A MECHANICALLY ROBUST BELTED PHOTORECEPTOR SEAM JOINING TECHNIQUE
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Xerox Disclosure Journal
A process for fabricating a smoothly joined photoreceptor belt is disclosed. Two ends of a flexible sheet are skived into wedge shapes which are then butted together by ultrasonic seam welding. The skived welded joints are without overlap or the so-called "seam splash" problem associated with lapped joints. The belt seam formed by this process is nearly as thick as the unlapped portion of the belt and significantly smaller than that of a welded lapped seam. Further, mechanical stress points in the seam are reduced when formed by this process.