RELEASE AGENT APPLICATOR
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Xerox Disclosure Journal
This disclosure relates to a release agent applicator 10 for applying a release agent such as a silicone oil to a fuser roll 12. The applicator 10 comprises a wick holder 14 fabricated from a rigid material such as aluminum. The holder has an oil conveying manifold 16 communicating with an oil inlet tube 18. A top surface 19 of the wick holder is provided with a plurality of apertures 20 which are spaced along the longitudinal axis of the wick holder. A pair of members 22 are adhered to the top surface 19 to form a channel or slot 24 into which silicone oil is introduced via the apertures 20. The oil is distributed along the lower surface of a supply wick 26 via the slot 24. Ultimately, the oil is conveyed by means of surface tension through the supply wick to a cover wick 28 and then to the surface of the fuser roll 12.