US 3775102 A
A method for duplex printing or reproducing the information from both sides of an original document upon a support material by simultaneously forming an electrostatic latent image conforming to each side of the original document on respective photoconductive plates, developing the plates and transferring the developed images from the plates onto opposite sides of the support material.
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United States Patent .1191
Punnett 1451" Nov. 27, 1973 [541 METHOD 0F ELECTROSTATICALLY 3,427,658 2/1969 Roberts 96/l.3
COPYING INFORMATIQN O T SIDES 3,536,398 10/1970 Bhagat 355/3 OF- AN ORIGINAL ONTO BOTH SIDES OF A SUPPORT MATERIAL Frazer D. Punnett, Rochester, NY. Assignee: Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY.
Filed: Sept. 3, 1971 Appl. 190.; 177,809
Related US. Application Data Division of Ser. No. 751,783, Aug. 12, 1968.
U.S. c1.- 96/1 R, 96/13, 117/175,
Int. Cl.....' G03g 13/08, C03g 15/08.
3,580,670 5/1971 Bhagat ...."355 /3 Primary Examiner-William D. Martin Assistant Examiner-M. Sofocleous Attorney-James J. Ralabate et a1.
[5 7] ABSTRACT A method for duplex printing or reproducing the inthe support material.
2 Claims, 1 Drawing Figure 1 METHOD OF ELECTROSTATICALLY COPYING INFORMATION ON BOTH SIDES OF AN ORIGINAL'ONTO BOTH SIDES OF A SUPPORT MATERIAL This is a division, of application Ser. No. 751,783,
copy is made of it, then the operator of the copier must reverse the document and expose the oposite side to make a copy of it. This two-step procedure is very'time consuming and the copier requires the constant attention of the operator so that the document is manipulated properly. In addition, the number of sheets or rolls or paper. used is doubled for each two-sideddocument reproduced since information can be. conveniently placed only on one side of the copy sheet at a time.
Various feeding attachments for copiers have been developed to reverse the two-sided document after copying the first side in order'to make the copier more completely automatic and eliminatethe need of the manual operation, but these attachments are usually bulky, expensive to manufacture andsubject to maladjustment thereby creating the hazard of "possible destruction of the original document as it is guided by the mechanism. Suchattachments, although they can be made to operate rapidly, do not ove'rcomethe disadvantage of successive exposures of each side .of the original document. which wastes time, or the disadvantage of using two sheets for a complete copy of the twosided original-document which wastes materials.
Although most copiers have the capability of reproducing-information on the two sides of a single copy sheet if each side of the copy sheet is exposed, 'developed and fixed individually, it is not an easyresult to accomplish,,The copy sheet must be redirected into the charge and transfer the images to opposite sides of a support material.
Another object of the invention is to transfer in sub stantial alignment onto opposite sides of a support material the developed images on two xerographic plates.
This invention uses two photoconductive plates upon which electrostatic latent images can be produced. The
latent images are produced on the plates simulta neously, developed with toner particles or powder and then transferred to a final support material. In one embodiment of the invention two photosensitive belts are used in copying both sides of a two-sided original document. Both belts travel at idential surface speed while an optical pattern conforming to one side of the original document is produced to expose thejfirst belt and an optical pattern conforming to the second side of the original document is produced to expose the second belt. Afterthe images are developed with toner particles, they are transferred from the belts to opposite sides of the support material. I v
For a better understanding ofthe invention as well as otherobjects and further features thereof, reference is had to the following detailed description of the'inven tion to be used in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, which shows a schematic arrangement of a xeshape such as aflat plate, drum, endless belt or any continuous web or other form of material bearing inforfeed tray of the machine after the first side'of the original document has been copied onto it and made permanent. Then, after the copy sheet is reversed and fed back into the machine, the second side of the original document is exposed, developed and fixed to it. Even under ordinary conditions the reventry of the copy, sheet to the copier is difficult especially when :many original documents are copied in succession since the correct original document as well as the proper side of the original document must be exposed upon any specific sheet in order that the two sides of the copy sheet match the two sides of the original document.
Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to improve the method and apparatus for copying both sides of an original document which overcomes the deficiencies of the prior art devices as described above.
