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Publication numberUS3907280 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 23, 1975
Filing dateApr 25, 1974
Priority dateJun 23, 1972
Publication numberUS 3907280 A, US 3907280A, US-A-3907280, US3907280 A, US3907280A
InventorsDennis M Bendall, William R Harris, Jeffrey Kew, Michael C Sherborne, John A Jones
Original AssigneeRank Xerox Ltd
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flexible sheet handling device
US 3907280 A
Abstract
A puffer for removing flexible sheets from a surface, comprising a plurality of air jet orifices that are spaced apart from one another, and a masking member mounted for movement to any one of a plurality of predetermined positions to selectively mask or uncover said orifices. In this way it is possible to ensure that air is puffed only over the paper-carrying part of an electrostatographic drum.
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United States Patent [191 Bendall et al.

[ Sept. 23, 1975 FLEXIBLE SHEET HANDLING DEVICE Inventors: Dennis M. Bendall, Coleford;

William R. Harris, Tutshill, near Chepstow; Jeffrey Kew, Upton St. Leonards; Michael C. Sherborne, Baydon, Marlborough; John A. J0nes,'Coleford, all of England Assignee: Rank Xerox Ltd., London, England Filed: Apr. 25, 1974 Appl. No.: 464,270

Related U.S. Application Data Division of Ser. No. 371,453, June 19, 1973, abandoned.

Foreign Application Priority Data June 23, 1972 United Kingdom 29645/72 U.S. Cl. 271/174; 239/563; 271/195; 27l/DlG. 2 Int. Cl. B65H 29/56 Field of Search 271/174, BIG. 2, 80, 195, 271/97, 98, 108; 355/3; 239/562, 563, 564

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3.380.733 4/1968 Draugelis 27l/DlG. 2 3,724,760 4/1973 Smith 239/564 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLlCATlONS 170,438 5/1906 Germany 239/563 Primary Examiner-Richard A. Schacher Assistant E.raminerBruce H. Stoncr, Jr.

[57] ABSTRACT 7 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures FLEXIBLE SHEET HANDLING DEV-ICE This is a division of application Ser-I No.--3 7l,453.

filed June l9, l973,now abandoned. I

This invention relatesto a flexible-sheet handling-d0 vice. and is particularly concerned withade-viee for blowing the leadingedge ofa shectaway froma smooth surface carrying the sheet. Such. a device is known as,

a puffer, and has particular although not exclusive, application in the field of electrostatic copying, machines. In such machines a puffer is usedto remove? shcet of PY Paper from a surface such asthe surface 1973, now U.S. Pat. No. 3,865,482, with the facility to accept different widths of copy paper. In these circumstances, the problem arises that when copy papers less wide than the maximum usable width are used, operation of the puffer causes jets of air to be blown over the whole width of the photoconductive drum. This gives rise to the possibility that any stray developer particles on the drum on either side of such narrower sheets of paper will be blown into the machine, forming developer deposits, and possibly causing damage to the machine.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a puffer which avoids these disadvantages.

According to the present invention there is provided a puffer for removing flexible sheets from a surface, comprising a plurality of air jet orifices that are spaced apart from one another, and a masking member mounted for movement to any one of a plurality of predetermined positions to selectively mask or uncover said orifices.

In this way it is possible to ensure that air is puffed only over the paper-carrying part of, for example, an electrostatographic drum.

A puffer in accordance with the invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which:

FIG. I is a cross-sectional elevation ofa puffer in accordance with the invention; and

FIGS. 2, 3 and 4 are front views of the puffer showing three different operative positions of a masking member.

Referring to the drawing, the puffer consists of a rigid hollow bar 241 which has a series of puffer jets 242, 243, and 244. An L-sectioned masking member 245 is slidably mounted by its horizontal portion beneath the bar 241, and its vertical portion acts to selectively mask the jets 242, 243 and 244.

