STOCK DIVIDER FOR USE IN TRAYS CONTAINING MIXED STOCK
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Xerox Disclosure Journal
A frequent occurrence in the use of copying and printing equipment is that jobs may call for different stock than that which is currently loaded in one of the stock feeding trays. In such circumstances, an operator must resolve the problem by either reprogramming the job stock to match the stock in the tray , or loading the desired stock into one of the trays and reprogramming the tray. Since each tray in the system can only be programmed for one stock at a time, the system assumes that each tray is uniformly loaded with the programmed stock. Operators are taught to respect this assumption by being trained to remove one stock completely from the tray before replacing with a different stock. However, being human, operators often look for short cuts. When they know that they only need a small amount of a requested stock and will soon return to the currently loaded stock, they often load the requested stock on top of the already loaded stock and reprogram the tray for the "top" stock. This allows them to run the requested job while saving the steps of unloading and then reloading the "bottom" stock. (This shortcut is usually taken when the two stocks have common size).