CN1088012C - Ink container configured for use with compact supply station - Google Patents

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CN1088012C
CN1088012C CN 97117917 CN97117917A CN1088012C CN 1088012 C CN1088012 C CN 1088012C CN 97117917 CN97117917 CN 97117917 CN 97117917 A CN97117917 A CN 97117917A CN 1088012 C CN1088012 C CN 1088012C
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一种用在打印系统内的可更换油墨容器。 For use in the printing system, the replaceable ink container. 打印系统有一安装在一扫描托架内的打印头和一用于接纳油墨容器的供墨台。 A printing system installed in a scanning carriage of the print head and the ink supply station for receiving an ink container. 供墨台是与打印头流体连通的。 An ink supply station is in fluid communication with the printhead. 油墨容器包括一其构形使得其能啮合设在供墨台上的对应流体进口部分的流体出口。 Comprising an ink container which can be configured such that it engages the fluid outlet provided in the table corresponding to the ink supply portion of the fluid inlet. 还包括设在油墨容器外表面上的第一和第二导引件。 Further comprising a first and a second guide member provided on the outer surface of the ink container. 第一和第二导引件安置成能够啮合设置在供墨台对置端部上的对应第一和第二导引件,以便将油墨容器插入到供墨台内,从而将流体出口与对应流体进口流体连接起来。 First and second guide members disposed so as to be engaged with the ink supply station is disposed on the corresponding first and second guide members on the opposite end portion, so that the ink container is inserted into the ink supply station, so that the fluid outlet and the corresponding fluid inlet connected.

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其构形适合于小型供墨台用的油墨容器 Configuration which is suitable for a small ink container with the ink supply station

本申请是1996年8月30日提交的题为“带有偏轴供墨器和高效墨管的喷墨打印系统”的美国专利申请08/706061的部分继续申请,该申请通过引用结合到本文中,本申请涉及与其在1997年1月30日一起提交的题为“其构形适合于打印机使用的油墨容器”的共同转让的申请(美国申请号8/789959,美国代理人案号为10961157),和1997年1月30日提交的题为“用于供墨器的电气和流体接口”的专利申请(美国申请号08/791290,于2001年3月20日授权为US6203147),以及1997年1月30日提交的题为“用于可更换的油墨容器的电气转接器”的专利申请(美国申请号08/789958,于2001年1月2日授权为US6168262),这三个专利申请的全部内容都通过引用结合到本文中。 This application is entitled, filed August 30, 1996 U.S. Patent No. "ink jet printing system with an off-axis ink supply and efficient ink tube" Application 08/706061 a continuation portion, which is incorporated by reference herein in the present application relates entitled to their submission together in 1997 January 30, "its profile adapted to the printer using the ink container," the commonly assigned application (US application No. 8/789959, US Attorney docket No. 10961157 ), entitled January 30, 1997 filed "for electrical and fluid interfaces ink feeder" patent application (US application No. 08/791290, on March 20, 2001 authorized US6203147), and 1997 "replaceable ink container for an electrical adapter" patent application entitled, filed January 30 (US application No. 08/789958, on January 2, 2001 authorized US6168262), these three patents entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

本发明涉及用于给喷墨打印头供墨的可更换的油墨容器。 The present invention relates to a replaceable ink container for supplying ink to the inkjet printhead. 更具体地说,本发明涉及这样一种油墨容器,该油墨容器的构形使得其适用于打印机以便打印机的结构布局能够有效地利用空间,可接近油墨容器并且具有较小的打印机着地点。 More particularly, the present invention relates to an ink container, the ink container is configured such that it is suitable for the printer so that the printer configuration layout space can be utilized effectively, and the ink container accessible to the printer with a smaller location.

喷墨打印机常常使用安装在可横贯打印介体例如纸张来回移动的托架上的喷墨打印头。 Inkjet printers are often used in ink jet printhead mounted on a traversing print media sheet back and forth moving body e.g. bracket. 当打印头横贯打印介体移动时,一个控制系统会驱动打印头将油墨液滴喷射或喷洒在该打印介体上形成图象和文本。 When the print head traverses a print medium moving body, a control system activates the printhead to the ink droplet ejection, or sprayed onto the printing medium forming images and text.

以前使用的打印机一直是使用与打印头可分开地更换的油墨容器。 The printer previously used has been the use of separately replaceable print head and ink container. 当油墨容器用尽时,可以将油墨容器取下用一个新的油墨容器更换。 When the ink container is exhausted, the ink container can be removed with a new ink container replacement. 使用与打印头分开的可更换的油墨容器使得使用者可更换油墨容器而无需更换打印头。 Separate from the printhead using a replaceable ink container so that the user can replace the ink container without replacing the printhead. 打印头于是可在其使用寿命终结或接近终结时加以更换而不是在油墨容器用尽时更换。 Be replaced printhead may then end at or near the end of its useful life and not replaced when the ink container is exhausted.

一直需要一种小巧、可靠、并且构形适合使用者心理期望的打印系统。 It has been a need for a compact, reliable, and user configuration of the printing system for a desired mental. 象更换油墨容器这类经常性的工作应该可以由大部分的打印机的使用者很容易就能完成。 Regular work such as replacing the ink container should be easy to complete by the majority of users of the printer. 在彩色打印的情况下,经常使用四种或更多的油墨。 In the case of color printing, four or more ink often used. 例如,CYMK彩色打印使用了青色。 For example, CYMK color printing using cyan. 黄色,品红和黑色油墨。 Yellow, magenta, and black inks. 每一种颜色使用一个可更换的油墨容器的打印机都必须将这些容器定位在可以很容易由使用者够到并且易于由使用者抓住进行更换的部位处。 Each using a color replaceable ink container of the printer must be positioned in these containers can be readily and easily by a user at the site to be a replacement for the user to grasp. 而且,这些打印机应该在打印机高度和打印机面积两方面都相对较小以便有助于尽量减小占用柜台或工作台的空间以及使使用者在布置打印机时具有尽量大的灵活性。 Further, the height of these printers and printer in the printer should both have a relatively small area in order to help minimize the space and the counter or table having as large as possible so that the user flexibility in the layout of the printer.

本发明是一种用于打印系统中的可更换的油墨容器。 The present invention is a replaceable ink container for a printing system. 该打印系统是具有一个安装在扫描托架上的打印头和一个用于接纳该可更换的油墨容器的供墨台那样类型的打印系统。 The printing system having a printhead mounted on a scanning carriage, and for receiving the replaceable ink container type such as an ink supply station of the printing system. 该供墨台是与打印头流体连通的。 The ink supply station is in fluid communication with the printhead. 该可更换的油墨容器包括一个流体输出口,其构形适合于啮合供墨台上的对应的流体输入口部分。 The replaceable ink container includes a fluid outlet port, which is configured adapted to engage the corresponding fluid input port portion of the ink supply stage. 还包括有设置在可更换的油墨容器的外表面上的第一和第二导引件。 Further comprising a first and a second guide member provided on the outer surface of the replaceable ink container. 第一和第二导引件设定安置成能啮合设置在供墨台的相对两端上的对应的第一和第二导引件,以便将可更换的油墨容器导引到供墨台内,将流体输出口和对应的流体输入口可流通地连接起来。 First and second guide members are arranged to set the first and second engaging guide member provided corresponding to the opposite ends of the ink supply station, in order to guide the replaceable ink container into the ink supply station , corresponding to the fluid outlet and the fluid inlet fluidly connected.

图1是该打印系统的示意简图,示出了本发明的油墨容器,该油墨容器形成与打印系统相连的流体互联和电气互联。 Figure 1 is a schematic diagram of the printing system showing an ink container according to the present invention, the ink container to form a fluid interconnect and electrical interconnection with the printing system is connected.

图2是盖子已经被取下的打印机的透视图,该打印机结合了本发明的油墨容器。 FIG 2 is a perspective view of a printer cover has been removed, the printer incorporates the ink container of the present invention.

