Automatic printhead and tank install positioning

  • US 7,841,712 B2
  • Filed: 12/31/2007
  • Issued: 11/30/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/31/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for installing a printhead or an ink tank for a printing device, the method comprising:

  • raising a protective cover of the printing device;

    sensing a status of the ink tank by ascertaining a presence or not of a predetermined amount of ink in the ink tank;

    sensing a presence or not of the printhead on a carrier along a carrier frame; and

    automatically moving the carrier for transporting the printhead and the ink tank to one of two different appropriate installation positions along the carrier frame based on the sensed status of the ink tank and the sensed presence of the printhead, a first of the two different appropriate installation positions for installing the ink tank and the second of the two different appropriate installation positions for installing the printhead.

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