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Customer-Installable Forms Separator Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042836D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Neer, JH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article concerns a tear bar for use in association with continuous forms feed tractor assemblies of printer systems. A feature of the bar is its simple installation. Installation can be performed easily by untrained personnel. The bar is used to control the tearing of continuous forms at their page-spaced perforations. Referring to the drawing, the removable separator bar assembly 1 has left and right guide members 2 and 3, respectively, attached to a tear bar 4. After loading the continuous forms paper 5 into the printer, around platen 6, the user places the holes 7a of the lefthand forms paper hole strip 7 over the left tractor pins 8a in the tractor assembly 8. While holding the forms paper 5 on these left pins 8a, the left guide member 2 is placed over the pins 8a and latched to the tractor assembly 8.

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Customer-Installable Forms Separator Bar

This article concerns a tear bar for use in association with continuous forms feed tractor assemblies of printer systems. A feature of the bar is its simple installation. Installation can be performed easily by untrained personnel. The bar is used to control the tearing of continuous forms at their page-spaced perforations. Referring to the drawing, the removable separator bar assembly 1 has left and right guide members 2 and 3, respectively, attached to a tear bar 4. After loading the continuous forms paper 5 into the printer, around platen 6, the user places the holes 7a of the lefthand forms paper hole strip 7 over the left tractor pins 8a in the tractor assembly 8. While holding the forms paper 5 on these left pins 8a, the left guide member 2 is placed over the pins 8a and latched to the tractor assembly 8. The same procedure is used to load the forms paper 5 on the right tractor pins 9a and engage the holes 10a in the righthand forms paper hole strip 10. The guide member 3 is positioned over the pins 9a by sliding it along the tear bar 4. With the forms paper 5 loaded in this manner, the user manually indexes it forward so that a horizontal tear perforation is just visible above the tear bar 4, and then sets the "top of form" function in the printer. The form paper 5 is then torn at the just visible perforation with a swift downward movement towards the user. A short length of each of hole strips 7 and 10 remains in t...