Moistener for a postage meter

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5746881





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The moistening system is used in combination with a postage meter system, wherein the postage meter system includes a horizontal extend deck supported by a meter housing. A portion of the deck defines a printing station. The moistening system includes a housing defining a first chamber. A horizontally extending feed deck is detachably mounted to the housing enclosing the first chamber. A second chamber defined by the housing includes a latching mechanism for detachably mounting the housing and feed deck to the postage meter such that the feed deck is aligned contiguous to the deck of the postage meter. A reservoir container is removably mounted within the first chamber of the housing and has an aperture aligned to an aperture formed in the feed deck. A wick assembly includes a support brace is detachably mounted to the feed deck, a wick and a cap. The support brace has a first section extending into the reservoir and the wick has a first section confined by the first section of the support brace to extend into the reservoir. The support brace also has a second section extending horizontally in spaced apart relation to the feed deck and supporting a second section of the wick such that a portion of the wick extends horizontally beyond the second section of the brace. A cap is detachably mounted to the second section of the brace to securely position the second section of the wick therebetween.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hibberd, Christopher V Essex, GB2 2 17
Jenkins, Ian R Fairfield, CT 33 320
Kulpa, Walter J Trumbull, CT 41 484
Stevens, Howard M Stratford, CT 2 15
Sye, Chiping Stamford, CT 8 40

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