 1, in which the tool receiving moving effort takes the effort from the application moves the efforts by turning in the direction opposite to the direction of installation, during the extraction container to supply the developer from the device receiving the developer.

7. The container according to claim 1, in which the tool receiving moving effort is made integrally with a deterrent.

8. The container according to claim 1, in which the restraining means prevents the rotation of the means of transmitting drive force relative to the container to supply the developer.

9. The container according to claim 1, in which the restraining means includes a triggering mechanism, equipped with forced means.

10. The container according to claim 1, additionally containing a storage area that stores a developer, and a hole for discharging the developer from the storage area, while restraining means restrains relative rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the storage area to allow rotation of the specified storage area in the direction of the installation under the influence of drive force.

11. The container according to claim 1, additionally containing a storage area for storing the developer, and the rotary element is made with the possibility of rotation around the area of storage, with a restraining means restrains relative rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the rotary element to enable rotation of the specified rotary member in the mounting direction under the influence of drive force.

12. The container according to claim 11, in which the hole of the storage area and the hole of the rotary element included in the message with each other during rotation of the rotary element.

13. The container according to claim 1 in which the means for transmitting drive force contains a pinion arranged to mesh with a driving tool.

14. The container is about to claim 1, in which a vehicle drive force contains an endless belt having a toothed portion, is arranged to mesh with a driving tool.

15. The container according to claim 1 in which the means for transmitting drive force contains gear made with the possibility of axial rotation with discharging element, with deterrent made with the possibility of deterrence relative rotation of the gear relative to the container to supply the developer.

16. The container according to claim 1, in which, when the container supply developer is rotated from the position in which it can be inserted and ejected at a given angle in the direction of installation, a vehicle drive force is in operative engagement with a driving tool, and then the container supply developer is rotated in the direction to the feeding position of the developer driving force received from the transmission medium drive force.

17. Supply system developer containing:
the device that receives the developer,
the container feed of the developer, which is made with the possibility removable installation in the device that receives the developer, and which is installed in the installation operation, including at least its rotation in the direction of installation,
the device receiving the developer contains a CR what water means to the drive force application means application moving efforts designed for applications bias force;
and container feeder developer contains a rotatable discharging member for discharging the developer from the container to supply the developer, a means for transmitting drive force is designed to transmit drive force from the drive means for discharging element, a movable restraining means is arranged to move between a work position in which relative rotation of the means of transmitting drive force relative to the container to supply the developer is constrained to rotate the container to supply the developer in the direction of installation of the driving force received from the driving means, and a non-working position; and means receiving moving efforts to receive, from the funds of the application moving efforts, efforts to move the restraining means from the non-working position to the working position.

18. System 17, in which the tool receiving moving effort takes the effort from the mentioned tools application moving efforts through operation in which the container for the supply of the developer is inserted in the device to which the developer.

19. System p, in which the direction in which the container for the supply of the developer is inserted in the device to which the developer is essentially parallel the m longitudinal direction of the container to supply the developer.

20. System p, 18 or 19, in which the tool receiving moving effort takes the effort from the mentioned tools application moving efforts through operation of the extraction container supply of the developer from the device receiving the developer.

21. The system according to claim 20, in which the extraction direction of the container supply of the developer from the device receiving the developer is essentially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the container to supply the developer.

22. System 17, in which the tool receiving moving effort takes the effort from the application moves the efforts by turning in the direction opposite to the direction of installation, during the extraction container to supply the developer from the device receiving the developer.

23. System 17, in which the tool receiving moving effort is made integrally with a deterrent.

24. System 17, in which the restraining means prevents the rotation of the means of transmitting drive force relative to the container to supply the developer.

25. System 17, in which the restraining means includes a triggering mechanism, equipped with forced means.

26. System 17, in addition, contains a storage area that stores the developer, the opening for discharging the developer from participants who and storage, this restraining means restrains relative rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the storage area to allow rotation of the specified storage area in the direction of the installation under the influence of drive force.

27. System 17, in addition, contains a storage area for storing the developer, and the rotary element is made with the possibility of rotation around the area of storage, with a restraining means restrains relative rotation means of transmitting drive force relative to the rotary element to enable rotation of the specified rotary member in the mounting direction under the influence of drive force.

