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Air System in Paper Path

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000083831D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robinosn, JT: AUTHOR

Abstract

In a copier/collator system, an intermediate paper aligner includes an airflow system to dry the aligner and/or paper.

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Air System in Paper Path

In a copier/collator system, an intermediate paper aligner includes an airflow system to dry the aligner and/or paper.

Fig. 1 shows a copier 10 associated with a collator 11 and an intermediate paper aligner 12.

Fig. 2 is an exploded view of the aligner. In this aligner, paper which exits the copier follows paper path 13, is then aligned to reference edge 14, and exits to the collator or exit pocket 40 as it follows paper path 15. In the aligner the sheet travels between upper and lower aligner plates 16 and 17. The paper is aligned by four drive rollers 18 and cooperating idler rollers 19. These rollers are carried by a top pivoting plate 20 and a bottom pivoting plate 21.

The space between plates 17 and 21 is sealed by a foam edge seal 22, and by reference edge 14. The area around each of the idler rollers 19 is also sealed by a foam seal 23.

The sealed space between plates 17 and 21 is pressurized by blower 24. The output of the blower is first used to cool a collator mechanism 25, such as for example an electronic panel. Thereafter the heated air passes into air duct 26. This air duct communicates, through foam seal 27, with opening 28 formed in plate 21, thus pressuring the sealed space between plates 17 and 21.

Plate 17 includes three slots 29 and a group of holes 30 which admit the heated air into the space between plates 16 and 17. As a result, these aligner plates and/or the paper is dried prior to collation or exiting.

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