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ALPHANUMERIC DISPLAYS TO COMMUNICATE SUPPLIES AVAILABILITY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025749D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In reproduction and printing machines commonly available, alphanumeric display panels are used in conjunction with controls to enhance system operability. These displays produce variable display messages and information based on machine operability or give instruction sets for customer usage responsive to operating parameters selected by the customer or required by machine conditions. The particular messages are modifiable by service representatives during installation or service. A common message in such an arrangement is to advise the user of the device that machine consumables are low or require replacing. At such a time, an additional message may be programmed to appear that gives the user information on ordering machine consumables or supplies. For example, in addition to an "Add Toner" message, an accompanying message might add, "To order supplies, call 1-800-xxx-xxx". Another message, responsive to a non-customer repairable condition in the machine might simply say "Call for Service 1-800- xxx-xxxx.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ALPHANUMERIC DISPLAYS TO COM- MUNICATE SUPPLIES AVAILABILITY US. C1.355114C Denis J. Stemmle

Proposed Classification

Int. Cl. G03g 15/00

In reproduction and printing machines commonly available, alphanumeric display panels are used in conjunction with controls to enhance system operability. These displays produce variable display messages and information based on machine operability or give instruction sets for customer usage responsive to operating parameters selected by the customer or required by machine conditions. The particular messages are modifiable by service representatives during installation or service. A common message in such an arrangement is to advise the user of the device that machine consumables are low or require replacing. At such a time, an additional message may be programmed to appear that gives the user information on ordering machine consumables or supplies. For example, in addition to an "Add Toner" message, an accompanying message might add, "To order supplies, call 1-800-xxx-xxx". Another message, responsive to a non-customer repairable condition in the machine might simply say "Call for Service 1-800- xxx-xxxx.

Regional or local telephone numbers may be programmed into the machine by a service representative at the time of installation of the machine at a customer location. The addition of this information and its easy availability to machine users may serve to increase sales of consumables, and decrease main...