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"HIGH-RISE" ARCHITECTURE FOR A DIGITAL COPIER OR MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027482D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In digital copiers and multifunction devices, the overall design of the apparatus is not constrained by optical paths which are required in a light-lens copier. The "image input terminal," or input scanner, can be placed in any relationship to the "image output terminal," which is in effect a printer.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

"HIGH-RISE" ARCHITECTURE FOR A Proposed Classification DIGITAL COPIER OR MULTIFUNCTION U. S. C1.3581498 DEVICE Int. C1. H04n 1/00 John R. Yonovich

In digital copiers and multifunction devices, the overall design of the apparatus is not constrained by optical paths which are required in a light-lens copier. The "image input terminal," or input scanner, can be placed in any relationship to the "image output terminal," which is in effect a printer.

Proposed here is a "high-rise" architecture of a digital copier or multifunction device having at least an image input terminal and an image output terminal. It is typically desirable that the image input terminal, which typically comprises a platen and/or a paper feeder, be placed roughly at waist level relative to a user, so that the user can scan documents while standing. The digital image input terminal can be mounted on a pull-out drawer in the middle of a copier or multifunction device which is of roughly human-size height. When the multifunction device is simply being used as a network printer, the image input terminal can simply be pushed back into the machine to save space in the office. The drawer architecture provides space both above and below the drawer for other components. In one possible design, the paper supply stack can be located below the drawer close to the floor, whiIe the print engine can be located above the drawer with sheets being conveyed up the side of the machine, for...