28. The system according to item 27, in which the hole of the storage area and the hole of the rotary element included in the message with each other during rotation of the rotary element.

29. System 17, in which a vehicle drive force contains a pinion arranged to mesh with a driving tool.

30. System 17, in which a vehicle drive force contains an endless belt having a toothed portion, is arranged to mesh with a driving tool.

31. System 17, in which a vehicle drive force contains gear, made possible with the TEW coaxial rotation with discharging element, this deterrent is made with the possibility of deterrence relative rotation of the gear relative to the container to supply the developer.

32. System 17, in which, when the container supply developer is rotated from the position in which it can be inserted and ejected at a given angle in the direction of installation, a vehicle drive force is in operative engagement with a driving tool, and then the container supply developer is rotated in the direction to the feeding position of the developer driving force received from the transmission medium drive force.



 

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16 cl, 27 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: system for feeding developer has a device for receiving the developer, which has a docking area for placing the container for feeding the developer with possibility of removal, and a driving gear wheel. The container for feeding the developer has an accommodating area for accommodating the developer, a developer outlet opening, an adjustment element for adjusting orientation of the container for feeding the developer relative the device for receiving the developer, a stopper area for preventing rotation of the container for feeding the developer in the direction of alerting the element for feeding the developer and the driving apparatus.

EFFECT: design of a container for feeding developer, in which the characteristic for output of the developer is high, while preventing rotation of the container for feeding the developer in the direction which is opposite the given direction, and while reducing scattering of the developer.

38 cl, 34 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: development cartridge comprises development agent container, development agent mixer arranged in toner-cartridge, feeder to feed developing agent to developing roll, developing roll develop electrostatic image on photo conductor, and power receiver to drive only one gear wheel of gear wheel set of power receiver. Power receiver is arranged to turn in two and more positions to adopt to imager position. Initial position of power receiver is that of reception of input power. Power receiver drive comprises pressure unit, deflector, spring and torsion spring. Power receiver drive is controlled by pressure unit. With pressure unit depressed, power receiver turns into another position of input power reception at the action of torsion spring. This invention may be incorporated with diverse imagers.

EFFECT: development cartridge that may be used in diverse imagers.

6 cl, 6 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: developing device used with an image forming device has a cartridge for the developing agent having an outlet opening for releasing the developing agent; a developing cartridge in which the cartridge for the developing agent is detachably fitted and in which there is an inlet opening for the developing agent from the outlet opening of the cartridge for the developing agent; and a connecting element which connects the outlet opening of the cartridge for the developing agent and the inlet opening of the developing cartridge so that the developing agent is fed from the cartridge for the developing agent into the developing cartridge, wherein owing to design of the cartridge for the developing agent, the developing cartridge and the connecting element, flow of the developing agent from the cartridge for the developing agent into the developing cartridge is controlled based on pressure of the developing agent in the developing cartridge.

EFFECT: design of a developing cartridge with a detachable cartridge for developing agent, which enables filling the developing agent by only replacing the detachable cartridge for developing agent, control of flow of the developing agent from the detachable cartridge for the developing agent into the developing cartridge.

35 cl, 15 dwg

FIELD: machine building.

SUBSTANCE: container for developer supply installed into device of developer receiving is actuated in ready position by operator turning container of developer supply in direction of ready position. The disclosed here container consists of containing section to contain developer, of a rotary outlet element for discharge of developer from the containing section and of an element of a driven transmission for engagement with a driven gear arranged in the structure of the developer reception to transfer driving force onto discharge element. Also the element of driven transmission can engage the driven gear when the operator turns the developer supply container into ready position. The element of the driven transmission is loaded for turn of the developer supply container in the ready position when this element is actuated with a driving force.

EFFECT: reduced wear of driven gear and element of driven transmission.

33 cl, 33 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: image forming device has: developing apparatus for supplying toner medium to an image carrier; a toner medium container which has a unit for feeding the stored toner medium to the developing apparatus; an element for detecting the amount of toner medium remaining in the container; and a controller for changing supply rate of the feeding unit when the amount of remaining toner medium detected by the detection element is below a given level in order to uniformly maintain the amount of toner medium fed from the container to the developing apparatus.

EFFECT: maintenance of uniform amount of toner medium fed from the container into the developing apparatus in order to prevent a defective image.

