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DOCUMENT HANDLER AIR ASSIST FOR HANDICAPPED OPERATORS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026582D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A compressed air operated assist system for handicapped operators which allows an operator to move the document handler of a recording apparatus up or down in a closely controlled manner is disclosed. An air cylinder is attached to one end of a recorder, for example, a xerographic machine, by attaching the rod end of the air cylinder to the document handler and the base of the air cylinder to the processor. Air pressure is provided by an external, remote, air compressor unit, set up as an "on-demand" power source. A remote control console is located on the machine to allow the operator to select either "up" or "down" and "ON" and "OFF". When power is cut to the unit part way in either direction, counter force units, standard on the machine, hold the document handler in place, and regulated air pressure for both directions, provide only enough force to drive the system.