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Movable Document Gate

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000076038D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lewis, LD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a document dispenser in which the documents being dispensed are first loaded into a first part of the dispensing tray until all of the documents are accumulated, and then the accumulated documents are transported by gravity into a second part of the tray where they may be secured by the person ordering Them. The tray is arbitrarily divided into two portions, the loading and dispensing portions, and a separator or divider wall is arranged between the two portions. During loading, the wall must seal the loading portion from the dispensing portion and during the dispensing cycle, the loading portion must be sealed from the dispensing portion.

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Movable Document Gate

Described is a document dispenser in which the documents being dispensed are first loaded into a first part of the dispensing tray until all of the documents are accumulated, and then the accumulated documents are transported by gravity into a second part of the tray where they may be secured by the person ordering Them. The tray is arbitrarily divided into two portions, the loading and dispensing portions, and a separator or divider wall is arranged between the two portions. During loading, the wall must seal the loading portion from the dispensing portion and during the dispensing cycle, the loading portion must be sealed from the dispensing portion.

This is accomplished by providing a pair of cams on either side of the tray element. These cams cooperate with cam followers on the divider or separator. During the lowering of the tray, the first cam causes the separator to ride in an upward direction providing maximum clearance between the bottom of the separator and the bottom of the tray, which permits the documents to move under the force of gravity from the loading portion to the dispensing portion. At the halfway point in the movement of the tray, that is, while the documents are still within the dispenser, the second cam element cooperating with the second cam follower on the separator element causes the separator element to be lowered into contact with the tray. The drawings illustrate the cam elements and their relationship with each...