图3是用在图2所示的打印机上的供墨接纳台(作了部分截断),该供墨器设置成能插入供墨器接纳台内。 FIG 3 is the ink supply in the printer shown in FIG. 2 receiving station (made by partial blocking), the ink supply is arranged to be inserted into the ink receiving station.

图4示出了沿图3中截面AA′截取的作了局部截断的简化横截面图,其中油墨容器装在图3所示的油墨容器接纳台内。 FIG. 4 shows a section AA in FIG. 3 'simplified cross-sectional view taken were partially cutaway, wherein the ink container is mounted in the ink container shown in FIG. 3 receiving station.

图5是图2所示的打印机的俯视简化视图。 5 is a plan view of the printer shown in simplified FIG.

图6a,6b和6c是本发明的油墨容器的最佳实施例的等角视图。 Figures 6a, 6b and 6c is an isometric view of a preferred embodiment of the ink container of the present invention.

图7a,7b和7c是本发明的油墨容器的另一实施例的等角视图。 Figures 7a, 7b and 7c is an isometric view of another ink container of the present embodiment of the invention.

图1是喷墨打印机10的简化示意图,该喷墨打印机包括一个本发明的油墨容器12。 1 is a simplified schematic diagram of the inkjet printer 10, the inkjet printer includes an ink container 12 of the present invention. 该喷墨打印机10还包括一个油墨容器接纳台或供墨台14,一个喷墨打印头16和一个打印控制器18。 The inkjet printer 10 further includes an ink container receiving station or the ink supply station 14, an ink-jet print head 16 and a print controller 18. 打印是由打印机10通过在打印控制器18的控制下将油墨从打印头16中喷射出来的方式完成的。 10 is printed by the printer by the print controller 18 under the control of the ink is ejected from the print head 16 is completed in such a manner. 打印头16由一条连线19连接到控制器18上以便控制油墨的喷射。 The print head 16 consists of a wired injector connected to a controller 18 for controlling the ink 19. 油墨是通过一条流体导管20提供给打印头16的,该导管20将该打印头16可流过流体地连接到油墨容器接纳台14上。 Ink is provided through a fluid conduit 20 to the printhead 16, the printhead 20 of the catheter 16 may be connected to the fluid flowing through the ink container receiving station 14. 油墨容器12包括一个与一个流体储存器22流体连通的油墨出口20。 Ink container 12 includes an outlet 20 and a fluid reservoir 22 of ink in fluid communication. 在一个较佳实施例中,油墨容器12包括多个电气触片24,这些触片24电气地连接到一个信息储存装置26上。 In a preferred embodiment, the ink container 12 includes a plurality of electrical contacts 24, which contacts 24 electrically connected to an information storage device 26.

油墨出口20和电气触片24使得油墨容器12可分别与一个流体入口28和电气触片30可靠地相互连接起来,此流体入口28和电气触片30是与油墨容器接纳台14相关连的。 Ink outlet 20 and electrical contacts 24 such that the ink container 12 respectively with a fluid inlet 28 and electrical contacts 30 are reliably connected to each other up, this fluid inlet 28 and electrical contacts 30 with the ink container receiving 14 associated connected station. 油墨容器接纳台14使油墨能够从与油墨容器12相连的流体储存器22经流体管道21传输到打印头16。 The ink container receiving station 22 through 14 so that the ink can be a fluid conduit from a fluid reservoir connected to the ink container 1221 is transferred to the print head 16. 此外,油墨容器接纳台14使得信息可以经一条连线32在与油墨容器12相连的信息储存装置26与打印控制器18之间传递。 Further, the ink container receiving station 14 such that information can be transmitted between the wires 32 through 18 in an information storage device connected to the ink container 1226 and the print controller.

图2示出了盖子已经被取下的喷墨打印机10的一个实施例的透视图,该打印机装有一个或多个油墨容器12。 Figure 2 shows an ink jet printer cover has been removed a perspective view of one embodiment 10 of the embodiment, the printer is equipped with one or more ink container 12. 本发明涉及的是一种用于将油墨容器12导引到喷墨打印机10内以便确保在油墨容器和打印机10之间可以获得流体的、电气的和机械的可靠啮合的方法和设备。 The present invention relates to a method for the ink container 12 to guide the inkjet printer 10 to ensure that the fluid can be obtained between the ink container 10 and the printer, and a method and apparatus for electrically reliable mechanical engagement. 更具体地说,本发明涉及设置在油墨容器12和打印机10两者上的导引件,这些导引件允许将油墨容器12以紧凑的方式加以设定,从而能保持较小的打印机尺寸和着地点或打印机面积。 More particularly, the present invention relates to a guide member is provided on both the ink container 12 and printer 10, which guides allow the ink container 12 be set in a compact manner, so that it can be kept small and the size of the printer location or area of ​​the printer.

打印机10包括一个用于保持供纸的托盘40。 The printer 10 includes a tray for holding a supply of paper 40. 当起动打印操作时,使用一个送纸器(未示出)将一张纸从托盘40送入打印机10内。 When the printing operation is started, a piece of paper using a sheet feeder (not shown) fed into the tray 40 from the printer 10. 在打印过程中,该张纸通过打印区42,在该打印区内,一个装有一个或多个打印头16的扫描托架44横贯纸张滑动以便在纸张上打印一行油墨。 During printing, the sheet of paper 42 through a print zone, the print zone, a print head with one or more of the scan carriage 44 traverses sheet 16 to print a line of ink sliding on the paper. 在扫描托架44打印出一行行的油墨以便在纸张上形成图象的过程中,纸张是步进地通过打印区42的。 In the scanning carriage 44 prints out the rows of ink to form an image on the sheet during the sheet through the print zone is a step 42.

在打印完成后,该张纸就被送入一个输出托盘46内,供纸器40和输出托盘46的设置可以根据所用的特殊纸张供给或所用的连续供给机构而变化。 After printing is completed, the sheet of paper was changed into an output tray 46, the paper feed tray 40 and an output set 46 may be supplied or used in accordance with the special paper used continuously feeding mechanism.

扫描托架44移动通过一个扫描机构上的打印区42,该扫描机构包括一个由扫描托架44在其上滑动的滑杆48。 Moving the scanning carriage 4442, the scanning mechanism includes a bracket 44 on which the slider 48 slides through the print zone on a scanning mechanism by the scanning. 所示的坐标系50具有3个相互正交的轴(x,y,z)。 50 coordinate system shown has three axes (x, y, z) orthogonal to each other. 轴x的取向平行于扫描托架44的移动方向。 The alignment axis x parallel to the moving direction of the scanning carriage 44. 轴y的取向沿着打印介体步进通过打印区42的方向。 Oriented along the axis y direction by the stepper to print mediator print zone 42. 使用一个象编码带(未示出)那样的定位装置与扫描托架44上的一个光探测器一起精确地设定扫描托架44的位置。 Image coding using a belt (not shown) is positioned on a photodetector device such as the scanning carriage 44 together accurately set the scanning position of the carriage 44. 使用一个步进电机(未示出)驱动扫描托架44横贯打印区42移动,该步进电机使用一个常规的驱动皮带和皮带轮装置连接到扫描托架44上。 Using a stepping motor (not shown) driving the scan carriage 44 traverses the print zone 42 is moved, using the stepping motor 44 is connected to the scanning carriage of a conventional drive belt and pulley means.

一条带状电缆(未示出)将电信号传递到扫描托架44上以便有选择地激励打印头16。 A ribbon cable (not shown) to transmit electrical signals to the scanning carriage 44 for selectively energizing the print head 16. 当被选择的打印头16被激励时,随着扫描托架44横贯打印区42的移动,选定颜色的油墨就被喷射在打印介体上。 When the selected print head 16 is energized, with the movement of the scanning carriage 44 traverses the print zone 42, the color of the selected ink was ejected on the print mediator.

