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Color Wheel with Inked Platens

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050248D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Humphreys, FR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The printer shown in the figure utilizes a solid platen bar that has been saturated or impregnated with ink. The platen may be constructed of a porous metal or plastic or other material that serves as both a firm platen against which the wires may be actuated and also as an ink reservoir.

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Color Wheel with Inked Platens

The printer shown in the figure utilizes a solid platen bar that has been saturated or impregnated with ink. The platen may be constructed of a porous metal or plastic or other material that serves as both a firm platen against which the wires may be actuated and also as an ink reservoir.

As shown in the figure, the platen may be designed to be easily inserted by the operator into a wheel that could accommodate, for instance, four or more platens. Each platen may be impregnated with inks of different colors to allow color printing.

The platen wheel could be controlled to rotate to the desired color around the platen wheel so that different color printing could occur on the same form. Unlike conventional wire matrix printers which are typically front printers, this would use back printing so that forms would be loaded with the back of the form toward the wires.

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