Rotating Document Flipper
Original Publication Date: 1980-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-13
To copy original documents on both sides (duplex copying), the original documents must be turned over or flipped so that the reverse side can be imaged by the copier optics. Current original document flippers accomplish this by bending the original documents 180 degrees through a curved paper path. This bending of the original documents has many disadvantages. The heavier the original document, the less readily it will bend. Damaged originals are more susceptible to jamming while being bent and the probability of damage to the original documents during a jam is greater. The smaller the radius of curvature of the bend, the more severe the problems become. Jammed documents in such a flipper are more difficult for the operator to extract.