Patent Number: 8,870,350

Title: Image forming device, and image forming method

Abstract: An image forming device includes a head including a nozzle that discharges an electrically-conductive recording liquid in accordance with a driving signal; an intermediate transfer body on which the recording liquid discharged by the head is applied; a voltage apply unit that applies a voltage between the intermediate transfer body and the head, so as to decompose the electrically-conductive recording liquid by electrolysis; a transfer unit that transfers an image supported on the intermediate transfer body onto a recording material; and a discharging control unit that generates the driving signal that causes the electrically-conductive recording liquid to be discharged from the nozzle. The discharging control unit generates the driving signal so that a position of a meniscus is placed outside the nozzle during a time interval in which the recording liquid temporarily bridges between the head and the intermediate transfer body.

Inventors: Suzuki; Ryota (Tokyo, JP), Tsukamoto; Takeo (Kanagawa, JP), Orito; Takeshi (Kanagawa, JP), Seo; Manabu (Kanagawa, JP), Sakuma; Hideomi (Kanagawa, JP), Hasegawa; Aino (Kanagawa, JP), Yamashita; Hiroyuki (Kanagawa, JP), Usui; Yuuma (Kanagawa, JP), Ohshima; Hisayoshi (Kanagawa, JP), Matsumoto; Takahiko (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: B41J 2/06 (20060101)

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