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Guide with Integrated Bourdon Tube Actuator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000091981D
Original Publication Date: 1968-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Khoury, HA: AUTHOR

Abstract

The document handling system, including moving belt transport 1, carries documents 2 to any one of a number of receiving cells 3. A flexible guide 4, that can be moved to service several cells, is capable of scooping documents from the transport and directing them into the selected cell. The documents are caused to adhere to the belts by a general flow of air directed through the transport as indicated by arrows 5.

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Guide with Integrated Bourdon Tube Actuator

The document handling system, including moving belt transport 1, carries documents 2 to any one of a number of receiving cells 3. A flexible guide 4, that can be moved to service several cells, is capable of scooping documents from the transport and directing them into the selected cell. The documents are caused to adhere to the belts by a general flow of air directed through the transport as indicated by arrows 5.

In the upper drawing and in dotted outline in the lower drawing, the guide is formed with a natural curvature which maintains its free end away from the transport. When it is desired to remove a document from the transport and store it in a selected cell, the guide is actuated to straighten or flex outwardly, as in the lower drawing, until fingers 6 pass beyond the carrying surface plane of the transport and intercept the document 2.

The actuating mechanism for flexing the guide is a bourdon tube structure formed integrally with the guide. Die-formed member 7, having a curvature matching that of guide 4 and having several channels 8 formed in it, is sealed to the guide around the outer edges with an epoxy cement. Enclosed channels 8 between guide 4 and member 7 form efficient bourdon tubes which cause the guide to straighten or flex outwardly when air is supplied to them from supply manifold 9 connected with air supply tube 10.

The configuration provides for rapid movement of the guide from its normal positio...