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ENABLING CLEANER PRINTBAR REMOVAL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027677D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Referring to the figure, a printbar assembly 10 is shown. The printbar assembly 10 utilizes a cleaning apparatus 12 which provides for cleaner printbar removal. The cleaning apparatus 12 includes a piece of porous material 14 that is positioned in the front of printbars 16. The bars 16 are used in a thermal ink jet printer when a full width array printbar is incorporated.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ENABLING CLEANER PRINTBAR REMOVAL
Lori S. Moore
Kamal G. Escalona

Proposed Classification
U. S. CL 347/001 Int. C1. B41j 02/01

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 23, No. 5 September/Octokr 1998 203

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ENABLING CLEANER PFUNTBAR REMOVAL (CONT'D)

Referring to the figure, a printbar assembly 10 is shown. The printbar assembly 10 utilizes a cleaning apparatus 12 which provides for cleaner printbar removal. The cleaning apparatus 12 includes a piece of porous material 14 that is positioned in the front of printbars 16. The bars 16 are used in a thermal ink jet printer when a full width array printbar is incorporated.

Thermal ink jet printers with the full width array printbar 10 periodically require that the printbars 16 be removed from the machine. The printbar removal is quite a messy procedure. The ink tends to stain many surfaces, including the printer covers and the operator. At the time of removal from the machine, a full width array printbar is likely to have some residual liquid ink in its manifold. In the event of a catastrophic failure, the front face of the bar may even have additional ink. It is difficult to remove these bars without losing a quantity of this ink in the process.

Referring again to the figure, the procedure for removing a printbar, whether at the end of the life or at the time of failure, necessitates releasing the bar from the cooling fluid connections as...