Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Issued Patent For Remanufacturing Toner

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Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Issued Patent For Remanufacturing Toner

 user admin 2014-10-16 at 12:14:44 pm Views: 306
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    Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Issued Patent For  Remanufacturing Toner 
    Patent Issued for Devices and Methods for Remanufacturing Toner Printer Cartridges

    By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering — According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Holmes, Denny (Los Angeles, CA); Ohanyan, Tigran (Van Nuys, CA), filed on September 23, 2011, was published online on October 7, 2014.

    The assignee for this patent, patent number 8855529, is Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Corporation (Glendale, CA).

    Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "a. Field of the Invention

    "The disclosure relates to electrophotography, and in particular, devices and methods for manufacturing or remanufacturing toner printer cartridges

    "Printer cartridges, such as toner printer cartridges, are used in various electrophotographic imaging devices, such as laser printers, copiers, facsimile machines, and multifunction imaging devices. Once original equipment manufacturer (OEM) toner printer cartridges are used, they are often recycled and remanufactured. The process of remanufacturing a toner printer cartridge may include cleaning the cartridge, repairing damaged parts, replacing worn parts, reassembling with new parts, and replenishing the cartridge with toner. The process of remanufacturing a toner printer cartridge requires that the toner printer cartridge be disassembled so that access to the various component parts may be achieved, and further requires that the toner printer cartridge be reassembled for subsequent use.

    "The component parts of toner printer cartridges typically include a toner hopper, a waste hopper, a doctor blade or doctor bar, a primary charge roller (PCR), a developer roller, and an organic photoconductive (OPC) drum. The term 'doctor blade' is a commonly used term in the toner printer cartridge manufacturing and remanufacturing industries and refers to an elongated material that usually includes an elongated rod with an elongated blade attached to the elongated rod. The elongated rod is usually made of metal, and the elongated blade may be made of plastic or metal. The blade may be positioned at an angle from the rod and may be positioned proximate to the developer roller with a predetermined distance.

    "When the toner printer cartridge is in operation, the doctor blade is typically stationary while the developer roller rolls next to the blade. The doctor blade ensures that the right amount of toner sticks to the developer roller. However, not all toner may be absorbed by the developer roller. The toner that is not absorbed by the developer roller typically accumulates around the developer roller. Since the doctor blade and the developer roller are separated by a relatively small predetermined space, the blade controls the thickness of the toner that adheres to the developer roller by scraping off toner that is not absorbed by the developer roller. If there is an excess amount of toner on the developer roller, the doctor blade scrapes off the excess amount. The developer roller then transfers the toner to the OPC drum. The OPC drum that is coated with toner then rolls over a sheet of paper, which is usually given a negative charge by the PCR. The charge of the paper is typically less negative than the charge of the toner, and thus the paper attracts the toner. The toner may be embedded on the paper according to the print pattern.

    "The doctor blade and the developer roller are usually detached from the toner printer cartridge during the remanufacturing process for cleaning. After cleaning, the doctor blade and the developer roller may be reassembled together usually manually with a screw driver. An assembler or user may align or position the doctor blade above the developer roller. The assembler or user may press on one side of the doctor blade and then attach with attachment means, such as screws, the same side of the doctor blade to the toner printer cartridge. The assembler or user may then execute the same steps on the remaining side. Aligning and positioning the doctor blade during replacement and remanufacture may require that the doctor blade be aligned or positioned within a few millimeters of an acceptable alignment or position point to maximize print quality during printing. Many known OEM toner printer cartridges are designed to have a doctor blade that may have the capability of being adjustable in order to adjust the doctor blade position. Thus, it may be difficult for the remanufacturer to manually align the doctor blade to the correct position.

    "Known methods of assembly, manufacture, or remanufacture of toner printer cartridges may not provide a uniform distance between the doctor blade and the developer roller from one side of the doctor blade to the other. As a result, the print quality may be affected, as the toner level on the developer roller is not effectively regulated by the doctor blade. One side of the developer roller may produce darker images than the other, or vice-versa. Moreover, known methods of assembly, manufacture, or remanufacture of toner printer cartridges, such as positioning or aligning a doctor blade, may require an assembler or user to manually align and position the doctor blade and may result in misalignment or damage to the doctor blade. For example, an assembler or user may have to manually hold the doctor blade in order to tighten fasteners such as screws to secure the doctor blade to the toner hopper.

