REFILLABLE TONER BOTTLE SYSTEM TO ENABLE "TOPPING OFF" PRIOR TO EMPTYING THE BOTTLE
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Proposed is an apparatus for easily refilling toner bottles from a bulk supply at convenient and periodic intervals. The accompanying figure illustrates a rotating bulk supply container 10 having a diameter of approximately 13 inches. Container 10 has an external screw 11 molded thereon and internal lifting blades (not shown) as well as an auger seal 15. The container mounts to a dispensing apparatus 17 comprised of a pair of drive rollers 14 and an auger 16. Auger 16 dispenses, penetrates seal 15 and dispenses developer material from the bulk container 10 to a toner bottle 12. One skilled in the art will appreciate that toner bottle 12 is removed from an electrophotographic printing machine and transported to container 10 for refilling.