LAYERED PRINTING MACHINE ARCHITECTURE WITH ELEVATED PAPER TRAYS
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Disclosed is a xerographic printing machine having system modules that are configured using a vertically layered architecture. Figure 1 shows printing machine 4 with the following system modules layered from top to bottom: electronic document handler (EDH) 5, image input terminal (IIT) or scanner 7, paper trays 8, 9 and 10, and image output terminal (IOT) or printer 11. Positioned to either side of the layered modules 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are optional high capacity feeder (HCF) 13 and output tray 15. The stacking or layering of modules 5,7,8,9,10 and 11 vertically provides printing machine 4 with a smaller footprint than printing machines with more horizontally layered architectures. Additionally, the disclosed vertically layered architecture positions paper trays 8,9 and 10 advantageously high in printing machine 4 for easy access.