MICRO BLADE DISTURBER
Original Publication Date: 1997-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Proposed is a device located before a cleaner for removing toner on a photoreceptor surface. The toner removed by the device corresponds to perf areas on perforated paper. As shown in the accompanying figure, a preclean corona generator 16 has a blade 24 mounted thereto. A flexible urethane material 3 to 5 millimeters wide and 12 to 14 millimeters long forms blade 24. Blade 24 deflects to disturb particulate matter 20 on photoreceptor belt 10 for removal by way of cleaner assembly 18. The particulate matter 20 comprises highly charged toner, paper fibers, and toner additives that thicken into a band causing visible quality defects on output copies. The build-up of particulate matter 20 previously caused premature replacement of photoreceptor belt 10.