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United States Patent Application 20030081272
Kind Code A1
Chen, Tsung-Yin May 1, 2003

Document retainer for vertically oriented image scanning device

Abstract

A vertically oriented image scanning device includes a chassis with a vertically oriented scanning window and a flap cover pivoted to the chassis. A document support flange is formed along a lower edge of the scanning window for aligning a document with respect to the scanning window. A thin metal plate has opposite edges attached to an inner face of the flap cover and forms a convex configuration for elastic deformation and thus applying a force to retain the document against the scanning window. The convex configuration also helps guiding the document to position. Alternatively, a resilient pad replaces the thin metal plate for applying a force to the document.


Inventors: Chen, Tsung-Yin; (Hsinchu City, TW)
Correspondence Address:
    ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE
    3458 ELLICOTT CENTER DRIVE-SUITE 101
    ELLICOTT CITY
    MD
    21043
    US
Serial No.: 984109
Series Code: 09
Filed: October 29, 2001

Current U.S. Class: 358/488; 358/474
Class at Publication: 358/488; 358/474
International Class: H04N 001/04


Claims



1. A vertically oriented image scanning device comprising: a chassis having a vertical scanning window; a flap cover movably attached to the chassis and having an inner face for removably closing the scanning window; and a document retainer attached to the inner face of the flap cover, the document retainer comprising a resilient member which resiliently forces the document against the scanning window when the flap cover is closed.

2. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a document support flange formed along a lower edge of the scanning window, and a pair of projections being formed on opposite ends of the document support flange.

3. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the resilient member comprises a thin metal sheet having an arched central portion and opposite edges attached to the inner face of the flap cover and forming a convex configuration.

4. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the chassis is mounted on a base.

5. A vertically oriented image scanning device comprising: a chassis having a vertical scanning window; a flap cover movably attached to the chassis and having an inner face for removably closing the scanning window; and a document retainer attached to the inner face of the flap cover, the document retainer comprising a pair of resilient strips each having two ends attached to the inner face of the flap cover for resiliently forces the document against the scanning window when the flap cover is closed.

6. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a document support flange formed along a lower edge of the scanning window, and a pair of projections being formed on opposite ends of the document support flange.

7. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the resilient member comprises a thin metal sheet having an arched central portion and opposite edges attached to the inner face of the flap cover and forming a convex configuration.

8. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the chassis is mounted on a base.

9. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 1, further comprises a pad mounted to the inner face of the flap cover between two resilient strips.

10. The vertically oriented image scanning device as claimed in claim 9, wherein the pad is made of a resilient material.
Description



BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a vertically oriented image scanning device, and in particular to a vertically oriented image scanning device incorporating a document retainer for securely and properly positioning a document on a scanning window of the image scanning device.

[0003] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0004] Most of the scanners available in the markets are so called "flat-bed" scanner which comprises a chassis laid flat on for example a desk with a horizontal scanning window on which a document to be scanned is positioned. The document can be retained in position on the scanning window by gravity. The flat-bed scanner, however, occupies a great area of the desk surface, causing a great waste of space of limited office space. This is of particular concern in urban areas where office rent is high.

[0005] A vertically oriented image scanning device effectively reduces the desk space required for accommodation by providing a stand-up chassis with a vertically arranged scanning window. Although desk space is effectively saved for accommodating a vertically oriented image scanning device, documents to be scanned cannot be properly and securely retained on the scanning window due to the vertical arrangement of the scanning window. A flap cover is commonly seen in both flat-bed scanners and vertically oriented image scanning devices. Such a flap cover, however, cannot help in effectively and precisely positioning the document on the vertical scanning window of a vertically oriented image scanning device. As a consequence, the scanning quality of a vertically oriented image scanning device cannot be effectively improved.

[0006] It is thus desired to have a vertically oriented image scanning device comprising a document retainer for effectively and securely positioning a document on a vertical scanning window of the vertically oriented image scanning device.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] An object of the present invention is to provide a vertically oriented image scanning device comprising a document retainer for securely and effectively retain a document on a vertical scanning window of the vertically oriented image scanning device.

[0008] Another object of the present invention is to provide a vertically oriented image scanning device comprising a document guiding and retaining device for guiding and properly positioning a document on a vertical scanning window of the image scanning device.

