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MODULAR INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICE ARCHITECTURE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026932D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 111K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A single unit high capacity stacker and feeder module is proposed for a xerographic printing system. The architecture allows a customer to add to or subtract from the input and output features of a system in functional blocks having a 2,500 sheet capacity. As shown in the Figure, the architecture 10 comprises a xerographic engine 20 having a sample copy tray 30 and a base configured modular input/output device. The base configuration of the device is made from three inputloutput modules 40A, 40B, 40C and portable purge tray 32. The inpuiioutput modules further comprise an upper offset stacker 50 and a lower high capacity feeder 52. As shown by an arrow 62, paper is fed from the high capacity feeders 52 to the xerographic engine 20. Copy sheet outputs are received by the sample copy tray 30, or the portable purge tray 32, and the offset stackers 50 as indicated by an arrow 60.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

MODULAR INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICE ARCHITECTURE Kenneth F. Blanchard
Otto R. Dole
Sukumaran K. Menon

Proposed Classification

U.S. C1.355/322 Int. C1. G03g 21/00

4OA 408 32 40C

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MODULAR INPUTIOUTPUT DEVICE ARCHITECTURE(Cont'd)

A single unit high capacity stacker and feeder module is proposed for a xerographic printing system. The architecture allows a customer to add to or subtract from the input and output features of a system in functional blocks having a 2,500 sheet capacity. As shown in the Figure, the architecture 10 comprises a xerographic engine 20 having a sample copy tray 30 and a base configured modular input/output device. The base configuration of the device is made from three inputloutput modules 40A, 40B, 40C and portable purge tray 32. The inpuiioutput modules further comprise an upper offset stacker 50 and a lower high capacity feeder 52. As shown by an arrow 62, paper is fed from the high capacity feeders 52 to the xerographic engine 20. Copy sheet outputs are received by the sample copy tray 30, or the portable purge tray 32,
and the offset stackers 50 as indicated by an arrow 60.

Additional modules can be cascaded on to the base configured input/output device. The advantages of the modular inputloutput structure are: reduced cost, a compact footprint for the low volume user, or a higher input and output capacity for the high volume user. This s...