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Ribbon Cartridge With Retractile Arms

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119371D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aulick, LO: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a fabric printer ribbon cartridge design with retractile arms that are shipped and stored in the retracted position and snapped into place for insertion into the printer. This design allows for increased packing efficiency, resulting in lower shipping cost.

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Ribbon Cartridge With Retractile Arms

      Disclosed is a fabric printer ribbon cartridge design
with retractile arms that are shipped and stored in the retracted
position and snapped into place for insertion into the printer.  This
design allows for increased packing efficiency, resulting in lower
shipping cost.

      Printer ribbon cartridges are typically designed with arms
which extend from the cartridge body allowing space for the impact
printing mechanism.  This configuration results in a large amount of
wasted volume when the cartridges are packaged for shipment.

      The disclosed design has arms that are retractile. This is
accomplished by using living hinges and snaps at the base of the
arms, as shown in the figure.  These features allow the arms to be
retracted for shipping and storage, and snapped into place for
installing onto the printer.  This reduces the volume of the ribbon
by up to 50% (depending on the ribbon design), thereby increasing the
number of units per shipping pallet.