Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Electrophotographic Print Binding System
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,548,371) developed by four co-inventors for an "electrophotographic print binding system." The co-inventors are Brian J. Kwarta, Pittsford, N.Y., James D. Shifley, Spencerport, N.Y., Donald S. Rimai, Webster, N.Y., and Thomas N. Tombs, Rochester, N.Y.
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems for producing bound electrophotographic prints are provided. In one aspect there is provided a system with a print engine having a printing module to form a toner image on a receiver, a fuser with a heater that heats the toner image to fuse the toner image to a receiver to form a print, a stacking system that stacks the print and a sheet in a stacking area with the fused toner image between the print and the sheet. A heating system has a heat source that applies a heat along an edge of the stack, and a controller that causes the toner image to have toner in a binding area proximate to the heated edge of the stack and in an image area that is separated from the binding area by a separation area. A portion of the heat applied at the edge of the stack heats the binding area to cause toner in the binding area to fuse for a second time and a residual portion of the heat applied heats the separation area, but the separation area does not heat the image area to an extent sufficient to fuse toner in the image area."
The patent application was filed on May 24, 2010 (12/786,017). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8548371.PN.&OS=PN/8548371&RS=PN/8548371
Written by Deviprasad Jena; edited by Jaya Anand.
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