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INTERACTIVE PARTS ORDERING SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026723D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Present methods of orderin replacement parts or supplies for a xerographic machine. On machines with a video communications interface, both of these functions could be part of a copier or printer function.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

INTERACTIVE PARTS ORDERING Proposed Classification

SYSTEM US. C1.355/206 Craig A. Smith
Robert L. Kurtz
Mark A. Byers
Thomas B. Wall
George P. Turner

Present methods of orderin replacement parts or supplies for a xerographic

machine. On machines with a video communications interface, both of these functions could be part of a copier or printer function.

Int. C1. G03g 21/00

B forms and materials that are separate from the

Accordingly, the present invention discloses an interactive/photographic system that allows a use to point to successively smaller machine parts or subassemblies until the desired assembly or part is selected. Once an item is selected, specific information concerning part number, cost, fasteners, and assembly are displayed. Alternatively, the system works in reverse order thereby allowing the user to enter a specific part number for the purpose of obtaining other information parameters.

Ordering information would be displayed on demand or presented at an appropriate time as, for example, when the toner level is low. The order can be further dispatched in one of several forms including: an electronic network interface, facsimile transmission, or by synthesized voice output.

The video display would show pictures of selected items so that product application information is also available to the user. Pictures of supplies and products would be promoted when the display is otherwise unused.

Subsequently, the proposed invention...