EP1013440A3 - Fluid flush system for ink jet printing system - Google Patents

Fluid flush system for ink jet printing system Download PDF

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EP1013440A3
EP1013440A3 EP99309554A EP99309554A EP1013440A3 EP 1013440 A3 EP1013440 A3 EP 1013440A3 EP 99309554 A EP99309554 A EP 99309554A EP 99309554 A EP99309554 A EP 99309554A EP 1013440 A3 EP1013440 A3 EP 1013440A3
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system
fluid
flush
ink jet
ink
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French (fr)
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EP1013440A2 (en
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Randal L. Mullins
Andrew M. Nagy
Gregory J. Sexton
Jeffrey S. Trapp
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Eastman Kodak Co
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Kodak Versamark Inc
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
    • B41JTYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, e.g. INK-JET PRINTERS, THERMAL PRINTERS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS
    • B41J2/00Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
    • B41J2/005Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
    • B41J2/01Ink jet
    • B41J2/17Ink jet characterised by ink handling
    • B41J2/1714Conditioning of the outside of ink supply systems, e.g. inkjet collector cleaning, ink mist removal
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
    • B41JTYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, e.g. INK-JET PRINTERS, THERMAL PRINTERS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS
    • B41J2/00Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
    • B41J2/005Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
    • B41J2/01Ink jet
    • B41J2/17Ink jet characterised by ink handling
    • B41J2/1707Conditioning of the inside of ink supply circuits, e.g. flushing during start-up or shut-down
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
    • B41JTYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, e.g. INK-JET PRINTERS, THERMAL PRINTERS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS
    • B41J2/00Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
    • B41J2/005Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
    • B41J2/01Ink jet
    • B41J2/17Ink jet characterised by ink handling
    • B41J2/18Ink recirculation systems
    • B41J2/185Ink-collectors; Ink-catchers

Abstract

A system and method for flushing ink residue from a fluid system of a continuous ink jet printer system are provided. Flush fluid is supplied to all fluid lines of the fluid system which normally contain ink, and the ink is removed or drained from the fluid system. The inside of the ink tank (12) is then rinsed with the flush fluid. After the rinsing is complete, the flush fluid is removed from the fluid system and the fluid lines. Typically, the flush fluid is pumped through the system to clean the system, and air is pumped through the system to remove the flush fluid. The flush fluid is preferably a pressurized flush fluid.
EP19990309554 1998-12-14 1999-11-29 Fluid flush system for ink jet printing system Expired - Fee Related EP1013440B1 (en)

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US21102798A true 1998-12-14 1998-12-14
US211027 1998-12-14

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EP1013440A3 true EP1013440A3 (en) 2000-11-15
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US3891121A (en) * 1972-08-04 1975-06-24 Mead Corp Method of operating a drop generator that includes the step of pre-pressurizing the liquid manifold
US4910529A (en) * 1986-12-10 1990-03-20 Imaje Sa Multifunction cell with a variable volume chamber and a fluid supply circuit for an ink jet printing head
EP0424008A1 (en) * 1989-10-11 1991-04-24 Linx Printing Technologies Plc Method and apparatus for flushing an ink jet print head
DE4101695A1 (en) * 1991-01-22 1992-08-13 Agfa Gevaert Ag Covering and cleaning device for ink jet print-head - recycles dried ink from nozzle plate through filter and pump to source via magnetically operated valve
WO1993017867A1 (en) * 1992-03-12 1993-09-16 Willett International Limited Method for flushing an ink flow system
EP0854044A2 (en) * 1997-01-21 1998-07-22 Hewlett-Packard Company Replaceable cartridge, kit and method for flushing ink from an inkjet printer
US5847734A (en) * 1995-12-04 1998-12-08 Pawlowski, Jr.; Norman E. Air purge system for an ink-jet printer
EP0908316A1 (en) * 1997-09-16 1999-04-14 Domino Printing Sciences Plc Ink jet printer

Patent Citations (8)

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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3891121A (en) * 1972-08-04 1975-06-24 Mead Corp Method of operating a drop generator that includes the step of pre-pressurizing the liquid manifold
US4910529A (en) * 1986-12-10 1990-03-20 Imaje Sa Multifunction cell with a variable volume chamber and a fluid supply circuit for an ink jet printing head
EP0424008A1 (en) * 1989-10-11 1991-04-24 Linx Printing Technologies Plc Method and apparatus for flushing an ink jet print head
DE4101695A1 (en) * 1991-01-22 1992-08-13 Agfa Gevaert Ag Covering and cleaning device for ink jet print-head - recycles dried ink from nozzle plate through filter and pump to source via magnetically operated valve
WO1993017867A1 (en) * 1992-03-12 1993-09-16 Willett International Limited Method for flushing an ink flow system
US5847734A (en) * 1995-12-04 1998-12-08 Pawlowski, Jr.; Norman E. Air purge system for an ink-jet printer
EP0854044A2 (en) * 1997-01-21 1998-07-22 Hewlett-Packard Company Replaceable cartridge, kit and method for flushing ink from an inkjet printer
EP0908316A1 (en) * 1997-09-16 1999-04-14 Domino Printing Sciences Plc Ink jet printer

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DE69936436D1 (en) 2007-08-16
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DE69936436T2 (en) 2008-01-24
EP1013440A2 (en) 2000-06-28
CA2292104A1 (en) 2000-06-14

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