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CARTRIDGE CLEANING STATION FOR RESIDUAL TONER AND DUST PARTICLES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027814D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is a self contained cartridge cleaning station used prior to the final assembly of both a new and a reused Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU). The cleaning station incorporates ionized air with directed jets. Also utilized is compressed air to move released particles to a filtering system composed of pre-filtration and filter. The filtering system contains a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter for operator protection. The cartridge is placed in a channel track in the enclosed chamber and moved by hand to be exposed to the ionizing jets and the constant compressed airflow. The cleaning process continues for the length of the cartridge. Particles are forced down into the filters.