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COST-SAVING CONTAINER FOR RECLAIMED TONER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024566D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In conventional xerographic copiers, reclaimed toner is often collected in a disposable container rather than being reintroduced into the development system. Such reclaim systems are expensive since they necessitate the use of periodically serviced sensors to avoid container overflow into the machine housing. Service and equipment costs can be saved through the use of a segmented dual function container from which fresh toner is dispensed and into which reclaimed toner is returned. In one form, this may be realized by providing a deformable membrane within the interior of the dispenser container, adjacent the non-dispensing end. Reclaimed toner is'returned to the container via an auger feed and a leakproof coupling and is collected in the compartment which forms as the membrane expands into the space from which the toner has emptied.

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P(ER0X DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

COST-SAVING CONTAINER FOR RECLAIMED TONER
John R. Laing

Proposed Classification

US, C1. 222/386.5

Int. Cl. B67d 5/42

In conventional xerographic copiers, reclaimed toner is often collected in a disposable container rather than being reintroduced into the development system. Such reclaim systems are expensive since they necessitate the use of periodically serviced sensors to avoid container overflow into the machine housing. Service and equipment costs can be saved through the use of a segmented dual function container from which fresh toner is dispensed and into which reclaimed toner is
returned. In one form, this may be realized by providing a deformable membrane within the interior of the dispenser container, adjacent the non-dispensing end. Reclaimed toner is'returned to the container via an auger feed and a leakproof coupling and is collected in the compartment which forms as the membrane expands into the space from which the toner has emptied.

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   XEROX DISCLOSURE JCL'RNAL Voiume 6 Number 1 January/Februsry 1951

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