PAPER PREDRYING IN AN INK JET PRINTER
Original Publication Date: 1996-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Proposed is a method for predrying wet sheets of paper having a moisture content exceeding 6.5 percent before feeding them to an electrostatic drum for ink jet imaging. The relative humidity of an environment is directly related to the equilibrium content (EMC) of paper. For example, at 40% relative humidity (RH), a wet sheet of paper being dried will reach 6% EMC and a sheet of paper absorbing moisture in a humid environment will reach 5% EMC. This fact may be applied to predrying wet sheets of paper to a level where the moisture content drops below 6.5%.