Patent Number: 8,585,537

Title: Driving device and image forming apparatus

Abstract: A driving device includes a planetary gear deceleration mechanism in a transmission path that transmits driving force from a driving motor to a driven member, in which the deceleration mechanism includes first and second support units into which a housing that constitutes a mechanism main body is divided, the first support unit includes carriers of at least one stage and pinion gears supported thereby, and is provided with an output unit in the carrier of the final stage, the second support unit includes an output shaft that is detachable from the output unit and a supporting unit for the output shaft, and the output shaft is supported in an insertable and removable manner with respect to the output unit of the carriers in the first and the second support units that are joined to each other.

Inventors: Miyawaki; Katsuaki (Kanagawa, JP), Matsuda; Hiromichi (Kanagawa, JP), Watanabe; Tetsuo (Kanagawa, JP), Iwata; Nobuo (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited

International Classification: F16H 57/08 (20060101); F16H 48/30 (20120101)

Expiration Date: 1/19/12018