Patent Number: 6,305,796

Title: Thermal ink jet printer having dual function dryer

Abstract: A printing machine for printing on a recording medium moving along a path through a print zone, includes a printhead, adapted to deposit ink on the recording medium in the print zone; and a radiant dryer, disposed adjacently to the path, for heating the recording medium. The radiant dryer includes a reflector and a heat source. The reflector includes a first portion defining a first heat region preheating the recording medium at a position in the path prior to the print zone, and a second portion defining a second heat region heating the recording medium in or subsequent to the print zone. In this design, the first portion generates heat energy having a first temperature and said second portion generates heat energy having a second temperature greater than said first temperature.

Inventors: Szlucha; Thomas F. (Fairport, NY), Altfather; Kenneth W. (Fairport, NY), Stevens; Donald M. (Walworth, NY), Carlotta; Michael (Alpharetta, GA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: B41J 2/01 (20060101); B41J 11/00 (20060101); B41J 002/01 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018