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STAR WHEEL / DAMPER MECHANISM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026676D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 102K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

the assembly about a pivot point. Due to the weight of In an electrophotogra hic printing machine a serviceable feature is accessed the assembly a damping mechanism is used to control the rate at which the assembly is allowed to pivot. The assembly and the damping mechanism, possibly a gas type shock absorber, must be maintained in an extended position during the service of the machine. To achieve this, a locking device is employed that will oppose a compressive force acting along its centerline.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

STAR WHEEL / DAMPER MECHANISM
Patric J. Malone

Proposed Classification

U.S. C1.248/354.7

Int. C1. A47f 5/00

FIG. 1

7

I 1

19

FIG. 2

XEROX DISCXOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 18, No. 2 MarcidApril 1993 129

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STAR WHEEL / DAMPER MECHANISM (Cont'd)

In an electrophotogra hic printing machine a serviceable feature is accessed

the assembly a damping mechanism is used to control the rate at which the assembly is allowed to pivot. The assembly and the damping mechanism, possibly a gas type shock absorber, must be maintained in an extended position during the service of the machine. To achieve this, a locking device is employed that will oppose a compressive force acting along its centerline.

It is proposed to use a locking mechanism as displayed in a top down view in Figure 1 to maintain the feature in an extended position. Members 2 and 4 are designed to slide parallel to one another along their longitudinal axes. A clearance slot 11 is provided in member 2 to allow screw 7 free travel during extension and compression of the mechanism. One end 4' of member 4 is pivotably attached to the damping mechanism. The opposite end 2' of member 2 is affixed, along with the extendible portion of the damping mechanism, to a member of the machine feature being supported. The mechanism is placed in a locked position by extending members 2 and 4 to a point where pin 5 contacts locking side 9 of the six sid...