Patent Number: 6,253,056

Title: Foam pad for removing electrostatically charged particles from a surface

Abstract: An apparatus for removing electrostatically charged particles from a surface such as the backside of an image bearing belt of the type found in an electrostatographic printing apparatus or a drive roller supporting an image bearing belt. The apparatus includes an electrically biased foam pad having a conductive substrate and conductive foam material extending outwardly therefrom to contact the surface to be cleaned, a supporting device, and a cleaning device for removing collected particles from the foam pad. The supporting device for the foam pad rotates, thereby causing clean foam material to contact the surface to be cleaned.

Inventors: Lindblad; Nero R. (Ontario, NY), Casella; James M. (Webster, NY), Diehl; James C. (Webster, NY), Carlston; Richard L. (Rochester, NY), Smith; James F. (Ontario, NY)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: G03G 21/00 (20060101); G03G 021/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018