A second object of the invention is to :form images on both sides of a support material in a continuous process.
mation on both sides. It may also comprise. two sheets or webs printed in simplex, that is, printed only on one side and positioned back-to-back to form two sided printed material. Simultaneously, optical patterns conforming to each side of the original are produced to expose respectively a plate and thereafter, both plates are developed and the developed images transferred onto I opposite sides of support material such as sheet material or web. An original bearing information to be reproduced on both sides; e.g., sheet 46, is placed be tween two platens, right platen 47 and left platen 48, where it is held in a flatened, unbuckled position while illumination thereof by any suitable means is taking place. 'lf-the original takes the form of a sheet it can be placed and held between the platens either manually or by an automatic document feeding mechanism .until exposure is completed. If, in the alternative, the original takes the form of a continuous web,it can be fed between the two platens in acontinuous manner and held relative to theplates by any suitable means. The illumination lamps 101, 102 may be arranged to scan each side of the original 46, such as the illumination apparatus disclosed in U. S. PatrNo. 3,062,095 or be adapted to effect flash exposure of the original. It is intended,
that the scanning operation be such that the information on each side of the original be scanned, projected and imaged onto the respective photoconductor belts 59,66in synchronism with the movement of the surface of the belts. The two sides of the document 46 are illuminated simultaneously during exposure to keep the time for duplex exposure at a minimum and to assure that both images eventually transferred to record mate rial or web 71 are placed on opposite sides thereof in. substantial alignment. 7
The optical patterns to'which plates 66 and 59 are exposed can be generated by any other devices. For instance, each of the optical patterns could be generated by illuminating a moving transparency which moves in synchronism with the belt surface or by a flash exposure as previously stated. If the plates59,66 are in the form of xerographic drum, the imaging must be accom plished by scanning. In addition, the means of generating an optical pattern to be exposed onto one of the photoconductor belts may be different from the means for generating an optical pattern to be exposed onto the other belt. i I g 7 As mentioned above, the document to be copied by the apparatus shownin the drawing is in the form of sheet 46 bearing information on both of its surfaces. The sheet is held between platens 47 and 48 while each side is scanned by devices 101 and 102. Imaging'light,
rays of information on the left sideof the sheet is directedto a mirror 91 which, in turn, reflects them onto mirror 92. This combination of the mirrors directs the light rays through lens 54 which focuses the resultant image on plate 59. In a similar manner imaging light rays of the information on the right'side of sheet 46 is directed to a' mirror 93 which, in turn, reflects them onto mirror 94. This combination of mirrors 93 and 94 directs the light rays through lens 53 which focuses the resultant image on plate 66. The above-described lensmirror system is intended only as an example of an optical system which canbe used to expose plates 59 and 66 to the optical patterns generated by an illumination device and sheet 46, and any suitable system that can place an optical image of the one shown. I
The plates 59 and 66 are electrostatic plates which are capable of retaining an electrostatic latent image in response to the optical light pattern which falls upon them. In order to assure that such a latent image is fully retained on each plate, each plate is exposed to its respective optical pattern in a darkened area. Prior to the right side of sheet 46 being illuminated to expose onto plate 66, the photosensitive layer of the plate is charged uniformly by a corona charging device 62, and after exposure, the plate is developed by a suitable developing device schematically indicated by 64. The plate thereafter locates the developed image at a position where it makes contact with the right side of web or record material 71 where transfer device 63 aids in the transfer of the developed image to the web. After the image has been transferred from the plate 66, cleaning device 68 removes any residual developer powder remaining on the surface of the plate thereby preparing the drum for reuse. Further description of xerographic processing and of details of the devices 62, 63, 64 and 68, the power supplies and drives therefor are not necessary to understand the invention herein. Such details may be acquired from any one ofa number of U. S. patents, such as U. S. Pat. No. 3,162,109 to Mayo et al.
In a similarmanner, the electrostatic plate 59 prior to exposure is first uniformly charged by any suitable device, such as corona charging device 51, and thereafter exposed to a light pattern or image conforming to passes the cleaning device 52 which removes any residon the plates can be used in lieu Transfer devices 62 and 72 are shown as corona generating devices similar to those disclosed in Schaffert U.S. Pat. No. 2,576,047. They comprise either a unitary or a plurality of wiresconnected to a high voltage source. The wire is supported in a conductive shield that is arranged in closely spaced relation to the surface to be charged; i.e., web 71. When the wire is'energized, corona is generated'along the surface of the wire and ions of the necessary polarity are caused to be deposited on the web surface. In addition to a corona device, transfer can be accomplished by any suitable method. For example, a roller, either heated or unheated, can be placed adjacent the web on the side of the web opposite theplate in order to accomplish transfer by compression or heat and compression.
