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Collator Interrupt

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084022D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rogers, JC: AUTHOR

Abstract

This method of controlling a multimodule collator installation allows an operator to interrupt a collate run and to produce a second collate run to a different module.

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Collator Interrupt

This method of controlling a multimodule collator installation allows an operator to interrupt a collate run and to produce a second collate run to a different module.

Fig. 1 shows copier 10 which supplies output copies to aligner 11 and to one of the two collator modules 12 or 13. Each of these modules comprises a vertical stack of sheet receiving bins, perhaps 20 in number.

Fig. 2 shows a portion of the copier's control panel. Knob 14 is used to select the number of copies to be made of each original document, which is placed on the copier's document glass. If the copier is to operate in the noncollate mode, all of these copies exit to output tray 15.

If the copier is to operate in the collate mode, button 16 is depressed. Copies of each original, equal in number to the setting of knob 14, are then supplied to a like number of output bins in the first collator module 12. For example, if knob 14 is set to "10", a copy of each original page of a multipage original is supplied to the first ten bins of module 12. If knob 14 is set to a number greater than twenty, the first twenty collated sets are supplied to module 12 and the remainder are supplied to module 13.

Assume, for example, that a collate mode has been selected, and that knob 14 has been set to "12". Assume also that copier 10 is in the middle of this collate run, for example is in the process of making the sixth copy of a given page of the multipage original. If interrupt button 17 is...