Universal toner cartridge mounts for attaching a waste bin to a hopper

  • US 7,362,988 B1
  • Filed: 05/10/2006
  • Issued: 04/22/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/19/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A toner cartridge, comprising:

  • a waste bin;

    a hopper releasably connected to said waste bin;

    a first contact surface formed in said waste bin, whereby the first contact surface limits upward movement of the hopper;

    a second contact surface formed in said waste bin, whereby the second contact surface limits downward movement of the hopper; and

    a latching means disposed in leading relation to the first and second contact surfaces for further interconnecting said waste bin and said hopper to one another;

    whereby said hopper does not move relative to said waste bin when said hopper and waste bin are interconnected to one another;

    wherein said latching means includes a hopper wheel horizontal retainer formed integrally with said waste bin;

    wherein said latching means further includes a hopper wheel vertical lock formed integrally with said waste bin; and

    wherein said hopper wheel horizontal retainer and said hopper wheel vertical lock are disposed in cooperative relation to one another and are adapted to engage a hopper wheel that forms a part of said hopper.

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