Removable toner cartridge guide and attachment of waste bin into a printer

  • US 7,106,993 B1
  • Filed: 07/26/2005
  • Issued: 09/12/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/19/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A toner cartridge adapted to fit within a toner cartridge-receiving cavity of a printer, comprising:

  • a waste bin positioned at a leading end of said toner cartridge;

    a hopper connected to said waste bin at a trailing end of said waste bin;

    said waste bin and said hopper being fixedly interconnected to one another and being held against movement relative to one another when fully installed within said toner cartridge receiving cavity;

    said waste bin having a leading end sculpted to mate with the cartridge receiving cavity of a plurality of printer families;

    a planar wing formed in each sidewall of said waste bin;

    each planar wing formed on an outboard side of its associated sidewall;

    each planar wing adapted to slidingly engage a guide groove formed in said printer;

    each planar wing having a uniform thickness along its extent;

    whereby each planar wing has structural integrity and does not flex when said waste bin cartridge is being installed into said printer; and

    whereby said toner cartridge fits differing printer models distributed by differing manufacturers.

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