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CLIP-ON CAP FOR CLEANING THERMAL INK JET PRINTHEADS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027508D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is a clip-on cap that provides an easy to use method for flushing away contaminates in printhead cartridge nozzles. As shown in the accompanying figure, clip-on cap 14 having a foam membrane 12 attached thereto is placed on printhead cartridge 10 by way of a snap fit. One skilled in the art will recognized that cartridge 10 is initially removed from a printer. Foam 12 is fded with approximately 0.2 to 0.3 gram of a cleaning fluid and pumped several times to pressurize the fluid therein. Cap 14 is allowed to remain on the cartridge 10 for about 3 minutes to flush the jets. Cap 14 is then removed and the