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Diskette Envelope Inserter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062284D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Albaneze, MJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This envelope inserter accepts 5»-inch diskettes, one at a time, and places them in protective envelopes. A supply bin holds 250 such envelopes. A diskette enters the entrance to the envelope inserter through chute 31. When sensor 32 detects the diskette, an air cylinder 33 is activated and a suction cup 34 is moved down to pick up the top envelope from bin 41. A vacuum is now applied to this suction cup. If an envelope, or a stack of envelopes, is present in bin 41, on table 36, suction cup 34 grabs the top wall of the top envelope, activating a vacuum switch.

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Diskette Envelope Inserter

This envelope inserter accepts 5»-inch diskettes, one at a time, and places them in protective envelopes. A supply bin holds 250 such envelopes. A diskette enters the entrance to the envelope inserter through chute 31. When sensor 32 detects the diskette, an air cylinder 33 is activated and a suction cup 34 is moved down to pick up the top envelope from bin 41. A vacuum is now applied to this suction cup. If an envelope, or a stack of envelopes, is present in bin 41, on table 36, suction cup 34 grabs the top wall of the top envelope, activating a vacuum switch. If there is no envelope present at the vacuum cup, then elevator motor 37 is turned on, and table 36 rises until either the vacuum switch is made, indicating the presence of an envelope, or the table reaches the upper limit of its travel, indicating that bin 41 is out of envelopes. If the bin is out of envelopes
(i.e., the upper limit switch is made), table 36 is lowered to the bottom of the bin, and an out-of-envelopes condition is indicated. Once this vacuum switch has been made, indicating the presence of an envelope at the suction cup, air cylinder 33 is deactivated, raising the top envelope above the plane of lip stop
38. The lower wall lip of this envelope is trapped under this stop, and the envelope is thereby opened, to accept a diskette. After a specified time, transport rollers 39 are started, to drive the diskette into the open envelope. The action of suction cup 34 ho...