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Easily Replaceable Ink Ribbon Cartridge

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035961D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kurosawa, T: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an ink ribbon cartridge for easy and comfortable replacement in a serial printer. This cartridge has an arm that can move between two positions. When setting the cartridge, the arm locates near the print head and can make a ribbon easily insertable in front of the print head-like cassette. When printing, the arm moves aside so as not to get in the way of print head movement.

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Easily Replaceable Ink Ribbon Cartridge

Disclosed is an ink ribbon cartridge for easy and comfortable replacement in a serial printer. This cartridge has an arm that can move between two positions. When setting the cartridge, the arm locates near the print head and can make a ribbon easily insertable in front of the print head-like cassette. When printing, the arm moves aside so as not to get in the way of print head movement.

A conventional cartridge setting is difficult and uncomfortable, because the setting needs an operator to pick the ribbon by hand and insert it attentively into a narrow space in front of the print head.

This cartridge comprises a base portion 1 and movable arm 2. The base portion has grooves 3 that can make the arm slideable therein. The ink ribbon 4 passes through the arm and is accommodated in the base portion by folding.

When the cartridge is set into the printer, the arm is located near the other side arm and the print head is in the middle of them. Their location can make it easy to insert the ribbon in front of the print head without staining the operator's fingers. The arm can move along the grooves on the base portion after the cartridge setting. This sliding can also be done by a print head pushing movement, such as position initialization.

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