Patent Number: 7,711,300

Title: Image forming apparatus

Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier for bearing a visible image thereon, an endless transfer-fixing belt stretchedly disposed between a plurality of spanning members, a pressure member for pressing the transfer-fixing belt to the image carrier while contacting a backside of the transfer-fixing belt at the transfer nip, and a heater for heating the visible image. The visible image on the image carrier is transferred onto the front surface of the transfer-fixing belt at the transfer nip and is transported to the transfer-fixing nip while heated by the heater, where the visible image is transferred and fixed on a recording member. The transfer-fixing belt is stretchedly arranged such that the transfer-fixing belt travels in a direction substantially perpendicular to a pressure direction of the pressure member in the proximity of the transfer nip.

Inventors: Nakafuji; Atsushi (Ota-Ku, JP), Fujita; Takashi (Yokohama, JP), Kayahara; Shin (Yokohama, JP), Takagaki; Hiromitsu (Yokohama, JP), Seto; Takashi (Yokohama, JP), Miyawaki; Katsuaki (Yokohama, JP), Suzuki; Kazumi (Sunnto-gun, JP), Tamura; Hirohmi (Ebina, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 15/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018