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SHEET SORTER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022923D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 227K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A sorter i for collating the output of a reproducing machine such as a xerographic copier. The sorter 1 com- prises a plurality of bins 2 which are defined by a plurality of trays 3. Each of the trays 3 is pivotally secured about a pivot point 4. The pivot points 4 are arranged so that they are spaced closely together. The other end of the tray is arranged to swing through an arc of travel between an up position for holding the collated sets and a down position for loading an additional sheet onto a set, An indexing arrangement (not shown) is pro- vided to allow the trays 3 to sequentially fall through the arc between their respective up and down positions.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

SHEET SORTER
Stanley Clarkson
David Bierworth

Proposed Classification
U.S. Cl. 271/173
mt. Cl. B65h 39/10

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A sorter i for collating the output of a reproducing
machine such as a xerographic copier. The sorter 1 com-
prises a plurality of bins 2 which are defined by a
plurality of trays 3. Each of the trays 3 is pivotally
secured about a pivot point 4. The pivot points 4 are
arranged so that they are spaced closely together. The
other end of the tray is arranged to swing through an arc

of travel between an up position for holding the collated
sets and a down position for loading an additional sheet

onto a set, An indexing arrangement (not shown) is pro-
vided to allow the trays 3 to sequentially fall through
the arc between their respective up and down positions.

As the tray 3 moves through the arc, the bin entrance
opening is substantially increased at the sheet in-feed
station 5, thereby reducing the tendency for an incoming
sheet to jam into sheets already supported in a bin 2.
After one sheet of a set has been distributed, the bins are
raised to their up positions. They are then sequentially
dropped to their down positions as the next sheet in the
set is distributed, The fan-fold assembly can be made
removable from the sorter frame to aid in unloading.

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60 XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

Volume 1 Number 4 April 1976

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