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FINISHER MODE SWITCHING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025473D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 110K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A reproduction or printing machine is disclosed, including a finisher having a stack mode, a staple set mode, and a bound set mode and a tray for receiving copy sheets delivered to the finisher to be operated in any of these modes. The reproduction machine includes a controller for instructing the finisher to change from a first mode to a second mode and an operating panel having a switch to initiate the change. After initiation of the mode change at the operator panel, the controller delays by a first time period the instruction to the finisher to change the mode of operation and, also, delays by a second time period the transfer of the copy sheets to the tray in the finisher. The second time period delay depends upon the finishing mode the machine is running in and the requested new finishing mode.

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KEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

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FINISHER MODE SWITCHING William P. Kukucka
Robert L. Sklut
John F. Gauronski

Proposed Classification
U.S. C1. 355/14 Int. Cl. G03g 15/00

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DELAY 6

PITCHES

SET OR STACK

CHANGE

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IS PRESENT OR PAST MODE

A BIND MODE

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DELAY MODE CHANGE TO FINISHER BY

8 PITCHES

Volume 10 Number 4 July/August 1985 227

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DELAY

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FINISHER MODE SWITCHING (Cont'd)

A reproduction or printing machine is disclosed, including a finisher having a stack mode, a staple set mode, and a bound set mode and a tray for receiving copy sheets delivered to the finisher to be operated in any of these modes. The reproduction machine includes a controller for instructing the finisher to change from a first mode to a second mode and an operating panel having a switch to initiate the change. After initiation of the mode change at the operator panel, the controller delays by a first time period the instruction to the finisher to change the mode of operation and, also, delays by a second time period the transfer of the copy sheets to the tray in the finisher. The second time period delay depends upon the finishing mode the machine is running in and the requested new finishing mode.

There is a constant monitoring of the control console mode change switches if a mode change has been selected at the completion of a finished set. Assuming the finisher is presently operating in one of these three modes and the operator selects a different mode from the control console, the following sequence will occur. The control will acknowledge the request for a mode change from the control console and check to see if the finisher operation is at the end of a set or stack as illustrated in the figure. If the finisher operation is not at the end of a set, there will be no change affected and the finisher operation will continue.

If the operation is at the end of a set and there has been a mode change requested, the control follows two separate paths. In path 1, as illustrated, even though the contro.1 has sensed the mode change, there is a time delay of 8 pitches. A time period of one pitch is the .time period between successive copy sheets or images in the reproduction cycle. This 8 pi...