MECHANICAL DOCKING AND LOCATION MECHANISM
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Disclosed in the figures is a docking system for mechanically mating equipment to develop an in-line system. As illustrated in Figure 1, machine 10 which may be a reprographic machine may be mated with a third-party finishing device 12, so that the output of machine 10 may be automatically received by finisher 12. As further illustrated in the inverted perspective view of Figure 12, the docking/locating mechanism 16 comprises two primary elements. First, locating pins 18 are used to assure alingment between the machine and the finisher, and second, hook 20 is used to clasp the underside of machine 10 and draw the machine and finisher together as represented by arrows 13 and 15, respectively.