    "In addition, known methods of assembly or remanufacture of toner printer cartridges may require permanent attachment of two or more spacers, inserts, shims, or other spacing elements within the gap or area formed between the doctor blade and the printer cartridge body in order to maintain a desired gap or area distance. The use of such permanent spacers, inserts, shims, or other spacing elements may increase the overall cost and complexity and decrease the overall efficiency of the assembly, manufacturing, or remanufacturing processes. Moreover, such spacers, inserts, shims, or spacing elements may have to have a required thickness that may limit the type of spacer, insert, shim, or spacing element that may be used.

    "Accordingly, there is a need for an improved device and method for assembling, manufacturing, and remanufacturing toner printer cartridges, including aligning doctor blades, that overcomes the issues associated with known devices and methods."

    In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "This need for an improved device and method for remanufacturing toner printer cartridges, including aligning doctor blades, is satisfied.

    "There is provided in one embodiment a device for aligning a doctor blade in a toner hopper of a toner printer cartridge. The device comprises a base portion. The device further comprises at least one cartridge portion holding element on the base portion. The device further comprises an alignment assembly portion setting a doctor blade alignment setting and aligning a doctor blade in a toner hopper retained by the cartridge portion holding element.

    "There is provided in another embodiment a method for aligning a doctor blade in a toner hopper of a remanufactured toner printer cartridge. The method comprises providing a doctor blade alignment device comprising at least an alignment assembly portion configured to set a doctor blade alignment setting. The method further comprises calibrating the doctor blade alignment device with a calibration doctor blade in a calibration toner hopper and with the alignment assembly portion to obtain a calibrated doctor blade alignment setting. The method further comprises aligning a doctor blade in a toner hopper of a remanufactured toner printer cartridge with the calibrated doctor blade alignment setting.

    "There is provided in another embodiment a method of remanufacturing a toner printer cartridge, the toner printer cartridge having a toner hopper with a doctor blade. The method comprises the step of providing a doctor blade alignment device comprising at least an alignment assembly portion to set a doctor blade alignment setting. The method further comprises the step of coupling a pin setting element to each end of a first calibration doctor blade in a first calibration toner hopper. The method further comprises the step of securing the first calibration toner hopper having the first calibration doctor blade to the doctor blade alignment device. The method further comprises the step of calibrating the doctor blade alignment device with the alignment assembly portion to obtain a calibrated doctor blade alignment setting. The method further comprises the step of removing the first calibration toner hopper with the first calibration doctor blade from the calibrated doctor blade alignment device. The method further comprises the step of securing a toner hopper with a doctor blade requiring alignment to the calibrated doctor blade alignment device. The method further comprises the step of aligning the doctor blade in the toner hopper with the calibrated doctor blade alignment setting to obtain an aligned doctor blade. The method further comprises the step of removing the toner hopper with the aligned doctor blade from the calibrated doctor blade alignment device. The method further comprises the step of using the toner hopper with the aligned doctor blade in a remanufactured toner printer cartridge.

    "The above description sets forth, rather broadly, a summary of the disclosed embodiments so that the detailed description that follows may be better understood and contributions of the invention to the art may be better appreciated. Some of the disclosed embodiments may not include all of the features or characteristics listed in the above summary. There may be, of course, other features of the disclosed embodiments that will be described below and may form the subject matter of claims. The features, functions, and advantages that have been discussed can be achieved independently in various embodiments of the disclosure or may be combined in yet other embodiments further details of which can be seen with reference to the following description and drawings."

    For more information, see this patent: Holmes, Denny; Ohanyan, Tigran. Devices and Methods for Remanufacturing Toner Printer Cartridges. U.S. Patent Number 8855529, filed September 23, 2011, and published online on October 7, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8855529.PN.&OS=PN/8855529RS=PN/8855529

    Keywords for this news article include: Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Corporation.
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