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Printer Paper Feed Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051177D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chang, I: AUTHOR

Abstract

A paper feed mechanism is provided which enables either roll paper or fanfold paper to be fed to a thermal printer.

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Printer Paper Feed Mechanism

A paper feed mechanism is provided which enables either roll paper or fanfold paper to be fed to a thermal printer.

The paper feed mechanism comprises a first tray 10 (Fig. 1) mounted on the thermal printer 11. The first tray includes a rear extension 12 which includes notches 14 for supporting a roll 16 of thermal print paper. The rear extension 12 provides sufficient room so that any conventional size roll of thermal print paper can be mounted. Rubber ring spacers 18 (Fig. 2) are provided to properly position and secure roll 16 during printing.

The paper is fed to the printer paper 20 and exits the printer through an upstanding feeder guide 22. The printed output is directed from guide 22 to a second tray 24 mounted above tray 10 for refolding as the printed sheets emerge from the printer.

The paper feed mechanism can also feed fanfold thermal paper from the first tray 10 through the printer for printing and into the second tray 24 for refolding to a fanfold configuration. Thus, the mechanism provides choice in the type of paper to be used in the printer as well as a convenient mechanism to collect the printed output sheets in an orderly fashion. If desired, tray 24 can be made removable for ease in temporarily storing the printed output sheets.

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