A photorecepter is the part in a copy machine that helps develop the image for each copy. It works on the principle of static electricity. Analog copiers use light from mirrors and digital copiers use a laser to discharge non-image areas to create the invisable latent image. Then toner is introduced that is opposite charge that of the drum and basically sucked onto the drum. This was only a quick lesson in theory there is much more that we will cover in the developer Unit on my next blog entry.
One of the most popular things for an inexperienced and/or a dishonest copier repair person to say is,”you need a new drum.” When in reality your equipment just needs to be cleaned. They are either lazy, inexperienced or crooked. Many times all that needs to be changed is the drum blade. Think of the drum blade as a windshield wiper on your car. After a lot of use it quits working properly and leaves streaks. It is the same with a drum blade.
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