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Automatic Stacker Pallet Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132285D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

Some commercial printing machines use stacker pallets to receive printer output. When the job is complete, the operator removes the pallet from the printer and replaces it with an empty one for the next job. This disclosure proposes to automatically remove stacker pallets from stacker when full or requested and insert an empty pallet so printing can resume with out operator intervention. It also proposes to provide storage for empty pallets to create a safer working environment.

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Automatic Stacker Pallet Tool

BACKGROUND: Some commercial printing machines use stacker pallets to receive printer output.  When the job is complete, the operator removes the pallet from the printer and replaces it with an empty one for the next job.

PURPOSE: To automatically remove stacker pallets from stacker when full or requested and insert an empty pallet so printing can resume with out operator intervention.  Also to provide storage for empty pallets to create a safer working environment.

METHOD: Install the tool behind the stacker in line with the pallet bay. Reconfigure the front stacker door with felt strips etc. or an elevator door to open automatically upon request. When the pallet is full or requested, this will activate a drive mechanism that will eject the full or requested pallet out through the front door of the stacker and pull a new stacker pallet into place from the added Stacker Pallet Tool mounted behind the stacker. The tool, (with or without the drive mechanism) can hold multiple empty pallets allowing for a safe pallet storage and retrieval method.