图2中示出扫描托架44设定在一个毗邻打印区部分42设置的非打印部分或服务台45处。 FIG 2 shows a scanning carriage 44 sets a non-printing section 42 disposed adjacent the print zone or part 45 at the desk. 服务台45固持住打印头16以便确保在整个打印过程中有最佳的打印质量。 Reception 45 stay holding the print head 16 in order to ensure optimal print quality throughout the printing process. 服务台45一般完成下面所述功能中的一个或多个功能:a)给打印头16注墨;b)当打印头16不在使用时盖住孔板和打印头16上的其他孔;c)从孔板中擦去污垢;d)防止孔板上的孔内的油墨干枯; e)提供一个位置以便将孔板上的孔内干枯后的柔软的粘性油墨柱塞喷出。 Reception 45 is generally complete one or more functions of the following functions: a) to the print head 16 refilling; b) on the other aperture when not in use the print head 16 and the print head cover plate 16; C) wipe dirt from the plate; D) of the hole to prevent the ink dried on the plate; E) to a discharge position for the soft viscous ink after the plunger hole on the plate dry. 用于喷墨打印机10的服务台在授予Burke等人的题为“用于自动地清洁热敏式喷墨墨盒的打印头的方法和装置”的美国专利5300958中有详细的讨论,该专利转让给了本发明的受让人并且通过引用结合到本文中。 U.S. Patent No. 5,300,958 "Method and Apparatus for automatically cleaning a thermal inkjet cartridge printhead" desk for an inkjet printer 10 is issued to Burke et al., Entitled discussed in detail below, which is assigned to the assignee of the present invention and incorporated by reference herein.

本发明涉及将油墨提供给打印头16以便将其喷射在打印介体上的油墨容器12。 The present invention relates to an ink will be provided to the print head 16 so as to be ejected on the printing medium the ink container body 12. 油墨容器12是指偏轴油墨供应器,因为油墨供应器是与由扫描托架44限定的扫描轴线隔开的。 Refers to the ink container 12 is an off-axis ink supply since the ink supply is spaced from the scanning by the scanning axis 44 defined by the carriage. 扫描轴线的取向是沿着坐标系50中的x轴。 It is oriented along the scan axis coordinate system 50 in the x-axis. 此偏轴油墨输送系统包括一个用于接纳油墨容器12的油墨接纳台14。 This off-axis ink delivery system comprising an ink container 12 for receiving the ink receiving station 14. 这些油墨容器12在彩色打印的情况下经常是每种彩色油墨对应一个独立的油墨容器12以及一个用于黑色油墨的油墨容器12。 The ink container 12 in the case of color printing is often each color ink corresponding to a separate ink container 12 and an ink container 12 for black ink. 例如,用于图2所示的一个最佳实施例的油墨容器12是多种油墨容器54,56,58和60。 For example, a preferred embodiment of the ink container shown in FIG. 12 is a plurality of ink containers 56, 58 and 60. 容器54是于盛装黑色油墨,油墨容器56用于盛装黄色油墨,油墨容器58用于盛装深红油墨,油墨容器60用于盛装蓝绿油墨。 54 is a container for containing black ink, an ink container 56 for containing yellow ink, magenta ink container for containing ink 58, cyan ink container 60 for containing the ink. 接纳台14装有一个机械接口,一个流体接口和一个电气接口。 The receiving station 14 is provided with a mechanical interface, an electrical interface, and a fluid port. 油墨容器12沿坐标系50的z轴插入到接纳台14内,该轴的方向与扫描轴线(x轴)和介体在推进过程中步进通过打印区的方向(y轴)两者大致正交。 The ink container 12 along the z axis of the coordinate system 50 is inserted into the receiving station 14, the direction of the scan axis (x-axis) of the shaft and a mediator in the process step by advancing direction (y-axis) both the print zone substantially positive cross. 一旦油墨容器12适当地插入并且锁定就位,就完成了与打印机10的电气、机械和流体对接。 Once the ink container 12 properly inserted and locked in place to complete the electrical, mechanical and fluid interface with the printer 10. 油墨通过象可将油墨容器54,56,58和60与打印扫描托架44上的对应的打印头16流体地连接起来的配管那样的流体管道21流过接纳台14中的这些流体接口。 By the ink may be such as 56, 58 and the ink container 60 and the scanning carriage printing fluid conduit such as a pipe corresponding to the print head 16 on 44 fluidly connecting the fluid 21 flows through these interfaces 14 of the receiving table.

在一个较佳实施例中,将油墨容器12定位在与z轴沿与扫描轴线偏离的y轴方向测得的大约10°的角度的方位上。 In a preferred embodiment, the azimuth angle of the ink container 12 is positioned in the y-axis direction measured with the z-axis along the scan axis was offset about 10 °. 该方位提供了朝使用者的向前的倾斜或偏压以便易于将油墨容器12插入到油墨容器接纳台14内。 This orientation provides a forwardly inclined towards the user, or readily biased to the ink container 12 is inserted into the ink container receiving station 14.

图3示出了本发明的一个油墨容器12,该容器设定在插入到打印机10的接纳台14内的位置上。 FIG 3 illustrates an ink container 12 of the present invention, the container is set in the inserted position within the receiving station 14 on printer 10. 油墨容器12装有象油墨那样的介体标记流体供应。 Marker ink container 12 contains ink as the fluid supply as a mediator. 在油墨容器12内还包括有是本发明主题的油墨出口20,多个电气接触片24,对准或导引件62和锁定件64。 In the ink container 12 further comprises a subject matter of the present invention, an ink outlet 20, a plurality of electrical contact pieces 24, or guide the alignment member 62 and the locking member 64. 油墨容器12上的对准件62有助于使油墨容器12对准以便插入到接纳台14内。 The alignment member 62 on the ink container 12 helps the ink container 12 is aligned for insertion into the receiving station 14. 对准件62与接纳台14上的对应的对准或导引件66一起工作。 Aligned with the receiving station 62 corresponding to alignment or guide member 14 on the work 66 together.

对准件62最好设定在油墨容器12的对置的两侧。 The alignment member 62 is preferably set on opposite sides of the ink container 12. 对应的对准件66设置在油墨容器接纳台14的对置的两端处。 Corresponding to the alignment members 66 disposed at opposite ends of the receiving table 14 in the ink container. 正是对准件62和66的设定使得可以将油墨容器12紧密地插入到油墨容器接纳台14内,从而提供了一个紧凑的油墨容器接纳台14。 62 and 66 is set in the alignment member so that the ink container 12 may be tightly inserted into the ink container receiving station 14, thereby providing a compact ink container receiving station 14. 在油墨容器接纳台14的相对的两端处使用对准件66可以省去在油墨容器12插入过程中所需要的隔壁。 Opposite ends of the receiving station 14 in the ink container using the alignment partition member 66 may be omitted in the ink container 12 during insertion required. 省去隔壁从而只使用对准件62和66进行导引和对准可以设计出一个紧凑的油墨容器接纳台14。 Thereby eliminating the need for using only the alignment partition walls 62 and 66 and alignment guide may design a compact ink container receiving station 14.

这些对准件62和66除了提供对准功能外,还提供键锁功能以确保油墨容器12装有具有象合适的颜色那样的适当的参数的油墨并且可与特定的打印机10兼容。 These alignment members 62 and 66 in addition to providing alignment function, but also provides the key lock function to ensure that ink container 12 contains ink having an appropriate color as a parameter as appropriate and compatible with a particular printer 10. 键锁和对准件62和66在已经转让给本发明的受让人的于1995年12月4日提交的题为“用于供墨容器的键锁装置”的共同待批的美国专利申请08/566521中有详细的描述,该申请通过引用结合到本文中。 U.S. Patent Application keying and alignment members 62 and 66 entitled assigned to the assignee of the present invention, in 1995, filed Dec. 4 "key lock means for the toner supply container" in co-pending 08/566521 described in detail, which application is incorporated by reference herein.

