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BOOKLET SEPARATOR FOR DOCUMENT HANDLERS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026901D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed are two methods and apparatus for removing the binding from a bound or stapled document in order to enable processing by a document handler when copying pages. One method requires the operator to move the bound document over a planing blade to incrementally shave off the binding. The other method which applies to both stapled and glued bindings, requires the use of two rotating blades to cut off a specified length of the binding.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

BOOKLET SEPARATOR FOR Proposed Classification DOCUMENT HANDLERS U.S. C1.355/310 'Elizabeth D. Fox
Int. Paul D. Keller C1. G03g 21/00

Proposed are two methods and apparatus for removing the binding from a bound or stapled document in order to enable processing by a document handler when copying pages. One method requires the operator to move the bound document over a planing blade to incrementally shave off the binding. The other method which applies to both stapled and glued bindings, requires the use of two rotating blades to cut off a specified length of the binding.

Both types of apparatus are operated by an operator and are simple attachments to a copier. Either apparatus is preferred to the use of a standard office type paper cutter. The office type paper cutter is limited by the thickness of a booklet that can be sheared evenly. Potential bound documents that can be separated by the proposed apparatus include magazines, journals, notebooks, catalogs, and the bound outputs from other copiers.

REFERENCES:
U.S. Patent No. 5,033,727 to Szewczyk et al. discloses an in-line chopper to trim backbone portions of multiple page documents. The chopper unit is part of a collating conveyor on an envelope inserter machine and located downstream from a supply station from which the documents are transferred to the conveyor.

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 19, No. 2 MarcWApril 1994 155

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