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Plastic Wallet Output Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130700D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

To produce an ID card or badge first requires the badge to printed, then this badge to be removed from the printer and placed into a laminating machine or manually fitted into a plastic wallet. Providing an automated process by the addition of an output device saves having two separate machines, reduces the labor time and increases security, as there is less chance of human error as in badges being dropped or lost.

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Plastic Wallet Output Device

To produce an ID card or badge first requires the badge to printed, then this badge to be removed from the printer and placed into a laminating machine or manually fitted into a plastic wallet.  Providing an automated process by the addition of an output device saves having two separate machines, reduces the labor time and increases security, as there is less chance of human error as in badges being dropped or lost.  Looking at the two stages of the production of the ID card, one is the actual printing of the card/badge the seconded is to put the card/badge into a plastic wallet or laminating. 

The printing of the ID card/badge is a standard processes.  Photos, bar codes etcetera are easily printed.  Laminating machines already exist and could be added to the output of electrophotographic printers.  This disclosure proposes automating the fitting of the badge into the plastic wallet. 

See drawing below: note that the dotted rectangle on the both views represents the outer casing of the Plastic Wallet Output Device.  The top view is larger.

The Plastic Wallet Output Device sits in place of the printer’s output tray.  The pocket tray holds and feeds the wallets up to the diverter gate and into rollers “A”.  These rollers feed the wallet into the squeezer “B”.  By squeezing the sides of the wallet opens the mouth so that it is then fed onto the tongue.  At this position, rollers “A” stop turning but are still nipping the tr...