一旦将合适的油墨容器12适当地对准和插入到接纳台14内,锁定件68就会与在油墨容器12上的对应的锁定件64啮合以便将油墨容器12锁定到接纳台14内。 Once the proper ink container 12 is properly aligned and inserted into receiving station 14, the locking member 68 will lock on the corresponding ink container 12 of the engagement member 64 so as to lock the ink container 12 into the receiving station 14. 在油墨容器12适当地锁定到接纳台14内的情况下,与接纳台14相连的流体入口28就与油墨容器12上的对应的油墨出口20啮合,以便让流体从油墨容器12流到打印机10并最终流到打印头16以便在打印介体上打印。 In the ink container is suitably locked to the receiving station 14 at 12, 20 and 28 is engaged on the ink container 12 corresponding to the ink receiving station 14 fluid outlet connected to the inlet to allow fluid to flow from the ink container 12 to the printer 10 and finally, to the print head 16 for printing on the print mediator.

将油墨容器12插入到接纳台14内就在油墨容器12和接纳台14之间形成电气连接。 The ink container 12 is inserted into the electrical formed between the receiving station 14 within the ink container 14 and receiving station 12 is connected. 与油墨容器12相连的电气触片24啮合与接纳台14相连的对应的电气触片30以便让信息在接纳台14和油墨容器12之间传递。 24 engaging electrical contacts connected to the ink container 12 and the corresponding electrical contacts 14 connected to the receiving station 30 to allow transmission of information between the ink container 14 and receiving station 12.

图4示出了油墨容器12沿其导引件62截取的剖视图,其中该油墨容器至少部分地插入到接纳台14内。 12 FIG. 4 shows a cross-sectional view taken along guide ink container 62, wherein the ink container is at least partially inserted into the receiving station 14. 此图示出了油墨容器12上的导引件62与油墨容器接纳台14上的导引件66之间的相互作用。 This figure shows a guide 62 on the ink container 12 the ink container receiving interaction between the guide member 66 on the table 14. 导引件66是沿着插入方向延伸的通道。 66 is a guide channel extending along the insertion direction. 导引件66设置在油墨容器接纳台14的第一侧面70和第二侧面72上。 70 on the first side 72 and a second side guide member 66 disposed in the receiving station 14 the ink container. 该第一和第二侧面70和72设定在油墨容器接纳台14的对置的两端处。 The first and second sides 70 and 72 are set at both ends of the ink container receiving station 14 opposite. 导引件62设置在主轴线的相对的两端处并且其构形使得其可以以互锁的方式啮合在油墨容器接纳台14上的对应的导引件66。 Guide member 62 disposed at opposite ends of the main axis and which is configured so that it can receive an interlocking manner corresponding to the engagement member 66 on the guide table 14 in the ink container. 一旦油墨容器12适当地设定,使得导引件62和66互锁,则油墨容器12就可以被压入到油墨容器接纳台14内,使得油墨容器12滑动就位,从而完成合适的流体、电气、和机械对接。 Once the ink container 12 is appropriately set, such that the interlocking guides 62 and 66, the ink container 12 can be pushed into the ink container receiving station 14, so that the ink container 12 slid into place, thereby completing a suitable fluid, electrical, and mechanical docking.

导引件66是不对称的,因而在第一侧面70上的导引件66与在第二侧面72上的导引件66不同。 Guide member 66 is asymmetric, and thus different between the first side surface 66 on the guide member 70 and the guide member 66 on second side 72. 在两个侧面70和72之间使用不对称的导引件66可以防止油墨容器12不适当地在与沿y轴的正确的取向相差180度的取向上插入。 Asymmetric between the two sides 70 and 72 of guide member 66 can be prevented from improperly ink container 12 in the correct orientation along the y-axis orientation of insertion phase difference of 180 degrees. 此外,使用不对称的导引件62和66给使用者提供了一种目视导引作用以便有助于使用者确保油墨容器12正确地插入。 In addition, asymmetric guide member 62 and 66 provides the user with a visual effect to help guide the user to ensure the ink container 12 properly inserted. 通过防止会导致与第一侧面70相连的对准件66不适当地插入到第二侧面72内的油墨容器12的插入的方式,可以避免打印机10受到损坏并且可提高打印机10的可靠性。 By preventing the alignment member will lead connected to the first side surface 7066 improperly inserted into the insertion of the ink container in the second embodiment the side surface 7212 of the printer 10 can be avoided from being damaged and may improve the reliability of the printer 10.

图5示出了图2所示的打印机10的俯视图的示意图。 FIG. 5 shows a schematic plan view of the printer 10 shown in FIG. 该示意图是想仅仅示出一般打印机10的结构布置特征,而不是要精确地或成比例地表示打印机10的结构布置。 The schematic arrangement is to merely shows general features of the printer 10, instead of or in proportion to accurately represent the structure of the printer 10 is arranged. 打印机10包括一个介体传递部分47,打印区部分42,服务区部分45,油墨容器12和超行程部分49。 The printer 10 includes a dielectric body transmitting portion 47, part of the print zone 42, the service area portion 45, the ink container portions 12 and 49 overtravel. 介体传递部分47包括纸张托盘40和设置在打印区42前面的输出托盘46。 Portion 47 comprises a mediator transmitting a paper tray 40 and output tray 46 is provided in front of the print zone 42. 毗邻于打印区42,沿着以坐标系50中的x轴表示的扫描轴线51的是服务区45。 Adjacent to the print zone 42, 51 along the scan axis in coordinate system 50 in the x-axis 45 represents the service area. 服务区45在一个最佳实施例中是设置在从面朝打印机10的正面看去的打印区42的右侧。 Service area 45 in a preferred embodiment is provided on the right side of the printer from the front face 10 viewed in the print zone 42. 毗邻于打印区42,与服务区45对置的并且沿着扫描轴线51的是超行程部分49。 Adjacent to the print zone 42, service region 45 and facing portion 49 is overstroke 51 along a scan axis.

超行程部分49是由扫描托架44在打印区42的任一侧的超行程导致的。 Overtravel by the scanning portion 49 is a bracket 44 on either side of the overtravel of the print zone 42 caused. 此超行程由打印头16在打印介体的任一侧边缘处定位所导致。 This overtravel caused by the printing head 16 is positioned at the edge of the print media either side of the body. 多个打印头16中的每个打印头都在托架44内沿扫描轴线51布置。 A plurality of print heads in each print head 16 in the carriage 44 along the scan axis 51 is arranged. 因此,为了将与在打印介体两侧边缘处的多个打印头16中的各个打印头相连的各个喷嘴定位,打印托架44必须超行程到或延伸到在打印区42两侧的打印介体之外。 Thus, to each nozzle in the printhead with each of the plurality of print head 16 at both sides of the edge of the printing medium connected to the positioning member, the print carriage 44 must overtravel or to extend to both sides of the print media in the print zone 42 outside the body. 此超行程部分49在打印机10左侧处的宽度与最右侧的打印头喷嘴距托架44的左侧边缘的距离相等。 This overstroke nozzle section 49 an equal distance from the left edge of the carriage 44 in the width of the print head 10 at the left side to the right of most printers. 类似地,在打印机10的右侧处的超行程与最左侧的打印头喷嘴距托架44的右侧边缘的距离相等。 Similarly, at the right side of the printer 10 printhead overtravel leftmost nozzle equal to the distance from the right edge of the carriage 44.

