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Copier Testing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062583D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bustamante, LA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A computer-controlled copier contains program code which allows service personnel to exercise certain portions of the copier while other related portions of the copier either operate or remain dormant, as proper functioning of the related portions are simulated by the program code. In this way, tests are performed using real copier portions, rather than test robots, thereby enhancing the validity of the test data. This copier includes a document feeder, a xerographic reproduction engine which includes a cut-sheet paper feeder, a duplex tray where side-one copies are stored prior to copying on the second side thereof, a single sheet exit tray where individual sheets are piled one at a time, and a finisher where multi-page copy sets are stapled and then stacked.

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Copier Testing

A computer-controlled copier contains program code which allows service personnel to exercise certain portions of the copier while other related portions of the copier either operate or remain dormant, as proper functioning of the related portions are simulated by the program code. In this way, tests are performed using real copier portions, rather than test robots, thereby enhancing the validity of the test data. This copier includes a document feeder, a xerographic reproduction engine which includes a cut-sheet paper feeder, a duplex tray where side-one copies are stored prior to copying on the second side thereof, a single sheet exit tray where individual sheets are piled one at a time, and a finisher where multi-page copy sets are stapled and then stacked. When service or manufacturing personnel wish to test the document feeder, the program code causes all other copier components to appear to be operating properly, so that only the functioning of the document feeder can be monitored during the test. Copies of the documents are made, and the copies are deposited in the exit tray, so that alignment of the original document, relative to the copier's image transfer function, can be checked. When the duplex tray is to be tested, the document feeder and the finishing devices remain dormant, but paper is fed through the copier's process devices to the duplex tray, and then to the exit tray. During this time all document feeder and finisher portions re...