27 cl, 8 dwg, 1 tbl

FIELD: physics, photography.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to an image forming device and specifically to configuration of a developer unit of an image forming device. The developer cartridge has case with an attachment section which receives the developer cartridge in order to fill the developer cartridge case with an amount of developer equal to that consumed through the developer cartridge case and an element which forms the cover which closes the opening of the attachment section when the cartridge for the developer is not fitted into the developer cartridge. The element which forms the cover has a part for collecting the remaining developer. The developer unit has a developer cartridge which includes a developer supply unit which contains developer, and an attachment section with an opening facing the surface of the wall on one side of the developer cartridge and a cartridge for the developer which is inserted into the attachment section in order to feed the developer into the developer supply unit.

EFFECT: possibility of filling high-quality developer.

22 cl, 7 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: developing apparatus is detachably mounted in the housing of an image formation device. The memory device has terminals passing through the rear side of the developing apparatus. The memory device is placed closer to the power reception unit formed on one side of the developing apparatus than to the actuating force reception unit formed on the other side of the developing apparatus.

EFFECT: prevention of damage to the memory device and bad connection between terminals of the memory device and the main housing of the image formation device due to the improved installation position of the memory device, and the image formation device fitted with such a development apparatus.

24 cl, 5 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: proposed is a developer transportation device which has a developer transportation unit and a toner concentration detection unit which can detect concentration of toner in the developer by getting into contact with the developer or a toner concentration sensor or the wall of the developer transportation unit. The average maximum value of the force pressing the developer to the surface of the sensor of the toner concentration detection unit or to the wall of the developer transportation unit ranges from 9.8×15 N/m2 to 9.8×100 N/m2. Proposed also is an image processing unit which has a latent image holding unit and a developing device which has a developer transportation device and a developer holding unit; an image formation device which has a latent image holding unit and a developing device.

EFFECT: more accurate detection of toner concentration.

8 cl, 26 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: cartridge for supplying developer is made with possibility of detachable installation into the main unit of the electrophotographic image formation device. The primary colour cartridge includes: an electrophotographic photosensitive drum; a developer roller designed for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum, a valve section of the receiving side which moves between the position for allowed reception of developer for opening developer reception holes, a moving section of the receiving side which moves for interrelated movement of the valve section of the receiving side between the position for allowed reception of developer and the position for prohibited reception of the developer. The moving section of the receiving side includes a working section of the receiving side which occupies the working position when the valve section of the receiving side is in the position for allowed reception of the developer, a control element designed for controlling movement of the moving section of the receiving side when the working section of the receiving side is in the working position. The cartridge for supplying developer also includes a developer holding section for the source side, a valve section for the source side which moves between the position for allowed supply of developer for opening holes for feeding the developer and the position for prohibited supply of the developer for closing holes for feeding the developer and a moving section for the source side. The moving section of the source side moves when the cartridge for supplying developer enters the main unit of the device in a position where the primary colour cartridge is installed in the main unit of the device for interrelated movement of the valve section for the source side from the position for prohibited supply of developer to the position for allowed supply of developer as a result of linkage with the working section of the receiving side of the moving section of the receiving side, whose movement is controlled by the control element in a state in which the working section of the receiving side lies in the working position.

EFFECT: design of a cartridge for supplying developer, a primary colour cartridge and an electrophotographic image formation device in which when the cartridge for supplying developer is extracted from the main unit of the device in a position where both the primary colour cartridge and the cartridge for supplying developer are installed in the main unit of the electrophotographic image formation device, loss of developer through holes for feeding the developer or through holes for receiving the developer can be prevented.

40 cl, 28 dwg

FIELD: engineering of image forming devices.

SUBSTANCE: image forming device has first image forming mode for forming an image on image-carrying element by using a developer under given condition of image forming and second image forming mode for forming an image on an image-carrying element by using a developer under second condition of image forming, which is different from the first given image-forming condition and is set in such a manner, that developer flow value in second image forming mode is less than flow value in first image forming mode. Device also contains: storage means meant for storing information for setting second image-forming condition, corresponding to the set of levels of usability value of image-carrying element, differentiation means for differentiating an image subject to forming and control means, meant for setting second image forming condition in second image forming mode depending on the result of differentiation, produced by means of differentiation and usability value of image-carrying element and information, stored in the storage means. The cartridge contains information processing means, intended for processing information on the image, which should be formed, an image-carrying element, storage means, meant for storing information in the cartridge, and having first storage area for storage of information, used in conjunction with image information, for setting second image-forming condition depending on the set of levels of usability value of image-carrying element in second image forming mode.

