US patent issued to Eastman Kodak for 'Interchanging color printer and related method'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , June 25, 2013 () – United States Patent no. 8,472,831, issued on June 25, was assigned to Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, N.Y.).

"Interchanging color printer and related method" was invented by David E. Bettiol (Rush, N.Y.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A method may include the steps of providing a printing assembly that includes a plurality of printing modules that each include a specific toner color, wherein a first printing module is failing and at least one second printing module is functioning; determining a toner use demand for the plurality of printing modules; and swapping the first printing module with the at least one second printing module to facilitate reducing a downtime of the printing apparatus, wherein the first printing module has a toner use demand that is substantially greater than the toner use demand of the at least one second printing module."

The patent was filed on Feb. 26, 2010, under Application No. 12/713,202.

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