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COMPACT SECURE MAILBOX

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026846D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 6 page(s) / 276K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is a Printer Mailbox that allows an input transport mechanism to telescope to individual stationary output trays. The proposed Mailbox provides a very small height requirement for a plurality of output trays. A simple mechanism moves the output trays to the left for loading, or to the right for unloading. A more complete understanding of the proposed invention can be obtained by considering the following description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein like parts have the same index numerals.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

COMPACT SECURE MAILBOX

Classification Proposed William E. Kramer U.S. C1.355/323

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COMPACT SECURE MAILBOX(Cont'd)

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COMPACT SECURE MAILBOX(Cont'd)

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COMPACT SECURE MAILBOX(Cont'd)

Proposed is a Printer Mailbox that allows an input transport mechanism to telescope to individual stationary output trays. The proposed Mailbox provides a very small height requirement for a plurality of output trays. A simple mechanism moves the output trays to the left for loading, or to the right for unloading. A more complete understanding of the proposed invention can be obtained by considering the following description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein like parts have the same index numerals.

Figures 1,2, and 3 all show a side view of the proposed transport 10 in three different positions: the lowest position, as shown in Figure 1, the middle position, as shown in Figure 2, and the top position, as shown in Figure 3. Referring specifically to Figure 1, copy sheets (not shown) enter the transport at a set of fixed position feed in rolls 12. The telescoping input transport 10 is a belt-on-belt transport so that the copy sheets are captured between a set of transport belts 16 and 18. There is no requirement for a vacuum or pinch rolls. The copies are always under control, and except for an entrance way 26 and an exit way 28, there are no transitions to induce jams. The belts 16 and 18 comprise two narrow belts, approximately one-half inch in width and placed approximately five inches apart so as to transport 11 inch or 14 inch wide paper. BaMing or wires (not shown) are added to support the length-wise edges of the paper edges. Any possible jams are accessible in the remaining open areas.

Figures 1 and 3 illustrate the input transport 10 in the two extreme belt stretch position while Figure 2 shows transport belts 16 and 18 at their shortest stretch position. Since a belt that stretches half against its original length is not feasible, a spring mechanism is used to take up the slack. Figure 2 shows, in the short position, a plurality of torsion spring roller assemblies 14 that are spring loaded to take up the slack on the transport belts 16 and 18. As shown in Figures 1, 2, and 3, the entrance way 26 remains the same for all positions of the input transport 10. The transport belts 16 and 18 wrap onto the rollers, of the torsion spring roller assemblies 14, at different angles that are dependent upon t...