Automated Recirculating Automatic Document Feeder Testing
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
A copier's recirculating automatic document feeder (RADF) is assembled on a cut-out, picture-frame-type pallet. The RADF/pallet unit is then placed on a power conveyor system which accumulates these units at the location of automated test cells. Upon demand, a unit is released and conveyed by a power roller transfer unit into proper location within a test cell. At the test cell, a test fixture, including a document glass of the type contained in the copier with which the RADF will be used, is automatically raised through the pallet's central opening. All electrical, vacuum and pneumatic connections are automatically made to the RADF components by this test fixture movement. When all connections have been made, signals are sent to a personal computer to start running a test program.