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TRANSPORT INCLUDING TRACK DROP AND FEED-OUT SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024257D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

An inclined track 5 is used as a sheet support in a sheet-feed system. The opposite edge of the sheet is supported by the sheet-feeding apparatus, which may, for example, comprise one or more pairs of pinch rolls. The inclined nature of track 5 serves to tent or stiffen the sheet 6 to assure that the sheet will travel in a straight line along the track 5 until released by the sheet-feeding apparatus. On release of the sheet 6 by the sheet-feeding apparatus, sheet 6 gravitates downwardly until the sheet drops off the incline 7 to the next processing station.

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KEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

Proposed Classification
U.S. Cl. 271/248 Int. Cl. B65h 9/16

An inclined track 5 is used as a sheet support in a sheet-feed system. The opposite edge of the sheet is supported by the sheet-feeding apparatus, which may, for example, comprise one or more pairs of pinch rolls. The inclined nature of track 5 serves to tent or stiffen the sheet 6 to assure that the sheet will travel in a straight line along the track 5 until released by the sheet-feeding apparatus. On release of the sheet 6 by the sheet-feeding apparatus, sheet 6 gravitates downwardly until the sheet drops off the incline 7 to the next processing station.

The above-described inclined track finds particular use where it is desired to pass a first sheet over a second sheet before the first sheet is released while at the same time maintaining unobstructed access to the next processing station.

As an alternate embodiment, a pair of inwardly facing inclined tracks may be used to support opposite sides of the sheet. One of the track pair is pivoted for rotation about an axis parallel to the sheet-feeding direction to permit gravity discharge of the sheet from between the track pair.

Volume 5 Number 1 January/February 1980 57

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XEROX 58 DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

Volume 5 Number 1 January/February 1980

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