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Adjustable Stacked Hoppers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000095772D
Original Publication Date: 1964-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lingle, CH: AUTHOR

Abstract

The upper drawing shows two document hoppers stacked on top of one another. Adjusting devices move the sides of the hoppers to conform to documents of different widths. The assembly features easy one-step action to adjust both hoppers. A bottom side guide can be swung out for easy access to the bottom hopper. An important structural feature is in the direct connection between the top side guide and the bottom side guide.

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Adjustable Stacked Hoppers

The upper drawing shows two document hoppers stacked on top of one another. Adjusting devices move the sides of the hoppers to conform to documents of different widths. The assembly features easy one-step action to adjust both hoppers. A bottom side guide can be swung out for easy access to the bottom hopper. An important structural feature is in the direct connection between the top side guide and the bottom side guide.

The stacked hoppers are shown connected to the exit portion of document processing equipment 1. Documents are sorted in the processing equipment. Some of them issue through the top exit slot 3. Other documents issue through the bottom exit slot 5. The documents can be in sets of different widths. It is assumed that documents of whatever size issue with one edge near the right edges of exit slots 3 and 5.

The adjustable parts are top side guide 7 and bottom side guide 9. Guides 7 and 9 each constitute one side of the two stacked hoppers. The other side is formed by stationary plate 11. Base plate 13 is integral with guide 7 and its 90 degrees relationship with guide 7 positions guide 7 vertically. The bottom of top hopper 15 contains slot 17 for guiding the adjustable assembly. Base plate 13 is keyed to slot 17 and has an overlap extending under bottom 15 to positively hold the assembly. Hand grip slot 19 is provided for an operator to manually move the adjustable assembly. Grip 19 can also control a latch which normally grips the side of slot 17.

Guide 9 is li...