Ink ribbon cartridge retention device for a recording apparatus

  • US 5,897,256 A
  • Filed: 12/16/1997
  • Issued: 04/27/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/06/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A recording apparatus, comprising:

  • a replaceable ink ribbon cartridge which has an ink ribbon wound on a take-up spindle and a feed spindle;

    a take-up spindle support section for rotatably supporting the take-up spindle when the ink ribbon cartridge is mounted in a specific position;

    a displaceable retaining member movable between a first position for holding said take-up spindle between the take-up spindle support section and the retaining member to restrict the displacement of the take-up spindle and a second position for permitting removal of the take-up spindle from the take-up spindle support section;

    a casing for housing the ink ribbon cartridge, the casing having;

    a casing body in which the ink ribbon cartridge is mounted,a cover which is openably mounted to the casing body and permits replacement of the ink ribbon cartridge into the casing body when the cover is in an opened position, anda lock lever for locking the cover to the casing body when the cover is in a closed position, wherein the retaining member is mounted on the lock lever.

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