Global Patent Index - EP 0729842 B1

EP 0729842 B1 20000712 - Media handling in an ink-jet printer

Title (en)

Media handling in an ink-jet printer

Title (de)

Medientransport bei einem Tintenstrahldrucker

Title (fr)

Transport de médias dans une imprimante à jet d'encre


EP 0729842 B1 20000712 (EN)


EP 96301348 A 19960228


  • US 39680195 A 19950228
  • US 52672895 A 19950911

Abstract (en)

[origin: EP0729842A2] Described herein is a printer having a printhead (102) which traverses laterally across a sheetlike print medium (110) and which thereby defines a laterally-extending print zone across the print medium. A paper transport mechanism in the printer has drive rollers (114) and associated pinch wheels (180) to drive the print medium through the printer's print zone. The paper transport mechanism further includes an upper print media guide (202) and a lower print medium guide (126). The two print medium guides are shaped at their transverse ends to bow the transverse edges of the print medium downwardly to reduce its tendency to buckle upwardly into the printhead. In order to fit the upper print medium guide into the limited available space above the drive rollers, it is made of a lower molded portion (170) for paper contact and an upper backing portion (172) for rigidity. A pinch finger (191) extends toward the printer's print zone beyond the pinch wheels to establish a pinch point (192) against the drive roller in near proximity to the print zone. To facilitate ejection of printed pages, the upper print medium guide is formed with a series of ribs (204) which contact the paper. The ribs reduce friction and static buildup, and make it easier to push the paper from the paper transport mechanism. <IMAGE>

IPC 1-7

B41J 13/10; B41J 11/00

IPC 8 full level

B41J 13/10 (2006.01); B41J 11/00 (2006.01); B41J 13/14 (2006.01); B65H 5/36 (2006.01)

CPC (source: EP)

B41J 11/005 (2013.01); B41J 13/14 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)


DOCDB simple family (publication)

EP 0729842 A2 19960904; EP 0729842 A3 19980715; EP 0729842 B1 20000712; DE 69609217 D1 20000817; DE 69609217 T2 20001130; JP H09512506 A 19971216; WO 9626839 A1 19960906

DOCDB simple family (application)

EP 96301348 A 19960228; DE 69609217 T 19960228; JP 52639096 A 19960228; US 9602699 W 19960228