Image forming apparatus

画像形成装置

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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To improve maintainability by facilitating the attachment/detachment of a cartridge equipped with a developing device and a belt holder equipped with a belt member in an image forming apparatus. <P>SOLUTION: In the image forming apparatus, the cartridge which holds at least the developing device and the belt holder which holds the belt member coming into contact with the cartridge are constituted to be attached to/detached from a main body by a guide mechanism in the same direction in an almost horizontal direction. The guide mechanism is provided with structure where the cartridge or the belt holder is locked by a spring member, and the locking is released when the cartridge or the belt holder is drawn out. Thus, they are drawn out or attached in the same direction, and attaching/detaching operation is facilitated, so that the maintainability is improved. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2006,JPO&NCIPI
【課題】画像形成装置において、現像装置を備えたカートリッジやベルト部材を備えたベルトホルダの着脱を容易にし、メンテナンス性を向上させる。 【解決手段】画像形成装置において、少なくとも現像装置を保持するカートリッジと、このカートリッジと接触するベルト部材を保持するベルトホルダとを、ガイド機構によって、略水平方向であって同一方向に本体と着脱可能に構成する。また、ガイド機構に、バネ部材によってカートリッジ或いはベルトホルダが係止されるような構造を設け、さらに、引き出す際には、この係止が解除されるようにする。このようにすることで、同一方向に引き出し或いは装着が可能で、しかも着脱操作が容易になるため、メンテナンス性を向上させることができる。 【選択図】図1

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