Copying machine with removable photosensitive drum
Mount for rotary drum in an electrostatic copying apparatus
Mounting structure for cylindrical photosensitive member
Photoconductive element unit for laser printer or the like
Image forming apparatus and a process unit for use in the same Patent #: 4708455
ApplicationNo. 268890 filed on 11/08/1988
US Classes:399/116Photoconductive member
ExaminersPrimary: Prescott, A. C.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassG03G 015/00
Foreign Application Priority Data1987-11-27 JP
AbstractA holder device for handling a replaceable image carrier of an image forming apparatus. A photoconductive element mounted in an electrophotographic copier or similar apparatus and to which toner adheres can be dismounted and replaced with a new photoconductive element with ease and without touching it. A box-like holder has receiving sections for accommodating the old and new photoconductive elements individually. The receiving sections are each provided with guide slots for grasping and guiding opposite ends of a shaft on which a photoconductive element is mounted and openings each being contiguous with a respective one of the guide slots, said guide slots and openings being formed through each of opposite end walls of a housing of the holder device. Lugs are provided on the end walls of the housing to cancel the restraint of restraining members which prevent the ends of a shaft of a photoconductive element from slipping out of the copier, as the holder is sequentially moved into the copier.