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AUTOMATIC LOADING OF UPPER BINS OF PLURAL SET SORTER UNIT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025934D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

It is a common practice in copiers with multiple sorter bins for collating the copy output to have more than one vertically arranged set or stack of sorter bins. The present practice (regardless of the number of copies, and therefore bins, selected) is to first load all of the bins of the first bin set, from top to bottom, before using (loading) any of the bins of the second or subsequent bin sets.

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LEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

AUTOMATIC LOADING OF UPPER BINS OF PLURAL SET SORTER UNIT Paul F. Morgan

Proposed Classification
U.S. C1.355/14SH Int. C1. G03g 15/00

It is a common practice in copiers with multiple sorter bins for collating the copy output to have more than one vertically arranged set or stack of sorter bins. The present practice (regardless of the number of copies, and therefore bins, selected) is to first load all of the bins of the first bin set, from top to bottom, before using (loading) any of the bins of the second or subsequent bin sets.

However, upper bins are normally much easier for the operator to reach and unload than the lowermost bins of each set or array. The operator may have to stoop or kneel to unload the lower bins.

By a simple and low cost change in the sorter software control, with no hardware costs, operator unloading for many copy jobs can be improved and the above problem alleviated, without affecting proper collation, as follows:

Once the desired number of copies has been conventionally preselected by the operator in the copier or sorter control console, the controller can also know the number of bins that will be required for that job, since that number is the same. The new software divides that number by the number of bin sets available (usually 2 or 3). I.e., the copy count number is the dividend and the number of bin sets is the divisor. The sorter set deflector input gates for the first set are then actuated after the quotient number of said division is reached, rath...