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Continuous Feed Printer Remote Control User Interface for Handheld Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199428D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 194K

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Abstract

This idea proposes a software application for a Bluetooth enabled hand held computing device, such as a smart phone, for operator control of the paper web while threading the web through a Continuous Feed (CF) printer. The proposal includes a description of the application behaviors to support the task of threading the web. A remote control for paper feeding control is useful because the operator moves to a variety of locations during the web threading process. A wireless remote is advantaged because a cord associated with wired remote control will tend to get hung up on things and multiple fixed UI's or web control panels are expensive.

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Continuous Feed Printer Remote Control User Interface for Handheld Devices

This idea proposes a software application for a Bluetooth enabled hand held computing device, such as a smart phone, for operator control of the paper web while threading the web through a Continuous Feed (CF) printer. The proposal includes a description of the application behaviors to support the task of threading the web. A remote control for paper feeding control is useful because the operator moves to a variety of locations during the web threading process.  A wireless remote is advantaged because a cord associated with wired remote control will tend to get hung up on things and multiple fixed UI's or web control panels are expensive.

Large CF printing systems require operators to make machine control inputs, such a moving the paper web, while the operator is positioned at different locations near and around the printer. However, current CF products do not, and possibly cannot, place a sufficient number of control panels in all desired locations to allow operators to adequately control the printer, specifically moving the paper web.  Therefore, operators are required to either repeatedly reposition themselves during a paper movement or loading task which decreases productivity or are required to attempt to control the printer from awkward physical positions that can be dangerous to the operator or to the printer itself.

The proposal involves enabling a set of continuous feed printer paper path movement controls within a Bluetooth enabled hand held computing device.   This would enable operators to move the paper web while standing at any advantageous location around the machine using the controls on the hand held device instead of the machine control panels.  While this idea is limited in scope, it could be part of a larger suite of remote controls and status mechanisms for continuous feed printers that would operate on a hand held device.

The present invention is comprised of an application that runs on a hand held computing device containing two modes:

1)    slow paper feed mode

2)    fast paper feed mode

Each mode is accessed via a set of user interface controls. Within each mode are two buttons allowing:

1)  start feeding

2)  stop feeding

Figure 1 – The application user interface with Slow Paper Feed Mode

selected but paper feed not yet started.

Figure 2 – The application user interface shown during

Slow Paper Feed (non-selected mode, “Fast Feed”, is disabled)

The application achieves it connection to the printer via Bluetooth and would require the CF printer system to include a Blueto...