DOCUMENT LOADING CARTRIDGE
Original Publication Date: 1982-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-03
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Original document sheets 1 are preloaded away from the copier into a low cost cartridge unit 2 and the loaded cartridge unit 2 may then be sent to the copier and placed on the copier to copy that entire job (all loaded documents) automatically without operator attendance. Here the cartridge unit 2 has a pair of tractor belts 3 with spaced (fixed pitch) spring clips 4 thereon for edge retention of individual documents in an overlapping (shingled) endless loop, in a relatively flat conf igui-ation. The belts 3 can be incremented with a simple handwheel 5 operated indexing mechanism. This may be spring-loaded to index (sequence) the documents to the copier by reverse sequential movement of the belts 3 to insert sheets sequentially into a document feeder input on the copier. The cartridge 2 may be configured as a mailable cassette providing shipping protection for the documents and may also include space for inserting the copies therefrom for return therewith.