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METHOD FOR PACKAGING STACKS OF PAPER FOR HANDLING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026656D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is a simple and low cost method for temporarily but securely holding together stacked document sheets in discrete "packaged" sets, for set separation job collection and distribution without permanent binding or sheet damage. The method is particularly suited for automatic application to collated copy sheet output of a copier, shared printer or facsimile machine. Each job or selected output stack 1 of printed sheets may be temporarily bound by small removable adhesive tape segments 2, much smaller than the sheets, so as to maintain the sheet set integrity under distribution and other handling, yet allow removal of the tape whenever desired to unbind the stacked sheets without any damage to the sheets, unlike stapling or other permanent binding. Reference the figures. The stack may be readily unbound by lifting or stripping the tape segment with thumb and fingers (Fig. 2). By wrapping one small tape segment 2 around each of two opposing edges of a job stack of multiple sheets, with adhesion of at least part of each tape segment at only two small opposing edge areas of the top and bottom sheets of the stack, a whole job stack can be integrally held together for convenient set separation, handling and distribution, yet separated at any time, unmarked and undamaged, by easily peeling or tearing off the tape segments. Encoding tape segments 2 with set identifying indicia, and/or tape removal instructions, and cover sheets, may be compatibly provided.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

METHOD FOR PACKAGING STACKS OF PAPER FOR

HANDLING

Murray 0. Meetze

Proposed Classification
U.S. C1.355/324 Int. C1. G03g 15/01

FIG. I

FIG. 2

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 18, Yo. 1 Januarymebruary 1993 67

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METHOD FOR PACKAGING STACKS OF PAPER FOR HANDLING

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Disclosed is a simple and low cost method for temporarily but securely holding together stacked document sheets in discrete "packaged" sets, for set separation job collection and distribution without permanent binding or sheet damage. The method is particularly suited for automatic application to collated copy sheet output of a copier, shared printer or facsimile machine. Each job or selected output stack 1 of printed sheets may be temporarily bound by small removable adhesive tape segments 2, much smaller than the sheets, so as to maintain the sheet set integrity under distribution and other handling, yet allow removal of the tape whenever desired to unbind the stacked sheets without any damage to the sheets, unlike stapling or other permanent binding. Reference the figures. The stack may be readily unbound by lifting or stripping the tape segment with thumb and fingers (Fig. 2). By wrapping one small tape segment 2 around each of two opposing edges of a job stack of multiple sheets, with adhesion of at least part of each tape segment at only two small opposing edge areas of the top and bottom sheets of the st...