Enlarged Ribbon Cartridge
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Many serial printers of various types use a continuous ribbon loosely contained in a cartridge. The ribbon is withdrawn from one end of the cartridge and feeds in a continuous loop, past the printing position to the other end of the cartridge where it is stuffed back into the cartridge. Various types and combinations of feed rollers and guides are used in the ribbon transport system. The life of the cartridge is dependent on the amount of ribbon it contains which is dependent on the size of the cartridge which is itself restricted by the space available within the printer in the same plane as the printhead.