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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027069D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


Electrostatic Brush Cleaning Systems are well known and typically employ a conductive fiber brush, which is biased at some voltage relative to ground so as to be favorable to the electrostatic removal of untransferred charge particles from the photoreceptor 12, as shown in Figure 1. These toner particles 10 are subsequently removed from the conductive fiber brush 20 by means of two bias detoning rolls, 30, 40, a flicker bar 50 and a vacuum manifold 60. The two detoning rolls 30,40 are biased at opposite polarities (with respect to the brush) to achieve detoning of positively charged particles by one detoning roll 30 and negatively charged particles by the other detoning roll 40. (Most particles entering the cleaner are positively charged and can be removed by the detoning roll 30 assembly to remove positive toneddebris. However, to deal with the small fraction of negatively charged particles, a detoning roll 41 assembly to remove negative toneddebris is used.) Because the nips of the detoning roll are necessarily physically separated from one another, there is an opportunity for charge distribution changes during the time it takes a given brush segment to move from one detoning roll 30 to the next 40. As a consequence, toner particles may have low charge when it enters the first detoning roll nip and wrong charge polarity when it enters the second detoning roll ni . Similarly, it may have