Patent Number: 7,822,351

Title: Filling-rate lowering and rolling rate adjusting image forming apparatus

Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a toner-layer filling-rate lowering unit that causes a toner layer of toner images to be formed on an image carrier so that the toner layer has sufficient optical transparency for exposing and the toner-layer filling rate is set relatively low; and a toner rolling rate adjusting unit that rolls the toner images at a predetermined toner rolling rate in accordance with the toner-layer filling rate when the toner images are transferred to the transferring/fixing unit.

Inventors: Aoki; Katsuhiro (Kanagawa, JP), Tsukamoto; Takeo (Kanagawa, JP), Fujita; Takashi (Kanagawa, JP), Ishii; Yasuyuki (Tokyo, JP), Miyawaki; Katsuaki (Kanagawa, JP), Saitoh; Masanori (Tokyo, JP), Yasutomi; Kei (Kanagawa, JP), Maruyama; Hitoshi (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 15/00 (20060101); G03G 15/08 (20060101)

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