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Curing Apparatus and Process for Multi-Color Ribbon Barrier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042715D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sensi, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes apparatus and process for curing the ink barrier on a four-color printer ribbon. The barrier is the longitudinal portions of a four-color ink ribbon which separates the different colors and prevents one color from bleeding into another color. The ribbon is removed from its supply spool 10 and passed over an idler spool 12 which is grooved coincident with the barrier area by means of drive wheels 14 which are also grooved in the barrier area. Curing of the barrier will be accomplished by loosely suspending the ribbon in a heated area for a given period of time. This heated area is called a stuffing box 16 wherein hot air is entered through tube 18. Once the barrier material has been cured for the recommended allowable time, it will be removed and respooled on a take-up wheel 20 via another idler wheel 22.

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Curing Apparatus and Process for Multi-Color Ribbon Barrier

This article describes apparatus and process for curing the ink barrier on a four- color printer ribbon. The barrier is the longitudinal portions of a four-color ink ribbon which separates the different colors and prevents one color from bleeding into another color. The ribbon is removed from its supply spool 10 and passed over an idler spool 12 which is grooved coincident with the barrier area by means of drive wheels 14 which are also grooved in the barrier area. Curing of the barrier will be accomplished by loosely suspending the ribbon in a heated area for a given period of time. This heated area is called a stuffing box 16 wherein hot air is entered through tube 18. Once the barrier material has been cured for the recommended allowable time, it will be removed and respooled on a take-up wheel 20 via another idler wheel 22. The operation can be either continuous or batch. If continuous, the fabric will be removed from the stuffing box 16 at the same rate it enters the box. The fabric will be moved through the box at a rate which permits optimum curing time (approximately 1 to 2 minutes). If a batch process is employed, there will be three distinct process steps: l) stuffing of the fabric, 2) curing, and 3) removing the fabric.

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