Browse Prior Art Database

AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE NOTIFICATION FOR KEY OPERATORS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027321D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is an automatic dialing system which notifies a key operator of a machine paper jam or other malfunction over a telephone line. The system is suitable for facsimile or network printers which are unattended. It may be installed on copiers to relieve a situation wherein, users walk away from an inoperative machine without informing the key operator of the malfunction. The concept utilizes two sensors, and an automatic dialer having an internal microprocessor and key pad. The sensors detect passage of copy sheets through the machine paper path. One sensor is placed near the feeder and the other resides near the exit. Each sensor toggles a respective counter programmed into the microprocessor. Software instructions test the contents of one counter to the other. If they match, in accordance with sheet travel time between sensor stations and in repeated short intervals, the test concludes that the machine is running normally. A mismatch indicates a paper jam or other malfunction whereby, the key operator is automatically notified via the dialer and a pre-recorded telephone message.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
At least one non-text object (such as an image or picture) has been suppressed.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 64% of the total text.

Page 1 of 2

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE NOTIFICATION FOR KEY OPERATORS
Y
outi Kuo
Gerald Buddendeck

Proposed Classification

U.S. C1.355/203 Int. C1. G03g 21/00

Proposed is an automatic dialing system which notifies a key operator of a machine paper jam or other malfunction over a telephone line. The system is suitable for facsimile or network printers which are unattended. It may be installed on copiers to relieve a situation wherein, users walk away from an inoperative machine without informing the key operator of the malfunction. The concept utilizes two sensors, and an automatic dialer having an internal microprocessor and key pad. The sensors detect passage of copy sheets through the machine paper path. One sensor is placed near the feeder and the other resides near the exit. Each sensor toggles a respective counter programmed into the microprocessor. Software instructions test the contents of one counter to the other. If they match, in accordance with sheet travel time between sensor stations and in repeated short intervals, the test concludes that the machine is running normally. A mismatch indicates a paper jam or other malfunction whereby, the key operator is automatically notified via the dialer and a pre-recorded telephone message.

Since the user may attempt to clear a jam to resume the job, a sufficiently long delay will be initiate before automatically dialing the key operator. A reset button may be provided to defeat the dialing if it is not req...