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CROSS PROCESS SCANNING ARCHITECTURE IN A THERMAL INK JET SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026800D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 140K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

This disclosure relates to a cross-process direction scanning architecture for a Thermal Ink Jet system. Such a system not only has an increased throughput due to the full width scanning array which prints a complete page at one time, but also allows easy access between the printhead and the maintenance station.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

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CROSS PROCESS SCANNING Proposed Classification ARCHITECTURE IN A THERMAL
INK JET SYSTEM
Bruce J. Parks
William
R. Burger
Edward
C. Hanzlik

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CROSS PROCESS SCANNING ARCHITECTURE IN A THERMAL INK JET SYSTEM(Cont'd)

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484 XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol.18,No. 5 September /October 1993

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CROSS PROCESS SCANNING ARCHITECTURE IN A THERMAL INK JET SYSTEM(Cont'd)

This disclosure relates to a cross-process direction scanning architecture for a Thermal Ink Jet system. Such a system not only has an increased throughput due to the full width scanning array which prints a complete page at one time, but also allows easy access between the printhead and the maintenance station.

Referring now to the orthographic views depicted in Figures 1A and IB, the full width array 10, is mounted in a scan carriage 12 on guide rods 14 for smooth, low friction travel in the cross-process direction illustrated by arrow
16. A print transport 18 represented as a belt in Figures 1A and IB, with means to hold down the paper, for example a vacuum system, is mounted below the travel of the scan carriage 12. A printhead maintenance station, 24, is mounted adjacent to the transport and is aligned with the travel of the full width array scan head contained on carriage 12 as supported by guide rods 14. Moreover, an optional dryer (not shown) may be mounted on the full width carriage or downstream of the scanning area to achieve drying of the image deposited within the scan zone depicted by reference numeral 20. The drive system can be closed loop, under serv...