The web 71 can be any support substrate material to which the image can be fused or otherwise made permanent. Web 71 may also comprise any suitable material which serves as an intermediate to which the developed image is transferred prior to being placed on its final support material. For instance, the web can be pa.- per, plastic, metal, etc and can take the form of individual 'she'ets,'a continuous strip, or any other convenient formgln the'drawing the web 71 is a continuous strip of paper fed froma supply roll 69 at the sameilineal speed as the speed of the belts.
The web is initially fed from the roll 69, and, after the transfer and fusing steps have taken place for the images on'both sides'of the web, it is rewound on a takeup roll 79. The web is first passed adjacent plate 59 where the image on the surface of the plate is transferred to the left side of the web. After this transfer step, the web can be moved under a fuser (not shown) v which acts to partially fuse the transferred image upon the web.
The image may be partially fused at this point, but
there must be assurance that the web is sufficiently cool so as not to adversely affect the transfer process to its other side. Although it may be advantageous that some fusing take place on the image first transferred before an image is tranferred to the opposite side in order to revent distortion or smearing of the image first transfered, such fusing is optional. The image transferred onto the left side of the webfrom plate 59 may also be completely fused by such an element along the path of the web between transfer devices 62'and 72. However, because of the quantity of heat necessary to effect good fusing, the web would either have to be quickly cooled before the image on drum 66 were transferred to the opposite side of the web or the path of travel between the fuser and corona transfer device 62 would have to be lengthened in order that sufficient time is given for the surrounding air to cool the web before transfer.
I It is preferred that all fusing take place after both images have been transferred to the web 71 from their respective plates. Radiant heat fusing devices 82 and 83 make permanent the images placed on the left and right sides of the web as the web 5 passes between them.
Whether the fusing of thetwo developer powder imwhich is substantiallythe speed of the web, to assure transfer of the images to the web without smearing, and because the belts are exposed to their respective optical patterns simultaneously, is necessary to make some accommodation for getting the two images transferred to the web opposite one another. As can be seen in the'drawing,the distance that the plate 59. travels between its exposure station l0l'and its transfer station 102 is shorter than jthe'distance that plate 66 travels between its exposure station 103 and its tranfer station 104. The difference in these two distances is equivalent 7 to the distance the web travels between the transfer stations 102 and 104 and, therefore, the image existent on plate 66 is transferred, with the aid of transfer device 62 onto the right side of the web in substantial alignment with the image tranferred onto the left side of the web. Likewise, the period of time which elapses be-- tween the time the image on plate 59 commences transfer to the web and the time the image on plate 66 commences transfer to the web is a function of the time the web takes to travel between transfer device 72 and transver device62.
The invention herein is disclosed in detail within the environment of the xerographic process. It will be appreciated, however, that the xerographic reproduction 1 process is not critical to the invention. Any suitable manner of forming a powder image on plates 59 and 66 which can be transferred to a record material can be utilized and methods other than xerography maybe used to form the images on the plates such as by the utilization of character electrodes as disclosed by Shull in able duplex copy of the document 46, the printing process may involve the photoconductor zinc oxide paper in place of the photoreceptors 59, 66. In this arrangement, each of the zinc oxide photo-receptor may be in the form of cut sheets or web. 2
It is intended that appropriate drive mechanisms and control circuits be a part of the gneeral disclosure herein, but such apparatus are not shown since the elements can be of any suitable design to accomplish the operational movement of the invention, as described above.
What is claimed'is:
l. The method of printing the information on two sides of an original including the steps of forming a first electrostatic latent image on a photoreceptor surface of the information onone side of other photoreceptor surface of theinformation on the other side of the original simultaneously with the formation of said first latent image,
and developing the two latent images on their respective photoreceptor surfaces with finely divided electrostatic particles thereby forming on the surfaces respectively, visible images of the information on each side of the original.
2. The method of printing the information on two sides of an original respectively onto two sides of support material includingthe steps of forming a first electrostatic latent image on a photoconductive surface of the information on one side of the original, r
developing the first latent image and transferring the developed image onto one side'of the support material,
forminga second electrostatic latent image on an