PROTECTIVE DEVICE FOR FLEXIBLE PHOTORECEPTORS
Original Publication Date: 1985-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Xerox Disclosure Journal
A device is disclosed for protecting flexible photoreceptors from damage during handling. The device illustrated in Figures 1 and 2 comprises a web substrate 10 coated with at least one photoconductive layer 12 that is protected by a covering member 14. At least one outer edge 16 of substrate 10 remains free of the photoconductive layer 12. Cover member 14 extends from one side of substrate 10 to the other side and is firmly fastened to at least one outer edge of substate 10. Depending upon the material utilized, fastening of the covering member .to at least one outer edge of substrate 10 may be effected by conventional techniques such as welding, adhesives, stiching, staples and the like. For example, welding may be used for devices in which the substrate 10 and covering member 14 comprise thermoplastic material. The outer edge or edges of substrate 10 and cover member 14 that are fastened to each other are perforated, partially sliced through or otherwise weakened to facilitate removal of the fastened edge or edges of the substrate 10 and the entire cover member 14 after installation of the entire assernbl y in an electrophotographic copier, duplicator, printer or similar device.