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Collating Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047320D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bajgert, TA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is the formation of copy sheet output bins using flexible vanes. The vanes are doubled over, resembling an inverted V, so that a downward force on one of the ends causes the vane to flex in the direction of the forced end. By flexing the adjacent ends of adjoining vanes, the bin formed by those vanes is opened to receive copies. Combinations of flexing can joggle and group the copies in the bin so that subsequent sheets enter the bin at the proper location in the stack. A "live" bin for a collator can be constructed based on the fact that an inverted "V" structure made from flexible material will deflect proportionally to the increase or decrease of the length of one leg. This is illustrated in Fig. 1. If pairs of these blades are aligned as shown in Fig. 2, a collator or sorter assembly can be formed.

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Collating Device

Described is the formation of copy sheet output bins using flexible vanes. The vanes are doubled over, resembling an inverted V, so that a downward force on one of the ends causes the vane to flex in the direction of the forced end. By flexing the adjacent ends of adjoining vanes, the bin formed by those vanes is opened to receive copies. Combinations of flexing can joggle and group the copies in the bin so that subsequent sheets enter the bin at the proper location in the stack. A "live" bin for a collator can be constructed based on the fact that an inverted "V" structure made from flexible material will deflect proportionally to the increase or decrease of the length of one leg. This is illustrated in Fig. 1. If pairs of these blades are aligned as shown in Fig. 2, a collator or sorter assembly can be formed. A sheet of paper or copy is shown relative to this assembly for reference. Fig. 3 shows the blades or vanes deflected to accept a sheet from a copier and the distributor of the collator. The wide entry in relation to the nominal pitch of the bins allows larger registration error between the distributing mechanism and the bin mouth. Fig. 3, as first of a cycle sequence, illustrates the use of this collator assembly for simplex or single-sided collation. Fig. 4 shows vane 2 (V2) deflected to accept the second sheet in the sequence and the wide opening to make placement certain as well as to reduce the tolerance requirements between the dist...