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Self Adjusting Ribbon Guide And Tensioner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041052D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Hedrick, DR Huber, RE [+details]

Abstract

The print system shown in the Figures is for a self-adjusting ribbon guide roller 1 and a ribbon tensioner 2. Referring to Figure 1, the ribbon is fed from a ribbon cartridge base 3 having flared out ribbon arms 4. A rod 5 parallel to the surface of the ribbon is disposed at the widened end of the arms 4. A flanged roller 1 is free to move axially on and rotate around the rod. The ribbon comes from the cartridge base 3, passes over the roller 1, and is then fed through a ribbon shield 6 located in front of the print head 7.