HIGH SPEED NON-CONTACT FUSING
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Flash fusing is perceived to be a significant opportunity in high volume products to achieve high reliability and low shutdown rates. It has the added benefit of no oil on copy to hinder typing on copies. This opportunity comes at a significant cost, however, in terms of manufacturing cost, size of the power supplies, sa€ety concerns, air and heat removal requirements and effluent management. Flash fusers typically operate with a pulse width of one to a few milliseconds. In general, fusing efficiency tends to degrade slightly with longer pulse widths but the level of effluent drops dramatically due to lower peak toner temperatures. This makes for a difficult tradeoff between higher capacity effluent collectors/filters and the larger high voltage power supplies and system power.