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MECHANICAL DOCKING AND LOCATION MECHANISM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026853D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 108K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed in the figures is a docking system for mechanically mating equipment to develop an in-line system. As illustrated in Figure 1, machine 10 which may be a reprographic machine may be mated with a third-party finishing device 12, so that the output of machine 10 may be automatically received by finisher 12. As further illustrated in the inverted perspective view of Figure 12, the docking/locating mechanism 16 comprises two primary elements. First, locating pins 18 are used to assure alingment between the machine and the finisher, and second, hook 20 is used to clasp the underside of machine 10 and draw the machine and finisher together as represented by arrows 13 and 15, respectively.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

MECHANICAL DOCKING AND Proposed Classification LOCATION MECHANISM U.S. C1.292/165 Richard C. Schenk
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MECHANICAL DOCKING AND LOCATION MECHANISM(C0nt'd)

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8 XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 19, No. 1 JanuaryEebruary 1994

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MECHANICAL DOCKING AND LOCATION MECHANISM(Cont'd)

Disclosed in the figures is a docking system for mechanically mating equipment to develop an in-line system. As illustrated in Figure 1, machine 10 which may be a reprographic machine may be mated with a third-party finishing device 12, so that the output of machine 10 may be automatically received by finisher 12. As further illustrated in the inverted perspective view of Figure 12, the docking/locating mechanism 16 comprises two primary elements. First, locating pins 18 are used to assure alingment between the machine and the finisher, and second, hook 20 is used to clasp the underside of machine 10 and draw the machine and finisher together as represented by arrows 13 and 15, respectively.

As Figure 2 illustrates in detail, the hook is extended and withdrawn by a lever arrangement 24, via an intermediate compressible spring cartridge 26. The purpose of the intermediate spring cartridge is to accomodate tolerances betwee...