Patent Number: 7,710,444

Title: Image forming apparatus for forming a latent image on an image carrier

Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier that has an image carrier surface moving in a direction; a supporting member that faces the image carrier; a plurality of light emitting elements which are provided on a surface of the supporting member facing the image carrier and emit light to form a latent image on the image carrier; a roller which is arranged on the surface of the supporting member facing the image carrier such that a rotational shaft thereof extends in a direction traversing an image carrier surface; and an urging unit which urge the supporting member against the image carrier so that the roller comes into contact with the image carrier.

Inventors: Hirayama; Hiroshi (Shiojiri, JP), Gomi; Tsugio (Fujimi-machi, JP), Sakurai; Kazunori (Chino, JP)

Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation

International Classification: B41J 2/45 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018