EFFECT: creation of device for forming an image and of a cartridge, which allow to reduce amount of used developer, and to preserve stable quality of image independently from usability value of image-carrying element.

4 cl, 38 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: image forming device has a first image forming mode to form an image on an image transfer element using developer in a first fixed state of image forming, and a second image forming mode to form an image on an image transfer element using developer in a second state of image forming, which is different from said first fixed state of image forming and is predefined so as to ensure developer consumption in the second image forming mode lower than that in the first image forming mode for the same image. At that, said device includes a storage to store information on used capacity of the image transfer element, an image processing controller to process the image on the basis of size of concentrated pixel area in the image information when the second image forming mode is set, and a control means to change the second image forming state in the second image forming mode depending on results of the processing carried out by the image processing controller and on the information stored in the storage. The cartridge contains an image transfer element. The storage includes the first storing area to store information on used capacity of the image transfer element, which is used in combination with the image information depending on results of the processing carried out by the image processing controller in order to change the second state of image forming. At that, the information for changing the second state of image forming is the information, which is used in the second mode of image forming, but not in the first mode of image forming.

EFFECT: provision of image forming device and cartridge capable to reduce consumption of developer while keeping stable image peculiarities regardless used capacity of image transfer element; provision of storage device to be installed on cartridge.

31 cl, 32 dwg

FIELD: physics; optics.

SUBSTANCE: image generating device comprises a rotatable latent image carrier, which is configurable to carry latent image, a spreading blade, a cleaning blade for remaining toner removal from the cleaned area of latent image, and a lubricating means. The latter comprises a lubricating element located on the downside of the cleaning blade as regards to direction of rotation of latent image carrier. It lubricates respective area of latent image carrier. Cleaning area and lubricating area overlap and are, in fact, one and the same area of latent image carrier. A brush roller is used as a lubricating element. Lubricant is a lubricating rod; image generating device comprises an apparatus, which rotates the brush roller so that the latter removes the rod-shaped lubricant and applies it onto latent image carrier. Cleaning blade is located at the upper side of lubricating means in the direction of rotation of image carrier. Spreading blade is located at the downside; brush roller width and longitudinal spreading blade width relationship being as follows: brush roller width ≤ spreading blade width.

EFFECT: reduced friction factor of photoconductive material, reduced dimensions, reduced lubricant consumption.

30 cl, 18 dwg

FIELD: mechanics.

SUBSTANCE: proposed cartridge to feed developer can be mounted in the developer intake device and removed therefrom and comprises the following elements, i.e. compartment to contain developer therein with a hole to feed it therefrom, a flexible element arranged in the aforesaid compartment around the said hole to seal the transition area between the developer feed cartridge and developer intake device. It also includes a film placed on the compartment containing developer and enveloping aforesaid flexible sealing element. The said film can be removed from the outlet hole. The proposed device incorporates also a gate to open and close the said outlet hole, that can slide over the flexible element on opening the latter by removing the aforesaid film.

EFFECT: cartridge to feed developer that requires minor force to open and close its gate and comprises sealing film ruling out leakage of dye-coupling developer.

5 cl, 6 dwg

FIELD: physics; image processing.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to a device for transporting developer for use in an image formation device. Proposed is a device for transporting developer having a developer transportation unit and a unit for detecting toner concentration. There is a clamping wall in part of the entire area of the first transportation compartment in which there is a first screw element. The area lies opposite the bottom wall of the first transportation compartment on the bottom side in the direction of gravity of the first screw element and opposite sidewalls of the first transportation compartment on both transverse sides orthogonal to the direction of the axis of rotation of the first screw element. In this area toner concentration of the transported developer is determined using a toner concentration sensor. The clamping wall comes into contact with developer on the top in the direction of gravity, with the developer moving from the bottom to the top side in the direction of gravity in accordance with rotation of the first screw element and presses the developer down in the direction of gravity.

EFFECT: more accurate toner concentration detection.

13 cl, 48 dwg

FIELD: printing industry.

