Printer With Automatic Paper Type Selection
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Many printers have the ability to print on both continuous forms and cut sheets or envelopes. Changing from one to the other requires manual intervention by the operator to take the printer off-line to load the required forms. One known printer, using a Multi-Mode Feed Mechanism, permits loading of all required paper types and provides two paper paths, one for continuous forms and the other for cut sheets and envelopes. The present embodiment adds to this machine the mechanism to automatically select the desired paper type by means of commands embedded in the printer control program. The present embodiment is shown schematically in Fig. 1. It is seen that Continuous Form Web 1, is fed by Tractor 2, passes between Print Unit 3 and Platen 4, past Burster 5, and then is directed out of the printer by Deflector 6.