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BILLING SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000023658D
Original Publication Date: 1978-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 246K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A copier modification which allows each copier to period-ically, automatically "read" its own billing meters and automatically print out that information (and other diagnostic information, if desired) on a customer self-billing form produced by the existing copier components. The form can be a "mailer" that is pre-addressed to the copier company billing center.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

BILLING SYSTEM Proposed Classification
Craig A. Smith U.S. Cl. 355/3
tnt. Cl. G03g 15/00

A copier modification which allows each copier to period-
ically, automatically "read" its own billing meters and
automatically print out that information (and other diagnostic
information, if desired) on a customer self-billing form
produced by the existing copier components. The form can be a
"mailer" that is pre-addressed to the copier company billing
center.

This system does not require telephone transmission, and it
can reduce billing errors by eliminating all manual readings
and recordings of this and other data.

The original of the self-billing form is provided inside each
copier for the customer (or representative). The form
contains dark areas and copy quality test patterns, plus
machine and customer numbers, addresses, etc. This form is
conventionally placed on the platen and automatically sensed
(or a "billing" button is pressed), and the existing manual
"Start Print" button is pressed to conventionally copy the
form a selected number of times. The machine billing infor-
mation, etc., is automatically overprinted as light areas into
the pre-printed dark (unexposed) areas from the form. This
overprinting of the copy count and other information can be by
a simple, internal flashed LED numeric display, focused onto
the copier's photoreceptor in these unexposed areas, which is
activated by the "billing" switch. These unexposed areas
could also be produced by a dark ex...