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COPIER TIMER CONTROL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025768D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Document File: 4 page(s) / 128K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A control system may be provided for a reproduction machine system to provide a machine power control for power up and power down operation in accordance with a machine clock and an operator selectable timing program. Benefits to be achieved are lower energy costs due to reduced energy use, reduced wear on machine components in constant use, reduced heat damage to temperature sensitive components, and reduced start-up time for customers. Other potential savings include control of unauthorized use, as well as use level recording.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

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COPIER TIMER CONTROL

Stephen L. Gaudioso Gerald L. Coy

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

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COPIER TIMER CONTROL (Cont'd)

A control system may be provided for a reproduction machine system to provide a machine power control for power up and power down operation in accordance with a machine clock and an operator selectable timing program. Benefits to be achieved are lower energy costs due to reduced energy use, reduced wear on machine components in constant use, reduced heat damage to temperature sensitive components, and reduced start-up time for customers. Other potential savings include control of unauthorized use, as well as use level recording.

As shown in the Figure, a microprocessor controller 10, provided with real time clock 12, is connected to power distribution system 14. Power distribution system 14 is interposed between the line power and the reproduction machine system power supply, whereby control of power distribution system 14 constitutes control of power to the copier. Controller 10 may be programmed through keypad 16 to operator requirements for the timed control of the reproduction machine. Display 18 may be provided to allow the operator to view the programmed operations of the controller 10, as well as displaying assistance information to aid the operator in programming machine operations. The programmed operation information for use by the controller 10 as well as additional operating information, may be stored at memory 20. A battery power backup system 22 may be optionally provided to the real time clock 12 and/or memory 20 to maintain operation thereof.

In operation, real time clock 12 provides time information to microprocessor controller 10. In accordance with time information received from real time clock 12 and the operator selected program stored in memory 20, controller 10 controls power distribution system 14 to allow power to the reproduction machine system at appropriate selected times

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