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STICKER TABS TO REPLACE COVER SHEETS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026987D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

This disclosure is related to the problem of separately identifying different print jobs stacked in the output of a printer which is shared by different users, and/or to separate jobs of respective users. Conventionally, this is now provided by printer "cover" or "banner" sheets. This problem, and solutions, are addressed for example in Xerox Corporation US.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

STICKER TABS TO REPLACE COVER SHEETS U.S. C1.355/322 Murray 0. Meetze

Proposed Classification

Int. C1. G03g 21/00

This disclosure is related to the problem of separately identifying different print jobs stacked in the output of a printer which is shared by different users, and/or to separate jobs of respective users. Conventionally, this is now provided by printer "cover" or "banner" sheets. This problem, and solutions, are addressed for example in Xerox Corporation US. Patent No. 5,316,279.

Suggested here is that the printer or copier output have an apparatus for automatically sticking small, removable, low force adhesive tabs of the "Post- It'"" type to the top sheets of respective shared user printer jobs in the output, in lieu of printed cover or banner sheets. These tabs may be automatically applied so as to stick out slightly toward the outside of the machine from the edge of the common stack of job sheets, for improved set separation. These tabs in their extended portion may also be automatically printed with user and/or job identifiers readable on the extended tab portions for further ease in job identification and separation.

The preparation of automatic tabs or tapes in a somewhat different application is disclosed in the author's European patent application No. 547788 published June 23,1993. As taught therein, the taped segments can be lifted or cut from a scrolled web tape supply and pressed down onto one side of the first text sheet as the sheet passes out toward or through the exit of the printer or copier. Here, h...