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METHOD FOR FUSING USING DIELECTRIC HEATING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000023004D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-27

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The method disclosed overcomes the inability of previously proposed dielectric fusing systems to efficiently couple the electric field to the toner and/or paper by elimination of the air gap between the electrodes and the toner, Good coupling of the top electrode with the toner on the paper is made by forming an electrode of conductive release elastomer material such as silicone containing a compatible oil or made electrically conductive by filling the elastomer with either conductive particles or resistive modifying additives, The form of the coupling electrode may be a belts plate or roll, This proposal overcomes the problems of air gap as the release elastomer of the electrode may be brought directly into contact with the toner material and paper without toner transfer to the electrode taking place,