A 1-N STACKING SYSTEM FOR A THERMAL INK JET MARKING PROCESS
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Xerox Disclosure Journal
An important aspect for ensuring quality thermal ink jet (TIJ) printing is the rapid drying of inked images. Smearing of freshly inked images is to be avoided. A potentially simple solution to this problem is found in a design for a copy sheet stacking system based upon an l-N stacking scheme, that is where the inked image is stacked face side down. The scheme is accomplished as follows: an inked copy sheet is fed into a rotatable lead edge clamp or gripper which fans the sheet slowly in the air as the sheet is placed into a stacking tray with a 180" rotation that inverts the sheet and places it face down. The scheme improves drying efficencies without decreasing throughput.