PHOTORECEPTOR REPARKING AFTER IMAGING
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Xerox Disclosure Journal
In a xerographic copying machine, various machine components, such as radiant fusers and corona charging devices can adversely affect those portions of the photoreceptor that remain in close proximity to the components for extended periods of time. The extended periods of time generally occur during machine warmup or standby conditions, when she photoreceptor is in a stationary or parked condition. In order to avoid or minimize the photoreceptor areas exposed to the aforementioned adverse components, the present invention consistently parks the same area of the photoreceptor in close proximity to the adverse components during periods when the photoreceptor is stationary. Specifically, a precision drive mechanism is utilized to assure that non-imaged areas of the photoreceptor, such as seams, are placed in close proximity to those machine components that would have an adverse affect. Under software control, the precision drive mechanism advances the photoreceptor to the appropriate parking position, during machine warmup or after a preselected period of machine inactivity, thereby exposing only non-imaged areas of the photoreceptor to the adverse conditions.