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Powered Document Hopper

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077241D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pennell, GH: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a powered hopper for use in a document dispenser. The hopper includes a pair of spaced rails which support a reserve supply of documents, which are to be advanced to the document separator throat prior to dispensing. Two low friction MYLAR* hopper belts transport the notes toward the separator throat. The belts are driven in the indicated direction by a hopper belt drive pulley. The documents are backed up by a card weight which acts as a "bookend" to prevent the documents from tipping backwards. The card weight is also transported toward the separator throat by the MYLAR hopper belts. The hopper belts are energized at the same time the separator and restraint belts are energized.

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Powered Document Hopper

Described is a powered hopper for use in a document dispenser. The hopper includes a pair of spaced rails which support a reserve supply of documents, which are to be advanced to the document separator throat prior to dispensing. Two low friction MYLAR* hopper belts transport the notes toward the separator throat. The belts are driven in the indicated direction by a hopper belt drive pulley. The documents are backed up by a card weight which acts as a "bookend" to prevent the documents from tipping backwards. The card weight is also transported toward the separator throat by the MYLAR hopper belts. The hopper belts are energized at the same time the separator and restraint belts are energized. The hopper belts, however, advance faster than the documents are dispensed, thus the documents are constantly urged forward against the separator belt. This is possible since the hopper belts slip beneath the documents and the card weight. * Trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.

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