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Cartridge Cleaner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044748D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beach, LR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Particulate debris can be removed from inside an assembled cartridge by the insertion of ionized air through a probe extended into the interior of the cartridge. A flexible boot covers the entry area into the cartridge. Vacuum pressure applied to the boot draws off the debris while the spool within the cartridge is rotated.

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Cartridge Cleaner

Particulate debris can be removed from inside an assembled cartridge by the insertion of ionized air through a probe extended into the interior of the cartridge. A flexible boot covers the entry area into the cartridge. Vacuum pressure applied to the boot draws off the debris while the spool within the cartridge is rotated.

As shown in the figure, a cartridge 1 is ready for cleaning through the insertion of a probe 2 through a leader block opening 3 into the interior of the cartridge 1. The cartridge 1 is completely assembled in this cleaning step and includes a rotatable empty spool 4 already contained within the interior of the cartridge 1. The probe 2 is attached to an actuator 5 which moves the probe into and out of the interior of the cartridge 1. The probe is supported by a linear carriage 6. A flexible boot 7 is molded to fit the leader block opening 3 into the cartridge 1. Ionized air is directed into the probe 2 through the tube 8. The probe 2 includes perforations along its length for directing the ionized air into the interior of the cartridge 1. The debris stirred up by the ionized air is drawn off by the vacuum pressure attached to tube 9 which draws off the air from the interior of the cartridge 1 through the boot 7. A spring 10 keeps the linear carriage 6 and the boot 7 firmly in contact with the leader block opening 3.

In operation, the actuator 5 is initially in a deactivated state with the probe 2 held outside of the cartridge...