Patent Number: 7,464,922

Title: Image-recording apparatus, and recording-medium supply device

Abstract: An image-recording apparatus including (a) a carriage carrying a recording head, (b) a maintenance unit disposed at a standby position located outside a recording area (L) of the recording head, (c) medium feeding devices to feed recording media from respective cassettes (d) first, second and third gears which are disposed outside the recording area and through which a drive force is selectively transmitted from a drive-force output gear to one of the medium feeding devices and the maintenance device, and (e) a power-transmission switching device having a shift gear which is moved for selective meshing engagement with the first, second and third gears according to a distance of movement of the carriage from the recording area toward the maintenance unit. In at least one of the medium feeding devices, a support arm pivotally supported at its proximal end portion by a drive shaft and rotatably supporting a rotary medium-supply member at its free end portion is biased by a biasing device pivotally about the axis of rotation of the drive shaft in a direction for moving the free end portion toward the stack of recording media, and in an axial direction of the drive shaft against a support frame which rotatably supports the drive shaft.

Inventors: Kozaki; Daisuke (Nagoya, JP), Ito; Shingo (Kasugai, JP)

Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B65H 5/26 (20060101); G03G 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-12-16 0:00:00