Patent Number: 8,818,255

Title: Image forming apparatus with fixing liquid applicator

Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a fixing liquid applicator to apply a fixing liquid to a recording medium, a transfer device to transfer a toner image from a toner image bearing member onto the recording medium to which the fixing liquid is applied while the toner image is in contact with the fixing liquid, and a fixing device to fix the toner image on the recording medium by heating the toner image and the fixing liquid. The fixing liquid comprises a plasticizer having a function to swell and soften a toner.

Inventors: Yoshida; Ryuji (Kanagawa, JP), Koinuma; Nobuyuki (Kanagawa, JP), Takahashi; Tomoko (Kanagawa, JP), Uno; Mugijirou (Kanagawa, JP), Ishibashi; Mikio (Kanagawa, JP), Zemba; Hideki (Kanagawa, JP), Nakagawa; Yoshinori (Kanagawa, JP), Hashimoto; Shunichi (Kanagawa, JP), Ozaki; Naoyuki (Kanagawa, JP), Kanaya; Hideaki (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 15/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018