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DUMB CUSTOMER REPLACEABLE UNIT MONITOR STRATEGY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027880D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is a strategy for employing a CRUM (Customer Replaceable Unit Monitor) strategy for a Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) in an electrophotographic printing machine that greatly reduces cost. The main function of a CRUM on a CRU prevents the CRU seller from losing money to refillers, third party manufacturers and arbitrage. However, CRU's bundled with the machine in a customer's initial purchase are not at risk to refillers, third party manufacturers and arbitrage, since the CRU is sold and shipped with the machine. For this reason, there is no reason to put a CRUM on these CRU's. These CRU's do not need protection because they are not at risk.