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IMPROVED MACHINE RELIABILITY USING FORCE FEEDBACK

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026526D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Electroreprographic machines are frequently subjected to abuse by operators who occasionally slam covers or doors, either because they are ilnaware of the weight of the covers, or even as an expression of frustration with the operation of the machine. Typically, a damping mechanism designed to prevent the rapid closure of the cover or door will counteract the weight or applied force. However, fatigue of such damping mechanisms results in an inability to counteract the applied force, which may actually be another cause of the rapid closure of the covers and doors due to their own weight.