Patent Number: 7,821,686

Title: Paper feeder

Abstract: A paper feeder employs a retard roll mounted on a shaft that is controlled by a magneto rheological variable clutch. Current is adjusted to the magneto rheological variable clutch to produce a variable drag torque (from near zero to fully locked) on the retard roll. The current is adjusted based on various inputs, some of which include media type, temperature, humidity, media size, and transport speed. Variable drag on the retard roll results in a reduction in induced skew of sheet passing through a nip formed between the retard roll and a separation roll, as well as, less and more consistent wear of the retard roll.

Inventors: Sharma; Nidhi (Brampton, CA), De Koning; Petrus T. (Toronto, CA), Aristizabal; Guillermo (Toronto, CA), Ruthenberg; Raymond M. (Toronto, CA), Faguy; Gary A. (Hamilton, CA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: H04N 1/04 (20060101); B65H 5/22 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00