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Program Control of Job Control Information Entry for Copier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085174D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Miller, MJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Shown is a control panel for an automated copier. The copier has the capability of handling a multitude of selected functions for each copying job. Such functions could include collation, stapling, copy paper size selection, duplexing, magnification or reduction, copy background control, etc. Because of these functions, and the combinations possible with the functions, the automated copier requires a large number of inputs from the operator on each copying job. These inputs must tell the machine which of the functions are to be performed for a given job.

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Program Control of Job Control Information Entry for Copier

Shown is a control panel for an automated copier. The copier has the capability of handling a multitude of selected functions for each copying job. Such functions could include collation, stapling, copy paper size selection, duplexing, magnification or reduction, copy background control, etc. Because of these functions, and the combinations possible with the functions, the automated copier requires a large number of inputs from the operator on each copying job. These inputs must tell the machine which of the functions are to be performed for a given job.

With the above control panel, a control system in the automated copier can query the operator about each job and use the operator's response to program the operation of the copier. Also the control system can query the operator and program a subsequent job while performing a current job.

The control panel is divided into three areas -- Entry, Program, and Display. The Entry area is a display on which questions or commands will appear. The operator will respond to each of these questions or commands by pushing the appropriate keys in the Program area. Responses by the operator or activity of the copier on a current copying job will be displayed in the display area.

As an example of operation, assume the operator comes to the copier with multiple separate jobs to do. Each copying job has its own requirement as to number of copies, reduction, duplexing, etc. The operator stacks his copying jobs in the automatic document feed. The jobs may be separated by job separation sheets or by separate document feed bins. Each job will have a job number which can be identified by the copier. The copier might sense marks on a job separation sheet or a job bin.

The operator then presses the Hew job key and the Entry area displays "JOB NUMBER?". The operator enters the job number by pressing the numerical keys and hitting the Enter key. As soon as the job number is entered, it appears on the Display area of the control panel. Another message appears in the Entry area such as "QUANTITY OF COPIES?". The number of copies is entered by the operator pressing the nume...