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SORTER CONCEPTS FOR SMALL FAX AND PRINTERS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026919D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 181K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A wrap around drum sorter and a book sorter suitable for a small fax or printer are proposed. As shown in Fig. 1, a document sorter 10 having flexible bin dividers 20 which define a plurality of separate bins is attached to a small fax or printer 30. Both the drum sorter (Fig. 2) and the book sorter (Fig. 3) rotate to accurately align a selected bin with either an entrance opening 14 to allow a sheet 12A to be delivered into the bin or an exit opening 16 to permit access to a document 12B contained in the bin. A plurality of controls 26 allow an operator to select either a search or an exit function. An alphanumeric display 24 provides a means by which the operator can visually sort through addresses in the sorter and cycle to the right bin to retrieve a document.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

SORTER CONCEPTS FOR SMALL FAX AND PRINTERS US. C1.271/293 Ruediger W. Knodt

Proposed Classification

Int. C1. B65h 39/11

FIG. 1

12B

12B.

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 19, No. 3 May/June 1994 209

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SORTER CONCEPTS FOR SMALL FAX AND PRINTERS(Cont'd)

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12A

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210 XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 19, No. 3 May/June 1994

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SORTER CONCEPTS FOR SMALL FAX AND PRINTERS(Cont'd)

A wrap around drum sorter and a book sorter suitable for a small fax or printer are proposed. As shown in Fig. 1, a document sorter 10 having flexible bin dividers 20 which define a plurality of separate bins is attached to a small fax or printer 30. Both the drum sorter (Fig. 2) and the book sorter (Fig. 3) rotate to accurately align a selected bin with either an entrance opening 14 to allow a sheet 12A to be delivered into the bin or an exit opening 16 to permit access to a document 12B contained in the bin. A plurality of controls 26 allow an operator to select either a search or an exit function. An alphanumeric display 24 provides a means by which the operator can visually sort through addresses in the sorter and cycle to the right bin to retrieve a document.

Fig. 2 illustrates the drum sorter. The sorter includes a rotatable drum 28 that is rigidly mounted on a rotatable shaft 21 and moves in the direction of arrow
25. A plurality of flexible separators 20 extend radially around the the circumference of the drum to form 26 bins. The bins are keyed by a suitable software scheme to match the alphabet for automatic sorting. Docking pads 18 and docking pins 19 provide a mechanical guide for mating the sorter with a small fax or printer.

A book sorter for approximately 26 pages is shown in Fig.3. The book sorter includes an upright conveyor 29 having a plurality of flexible bins 20 radially disposed about a sectorial member 17. The upright conveyor 29 is rigidly mounted to a rotatable shaft 21. The rotatable shaft 21 pivots in a bidirectional manner, as indicated by arrow 27, to transfer sorted documents between the entrance opening 14 and the exit opening 16.

REFER[ENCES

US. Patent No. Re. 31,768 to Gerbasi, assigned to Xerox Corporation, discloses a sorting apparatus for collating both simplex and duplex copies. The sorting apparatus includes a plurality of bins arranged radially around the circumference of a rotary drum. C...