Patent Number: 6,298,208

Title: Toner container for an image forming apparatus

Abstract: A toner container for replenishing toner stored therein to a developing section included in an image forming apparatus includes a body formed with a spiral groove in its inner periphery and coaxially rotatably supported by a replenishing portion via a seal member. The replenishing portion has a toner outlet in its circumferential wall that is selectively blocked or unblocked. While the body is in rotation, the spiral groove conveys toner toward the replenishing portion with the result that the toner is replenished to the developing section via the toner outlet.

Inventors: Kawamura; Yoshihide (Shizuoka, JP), Ogata; Fumio (Shizuoka, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 15/08 (20060101); G03G 015/08 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018