SMART FRAME TUBES
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Disclosed is a smart frame for electrophotographic copiers and printers using pultruded tubes. The pultruded tubes are joined with corners, tees, or elbows in a continuous form creating the machine frame. The pultrusions have holes, equally spaced on three of the four sides of the "tube". On two of the four sides is a plurality of holes approximately 5.5 millimeters in diameter and spaced 30 millimeters apart. A plurality of holes on the remaining face is approximately 3.5 millimeters in diameter and spaced 60 millimeters apart. The larger holes are used for mounting purposes, for example a bracket holding subsystems or hang covers while the smaller holes support smaller parts that enable the smart frame. Holes that are not used to support a component or subsystem may be used to create a tap to a central air supply conduit. Remaining holes not being used may be plugged, thus creating a closed-loop system. The taps can be made from off-the-shelf pipefittings installed on the pultrusions. Tubing connected between the fittings and appropriate subsystems provides a means for airflow or disposal of waste affluent.