Printer Steel Band, Made Like a Moebius Strip
Original Publication Date: 1996-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
During the manufacturing process, one end of the type band is rotated through 180 degrees, then connected to the other end. This band will have only one surface. With a normal type band, a certain character is at a certain position after one revolution of the band. With the Moebius type band, a certain character will only be back at the same position, after two revolutions of the band. This will allow additional character types and will give higher performance. The print band rotates around two pulleys. The print band, on the hammer side, will look like the normal band used now. On the opposite side, the Moebius type band will make the 180 degrees turn. The two pulleys will have grooves for the characters.