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COPIER FEATURE Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062566D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Bushaw, KA [+details]

Abstract

Provision is made for the key operator to disable nonessential copier functions (i.e., document feeder, stapler, reduction, etc.), and yet allow all essential and other nonessential copier features to be used, while awaiting the arrival of service personnel. If a subsequent user selects a disabled function, a cathode ray tube (CRT) prompt informs the user that the function has been disabled, and provides directions to the user to assist in the use of the partially disabled copier. Disabling a feature reduces the number of phone calls a Key Operator may receive while waiting for repair, and at the same time improves the perceived availability of the copier to the general user population. The ability to disable nonessential copier features eliminates the need to place a "COPIER DOWN/SERVICE CALLED" note on the machine.