Patent Number: 8,718,493

Title: Apparatus and method of controlling an image forming apparatus

Abstract: A controller for controlling an image forming apparatus having a light detection unit controls at least two operations including: 1) operation of detecting a jam of a recording sheet in a sheet transfer path based on a light intensity level detected by the light detection unit when image forming is performed; and 2) operation of controlling switching of an operation mode of the image forming apparatus to an energy save mode based on a light intensity level detected by the light detection unit.

Inventors: Nagata; Hiroaki (Osaka, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 15/00 (20060101); G03G 21/00 (20060101); B41J 29/38 (20060101); B65H 7/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018