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Method to Reduce Toner Waste when Photocopying Books

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115990D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Basile, PS: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for keeping excessive amounts of toner from accumulating on a photocopier drum while copying books or other thick originals is disclosed. The exposed area surrounding the original is covered with a white template when the cover of the copier is in the raised position.

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Method to Reduce Toner Waste when Photocopying Books

      A method for keeping excessive amounts of toner from
accumulating on a photocopier drum while copying books or other thick
originals is disclosed.  The exposed area surrounding the original is
covered with a white template when the cover of the copier is in the
raised position.

      Disclosed is a template which covers the copier glass that has
a cutout for the size and position of the document which is to be
copied.  Users can then leave the lid up while copying with no waste
of toner or damage to the drum, which occurs when the glass
surrounding the original is left exposed and mistaken for black area.
In addition, one can more easily align the original and push it flat
to make a better copy.

      Templates for various document sizes are stored in a pocket on
the side of the copier.  Alternatively, the white area of the lid is
made of detachable parts, (hinged or velcro) so that users can bring
down only the portions required.

      Users using an automatic feeder or copying a few sheets would
just raise and lower the lid; users who need to copy pages from a
book can take out/bring down the appropriate template.

      This method has the advantage of being easily used on existing
or low-end copiers which have neither electronic nor photographic
means of compensating for exposed glass when the lid is left raised
during copying.