Developer supply container and developer supplying system

  • US 10,496,033 B2
  • Filed: 01/29/2019
  • Issued: 12/03/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A developer supply container comprising:

  • a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer;

    a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening configured to form at least a part of a discharge passageway through which developer may be discharged to outside of the developer supply container, with the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis thereof relative to the developer discharging body; and

    a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track being positioned below a horizontal plane that (i) includes the rotational axis and (ii) divides the developer supply container into a lower section that includes the discharge opening and an upper section, each track including (i) a first part that extends from a first position to a second position, with the second position being closer to the horizontal plane than the first position is to the horizontal plane, and with the first part having a surface facing upward, and (ii) a second part extending from the second position of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part passes through an end of the discharge passageway when the discharge passageway through which developer is discharged to outside of the developer supply container is formed,wherein, when the developer supply container is oriented such that the tracks are between an uppermost side and a lowermost side of the developer supply container, the end of the discharge passageway is positioned at a bottommost side of the developer supply container.

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