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Collator for Document Copier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000075262D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Spears, JW: AUTHOR

Abstract

Collation of sequentially made copies is accomplished with a travelling bin selection vane 10 (Figs. 1 and 2) that distributes copies sequentially into each of 20 paper bins 11a, 11b****11u. The first or top bin 11a is larger than the others to facilitate a noncollating mode of operation.

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Collator for Document Copier

Collation of sequentially made copies is accomplished with a travelling bin selection vane 10 (Figs. 1 and 2) that distributes copies sequentially into each of 20 paper bins 11a, 11b****11u. The first or top bin 11a is larger than the others to facilitate a noncollating mode of operation.

Copies are received from an adjacent copy machine, not shown, by belt 12 that moves the copies along a horizontal path under idler rolls 13 to belt 14, which moves the copies vertically upwards. Module selection vanes 15 enables the addition of an identical 20-bin unit for collation of more than twenty copies. Vanes 15 selectively pass copies to feed belt 14 or diverts the copies under belt 14 to an adjacent unit, not shown.

During vertical feed, the copy is trapped between feed plate 16 on one side and idler belts 17 on the other. Idler rolls 17a mounted on the bins such as 11b also guide the copy in its vertical movement. Selection vane 10 is driven into the bin by feed roll 18 and idler 19. Feed roll 18 is frictionally driven by the vertical belt 14.

Bin selection vane 10 is supported on carriage 21, which is guided for vertical movement on rod 22 and track 23. Carriage 21 starts at its uppermost position and is indexed downwardly by gravity under the control of a ratchet 24 and escape magnet 25. A return clutch 26 is operated upon completion of a series of copies of a single document to return carriage 21 to its uppermost position. Carriage 21 re...