Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Adelman, CE: AUTHOR [+4]
A foam package is configured to hold a new roll of xerographic photo-conductor, and to also hold the used roll, as well as a metal sleeve which is left over after replacement of the used roll of photoconductor.
A foam package is configured to hold a new roll of xerographic photo- conductor, and to also hold the used roll, as well as a metal sleeve which is left over after replacement of the used roll of photoconductor.
Fig. 1 shows a new roll of photoconductor. comprising a few hundred feet of photoconductor 10, a cylindrical metal sleeve 11 and a removable, hollow, cylindrical spindle 12.
Fig. 2 shows this new roll installed as a supply spool, at the left-side position, in an incrementing xerographic photoconductor drum such as shown in U.S. Patent 3,588,242. In this view a similar spindle 12 comprises the empty take-up spool.
After extended use, the supply spool is empty, as seen in Fig. 3, and the used photoconductor is fully wound on the take-up spoolls spindle 12. Service personnel now remove the supply spool and the full take-up spool. The supply spool' s spindle 12 now becomes the Fig. 2 empty take-up spool, and a new, full supply spool is placed as seen in Fig. 2.
The service personnel are now left with a spindle 12 which is wound with used photoconductor, and a sleeve 11 which was part of the prior-used supply spool.
Figs. 4 and 5 show a foam shipping container which enables shipment of a new photoconductor roll, as well as return of the used roll and sleeve 11.
For shipment of a new roll, a rigid cardboard shaft (not shown) penetrates spindle 12 (Fig. 1) and extends beyond the ends of the roll so that the shaft's opposite ends can supp...