Patent Number: 6,169,561

Title: Image forming apparatus and receiver tray capable of automatically accommodating receiver sheets of various sizes and method of assembling same

Abstract: Image forming apparatus and receiver tray capable of automatically accommodating receiver sheets of various sizes, and method of assembling same. The tray includes a housing having a lateral sidewall and a rear sidewall. The tray also includes a resilient first alignment member disposed adjacent the lateral sidewall of the housing for abutting a lateral marginal edge of the stack. The tray further includes a resilient second alignment member and a resilient third alignment member both adjacent the rear wall of the housing. If a sheet of a first size (e.g., "A4-sized") is loaded onto the platen, the lateral marginal edge of the sheet will abut the first alignment member and a rearwardly-facing marginal edge of the sheet will rest atop and compress the second alignment member; however, the rearwardly-facing marginal edge of the sheet will abut the third alignment member. Similarly, if a sheet of a second size ("letter-sized") is loaded onto the platen, the lateral marginal edge of the sheet will rest atop and compress the resilient first alignment member; however, the rearwardly-facing marginal edge of the sheet will compress the second alignment member and abut the third alignment member. For most commonly used sizes of receiver sheets, mere placement of a stack of receiver sheets onto the platen achieves automatic alignment of the stack with a picker mechanism belonging to the image forming apparatus without manual adjustment of any other component of the tray.

Inventors: Fisher, Sr.; Terrence L. (Rochester, NY)

Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company

International Classification: B41J 13/10 (20060101); B41J 11/00 (20060101); B41J 013/10 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018