CENTRIFUGE INK TANKS AFTER INK FILL
Original Publication Date: 1999-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Figure 1 illustrates a standard ink tank 10 having a free ink level 12 higher than the partially filed foam 14. This condition varies the quality of the prime of ink tank 10. It also affects print quality and possibly the cleaning cycle used to improve nozzle performance. By subjecting a filed tank to a short centrifuge cycle, the ink is forced into the foam 14 until it saturates, as shown in Figure 2. In Figure 2, a centrifuged ink tank 16 has its free ink level 12 lowered by the saturated foam 14.