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Wiper Blade Edge Analyzer - Commercialization Experience. National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) Andy Harlan Industrial Programs Manager. What is a wiper blade?. A sheetmetal and urethane subassembly used to scrape residual toner from an imaging (OPC) drum

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wiper blade edge analyzer commercialization experience

Wiper Blade Edge Analyzer -Commercialization Experience

National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R)

Andy Harlan

Industrial Programs Manager

what is a wiper blade
What is a wiper blade?
  • A sheetmetal and urethane subassembly used to scrape residual toner from an imaging (OPC) drum
  • Typical cost - $1.00 - $2.50
  • Often disposed during remanufacturing process due to fear of mid-cycle failure
re use study
Re-use study
  • After studying the wiper blade and the probability of re-use, it was determined that the blade could actually be re-used up to ten (10) times, ONLY if the working edge was not compromised (voids).
  • How do you inspect the working edge?
intellectual property
Intellectual Property
  • Develop a method of edge inspection that does not damage the sensitive working edge of the blade
    • Must be cost effective
    • Must support production demands
  • Prove reliable and repeatable results
  • Find commercialization partner
commercialization
Commercialization
  • Finding a partner was easy –

Optical Technologies Corporation (OTC), in Long Island City, NY was also a partner in the original wiper blade re-use study

OTC also distributes many components to the toner cartridge aftermarket – very well connected and respected

commercialization1
Commercialization
  • With the help of the Technology Licensing Office, an agreement was reached between RIT and OTC for exclusive licensing of the technology
  • OTC would process blades from multiple remanufacturing sites and pay RIT a royalty on only the blades that passed
commercialization2
Commercialization
  • Although many companies were interested in participating in this process, it was quickly determined that it was cost prohibitive to ship the blades cross country or over seas
  • A sub-licensing arrangement was drafted that enabled OTC to sub-license the technology to companies
  • Sub-license to China was not allowed
supporting the licensee
Supporting the Licensee
  • As more companies are acquiring the device, accommodations need to be put into place:
    • Support
    • Spare parts
    • Users guide
    • Embedded counters (for accurate accounting / invoicing)
    • Unique “problems” to overcome
global awareness of nc3r
Global Awareness of NC3R
  • There have been eleven (11) devices built to date with clients in the US, Canada, Japan, Austria, Germany, England, and Australia
  • Won NYS Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention
  • Over 1,000,000 blades have been processed to date
future opportunities
Future Opportunities
  • This device has enabled the development of another intellectual property idea – The OPC Drum Life Cycle Analyzer.