Original Publication Date: 1988-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Many automatic reproducing devices use a clamshell architecture wherein a top portion which is pivotally mounted at one side of the processor contains the imaging platen, optics, developer and photoreceptor while the lower portion contains, for example, the paper path and fuser. The upper and lower portion are mounted in clamshell fashion to permit access to the machine for a variety of purposes, for example, in clearing a paper jam. Typically, a counterbalance device has been used to support the clamshell in the open position to enable operator activities when in the open position.