在图5所示的实施例中,油墨容器12被安置在服务区45的前面。 In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 5, the ink container 12 is positioned in front of the service area 45. 在此最佳实施例中,油墨容器54,56,58,和60都沿平行于扫描轴线51的线并排地安置。 In the preferred embodiment, the ink container 56, 58, and 60 are disposed side by side in a direction parallel to the axis 51 of the scanning line. 在油墨容器12和供墨台14上分别使用对准件62和66可使得油墨容器12靠近隔开地并排设置。 In the ink container 12 and the ink supply station 14 were used on the alignment member 62 and 66 such that the ink container 12 can be arranged side by side spaced close. 只在油墨容器12的主轴线上放置对准件62使得油墨容器12可沿一条辅助轴线以靠近隔开的方式放置。 Only in the ink container 12 is placed aligned with the main axis member 62 such that the ink container 12 along a secondary axis spaced manner to close placement. 在该辅助轴线(x轴)上使用对准件62可增加供墨台14沿x轴的宽度。 The alignment member 62 may increase a width of the ink supply station 14 along the x axis on the secondary axis (x-axis). 因此,对准件62和66的此种布置使得油墨容器12可以嵌装在一个设置在服务台45前部区域中的紧凑的供墨台14内。 Accordingly, such the alignment member 62 and 66 are arranged such that the ink container 12 may be fitted in a compact ink supply station 14 a front portion 45 disposed at the front desk area. 此紧凑的供墨台14包括对准件62和66以便有助于导引油墨容器12插入到供墨台14内。 This compact ink supply station 14 includes alignment members 62 and 66 to facilitate guiding the ink container 12 is inserted into the ink supply station 14.

每个单独油墨容器54,56,58和60都构形成在扫描轴线51(X轴)的方向上具有一定的宽度,在垂直于该宽度的方向上具有一定的长度,在垂直于该长度和宽度方向上具有一定的高度。 Each individual ink containers 56, 58 and 60 are configured to have a certain width in the direction of the scan axis 51 (X-axis), having a certain length in the direction perpendicular to the width, perpendicular to the length and have a certain height in the width direction. 油墨容器54,56,58和60都可以具有如图2所示的相同的宽度或者这些油墨容器54,56,58和60中的一个或多个根据所需的油墨容器的容量可以具有或大或小的宽度。 56, 58 and the ink container 60 may have the same width as shown in FIG. 2 or the ink container 54, 56 and 60 may have one or more required or a large capacity ink container according to the or a small width. 例如,在图2所示的四色打印机10的情况中,如果由油墨容器54提供给打印头16的黑色油墨比由油墨容器56,58和60分别提供的黄色,品红,和青色油墨用得更快,则可以用较大的油墨容器(未示出)替换油墨容器54。 For example, in the case of a four-color printer shown in FIG. 10, if provided to the printhead 54 from the ink container 16 of the black ink by the ratio of the yellow ink container 56, 58 and 60 are provided, magenta, and cyan ink faster, the ink container can be larger (not shown) replacing the ink container 54. 此用于黑色油墨的较大的油墨容器给使用者提供了使用上的方便以便减少更换油墨容器的频率。 This larger ink container for black ink to provide the user ease of use in order to reduce the frequency of replacement of the ink container.

油墨容器54,56,58和60是以隔开的方式布置的,一般平行于扫描轴线51,以便让使用者能够看到每个油墨容器12并且能够容易地接近每个容器12以便更换容器12。 The ink container 56, 58 and 60 are arranged spaced apart, generally parallel to the scanning axis 51, so that the user can see each of the ink container 12 and can easily access to each receptacle 12 for replacement of the container 12 . 此外,服务台45设定在打印区42的右侧,因为服务台45沿扫描轴线51具有一定的宽度,该宽度一般大于沿扫描轴线51与超行程部分49相关的宽度。 Further, the desk 45 is set on the right side of the print zone 42, since the desk 45 along the scan axis 51 has a certain width, the width is typically greater than the width of the associated portion 49 along the scan axis 51 and the overtravel. 托架44一般具有在打印区42右侧的超行程,同样的原因,托架在打印区42的左侧也具有超行程部分49。 Generally has a bracket 44 to the right of the overtravel print zone 42, the same reason, the left side of the bracket 42 also has a print zone overtravel portion 49. 然而,服务台45往往在扫描轴线51上具有较超行程部分49大的宽度,因为托架44一般会完全移动到对打印头服务的打印区42之外。 However, the desk 45 tends to have a large width portion 49 than the overtravel in the scanning axis 51, as the carriage 44 moves to the generally fully print zone on the printhead 42 outside the service.

将油墨容器设定在打印区42的右侧可以使得占使用者中的大部分的右撇子使用者更加易于接近油墨容器12。 The ink container is set in the right side of the print zone 42 may be such that accounted for most of the right-handed user in the user closer to the ink container 12 easier. 而且,将油墨容器设定在服务台45的右前方上可以有更多的空间设定油墨容器12而不会增加打印机10在平行于扫描轴线51的方向上的总的宽度。 Further, the ink container is set on the right front desk 45 can have more space to set the ink container 12 without increasing the overall width of the printer 10 in a direction parallel to the scanning axis 51.

图6a,6b和6c示出了本发明的一个最佳的油墨容器12的等角视图。 Figures 6a, 6b and 6c show an isometric view of a preferred ink container 12 of the present invention. 该油墨容器12包括一个外表面或外壳72,该外表面72具有相对于将油墨容器12插入到接纳台14内的方向的一个前边缘74和一个后边缘76。 The ink container 12 includes an outer surface or housing 72, the outer surface 72 and a back with respect to the ink container 12 into the receiving station 14 in the direction of a front edge 74 of the edge 76.

外表面72在图6c所示的油墨容器12的前边缘74处限定了一个进入空腔内的开口82。 The outer surface of the ink container shown in FIG. 6c 72 at a front edge 74 defines an opening 12 into the cavity 82 a. 具有多个与其相连的电气触片24(图1所示)的储存装置26安装在该空腔内。 Storage means having a plurality of electrical contacts connected thereto 24 (FIG. 1) 26 is mounted in the cavity. 电气触片24构形成能够在油墨容器12适当地插入到打印机10内时啮合住与接纳台14相连的对应的电气触片30。 Electrical contact pads 24 can be suitably shaped to be inserted into the ink container 12 into the printer 10 when engaged within the corresponding receiving station connected to the live electrical contacts 14 30.

还在前边缘74上设置有流体出口20。 Is provided on the front edge 74 also has a fluid outlet 20. 该流体出口20的构形使得其可以啮合在供墨台14上的流体入口28以便形成油墨容器12和打印机10之间的流体互联。 The fluid outlet 20 is configured such that it can engage on the fluid in the ink supply station 14 to an inlet 28 to form a fluid interconnection between the ink container 12 and the printer 10. 将油墨容器12沿z轴在竖直方向的插入而其流体出口20在前缘74上可以使得空气朝后边缘76上升到油墨容器12的顶部。 The ink container 12 is inserted along the z-axis in the vertical direction while the fluid outlet 20 on the leading edge 74 may cause the ink container 76 rises to the top 12 toward the rear air. 在使用过程中油墨容器12的这个取向可防止油墨容器12内的空气传送到供墨台14并且最终到达打印头16。 During use the orientation of the ink container 12 to prevent air within the ink container 12 is transferred to the supply station 14 and ultimately to the print head 16. 由打印头16送入的空气会导致差的打印质量并且减小打印头16的可靠性。 The print head 16 is fed by air can cause poor print quality and reduces the reliability of the print head 16.

