Feature deselect control

  • US 4,691,317 A
  • Filed: 10/04/1985
  • Issued: 09/01/1987
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/1985
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a xerographic printing machine having a photoreceptor and a plurality of operating components cooperating with one another to produce images on support material, the operating components cooperating in various configurations to produce the images, and including a control panel providing an operator with the means to select the various machine features, various combinations of the features providing different machine configurations, some of the features being essential to producing images on the support material, other of the features only being essential in selected configurations to produce images on the support material, and a control having a fault location segment to identify machine malfunctions, the method of defeaturing the machine to continue operation upon the detection of a fault by the control comprising the steps of:

  • recognizing the existence of a machine malfunction in the control,isolating the malfunction to a particular machine feature in a particular machine configuration,determining that the malfunction is not essential to the production of images on copy sheets in all machine configurations,determining that the machine feature associated with the identified malfunction has been selected by the operator at the control panel, andproviding a message on a display at the control panel to deselect the machine feature associated with the identified malfunction.

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