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MOBILITY RAIL SYSTEM Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025613D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


Ofice equipment machines, such as copiers and duplicators, are difficult to move once they are installed in a permanent location. The Figure shows a rail system 6 which is positioned beneath a copier 8 at the time of installation and which provides a convenient means to move the copier across, for example, a carpeted surface. A mounting assembly 10 is secured to the floor and a track 12 is connected to assembly 10 at pivot point 14. Track 12 has a central guide rail 16 extending upward and running along the length of the track. A pair of movable plates 18,ZO are placed on the floor as shown. Each plate has a recess 22,24 which seats a pair of front caster wheels affixed to the bottom of the machine . A back, center caster wheel affixed to the bottom of the copier has a centrally located groove designed to seat the caster over the guide rail 16. Upon initial installation of the machine, track 12 is pivoted so as to be aligned with one of the plates and out of sight beneath the machine.When the machine is to be moved, for example, away from a wall, a portable jack is used to lift first one side of the machine and then the other while simultaneously extending plates 18,ZO to the dotted line position . The side casters then abut edges 26,28 at the back of the plates. Track 12 is pivoted so that it is oriented