[0009] To achieve the above objects, in accordance with the present invention, a vertically oriented image scanning device comprises a chassis having a vertically arranged scanning window and a flap cover pivoted to the chassis for removably closing the scanning window. A document support flange is formed along a lower edge of the scanning window for aligning a document with respect to the scanning window. A thin metal plate has opposite edges attached to an inner face of the flap cover and forms a convex configuration for elastic deformation and thus applying a force to retain the document against the scanning window. The convex configuration also helps guiding the document to position. Alternatively, a resilient pad replaces the thin metal plate for applying a force to the document. Bow-shaped members are located on opposite sides of the resilient pad for guiding the document to position.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] The above objects and features of the present invention can be better understood by reading the following detailed description of preferred embodiments of the present invention with reference to the attached drawings, in which:

[0011] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a vertically oriented image scanning device in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention;

[0012] FIG. 2 is similar to FIG. 1 with a flap cover of the scanner opened;

[0013] FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of encircled portion A of FIG. 2;

[0014] FIG. 4 is similar to FIG. 1 with the flap cover detached from the scanner;

[0015] FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of FIG. 2; and

[0016] FIG. 6 is similar to FIG. 2 but showing a second embodiment of the vertically oriented image scanning device in accordance with the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0017] With reference to the drawings and in particular to FIGS. 1-4, a vertically oriented image scanning device constructed in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention comprises a chassis 1 supported by a base 4 which can be placed on for example a desk. The chassis 1 defines an interior space (not labeled) to accommodate electrical and mechanical parts of the image scanning device. Those parts are well known in the art and will not be described herein. The chassis 1 is mounted with a vertically oriented scanning window 2 made of light-transmitting material against which a document 5 to be scanned is positioned. A flap cover 3 is pivotally attached to the chassis 1 for covering the scanning window 2 and retaining the document 5 on the scanning window 2.

[0018] Also referring to FIG. 5, a pair of pivots 31 are formed on the chassis 1 to which the flap cover 3 is attached thereby allowing the flap cover 3 to be rotatable with respect to the scanning window 2 about the pivots 31 between an open position as shown in FIG. 2 and a closed position as shown in FIG. 1. In the open position, a document 5 can be inserted between the scanning window 2 and the flap cover 3. In the closed position, the document 5 is firmly retained against the scanning window 2 by the flap cover 3.

[0019] With reference to FIG. 3, it is an enlarged view of encircled portion A of FIG. 2. An elongate rib or flange 11 is formed along a lower edge of the scanning window 2 for supporting and precisely aligning the document 5 with respect to the scanning window 2. Two end projections 12 are formed on opposite ends of the ribs 11 for limiting undesired lateral movement of the document 5 with respect to the scanning window 2.

[0020] A document retainer 6 is provided on the inner face of the flap cover 3. The document retainer 6 is made of a resilient material with an bow-shaped cross section having an arched central portion formed between opposite edges 61a. 61b. The edges 61a, 61b are attached to the inner face of the flap cover 3 whereby the arched central portion helps guiding the document 5 to desired position. When the flap cover 3 is moved to the closed position, the arched central portion of the document retainer 6 contacts and pushes the document 5 against the scanning window 2. The resiliency of the document retainer 6 allows it to elastically deform and thus applying a force to securely retain document 5 against the scanning window 2.

[0021] The document retainer 6 can be made of any resilient material. In the embodiment illustrated, the document retainer 6 comprises a thin sheet of elastic material, such as thin metal plates or sheets of synthetic materials. The thin sheet of elastic material serve as guiding means and retaining means for the document to be scanned. It is apparent to those skilled in the art to devise separate guiding and retaining means and a second embodiment of the present invention directing to such a modification is shown in FIG. 6.

[0022] Referring to FIG. 6, wherein the same reference numerals are employed to designate similar parts of the vertically oriented image scanning device shown with reference to FIGS. 1-5, the document retainer comprises a resilient pad 73 mounted to the inner face of the flap cover 3 at a position substantially corresponding to the scanning window 2 whereby when the flap cover 3 is closed, the document 5 is forced against the scanning window 2 by the resilient pad 73 and thus securely retained in position. Two bow-shaped resilient strips 71, 72 are attached to the inner face of the flap cover 3 on opposite sides of the resilient pad 73, serving to guide the document 5 into the image scanning device. Metal strips are examples of the guiding strips 71, 72. Alternatively, a mass of resilient material made in convex configuration can also be taken to replace the resilient strips.

[0023] Although the present invention has been described with reference to the preferred embodiments thereof, modifications and variations can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention defined in the appended claims.

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