Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04
USPTO - Utility Patents
There are disclosed a pressing force adjustable roller unit, a sheet member or transport system in an image processing apparatus provided with the roller unit, and a sheet member supply system in which multi-transport can securely be prevented. In a holder to which a roller is attached via a holding shaft to move the roller in a load direction from a peripheral surface, a torsion spring is connected in a direction in which the holding shaft is pressed downward, a windup degree of a winding portion of the torsion spring is adjusted by engagement of an engaging arm projecting from the winding portion with a first or second stopper disposed on a holder side, and a roller pressing force can therefore be adjusted. There are also provided a hopper for piling sheets, a supply roller for picking up and feeding out the sheet, and a multi-transport preventing roller pair of a separation roller and a retard roller so that the hopper can vertically move with respect to the supply roller. When the sheet multi-transport is detected by a multi-transport detection sensor, disposed on an immediate downstream side of the separation roller and retard roller, for detecting the sheet multi-transport, the hopper is shifted in a downward direction apart from the supply roller, a nipping force between the separation roller and retard roller is reduced, and a retard roller rotation torque is increased.
1. A sheet member supply system in an image processing apparatus, provided with a hopper on which sheet members are piled, a supply roller for picking up said piled sheet members and feeding out the sheet members to an image processing system, a multi-transport preventing roller pair of a separation roller and a retard roller disposed on a downstream side of said supply roller and in an entrance to said image processing system, said hopper being movable with respect to said supply roller, said sheet member supply system comprising:
2. The sheet member supply system in the image processing apparatus according to