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TELESCOPING SORTER BIN ARRAY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025496D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A moving bin sorter in which the bin array moves between a stowed (telescoped) condition (see Figure 1) in which the array is arranged in the sorter housing and an extended condition (see Figure 2) in which the array projects outside the housing.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

TELESCOPING SORTER BIN ARRAY
D. J. Stemmle

Proposed Classification
U.S. Cl. 271/292 Int. Cl. B65h 5/04

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FIG /

I

3

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Volume 10 Number 5 September/October 1985 275

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TELESCOPING SORTER BIN ARRAY (Cont'd)

A moving bin sorter in which the bin array moves between a stowed (telescoped) condition (see Figure 1) in which the array is arranged in the sorter housing and an extended condition (see Figure 2) in which the array projects outside the housing.

This avoids the need for a structure above the top deck (I) of the processor when the sorter (2) is not in use. The trays (3) are restrained from motion in all horizontal directions yet are allowed to move in the vertical direction, channels
(4) being provided which house pins (5) attached to the trays. The trays are free to move only up and down in the slots in the channels. If it is assumed that the load station is near the top deck of the processor, some support must be provided for the trays when they are nested together in the position above the load station. If the channels are also allowed to move only in a vertical direction by constraining them in all other directions (e.g. the principle used in the design of extendable drawer slides), and if the top tray moves the entire channel up and down with it, then the structure above the top deck of the processor could be made to telescope upward a variable amount depending on the...