06281909 is referenced by 42 patents and cites 21 patents.

An ink jet printer having an ink jet head and defining a structure having a device including a structure defining a plurality of orifices for ejecting ink droplets includes defining an ink cleaning cavity spaced from the printing position for receiving cleaning fluid; a roller disposed in the cleaning cavity and partially submerged in the cleaning fluid and spaced from the structure is rotated so that the fluid coats the roller and is carried by surface tension around the roller; and the structure is brought into proximity with the cleaning roller so that the orifices are cleaned by the cleaning fluid carried on the roller and delivered through the cleaning cavity to the structure.

Title
Cleaning orifices in ink jet printing apparatus
Application Number
9/159447
Publication Number
6281909 (B1)
Application Date
September 24, 1998
Publication Date
August 28, 2001
Inventor
Ravi Sharma
Fairport
NY, US
Marcello D Fiscella
Fairport
NY, US
John E Mooney
Rochester
NY, US
Werner Fassler
Rochester
NY, US
Agent
Roland R Schindler II
US
Walter S Stevens
US
Assignee
Eastman Kodak Company
NY, US
IPC
B41J 2/165
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