COLOR SWITCHING IN A HIGH SPEED PRINTER
Original Publication Date: 1988-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Xerox Disclosure Journal
In order to switch colors in a high speed printing machine, one developer unit must be disengaged and the other developer unit engaged in a short period of time. Unless the timing of the printing machine is changed, the switching of developer units must be done in the time of passage between successive electrostatic latent images recorded on the photoconductive surface, i.e. the time required for the passage of the interdocument space. If color switching cannot be achieved in the time required for the passage of the interdocument space,the needed delay is achieved by skipping one frame. Thus, the time available for shifting developer units is lengthened by skipping one or more frames, as necessary. Incoming data is shunted onto a buffer during the delay while the ROS continues to operate, erasing the skipped frames. Sheet feeding is interrupted.