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Ribbon Cartridge Detection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000058915D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Hedrick, DR [+details]

Abstract

A printer 10 having a ribbon cartridge sensor 15 is shown in Figure 1. The sensing of the type of ribbon cartridge in a printer is necessary so that the printer can detect whether or not the proper cartridge has been installed, or so that a warning or reminder can be given to an operator to install the correct ribbon cartridge depending on the data being printed. Cartridge selection is particularly important when the printer prints in multiple colors and has multiple cartridges therefor.