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INTERPOSER AUTOCOLLATING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027521D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The basic concept here is a method of using an existing interposer [sheet inserter] and finisher independently of [without operating] the associated printer. In this method, independently previously generated or printed sets of different sheets desired to be combined in the finisher, such as inserted color prints, covers, or envelopes to be stapled to a document, would be loaded into respective different feed trays of the interposer and alternately fed from those different trays for combination in the finisher for automatic collation, without running the associated printer. Manually loading of sets of covers, tab stock, or other insert sheets into interposer trays is normal. What is different here is that such sheets are fed out only with other sheets from other interposer trays rather than inserted at selected intervals into a pre-collated stream of output sheets coming from the printer or copier and passing by or through the interposer unit on their way to the finisher.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

INTERPOSER AUTOCOLLATING

Proposed Steven D. Olson Classification

U. S. C1. 271,399/361 Int. C1. B65h

The basic concept here is a method of using an existing interposer [sheet inserter] and finisher independently of [without operating] the associated printer. In this method, independently previously generated or printed sets of different sheets desired to be combined in the finisher, such as inserted color prints, covers, or envelopes to be stapled to a document, would be loaded into respective different feed trays of the interposer and alternately fed from those different trays for combination in the finisher for automatic collation, without running the associated printer. Manually loading of sets of covers, tab stock, or other insert sheets into interposer trays is normal. What is different here is that such sheets are fed out only with other sheets from other interposer trays rather than inserted at selected intervals into a pre-collated stream of output sheets coming from the printer or copier and passing by or through the interposer unit on their way to the finisher.

It is noted however, that this method can only collate documents from uncollated input with a number of document pages less than the number of available interposer feeding trays, unless pre-collated sheets [sequential pages rather than multiple identical pages] are loaded into a tray of the interposer.

Off-line collators for collating plural sets of printed uncollated she...