Patent Number: 6,311,031

Title: Transferring device and image forming apparatus equipped with mult-mode cleaning arrangement

Abstract: A transferring device of the present invention includes a transferring belt configured to electrostatically adsorb an image receiving medium and convey the image receiving medium in one direction, a transferring device for transferring a toner image on a photosensitive body onto the image receiving medium adsorbed electrostatically to the transferring belt, a cleaning blade arranged so as to be able to contact/separate with/from the transferring belt and clean toner on the transferring belt when brought in contact with the transferring belt, and a cleaning brush arranged so as ato be able to contact/separate with/from the transferring belt at the downstream side in the conveying direction lower than the cleaning blade and clean the toner on the transferring belt when brought in contact with the transferring belt. The transferring device further includes a control unit to control a switching between a first mode to bring the cleaning blade contact with the transferring belt at the time of starting to use and a second mode to separate the cleaning blade from the transferring belt and bring a cleaning brush in contact with the transferring belt when the running distance of the transferring belt reaches a prescribed value.

Inventors: Hirano; Kouji (Kanagawa-ken, JP)

Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G03G 15/16 (20060101); G03G 015/16 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018