Patent Number: 6,332,611

Title: Sheet conveying path switching device and image forming apparatus using the sheet conveying path switching device

Abstract: A sheet conveying path switching device for use in an image forming apparatus includes a supporting member. The supporting member includes two fulcrums for supporting a separation pick and for rotatively moving the supporting member itself. An engagement portion is formed in a sheet guide plate fixed to a cover opening a space around the separation pick for removing a jammed sheet. An elastic member of the supporting member engages in the engagement portion. When the cover is opened, the separation pick and the supporting member open together with the cover by rotatively moving about the second fulcrum. When a jammed sheet is jammed between the separation pick and the cover, the cover opens without moving the separation pick and the supporting member while the elastic member is disengaged from the engagement portion.

Inventors: Tomita; Kan (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 21/16 (20060101); B65H 005/02 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018