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Flexible Photoconductor Belt Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049106D
Original Publication Date: 1982-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Abbott, PE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Flexible photoconductor belts are contained within a protective covering. Instructions and alignment indicators on the cover facilitate placement of the belt and cover on a mounting capstan so that the cover is easily removed after the belt is in proper position.

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Flexible Photoconductor Belt Installation

Flexible photoconductor belts are contained within a protective covering. Instructions and alignment indicators on the cover facilitate placement of the belt and cover on a mounting capstan so that the cover is easily removed after the belt is in proper position.

Photoconductor belt 10 is formed as a closed loop for installation on mounting capstan frame 12 with seam 14 properly aligned for copier operation and with a series of edge holes at 15 aligned with the pins shown generally at 16 on the end of drive roller 18. Protective cover 20 is wrapped securely around belt 15 with tape 21 holding the edges of cover 20 in place. That is, cover 20 is sealed over belt 10 by adhesive strip 21 for storage and transport but is fully removable after installation of the belt, thereby preventing direct handling of photoconductor belt 10 by the user.

An outwardly directing tension-applying device, such as shoe 19 in capstan frame 12, is initially placed in its nontensioning position. Belt 10 with cover 20 sealed in place is inserted over capstan frame 12, as shown in Fig. 2. Tapered end cap 22 on capstan frame 12 guides the belt to prevent it from catching as it is inserted over frame 12. Tape 21 is arranged to coincide with an arrowhead shaped indicator 24 on the sprocket hole edge 15 of belt 10. This arrowhead is aligned with a similar arrowhead 25 on frame 12, thus locating the seam 14 on belt 10 in its proper position. Pressure is...