Inkjet printer with web feed maintenance assembly

  • US 9,056,475 B2
  • Filed: 03/06/2013
  • Issued: 06/16/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/06/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An inkjet printer comprising:

  • (a) a pagewidth inkjet printhead having a plurality of nozzles for delivering ink onto print media fed past the printhead; and

    (b) a maintenance assembly for maintaining the printhead, the maintenance assembly comprising;

    (i) an elongate web of material having a width corresponding substantially to a length of the printhead;

    (ii) one or more rollers for supporting the web;

    (iii) a web support member positioned opposite the printhead for supporting a maintenance portion of the web, the web support member being operatively urged towards the printhead, the maintenance portion of the web being positioned between the web support member and the printhead;

    (iv) a web-feeding mechanism for advancing the web past the printhead; and

    (v) an actuating mechanism for configuring the printer in either one of;

    a first position in which the maintenance portion of the web is engaged with the printhead during a maintenance operation; and

    a second position in which the maintenance portion of the web is disengaged from the printhead,wherein, during printing, the web is positioned either upstream only or downstream only of the printhead relative to a media feed direction.

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