Patent Number: 8,573,583

Title: Booklet conveying device, image forming system, and booklet conveying method

Abstract: In an embodiment, a booklet conveying device includes: a pair of conveying units; a positioning unit; a pressing unit; and a conveying-force changing unit. The pair of conveying units convey a booklet made of a stack of folded sheets, and change a distance therebetween. The positioning unit positions the booklet by making a leading-end portion of the booklet abut thereto. The pressing unit presses the booklet positioned by the positioning unit onto one of the conveying units in order to fix. The conveying-force changing unit changes the conveying force exerted by the conveying units.

Inventors: Musha; Akihiro (Kanagawa, JP), Suzuki; Nobuyoshi (Tokyo, JP), Hata; Kiyoshi (Tokyo, JP), Sasaki; Kei (Miyagi, JP), Hidaka; Makoto (Tokyo, JP), Saito; Takashi (Kanagawa, JP), Matsumoto; Takamasa (Miyagi, JP), Matsushita; Shingo (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: B65G 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017