Patent Number: 7,399,055

Title: Inkjet printer and cap unit for maintenance unit of inkjet printer

Abstract: In purge processing, ink ejected from a head weeps from a cap unit due to weight of the ink during the movement of a maintenance unit to a retraction position. Then, the ink is absorbed into a primary recovery portion mounted on a movable body. When the maintenance unit reaches the retraction position, the primary recovery portion comes into contact with an ink absorber of the secondary recovery portion so that the ink migrates from the primary recovery portion to the secondary recovery portion due to a capillary phenomenon. Also, when the maintenance unit moves to a maintenance position, the primary recovery portion comes into contact with an ink absorber of the secondary recovery portion so that the ink migrates from the primary recovery portion to the secondary recovery portion due to a capillary phenomenon.

Inventors: Okamoto; Tsugio (Kani, JP)

Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B41J 2/165 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-07-15 0:00:00