Patent Number: 7,422,206

Title: Returner incorporated in automatic feeder, and recording apparatus or liquid or liquid ejecting apparatus provided with the same

Abstract: A feeding tray supports a plurality of media the media thereon. A hopper is provided on the feeding tray so as to be movable in a first direction for pushing the media toward a feeding roller so that a top one of the media comes in contact with the feeding roller, and in a second direction opposite to the first direction. A separator separates a first group including at least one of the media which is situated under the top one of the media from the top one, so that only the top one is fed to the downstream section by rotation of the feeding roller. A returning lever is pivotable interlockingly with the feeding roller and adapted to return a second group including at least one of the media in the first group, which has been proceeded from a prescribed position to the downstream section together with the top one of the media, to the feeding tray. A holder supports a third group including at least one of the media in the first group which is situated under the second group. The holder is slidable in the second direction interlockingly with the movement of the hopper in the second direction to move the third group toward the feeding tray to secure a space to which the second group is returned by the returning lever.

Inventors: Okuda; Yasumichi (Nagano, JP), Kobayashi; Yoshihiro (Nagano, JP), Hori; Kazuhito (Nagano, JP), Ueyama; Naohiro (Nagano, JP)

Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation

International Classification: B65H 3/52 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-09-09 0:00:00