Patent Number: 7,824,004

Title: Liquid discharging device and image forming apparatus

Abstract: A liquid discharging device includes a liquid discharging head and a maintenance-recovery mechanism. In the liquid discharging head, a row of discharge openings is formed on a discharge opening surface. In the maintenance-recovery mechanism, a blade wipes the discharge opening surface. A belt carries the blade in a direction of rotation along the row of discharge openings. A pressing member presses an inner circumferential surface of the belt to move a portion of the belt opposing the liquid discharging head toward the liquid discharging head to maintain a substantially constant gap between the blade and the discharge opening surface. The gap has a length in the direction of rotation of the belt not smaller than a length of the row of discharge openings and not greater than a length of the liquid discharging head.

Inventors: Tokuno; Toshiroh (Machida, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: B41J 2/165 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00