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Mechanical Alignment Device For A Printer/Copier Passive Exit Stacker

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015743D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that allows a printer/copier, that uses a passive exit stacker

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Mechanical Alignment Device For A Printer/Copier Passive Exit Stacker

Disclosed is a device that allows a printer/copier, that uses a passive exit stacker

(relying solely on gravity and/or inclined surfaces to control the neatness/accuracy

of the exiting sheets of printed output), to now be able, with the use of this device,

stack the printed output in the exit stacker tray, that can then be run through a

post-processing device (such as a sorter or trimmer), without the need for

additional handling or additional processes, to align the edges.


5.Offset Mode Label 4.Knob

Key

3.Paper Size Label

6.Thumbscrew


2.Paper Stopper

1.Paper Guide

Component Description

1 Paper Guide Improves stacking in the paper width direction

2 Paper Stopper Improves stacking in the paper length / feed direction

3 Paper Size Label Commonly supported paper sizes

4 Paper Size Selector

Manual paper size selector knob Knob

5 Offset / Non-offset

Manual offset / non-offset hardwareHardware

6 Offset / Non-offset

Manual offset / non-offset adjust thumbscrewAdjust Thumbscrew

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Paper Guide

Figure 2

This device (Fig. 1), attaches to the printer/copier side stacker
exit tray (Fig. 2). The unit is a mechanical device, using no
electrical components. There are two adjustable paper guide
plates (1), that register the exiting sheets of printed output in
the width direction. Both paper guides are affixed to the same
cable, such that when the front guide moves, so does the rear
guide. The rear paper guide has an independent adjustment (6)
that gives it the ability to be set in one of two positions (5);
Either the non-offset job position or offset job position. A
paper stopper (2), is used to register the exiting sheets of
printed output in the fe...