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Auto configuring video path for tandem marking printing devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200832D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

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Abstract

Tandem architecture color xerographic printers have each color marking engine arranged inline in a serial fashion. The location and order of each color marking engine is currently predetermined and fixed. This idea describes a tandem architecture color printer where developer housings can be installed in a variable order, while still properly directing image data to the correct marker. Developer housings would be electronically labeled so that the controller could detect their installed location so as to produce and deliver the appropriate image data. Machines could be configured with a variety of novel housings (clear, white, orange, fluorescent, etc.) ordered as needed for a given application. The system would be designed to accommodate the variable order of the developer housings and would automatically detect the housing locations. The system would accommodate this configuration by sending appropriate image data to each developer housing as required.

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Auto configuring video path for tandem marking printing devices

Tandem architecture color xerographic printers have each color marking engine arranged inline in a serial fashion.  The location and order of each color marking engine is currently predetermined and fixed.  This idea describes a tandem architecture color printer where developer housings can be installed in a variable order, while still properly directing image data to the correct marker.  Developer housings would be electronically labeled so that the controller could detect their installed location so as to produce and deliver the appropriate image data. Machines could be configured with a variety of novel housings (clear, white, orange, fluorescent, etc.) ordered as needed for a given application.  The system would be designed to accommodate the variable order of the developer housings and would automatically detect the housing locations.  The system would accommodate this configuration by sending appropriate image data to each developer housing as required.

The idea is a method of having the system or user via a user interface, interact with mechanical, electrical or consumable components to identify the location of a specific marking technology and enable the desired correct video communication to that device. 

Through the use of memory tags and basic multiplexing techniques, the system is enabled to have the marking technology (Xerographic, ink or other) adapt to the configuration of the printing systems. When a marking technology is installed in to a machine, a memory tag loaded with the correct information will communicate back to the system controller software indicating content (Color and other required information). The System will know the marking technology position by location of the memory tag communication connection, communication port, or other position sensing technology.  Variants of this method can include customer programming through the user interface parameters such as location, color, or other required information.  This information is then stored in the system and memory tag as required. Additional system logic can be used to validate if the housing is in a permissible configuration based on color and order information previously programmed in at the system level.

The system can determine configuration (1 to n marking technologies instal...