The masking member 245 is shaped as shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4 and may be slid into any one of the three positions shown. In the first position, shown in FIG. 2 all the jets 242, 243, and 244 are uncovered, thereby allowing jets of air to be puffed under the whole width of the widest sheets of paper (for example 24 inches wide) which are to be puffed off the drum of an electrostatographic copying machine.

In FIG. 3, the masking member 245 has been moved one position to the left, thereby obscuring jets 242, but leaving jets 243 and 244 open. This allows jets of air to bc puffed'under an'intermediatewidth (e.g. 18 inches) of paper.

;--In-FIG1 4,-'themasking member245 has bcen'moved t'o'its extreme left position. thereby obscuring jets 242- and 243,'but leavingjets 244 open'Tlhis'enahles jcts'of airto b'e puffed only under the' na'rrowest (cg, l I inches) widthxof paper. 7 i

As will be appreciated. FIGS. 2,3 and 4"show"only a portion 'of the puffer. Typically, the complete puffer will consist of a bar of which the por tion shown r epre sents the lcft' hand half; the right-handhalf ofthehollow bar being a continuation of the left-hand bar,

with equally spaced jet orifices, and with the right-hand half of the masking member245 being a mirror image of the left-hand half.

As can be seen from the drawing, selective masking is achieved by means of recesses cut in the masking member 245, the left-hand recesses 246, which correspond with jets 242, having a width equal to one jet, the central recesses 247, which correspond with jets 243, having a width equal to 2 jets, and the right-hand recesses 248, which correspond with jets 244, having a width corresponding to three jets. The sliding masking member 245 may be operated either manually, or automatically by means of solenoids. Clearly, the recesses 246, 267 and 248 could equally well be apertures in the masking member 245.

In an alternative embodiment (not shown) a hollow bar corresponding with bar 241 may be cylindrical. The masking member in these circumstances may be a cylindrical sleeve which is a sliding fit over the bar. Apertures in the sleeve are arranged to expose different groups of puffer jets on rotation of the sleeve about the bar to predetermined angular positions. The apertures in the sleeve may be circumferentially-spaced apertures, or may be circumferentially-extending slots of lengths which are selected so that on angular movement of the sleeve to one of a plurality of predetermined positions, the required number of jet orifices are uncovered.

We claim:

I. A puffer for removing flexible sheets from a surface, comprising a plurality of air jet orifices spaced apart from one another, and a masking member mounted for movement to any one of a plurality of predetermined positions, to selectively mask or uncover a selected number of said orifices, I

wherein said masking member includes masking portions, and uncovering portions in the form of apertures, the uncovering portions being of such dimensions as to uncover selected ones of said orifices by virtue of different dimensions of said uncovering portions, and

wherein said masking member uncovering portions include in succession along said masking member a first group of one or more uncovering portions each of a width sufficient to uncover only one of said orifices, another group of one or more wider uncovering portions each of a width sufficient to uncover twice the width of one of said orifices, and a further group of one or more uncovering portions each of a greater width sufficient to uncover three or more times the width of one of said orifices, whereby on moving the masking member from one predetermined position to another, successively more of said orifices are uncovered.

4. The puffer of claim I wherein said surface is an electrostatographic drum surface and'said orifices extend across said drum surface,

,5. A puffer according to claim I wherein saidorificcs are in line and are masked in succession extending from one end of. said line toward the other by said movement of said masking member in the direction of said .line, and whereby said masking extends much further along said line than said corresponding movementvof said masking member; v v

6. A puffer according to claim I, wherein said orifices are spaced apart in the direction of movementof said masking member by adistancc greater than the width of any of said uncovering portions.

7. A puffer according to claim 6. wherein said orifices-are in line and are masked in succession extending from one end of said line toward the oth'er'by said movement of said masking member in the direction of said line, and whercby said masking extends much further along said line than said corresponding movement of said masking member. I

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Classifications
U.S. Classification271/309, 239/563, 271/900, 271/195
International ClassificationG03G15/00, B65H29/56
Cooperative ClassificationB65H29/56, G03G15/6532, Y10S271/90
European ClassificationG03G15/65H, B65H29/56