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US6257784: Method for expediting the handling of printer bin output

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) David A. Mantell ·
Assignee(s) Xerox Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Christopher D. Wait ·
Primary Examiner John S. Hilten ·
Assistant Examiner Charles H. Nolan, Jr. ·
Application Number US9738752
Filing date 12/15/2000
Issue date 07/10/2001
Predicted expiration date 12/15/2020
U.S. Classifications 400/578  · 347/102  · 101/419  · 101/416.1  · 347/105  · 400/582  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 347102 · 347104 · 347105 · 400578 · 400582 · 101419 · 1014161 ·
21 Claims, 4 Drawings


Abstract

A method for improving human interaction with a printer and its hardcopy output. The method comprises printing a first page and placing it into an output bin followed with a pause to allow for full drying of the print. However, this pause will be interrupted if the page is removed from the output bin and thereby expedite any subsequent printing output that may be queued follow.

Independent Claims | See all claims (21)

  1. 1. A method for a printer to provide printout to its output bin, the printer being of the liquid ink type and requiring a finite drying time for the ink, comprising: outputting a current page to the output bin; pausing the output of a subsequent page for a fixed period of time; and, outputting the subsequent page if the current page is removed from the output bin by a user before the fixed period of time has passed.
  2. 8. A method for a ink jet printer to provide printout to its output bin, comprising: outputting a current page to the output bin; setting a pause counter; stepping the pause counter; determining if the current page has been removed from the output bin; and, outputting the subsequent page if the current page has been removed from the output bin by a user; or, stepping the pause counter if the current page has not been removed from the output bin by a user.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US4728963 Hewlett-Packard Company Rasmussen et al. Mar 1988
US5396270* Xerox Corporation Gooray et al. Mar 1995
US5489926* Hewlett-Packard Company Arbeiter Feb 1996
US5921690* Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Shinmachi et al. Jul 1999
US6149327* Hewlett-Packard Company Ward et al. Nov 2000

Foreign Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
JP02000141622A*May 2000
JP02000185436A*Jul 2000
* cited by examiner

Referenced By

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US6666605 Xerox Corporation David A. Mantell Dec 2003

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