SUBSTANCE: in development cartridge contact plate of electrode element is arranged with the possibility of contact with contact site of development shift within the limits of projection plane, when slave binding part is projected in the first direction. The first axial line, which is axis of developing roll shaft, and the second axial line, which is axis of inlet toothed wheel, are arranged parallel and equidistantly in fore and aft direction. Part of contact plate is arranged on the second axial line. The first line that connects axis, around which inlet toothed gear rotates, and shaft of developing roll, and the second line that connects contact plate and shaft of developing roll are arranged parallel to each other. Distance between the first axial line and the second axial line is equal to the distance between the first axial line and contact plate.

EFFECT: stable supply of power to shaft of developing roll, even when motive force is sent directly from master binging part of device for images generation to slave binding part of development cartridge.

74 cl, 25 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: cartridge for supplying developer is made with possibility of detachable installation into the main unit of the electrophotographic image formation device. The primary colour cartridge includes: an electrophotographic photosensitive drum; a developer roller designed for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum, a valve section of the receiving side which moves between the position for allowed reception of developer for opening developer reception holes, a moving section of the receiving side which moves for interrelated movement of the valve section of the receiving side between the position for allowed reception of developer and the position for prohibited reception of the developer. The moving section of the receiving side includes a working section of the receiving side which occupies the working position when the valve section of the receiving side is in the position for allowed reception of the developer, a control element designed for controlling movement of the moving section of the receiving side when the working section of the receiving side is in the working position. The cartridge for supplying developer also includes a developer holding section for the source side, a valve section for the source side which moves between the position for allowed supply of developer for opening holes for feeding the developer and the position for prohibited supply of the developer for closing holes for feeding the developer and a moving section for the source side. The moving section of the source side moves when the cartridge for supplying developer enters the main unit of the device in a position where the primary colour cartridge is installed in the main unit of the device for interrelated movement of the valve section for the source side from the position for prohibited supply of developer to the position for allowed supply of developer as a result of linkage with the working section of the receiving side of the moving section of the receiving side, whose movement is controlled by the control element in a state in which the working section of the receiving side lies in the working position.

EFFECT: design of a cartridge for supplying developer, a primary colour cartridge and an electrophotographic image formation device in which when the cartridge for supplying developer is extracted from the main unit of the device in a position where both the primary colour cartridge and the cartridge for supplying developer are installed in the main unit of the electrophotographic image formation device, loss of developer through holes for feeding the developer or through holes for receiving the developer can be prevented.

40 cl, 28 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: proposed is a developer transportation device which has a developer transportation unit and a toner concentration detection unit which can detect concentration of toner in the developer by getting into contact with the developer or a toner concentration sensor or the wall of the developer transportation unit. The average maximum value of the force pressing the developer to the surface of the sensor of the toner concentration detection unit or to the wall of the developer transportation unit ranges from 9.8×15 N/m2 to 9.8×100 N/m2. Proposed also is an image processing unit which has a latent image holding unit and a developing device which has a developer transportation device and a developer holding unit; an image formation device which has a latent image holding unit and a developing device.

EFFECT: more accurate detection of toner concentration.

8 cl, 26 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: developing apparatus is detachably mounted in the housing of an image formation device. The memory device has terminals passing through the rear side of the developing apparatus. The memory device is placed closer to the power reception unit formed on one side of the developing apparatus than to the actuating force reception unit formed on the other side of the developing apparatus.

EFFECT: prevention of damage to the memory device and bad connection between terminals of the memory device and the main housing of the image formation device due to the improved installation position of the memory device, and the image formation device fitted with such a development apparatus.

24 cl, 5 dwg

FIELD: physics, photography.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to an image forming device and specifically to configuration of a developer unit of an image forming device. The developer cartridge has case with an attachment section which receives the developer cartridge in order to fill the developer cartridge case with an amount of developer equal to that consumed through the developer cartridge case and an element which forms the cover which closes the opening of the attachment section when the cartridge for the developer is not fitted into the developer cartridge. The element which forms the cover has a part for collecting the remaining developer. The developer unit has a developer cartridge which includes a developer supply unit which contains developer, and an attachment section with an opening facing the surface of the wall on one side of the developer cartridge and a cartridge for the developer which is inserted into the attachment section in order to feed the developer into the developer supply unit.

EFFECT: possibility of filling high-quality developer.

22 cl, 7 dwg

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