Patent Number: 6,169,874

Title: Anti-wrinkle fuser baffle

Abstract: A fuser baffle which helps to minimize or eliminate sheet wrinkle by a fuser. A small "saddle" is added to the center section of the inlet to the fuser on the baffle surface which last contacts and controls the sheet before entry into the fuser nip. The saddle removes most of the corrugation along approximately 90 to 95% of the centermost portion of the sheet. Any remaining corrugation at the inboard and outboard ends is removed by the fuser flare. The baffle is applicable to any fusing device which uses localized pressure to fix an image to a sheet.

Inventors: Quesnel; Lisbeth S. (Pittsford, NY), Van Bortel; David P. (Macedon, NY)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: G03G 15/20 (20060101); G03G 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018