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AUTOMATIC SORTER UNLOADER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026011D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

With a post-collation system, batching of copy sets is feasible because original documents are fed only once. Thus, several jobs could be loaded in the document feeder, se arated by job cards. However, usually the operator has

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EROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

AUTOMATIC SORTER UNLOADER Proposed Classification Denis J. Stemmle U.S. C1.271

Int. C1. B65h

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Volume 14 Number 5 September/October 1989 219

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AUTOMATIC SORTER UNLOADER (Cont'd)

With a post-collation system, batching of copy sets is feasible because original documents are fed only once. Thus, several jobs could be loaded in the document feeder, se arated by job cards. However, usually the operator has

This invention addresses this problem by using a nested-bin sorter, of which one bin 2 at a time, or several bins simultaneously, can be unloaded automatically. Each bin is provided with two sliders 4 engaging a side face of the set of copy sheets in the bin, each slider having a foot 6 overlain by the edge portion of the bottom sheet and being movable in plastics channels 8 secured to the bottom surface of each bin. Aligned with each slider is a push rod 10 to be actuated when each job is complete, the push rods being positioned below the feed rolls 12 which feed copy sheets into the aligned bin. The push rods may be driven by any suitable means, such as a multi-rod molding 16 actuated by a reciprocated belt 18.

To provide set differentiation, the sliders are of different thicknesses, so that as one set is pushed out of its bin it is given a clockwise skew, whereas the sliders in adjacent bins give their sets anti-clockwise skews, to provide alternately skewed sets in a s...