Method and apparatus for mitigating particulate settling in an ink handling system

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PATENT NO 9782973
APP PUB NO 20170129247A1
SERIAL NO

14934245

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Printer structures include a controller, a marking engine operatively (meaning directly or indirectly) connected to the controller, and a container connected to the marking engine. The marking engine applies marking material to print media, and the container stores that marking material. The container can include a flexible bladder storing the marking material, and an actuator structure operatively connected to the controller. The actuator structure contacts the flexible bladder and periodically moves portions of the bladder to periodically mix the marking material as controlled by the controller (based on the marking engine being idle for a previously established amount of time). Alternatively, the actuator structure contacts the container can periodically rotate the container to periodically mix the marking material as controlled by the controller.

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XEROX CORPORATIONSTAMFORD, CT13750

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RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION (1)
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NEC CORPORATION (1)
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E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY (1)
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EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY (2)
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BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6695441 Inkjet device including ultrasonic vibrator for applying ultrasonic vibration to ink 6 2002
 
Wayne Water Systems, Inc./Scott Fetzer Company (1)
* 2008/0229,819 Capacitive Sensor and Method and Apparatus for Controlling a Pump Using Same 28 2008
 
XEROX CORPORATION (2)
* 2013/0021,418 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DELIVERING SOLID-INK PELLETS 1 2011
8740363 Solid ink printer with magnetic ink mixing 1 2012
 
SILVERBROOK RESEARCH PTY LTD (1)
8016400 Ink reservoir 5 2009
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (1)
2004/0061,747 Ink jet device, ink jet ink, and method of manufacturing electronic component using the device and the ink 7 2003
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