Reusable, Reinkable Resistive Ribbon
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
This article describes means whereby a multi-use resistive printing ribbon can be realized. The Resistive Ribbon Thermal Transfer printing technology is widely used in the IBM Quietwriter printers. This technology, which is capable of very high-quality printing at relatively high speeds, presently uses a single use transfer ribbon, that is, each region of the ribbon can only be used once in printing since virtually all of the ink is transferred from a region during a print or transfer operation. Herein methods are described whereby a new resistive ribbon structure can be made which allows each region of the ribbon to be used multiple times for thermal transfer printing operations, thus a reusable resistive transfer ribbon.