Multi-Use Resistive Ribbon
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
This article describes a laminated ribbon for resistive ribbon printing suited to be repetitively used for printing. Typically, the ribbon is connected in an endless band and moved past a printing station, where heat from current in the ribbon effects printing. The ribbon itself may carry a thermal ink which is replenished, such as described in U.S. Patent 4,419,024, or the ribbon may contact a heat-responsive print paper or the like, such as described in U.S. Patent 4,236,834. The ribbon described here has a thin layer of aluminum in contact with a thin layer of conductive metal, such as nickel.