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TONER LEVEL SENSING DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022928D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 176K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

To indicate whether or not a container of toner should be added to a toner hopper of a xerographic reproduction machine, a low torque motor 10 is actuated, If at least one container of toner can be added to the hopper 12, a paddle 14 and a visual indicator 16 both rotate since each is connected to a motor shaft 18, indicating that the level of the toner is below the paddles If one container of toner cannot be added to the hopper 12, the motor 10 stalls

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

TONER LEVEL SENSING DEVICE

Ronald F, Feldeisen

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Proposed Classification
U,S, Cl, 116/1143
Int, Cl, GOld 13/00

To indicate whether or not a container of toner should be
added to a toner hopper of a xerographic reproduction

machine, a low torque motor 10 is actuated, If at least
one container of toner can be added to the hopper 12, a
paddle 14 and a visual indicator 16 both rotate since each
is connected to a motor shaft 18, indicating that the level
of the toner is below the paddles If one container of
toner cannot be added to the hopper 12, the motor 10 stalls

and the indicator 16 does not rotates To keep toner away
from the motor 10, a labyrinth 20 surrounds the motor
shaft, and the latter has an auger 22 formed thereon,

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26 XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

Volume 1 Number 4 April 1976

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