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SPLIT COPIER HOUSING SUPPORT SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024785D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-03

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Frequently, in the case of small copiers, the copier splits as a clamshell so as to provide the operator access to the interior thereof for maintenance. The upper portion of the clamshell must be suitably supported to prevent it from inadver-tantly falling on the operator's hands. As shown in Figures 1 and 2, inclusive, when the operator pivots the upper portion 18 of the copier, lever mechanism 12 causes the teeth of rack 14 to engage a portion of lower housing 16, In this way, the upper portion of the housing 10 is supported when the operator releases it. As shown in Figure 3, movement of lever system 12 disengages the teeth of rack 14 from the portion of lower housing 16 so as to permit the operator to close the copier. In this way, the upper portion of the copier housing is always supported positively.