对准件62和锁定件64设置在油墨容器12上。 The alignment member 62 and the locking member 64 disposed on the ink container 12. 对准件62有助于将油墨容器12插入到接纳台14。 62 facilitates the alignment member 12 is inserted into the ink container receiving station 14. 对准件62最好设置在毗邻油墨容器12的前边缘74处。 The alignment member 62 is preferably disposed adjacent to the front edge 74 of the ink container 12. 在毗邻前边缘74处设置对准件62可确保油墨容器12在插入过程的早期可以正确地对准。 At the front edge 74 disposed adjacent to the alignment member 62 ensures that the ink container 12 properly aligned early in the insertion process. 换句话说,如果使用者试图将油墨容器12插入错误的位置和/或方位,他或她会立即得到一个反馈信号(在部分插入前)。 In other words, if the user tries to ink container 12 is inserted into the wrong location and / or orientation, he or she will immediately get a feedback signal (before the partial insertion). 此外,使用者可以目视将油墨容器12上的前边缘件与在接纳台14上的前边缘件对准。 Further, the user can visually align the front edge of the member 12 on the ink container front edge member 14 on the receiving station. 如果这些件是从前边缘74上偏凹下的,则合适的定位将比较困难。 If these elements are recessed from the front edge 74 of the bias, the proper positioning will be difficult. 通过将对准件62毗邻前边缘74的定位可以使得油墨容器12在插入过程中的早期就对准。 By positioning the edge 74 adjacent to the front alignment member 62 may be such that the ink container 12 during the early phase of insertion on the alignment. 一旦将油墨容器12插入到接纳台14内,锁定件64就会与弹簧68啮合以便将油墨容器12固定在接纳台14内(见图3所示)。 Once the ink container 12 is inserted into engagement with the spring 68 so that the inner 12 is fixed to the receiving station 14, the locking member 64 of the ink container receiving station 14 will (see FIG. 3).

如前面所述的那样,电气和流体接口是设置在油墨容器12的前边缘上。 As previously described, electrical and fluid interfaces are provided on the front edge 12 of the ink container. 将对准件62靠近前边缘74设置可以将它们放置在靠近需要严格对准的零件处。 The alignment member 62 is provided close to the front edge 74 they may be placed in the part near the need for strict alignment. 为了使供墨台和油墨容器的部件的成本降低,这些部件往往要在没有非常严格的公差的情况下模注成形。 In order to make the cost of the ink supply member of the ink container and the stage is lowered, these components tend to be very strict in the case where no molding molding tolerances. 因此,在油墨容器12上的啮合件66要稍小于在接纳台14上的啮合件66(见图4所示),尺寸差大致与所预料的模塑的变异成比例。 Thus, the engaging member 66 on the ink container 12 is slightly smaller than the engaging member 66 on the receiving table 14 (see FIG. 4), the size of the difference is substantially proportional to the variation expected molded. 因此,在相应的相互啮合的对准件之间存在某些布置差异。 Thus, there are some differences between the alignment member disposed respective intermeshed. 这些对准件从流体和电气接口上伸出的越多,墨容器12上的电气和流体接口与在接纳台14上的相应的接口之间的布置的角度差异的效果也越大。 These alignment members from more fluid and electrical interface extending effect on the electrical and fluid ports 12 corresponding to the angular difference in the ink container receiving station 14 is disposed between the interface becomes. 使此距离减至最小可使得此种关键的布置差异减至最小。 This distance may be minimized so that the key is arranged to minimize such differences.

在油墨容器12的相对的两端处设置有朝后边缘76的抓握部86。 Gripping edge 76 disposed toward the rear portion 86 at opposite ends of the ink container 12. 抓握部86是一种波纹形的抓握表面,其形状和纹理使得使用者易于用拇指和食指捏住油墨容器12。 86 is a gripping surface of the gripping portion a corrugated shape, the shape and texture such that the user easily pinch the ink container 12 with the thumb and forefinger. 抓握部86在后边缘76处较大从而提供了一个悬垂部分,该悬垂部分便于在将油墨容器12从供墨台14上抽出过程中捏住油墨容器12。 The grip portion 86 at the rear edge 76 so as to provide a larger overhang portion, the overhang portion 12 to facilitate pinching the ink container when the ink container 12 out from the ink supply station 14 in the process. 该悬垂部分是在长度方向上沿y轴延伸的,使得油墨容器12可以在沿x轴的宽度方向上较短地隔开。 The overhanging portion in the longitudinal direction along the y-axis extends, that the ink container 12 may be spaced apart in the width direction of the short along the x axis.

扩大的后边缘76除了便于捏住油墨容器12外还可防止将油墨容器12无意中颠倒插入到供墨台14内。 The enlarged edge 76 to facilitate pinching the ink container 12 in addition to the outer container 12 may be prevented from unintentionally inverted insertion of the ink into the ink supply station 14. 扩大的后边缘76还给使用者提供了一个关于油墨容器12在插入到打印机10内的过程中方位是否合适的目视导引作用。 The enlarged edge 76 back to the user if the process provides about the ink container 12 is inserted into the printer 10 in the appropriate orientation of the guide visual effect. 此外,扩大的后边缘76可防止打印机10在油墨容器12插入到供墨台14内,因先将后边缘76插入而导致的故障。 In addition, the enlarged edge 76 prevents the printer 10 in the ink container 12 is inserted into the ink supply station 14, after the failure due to insertion edge 76 of the first result.

油墨容器12具有在图6b中分别由字母H和L表示的相关的高度和长度。 12 associated with the ink container height and length, respectively, represented in Figure 6b by the letter H and L. 长度L是在大致垂直于扫描轴线51的方向上,而高度H是在大致垂直于扫描轴线51和长度L的方向上。 L is the length in a direction substantially perpendicular to the scanning axis 51, while the height H L, in the direction substantially perpendicular to scan axis 51 and a length. 油墨容器12具有由图6c中字母W所示的宽度。 Ink container 12 has a width shown by the letter W in FIG. 6c. 宽度W是在大致平行于扫描轴线51的方向上。 W is a width in a direction substantially parallel to the scanning axis 51.

油墨容器12的宽度W要选择得小于与服务台45相关的宽度减其余的油墨容器12的宽度W。 The ink container width W 12 is selected to be smaller than the width of the ink container 12 to rest Save related desk 45 W. 例如,如果所有的油墨容器12具有相同的宽度W,则每个油墨容器12的宽度小于与服务台45相关的宽度除以油墨容器12的数目。 For example, if all the ink container 12 have the same width W, the width of each of the ink container 12 is less than the number associated with the ink container 12 is divided by the width of the desk 45. 因此,油墨容器12具有与每个容器相关的宽度W以便允许所有的油墨容器12能够在宽度方向上并排地安置,使得每个油墨容器12的组合宽度小于与服务台45相关的宽度。 Accordingly, the ink container 12 has a width W associated with each container so as to allow all of the ink containers 12 can be arranged side by side in the width direction, so that the combined width of each of the ink container 12 is smaller than the width 45 associated with the desk. 油墨容器12的宽度的设定要根据服务台45的宽度来定以便使打印机10沿扫描轴线51保持较小的总的宽度。 The width of the ink container 12 is set according to the width of the desk 45 so as to set the printer 10 along the scan axis 51 to maintain a smaller overall width. 在图6a,6b和6c所示的最佳实施例中,油墨容器12的宽度W大致为15毫米(mm)。 In 6a, 6b and the preferred embodiment shown in FIG. 6c, the ink container width W 12 is approximately 15 millimeters (mm).

油墨容器12的长度L要根据人机工程学或使用者抓住油墨容器12的能力来确定。 The length L of the ink container 12 to be determined based on the ability of the ink container 12 or ergonomic user grasping. 在最佳实施例中,油墨容器12的长度L要选择得使大部分使用者能够沿油墨容器12的长度以拇指和食指捏住油墨容器12。 In the preferred embodiment, the length L of the ink container 12 to be selected so that most of the user to the thumb and forefinger along the length of the ink container 12 the ink container 12. 在此最佳实施例中,长度要选择得能够适应捏住宽度或人体测量限制,以便占5%的女性使用者使用拇指和食指进行夹捏。 In the preferred embodiment, the length should be selected to be able to adapt the width of the pinch or anthropometric limited to 5% of the female user using a thumb and index finger pinch. 因此,95%的女性使用者能够使用拇指和食指捏住油墨容器12以便在长度方向上捏住油墨容器12。 Thus, 95% of women user can use the thumb and forefinger of the ink container 12 so as to pinch the ink container 12 in the longitudinal direction. 在此最佳实施例中,油墨容器12具有大致70毫米的长度。 In the preferred embodiment, the ink container 12 generally has a length of 70 mm.

