Patent Number: 6,167,230

Title: Image forming apparatus and image transferring device therefor

Abstract: A simple, low cost image forming apparatus for transferring a toner image from a photoconductive element, intermediate image transfer body or similar image carrier to a recording medium and an image transferring device therefor are disclosed. When a discharger for separating a paper or similar recording-medium from the image carrier is located on a path along which the surface of the image carrier moved away from an image transfer nip (in early moves for, e.g., layout reasons, the defective separation of the trailing edge of the paper is obviated which would scatter a toner image. The trailing edge of the paper is substantially prevented from jumping up and contacting a structural element included in the apparatus.

Inventors: Kimura; Takayuki (Kanagawa, JP), Hayashi; Shohji (Kanagawa, JP), Sagawa; Yasuhiro (Kanagawa, JP), Uchida; Satoru (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 15/00 (20060101); G03G 015/14 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017