Centralized Network Document Organizer
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Two multi-tray structures are described that are mounted to the top of a copier or printer to provide manual collating and sorting capability when space is at a premium.
When a networked printer or copier is installed in an office environment, a work surface is necessary to sort the output documents waiting to be picked up. These output documents are generally placed in folders that are arranged alphabetically. This necessitates the need for additional space requirements, as a small table or credenza is required for this activity.
The design for some copiers can accommodate stacking trays at the back of the machine as shown below. These trays would allow the customer to file and collate documents that are waiting pick up, without any additional space requirements.
The illustration below shows a 20" tall tower on either side of a copier. It would be made of plastic material. The trays on each side would be allowed for the customer to collate and sort output from the network. This eliminates the need for a table and a folder or drawer filing system for the customer. This is a viable solution for a space constrained office area.