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Wide Paper Feed for Narrow Tape Printers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051895D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mathews, RD: AUTHOR

Abstract

This paper feed allows wide paper to be fed through the printer mechanism of a printer which normally feeds a plurality of narrow paper tapes. This allows both wide roll paper and fanfold paper to be used in the printer as an alternative to printing on the narrow tapes, without removal of the narrow tapes from the printer.

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Wide Paper Feed for Narrow Tape Printers

This paper feed allows wide paper to be fed through the printer mechanism of a printer which normally feeds a plurality of narrow paper tapes. This allows both wide roll paper and fanfold paper to be used in the printer as an alternative to printing on the narrow tapes, without removal of the narrow tapes from the printer.

In the figure, an end view of the paper-feeding mechanism of a printer is shown. Typically, a receipt tape is fed through the printer to be periodically torn off or separated while a journal tape is fed through the paper-feeding mechanism and wound onto a journal take-up spool for documentation purposes. A center roller and a deflector are added to this paper-feeding mechanism to allow wide paper to be fed through the mechanism without disturbing the journal and receipt tapes. The wide paper is fed into the mechanism between the deflector and journal supply tape and rides around the outside of center rollers 1 - 3. The wide paper continues around the outside of the center roller and up against the platen on top of the journal and receipt tapes, then past the two-way feed roll and out of the feeding mechanism.

This allows an off-line printing operation to be performed at the terminal in which the full width of the platen is used by the printer for printing a wider document than either the receipt tape or the journal tape individually. After this printing operation has been completed, the wide paper is rem...