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PHOTORECEPTOR BELT INSTALLATION/REMOVAL TOOL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027526D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is a hand operated tool that provides an easy way to install photoreceptor belts on a belt module. The tool eliminates the chance of an installer bending or damaging a photoreceptor belt with current installation methods. Referring to Figures 1 and 2, tool 10

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

PHOTORECEPTOR BELT INSTALLATION/REMOVAL TOOL Michael F. Zona

Proposed Classification
U. S. C1. 399/096 Int. C1. G03g 05/00

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12'

FIG. 7

FIG. 2

Proposed is a hand operated tool that provides an easy way to install photoreceptor belts on a belt module. The tool eliminates the chance of an installer bending or damaging a photoreceptor belt with current installation methods. Referring to Figures 1 and 2, tool 10

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 22, No. 4 July/August 1997 179

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PHOTORECEPTOR BELT INSTALLATION/REMOVAL TOOL (CONT'D)

consists of three curved locators 12. The locators 12 attach to a split frame having an upper element 14 and a lower element 18. Shaft 15 and a pair of extension springs 16 connect upper element 14 to the lower element 18. A handle 20 mounted to the upper element end of shaft 15 allows the installer to open and close tool 10, as indicated by a bidirectional arrow 21. In an open state, locators 12 slip over the belt module rollers. Conversely, in the closed state, locators 12 slide inside the photoreceptor belt.

The installer squeezes handle 20 and slides locators 12 into the photoreceptor belt. When the belt is in place on tool 10, the installer releases handle 20 tensioning the belt on locators 12. The installer then slides tool 10 over the belt module so that the belt locates correctly about the module rollers. With tool 10 in position, the installe...