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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024054D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A sheet-separatingdevice for separating and feeding sheets individually from the bottom of a stack of sheets comprising a sheet support plate 2 for supporting a stack of sheets, an air plenum 3, a sheet feeding and separating belt 4, a feed gate 5, and take-away rolls 6. The sheet support plate 2 has a plurality of fine holes 7 therein, and the plate supports a stack of sheets 8. The air plenum 3 is connected to a source of pressurized air 9. Passage of air from the plenum through the fine holes produces jets of air adapted for penetration through the bottom sheet of the stack. After passing through the bottom sheet in the stack, the air jets are diffused to provide an air cushion between the bottom sheet and the remainder of