Patent Number: 7,821,527

Title: Image forming apparatus

Abstract: An image forming apparatus, which reduces toner spatter and produces a good quality image when forming a toner image using the direct recording method. An image forming part includes: a toner carrier for carrying toner; and toner controlling means, which is disposed between the toner carrier and recording paper on which the toner is made to adhere, and which has a plurality of toner passage holes, the toner controlling means having a control electrode for controlling the passage of toner on the toner carrier side surface in the area around the toner passage hole, and forming a toner image by causing the toner to fly to the recording paper, and the image forming apparatus having liquid applying/humidifying means for either applying a liquid to or humidifying the imaging surface of the recording paper prior to forming a toner image.

Inventors: Horike; Masanori (Kanagawa, JP), Katano; Yasuo (Kanagawa, JP), Saitoh; Masanori (Tokyo, JP), Kondoh; Nobuaki (Kanagawa, JP), Kayahara; Shin (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: B41J 2/385 (20060101); G03G 9/08 (20060101); B41J 2/06 (20060101); G03G 13/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00