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Collator with Extendable Bin Capacity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051317D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bustamante, LA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Dividing a collator into n sections, and overflowing each bin in a section into the corresponding bin in the next section, increases the number of originals in a set to be copied and collated by a multiple of n.

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Collator with Extendable Bin Capacity

Dividing a collator into n sections, and overflowing each bin in a section into the corresponding bin in the next section, increases the number of originals in a set to be copied and collated by a multiple of n.

A bin's dimensions limit the number of copy sheets which a copier may put into it. For example, given a 20-bin collator with bin capacities of 50 sheets, a set of 50 originals may be copied 4 times to put 50 copies in each of the 4 collator bins. If the original set is greater than 50 sheets, copies of originals 51, 52, 53, etc., either go into an overflow tray for manual collation or the copier operation halts and remains inhibited until the bins are emptied. Manual collation and removal of incomplete copy sets are necessary, and undesirable, operator interventions.

The maximum number S of sections that the collator can be divided into is the largest integer function of the relationship: S = b over q. where b equals the number of total bins and q equals the quantity of desired copy sets. For operator convenience, skipping a bin between sections facilitates eventual merging of the output copies. In this case, the relationship changes to: S = b+1 over q+1.

If the collator is divided into S sections, the maximum number of originals that can be copied and collated before intervention is required is CS, where C equals the bin capacity. For example, if the desired number of copy sets is 4, as many as 200 originals can be c...