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Job Separation Using Offset Stacking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051001D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beehler, CA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

An apparatus is described for separating jobs in a copier output bin by offsetting the sheets of each job.

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Job Separation Using Offset Stacking

An apparatus is described for separating jobs in a copier output bin by offsetting the sheets of each job.

Copiers or printers producing several jobs at one time with only one exit pocket require undue time for separating the jobs after completion. There are several ways of separating jobs, e.g., use of longer separator sheets between each job. Another way of separating jobs is by offsetting the job stacks from one another, as shown in Fig. 1.

The jobs are offset by arranging the output belt to be moved to alternate positions, e.g., from a straight to an angled position to the left or to the right between jobs. As shown in Fig. 2, this is accomplished in the illustrated implementation by mounting the pulleys at one end of the exit belt on a shaft or frame that can be moved perpendicularly in the direction of paper travel by a solenoid. In the straight position (dotted lines), the copies enter the exit bin in the usual manner. For the next job, the solenoid is actuated to put the belt in the position shown by the solid lines in Fig. 2, causing the copies to enter the exit bin offset from those of the previous job.

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