In our large format printers, an ink collector accessory is used to enable the possibility of printing onto
porous substrates (textiles for example). Nowadays the set‐up process consists on placing some ink
collector modules on top of the print‐platen of the printer. To secure those ink collector modules, the
user must manually rotate up to 18 latches, which can be quite annoying and time‐consuming for
him/her. In addition to that, there is a failure mode on the field related to a misuse of those latches that
can result in broken parts, and therefore, in a service intervention to repair the module.
The invention described in this document consists on substituting the mentioned manual latches by a
customized magnet feature, which makes the process of installing/uninstalling the ink collector modules
easier and more comfortable by far. All in all, both, the set‐up time and the ergonomics are improved
thanks to this invention. Moreover, the magnet feature is more robust against misuses than the current
rotating latch mechanism.
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INC, HP, "EASY PLUG-IN INK COLLECTOR MODULE WITH MAGNETS FOR TEXTILE LARGE FORMAT PRINTER", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 24, 2020)