Apparatus for refilling inkjet cartridges and methods thereof

  • US 7,089,973 B2
  • Filed: 08/13/2004
  • Issued: 08/15/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/14/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An automatic inkjet cartridge refilling machine for use in a retail environment, capable of refilling multiple different cartridges, comprising:

  • a housing, said housing containing a computer, a memory, an input device and an output device;

    a refilling program, said program being stored in the memory;

    a plurality of door assemblies located in the housing, each of the plurality of door assemblies being sized and shaped to receive at least one of the multiple different inkjet cartridges;

    at least one ink supply; and

    a printer nozzle interface, said printer nozzle interface being configured to make intimate contact with the inkjet cartridge such that ink can be transferred into the inkjet cartridge through printer nozzles on the ink jet cartridge;

    wherein when the refilling program is executed, and an empty cartridge is properly inserted into the door assembly, the printer nozzle interface will make intimate contact with the empty cartridge and ink will be transferred from said ink supply to the empty cartridge.

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