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Job Separators

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088370D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beehler, CA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Rigid or semirigid machine-removable partitions are inserted between sheets of copy paper for indicating job separation. By adding rigidity to the stack, removal of the copies in the job is facilitated.

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Job Separators

Rigid or semirigid machine-removable partitions are inserted between sheets of copy paper for indicating job separation. By adding rigidity to the stack, removal of the copies in the job is facilitated.

The drawing illustrates a horizontal unit for receiving copies from a copy production machine of either a copy or printer type. Produced copies are received by paper path 8 to be inserted into the stack of paper moving to the left, as seen in the drawing. The separators 6 are stored to one side of the copy entry point. At the start of a job cycle, a separator indexer 7 moves a leftmost separator 6 from the storage space along screw gear 1 to the loading side of reaper 5 and onto a holding contact where transport belt 2 receives copies from path 8. The copies then pass through and over entry gate 9 between the illustrated reaper arms and down onto transport belt 2 (edgewise). Reaper 5 indexes, pushing the paper against the separator plate 6 or other sheets of paper previously received. The upper arm moves over the top of the copy paper as at 3, and back down to replace the lower arm for holding the paper against the separator sheet. The copy insertion cycle is repeated for each received copy.

When the job is signalled as being complete, another separator 6 is indexed across the entry point, as above described. Belt 2 continues to move the assembled copies and separator sheets to the left until removed by an operator. As the jobs are removed, the sepa...