油墨容器12的高度要根据使用者的方便和确保最大的打印质量之间的妥协方案来选择。 The height of the ink container 12 to be selected according to user convenience and to ensure a compromise between maximum print quality. 油墨容器12是应该大些以便减少更换油墨容器的次数,但是油墨容器又要小到足以使得油墨容器在象会降低打印质量的VTR损失那样的老化效应之前被用尽。 Ink container 12 is to be larger in order to reduce the frequency of replacement of the ink container, but the ink container and also small enough so that the ink container is used up before the aging effect as that of the VTR reduce print quality loss. 在一个最佳实施例中,油墨容器12选定成具有85毫米的高度,以便使得至少一个油墨容器12具有80立方厘米的油墨容量,3个油墨容器12具有30立方厘米的油墨容量。 In a preferred embodiment, the ink container 12 is selected to have a height of 85 mm, so that at least one ink container 12 having a capacity of 80 cubic centimeters of ink, ink container 12 has three ink capacity of 30 cubic centimeters. 较高的容量使用者一般会在2至6个月内用完80立方厘米的黑色油墨和30立方厘米的彩色油墨。 Higher user capacity generally runs 80 cm3 of black ink and color inks in 30 cm3 of 2 to 6 months. 将油墨容器12设计成使得油墨能够在6个月前被用尽有助于确保最大的打印质量。 The ink container 12 is designed so that the ink can be exhausted in six months ago, helping to ensure maximum print quality. 最后,高度H应该选择得使打印机10的总的高度保持较小以便使打印机10的总的尺寸尽量地小。 Finally, the height H should be selected so that the total height of the printer 10 is kept small so that the overall size of the printer 10 is as small as possible.

图7a,7b和7c示出了本发明的油墨容器12的另一个最佳实施例的等角视图。 Figures 7a, 7b and 7c shows an isometric view of another preferred embodiment of the ink container 12 of the present invention. 油墨容器12相似于图6a,6b和6c中所示的油墨容器,除了图7a,7b和7c所示的油墨容器具有较大的宽度W以便使油墨容器12能够装较多的油墨。 The ink container 12 is similar to FIG. 6a, the ink container shown in 6b and 6c, in addition to FIG. 7a, 7b and 7c shown in the ink container has a larger width W of the ink container 12 so that more ink can be accommodated. 在图7a,7b和7c中的相同的数字和字母用来表示与图6a,6b和6c所示结构类似的结构。 In Figures 7a, 7b and 7c the same numerals and letters are used to represent and Figures 6a, 6b and structures similar to the structure of Figure 6c.

油墨容器12在图7b中具有相关的用字母H′和L′表示的高度和长度。 An ink container 12 having a height and length associated with the letter H 'and L' shown in Fig. 7b. 长度L′是沿大致垂直于扫描轴线51的方向,而高度H′是沿大致垂直于扫描轴线51和长度L′的方向上。 Length L 'is a direction generally perpendicular to the scanning axis 51, while the height H' is substantially perpendicular to the direction L 'in the direction of the scan axis 51 and a length. 油墨容器12具有用图7c中的字母W′表示的与其相关的宽度。 Ink container 12 has a width associated therewith 'in Figure 7c indicated by the letter W. 宽度W′是沿大致平行于扫描轴线51的方向。 Width W 'is a direction substantially parallel to the scan axis 51 along.

在一个最佳实施例中,油墨容器12要选择得具有85毫米的高度H′,大致为32毫米的宽度W′以及大致为73毫米的长度。 In a preferred embodiment, the ink container 12 to be selected to have a height H 85 mm ', approximately 32 mm width W' and a length of approximately 73 mm. 此最佳的油墨容器12具有80立方毫米的容量。 This best ink container 12 having a capacity of 80 mm3. 在外服务器72′上形成的空腔82′类似于在图6a,6b和6c中所示的油墨容器12上的空腔。 Outer server 72 'is formed on the cavity 82' similar to FIG. 6a, the cavities 12 on the ink container shown in 6b and 6c. 具有电气触片26′和流体出口20′的空腔82′设定在相对于对准件62′的同一位置上,从而使得较小的30立方毫米或较大的80立方毫米的油墨容器12能够插入到同一槽缝内。 The cavity having an electrical contact sheet 26 'and a fluid outlet 20' 82 'is set with respect to the alignment member 62' on the same position, so that the smaller 30 mm3 or 80 mm3 larger ink container 12 It can be inserted into the same slot. 通过使得服务台45上的至少一个槽缝能够接纳宽度变化的油墨容器12可以给使用者提供很大的方便性。 12 can provide a great convenience to the user so that the reception by the at least one slot 45 capable of receiving the width of the ink container changes. 例如,如果打印机的应用使用一种色彩的速率较其他色彩快,则使用者可以使用容积较大的油墨容器12,从而减少更换的频率。 For example, if the application uses a color printer faster rate than other colors, the user may use a greater volume of the ink container 12, thereby reducing the replacement frequency. 一般地说,黑色油墨使用的速率较快,因此,黑色油墨容器12的槽缝隔得较开以便容纳宽度变化的油墨容器12。 In general, the faster the rate of use of black ink, and therefore, the black ink container grooves 12 have a more open seam separated ink container 12 to accommodate varying widths.

本发明提供这样一种油墨容器12,该容器包括与导引件66一起导引油墨容器12进入到供墨台14内的导引件62,以便在油墨容器12和油墨容器接纳台14之间提供一种可靠的电气、机械、和流体连接。 The present invention provides an ink container 12, the container 66 comprises a guide with the guide member 12 into the ink container together with the guide member 14 within the ink supply units 62, 12 for receiving the ink container and the ink container 14 between the table to provide a reliable electrical, mechanical, and fluid connection. 导引件62和66设置并安置成允许油墨容器12在接纳台14内并排地紧密地隔开安装。 Guide members 62 and 66 is provided and arranged to allow the ink container 12 is mounted closely spaced side by side within the receiving station 14. 在由接纳台45至少部分地限定的空间范围内设定油墨容器12和服务台的尺寸应该尽量保持打印机10的总的宽度较小。 Is set within the space of the ink container receiving station 45 is defined by at least part of the desk 12 and the size should be kept small as much as possible the overall width of the printer 10. 此外,将油墨容器12平行于扫描轴线51设置并且安置在服务台45的前面和纸张托盘40和46的右侧可以确保能够方便地接近油墨容器12对其进行更换。 Further, the 12 ink container 51 disposed parallel to the scan axis and positioned in front of the desk 45 and the sheet tray 40 and the right side 46 can ensure easy access to the ink container 12 be replaced. 最后,油墨容器12的与在前边缘74上的流体和电气接口大致垂直的取向可以提供一种方便的并且使得油墨容器12的插入和取出都很方便的结构布置。 Finally, the ink container with the fluid and electrical connections 74 on the front edge 12 substantially perpendicular alignment can provide a convenient and makes insertion and removal of the ink container is very convenient structural arrangement 12.

