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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027226D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


The Cover Inserter Module (CIM) in U. S. Patent 5,272,511 is one example of a sheet inserter device that can be used with a printing system to insert sheets from a tray into a stream of sheets output from an image producing apparatus by overlaying the appropriate sheet in the continuous stream of sheets. A problem with the CIM in the above-mentioned patent is that the sheet registration edge adjustment means at the inboard end of the cover sheet support tray onto which insertion sheets are to be placed is too high for the average height operator to reach without standing on a platform. In addition, the movable registration edge is set back inside the feed area about 3.5 inches and the access area is only about 2.75 inches in height. The method presently used for loading sheets is to slide the registration guide back out of the way, load the sheets and squeeze your hand blindly inside to slide the guide into position. A hand does not fit easily into this small space and it is uncomfortable to reach into a blind area. The anxiety and height problem is eliminated by simply flipping the movable registration guide 180" and allowing it to protrude out of the bottom of the CIM for easy access, and then extending the registration surface back up to the current height. This can be done by lengthening the registration edge, enlarging an existing access hole and adding a plastic safety cover that will slide with the registration edge to keep fingers out of the hole.