FLOATING GATE SHEET SEPARATOR/FEEDER WITH OUTRIGGERS
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Xerox Disclosure Journal
An improved sheet separator/feeder 1 for feeding individual sheets 2 seriatim from the bottom of a stack of the sheets with a reduced wear rate and more reliable feeding of intermixed varieties of original document sheets. As particularly shown in the Figure 2 rear view (approximately twice the scale of Figure 11, a wider (e.g., almost 2 inch) frictional bottom feed belt 3 and floating gate 4 are utilized. The floating gate 4 is conventionally spring biased toward (against) the separation nip with the belt 3, which is supported there by an underlying idler roller 5. Conventional spring loaded normal force (stack lead edge holddown) means 6 are shown in Figure 1, (but not in Figure 2).