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1.一种用在打印系统(10)中的可更换的油墨容器(12),该种打印系统(10)具有一个安装在一个扫描托架内的打印头(16)和一个用于接纳可更换的油墨容器(12)的供墨台(14),该供墨台(14)与该打印头(16)是流体连通的,该可更换的油墨容器(12)包括:一个其构形可啮合该供墨台(14)上的对应的流体进口部分(28)的流体出口(20);和设置在该更换的油墨容器(12)的外表面上的第一和第二导引件(62),该第一和第二导引件(62)设置并安置成能啮合设置在该供墨台(14)的对置端上的对应的第一和第二导引件(66),以便将该可更换的油墨容器(12)导引到该供墨台(14)内,将该流体出口(20)和对应的流体进口(28)流体地连接起来。 1. A method for use in the printing system (10) is a replaceable ink container (12), the kind of the printing system (10) having a print head (16) mounted in a scanning carriage and a can for receiving replaceable ink container (12) of the ink supply station (14), the ink supply station (14) to the print head (16) is in fluid communication with the replaceable ink container (12) comprising: a whose configuration can be engaging a corresponding fluid inlet portion (28) on the ink supply station (14) a fluid outlet (20); and disposed on the replaceable ink container (12) of the first and second guide members on the outer surface ( 62), the first and second guide members (62) arranged and positioned engageable disposed on opposite ends of the ink supply station (14) corresponding to the first and second guide members (66), so that the replaceable ink container (12) to guide the ink supply station (14), fluidly connecting the fluid outlet (20) and the corresponding fluid inlet (28) together.
2.如权利要求1所述的可更换的油墨容器(12),其特征在于:该供墨台(14)包括第一和第二端部(70,72),该第一和第二端部至少部分地限定了一个单一的腔室,该第一端部(70)设置在该第二端部(72)的对面,该第一和第二端部(70,72)分别形成第一和第二导引件(66),以便将该可更换的油墨容器(12)导引到该供墨台(14)内。 2. The replaceable ink container according to claim 1 (12), characterized in that: the ink supply station (14) comprises a first and second end portions (70, 72), the first and second ends at least partially defining a single chamber, the first end portion (70) disposed opposite the second end portion (72), the first and second end portions (70, 72) respectively forming a first and a second guide member (66), so that the replaceable ink container (12) to guide the ink supply station (14).
3.如权利要求2所述的可更换的油墨容器(12),其特征在于:与该供墨台(14)联系的该第一和第二导引件(66)是在该供墨台(14)的第一和第二端部中的每个上形成的至少一条通道,每条通道的通道取向是沿着油墨容器(12)插入到该供墨台(14)内的方向。 A replaceable ink container (12) as claimed in claim 2, wherein: the ink supply station (14) to contact the first and second guide members (66) in the ink supply station (14) each of a first and a second end portion is formed at least one channel, each channel is oriented channel (12) is inserted into the ink supply direction of the table (14) along the ink container.
4.如权利要求2所述的可更换的油墨容器(12),其特征在于:该供墨台(14)内的单一的腔室装有多个流体进口(28),该多个流体进口(28)中的每一个的构形都使得其能够啮合和流体连接到与一个对应的油墨容器(12)相联系的流体出口(20)上。 The plurality of single fluid inlet chamber of the ink supply station (14) provided with a plurality of fluid inlets (28): 4. The replaceable ink container claimed in claim 2 (12), characterized in that the configuration (28) each are such that it can engage and fluidly connected to the fluid outlet associated with an ink container (12) corresponding to the upper (20).
5.如权利要求4所述的可更换的油墨容器(12),其特征在于:与该供墨台(14)相联系的第一和第二导引件(66)是多个第一和第二导引件(66),该多个第一和第二导引件(66)中的每一个都与多个流体进口(28)中的每一个相联系,从而允许将多个油墨容器(12)插入到该供墨台(14)内,该多个油墨容器(12)中的每一个具有该第一和第二导引件(62)用于啮合与该供墨台(14)相联系的多个第一和第二导引件(66),以便导引多个可更换油墨容器(12)中的每一个插入到该供墨台(14)内,从而将多个流体出口(20)中的每一个与多个流体进口中多个对应的流体进口(28)中的每一个流体连接起来。 5. The replaceable ink container as claimed in claim (12), characterized in that: the first and the second guide member for (14) linked to the ink station (66) and a first plurality a second guide member (66), the plurality of each of the plurality of fluid inlet (28) of the first and second guide members (66) in each of a linked, thereby allowing the plurality of ink containers (12) is inserted into the ink supply station (14), the plurality of ink containers (12) each having a first and a second guide member (62) for engaging the ink supply station (14) each of the plurality of first and second associated guide (66), so as to guide a plurality of replaceable ink container (12) is inserted into the ink supply station (14), so that the plurality of fluid outlet (20) in each of a plurality of corresponding fluid inlet (28) in each of a plurality of fluid connected to the fluid inlet.
6.如权利要求1所述的可更换的油墨容器(12),其特征在于:该油墨容器(12)具有一条辅助轴线和一条在大致垂直于插入方向的方向上的主轴线,该第一和第二导引件(62)设置在该主轴线上。 The first ink container (12) having a main axis and on a secondary axis in a direction substantially perpendicular to the insertion direction: 6 replaceable ink container claimed in claim 1 (12), characterized in that and a second guide member (62) disposed on the main axis.
7.一种用于将油墨容器(12)插入到打印机(10)内的方法,该打印机具有一个安装在一个扫描托架上的打印头(16),该打印机(10)包括一个与该打印头(16)流体连通的供墨台(14),该方法包括:将一个第一油墨容器(12)插入到该供墨台(14)内以便将设置在该第一油墨容器(12)的外表面的相对的侧面上的第一和第二导引件(62)分别与设置在该供墨台(14)的对置端部上的第一和第二导引件(66)相啮合;将该第一油墨容器(12)插入到该供墨台(14)内使得在该油墨容器(12)上的第一和第二导引件(62)与同该供墨台(14)相联系的该第一和第二导引件(66)一起导引该第一油墨容器(12),以便将与该油墨容器(12)相联系的油墨出口(20)设定成能够啮合与该供墨台(14)相联系的油墨进口,从而将该第一油墨容器(12)流体连接到该供墨台(14)上。 7. A method for the ink container (12) is inserted into the printer in the method of (10), the printer having a print head (16) mounted on a scanning carriage of the printer (10) includes a print with the head (16) in fluid communication with the ink supply station (14), the method comprising: a first ink container (12) is inserted into the ink supply station (14) so ​​disposed in the first ink container (12) opposing first and second guide members on the sides of the outer surface (62) are provided on opposite ends of the ink supply station (14) of the first and second guide members (66) engaged ; the first ink container (12) is inserted into the ink supply station (14) such that the first and second guide members on the ink container (12) (62) with the ink supply station (14) the first and second guide members (66) associated with the guide of the first ink container (12), so that the phase associated with the ink container (12) of the ink outlet (20) is set so as to be engaged with the an ink inlet of the ink supply station (14) linked to the first ink container (12) is fluidly connected to the ink supply station (14).
8.如权利要求7所述的将油墨容器(12)插入到打印机内的方法,该方法还包括将一个第二油墨容器(12)毗邻该第一油墨容器(12)设置在该供墨台(14)内,以便使设置在该第二油墨容器(12)的外表面的相对侧上的第一和第二导引件(62)分别与分别毗邻该第一和第二导引件(62)设置的第三和第四导引件(66)相啮合。 8. The ink container (12) according to claim 7 is inserted into the printer the method, the method further comprises a second ink container (12) adjacent to the first ink container (12) provided in the ink supply station (14), so that the first and second guide members disposed on the opposite side of the outer surface of the second ink container (12) (62) respectively adjacent to the respective first and second guide members ( 62) the third and fourth guide disposed (66) engages.
9.如权利要求7所述的方法,其特征在于:该方法还包括将油墨从该油墨容器(12)提供给该打印头(16)。 9. The method according to claim 7, wherein: the method further comprising providing ink from the ink container (12) to the print head (16).
10.如权利要求9所述的方法,其特征在于:该方法还包括在将油墨提供给打印头(16)后重新给该油墨容器(12)注墨。 10. The method according to claim 9, wherein: the method further comprises, after the ink to the print head (16) back to the ink container (12) refilling.
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