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1. (WO2019027424) TRAY COVER EXTENDERS
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A tray cover extender, comprising:

a cover rack attached to a movable tray cover such that a movement of the cover rack is transferred to a movement of the movable tray cover;

a pinion gear operably engaged with the cover rack so as to actuate the cover rack if the pinion gear is actuated; and

a tray rack attached to a media tray and to actuate the pinion gear as the media tray is moved past the pinion gear,

wherein the cover rack is to extend the movable tray cover from a first position to a second position if the pinion gear actuates the cover rack.

2. The tray cover extender of claim 1, wherein the pinion gear is to move the cover rack in a direction opposite to a closing direction of the media tray if the tray rack actuates the pinion gear.

3. The tray cover extender of claim 2, wherein the cover rack is to move the tray cover from a retracted position to an extended position if the tray rack actuates the pinion gear so as to cause the pinion gear to actuate the cover rack.

4. The tray cover extender of claim 3, wherein the tray cover is to move in a direction opposite to the closing direction of the media tray if the tray cover is moved from the retracted position to the extended position.

5. A media tray, comprising :

a media holding portion movable between a first position and a second position;

a tray cover movable between a retracted position and an extended position; and

a tray cover extender, comprising:

a tray rack attached to the media holding portion and movable between a lowered position and a raised position;

a cover rack engaged with the tray cover; and

a pinion gear operably engaged with the cover rack, the pinion gear to operably engage with the tray rack if the tray rack is disposed in the raised position, wherein the pinion gear is to actuate the cover rack if the pinion gear is actuated by the tray rack, and

wherein the tray rack is to actuate the pinion gear as the media holding portion is moved past the pinion gear if the tray rack is disposed in the raised position.

6. The media tray of claim 5, wherein the tray rack is to move from the lowered position to the raised position if the media holding portion is moved from the first position to the second position.

7. The media tray of claim 6, wherein the media holding portion is sized to hold media of a first length if disposed in the first position, and wherein the media holding portion is sized to hold media of a second length, longer than the first length, if disposed in the second position.

8. The media tray of claim 5, wherein the tray cover is attached to an imaging device and the media holding portion is movable between a loaded position within the imaging device, and an opened position, relative to the tray cover.

9. The media tray of claim 5, wherein the tray cover extender further comprises a cam and a trigger, the trigger to actuate the cam such that the cam pushes on the tray rack in order to transition the tray rack from the lowered position to the raised position.

10. An imaging device, comprising:

a media tray having a media holding portion convertible between first position to accommodate a first media size and second position to accommodate a second media size;

a tray cover to at least partially conceal a loading side of the media holding portion, the tray cover movable between a retracted position, concealing a first portion of the loading side, and an extended position, concealing a second portion of the loading side, larger than the first portion; and

a tray cover extender, comprising:

a tray rack attached to the media tray and movable between a lowered position and a raised position;

a cover rack attached to the tray cover such that a movement of the cover rack is transferred into a movement of the tray cover between the retracted position and the extended position; and

a pinion gear operably engaged with the cover rack so as to move the cover rack if the pinion gear is actuated, the pinion gear engageable with the tray rack if the tray rack is disposed in the raised position,

wherein the tray rack is to actuate the pinion gear if the tray rack is disposed in the raised position and the tray rack is moved past the pinion gear.

1 1. The imaging device of claim 10, wherein the tray rack is to move past the pinion gear as the media tray is moved from an opened position with the imaging device to a loaded position within the imaging device.

12. The imaging device of claim 1 1, wherein the tray rack is to transition from the lowered position to the raised position if the media holding portion is moved from the first position to the second position.

13. The imaging device of claim 10, wherein the tray rack, the pinion gear, and the cover rack comprise a double rack and pinion structure.

14. The imaging device of claim 10, wherein the second media size is longer than the first media size

15. The imaging device of claim 10, wherein the tray rack is attached to the media tray in a fixed position, and the cover rack is movable between a lowered position, to operably engage with the pinion gear, and a raised position, to not operably engage with the pinion gear.