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REPEAT PROGRAM FEATURE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026337D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In reprographic systems having advanced diagnostic capability, it is generally known to enable a service technician access to subroutines within the diagnostic programs of the system for troubleshooting purposes. Access to these subroutines is enabled by utilizing the control panel of the reprographic system. More specifically, the service technician is required to enter codes, via keystroke sequences on the control panel, to activate or read the status of system components. One system incorporating this technique is the Xerox 1090 copier, where a 5 digit numeric entry was required for each diagnostic code. This method proved to be not only cumbersome and time consuming, but prone to error in entry of the codes.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

REPEAT PROGRAM FEATURE Proposed Classification Craig S. Lippolis U.S. C1.355/204 Thomas W. Connors Int. C1. G03g 21/00

In reprographic systems having advanced diagnostic capability, it is generally known to enable a service technician access to subroutines within the diagnostic programs of the system for troubleshooting purposes. Access to these subroutines is enabled by utilizing the control panel of the reprographic system. More specifically, the service technician is required to enter codes, via keystroke sequences on the control panel, to activate or read the status of system components. One system incorporating this technique is the Xerox 1090 copier, where a 5 digit numeric entry was required for each diagnostic code. This method proved to be not only cumbersome and time consuming, but prone to error in entry of the codes.

Accordingly, a new system was developed, whereby the service technician would only have to enter the complete set of codes for a desired diagnostic program one time and subsequent calls for the same program may be entered via the repeat feature. In the present embodiment, the last 8 code selections are stored in system RAM. Upon completing a diagnostic program, the service technician only needs to select the Repeat Program feature to restore the last program and subroutine selection prior to restarting the program. In this manner, the Repeat Program feature will save time and eliminate errors while exercising the...