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Collator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086197D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alderson, JC: AUTHOR

Abstract

The bins of this collator are constructed in a manner facilitating removal and replacement of individual bins.

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Collator

The bins of this collator are constructed in a manner facilitating removal and replacement of individual bins.

Fig. 1 shows a front view of the collator and its vertically stacked bins.

With reference to exploded view Fig. 2, each bin includes a tray 10 having channel members 11 and 12. The collator's stationary rear wall 13 includes two tabs 14 for each bin. These tabs support and locate the rear portion of each tray by insertion within the tray's channel members 11, 12. The tray's left-hand front corner is supported by removable bar 15 having tabs 16 cooperating with each tray channel 12. The tray's right-hand front corner is supported by stationary bar 17 having T-shaped tabs 18 cooperating with each tray channel 11.

To assemble the collator, the trays 10 are supported by tabs 18, aligned with tabs 14, and then seated thereon. After all trays are in position, bar 15 is placed in position to support and align their left-hand front corners.

Each bin includes an impact bar 19. These impact bars snap into tray openings as seen in Fig. 3. The bottom of each bar 19 includes a U-shaped slot 21 adapted to receive the top of the lower bar 19, to thus form continuous, vertically extending impact bars. These impact bars can be located in other openings, not shown, to accommodate the collation of different size paper.

If desired, the trays 10 can be formed of plastic, utilizing an extrusion process.

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