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A 1-N STACKING SYSTEM FOR A THERMAL INK JET MARKING PROCESS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026234D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

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.