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EXPANDABLE FEEDER MODULE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026845D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is a modular paper feeder architecture that allows the addition of feeder modules to the limit of user space and/or job limitations. High volume copier and printer environments require that the paper supply be constantly reloaded. In the case of a high capacity feeder that holds five reams of 20 pound paper and runs at 135 copies per minute, this supply lasts for less than 19 minutes of continuous copying, thereby requiring continuous monitoring. Although this may not be a problem for some accounts, it is a problem for high volume accounts that have to pay an operator to reload paper.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

EXPANDABLE FEEDER MODULE Proposed Classification Michael J. Martin U.S. C1.355/311 Kathleen M. Laffey
Russell J. Sokac
Lloyd W. Durfey
Curtis Arline

Int. C1. G03g 21/00

Proposed is a modular paper feeder architecture that allows the addition of feeder modules to the limit of user space and/or job limitations. High volume copier and printer environments require that the paper supply be constantly reloaded. In the case of a high capacity feeder that holds five reams of 20 pound paper and runs at 135 copies per minute, this supply lasts for less than 19 minutes of continuous copying, thereby requiring continuous monitoring. Although this may not be a problem for some accounts, it is a problem for high volume accounts that have to pay an operator to reload paper.

In the casual use mid volume printer environments, printers are often isolated output devices. An expandable paper support capacity would allow the system administrator to offer the users a large paper supply or a selection of various paper types and sizes.

The modular paper feeder architecture proposed feeds from the input side of a machine and allows the user to add additional copy paper as required. The module consists of a set of feed drawers, each holding approximately one ream of paper, and a high capacity feeder, holding five reams of paper. It is designed such that one of the feeder drawers has a straight feed, single entrance path into the processor module. The feeder drawer...