Patent Number: 8,870,183

Title: Image forming apparatus capable of forming images on both faces of recording media

Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of rotary members, a conveyance belt, an image forming device, and a switchback device. The conveyance belt is looped around the plurality of rotary members so as to circulate to intermittently feed a sheet in a sheet transport direction. The image forming device is disposed opposing the conveyance belt to form an image on the sheet fed by the conveyance belt. The switchback device is disposed downstream from the image forming device in the sheet transport direction to feed the sheet having passed the image forming device to a position downstream from the conveyance belt in the sheet transport direction and switch back the sheet. When the sheet is fed by the conveyance belt and the switchback device, a drive start timing of the switchback device is delayed from a drive start timing of the conveyance belt.

Inventors: Takano; Kuniyori (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: B65H 5/02 (20060101); B65H 29/00 (20060101); G03G 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-28 0:00:00