POST COLLATION OF STITCHED AND UNSTITCHED SETS
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Automatic post collation of both stitched and unstitched sets of printed documents is disclosed. An automatic post collation finishing system relies upon an operator specified software control algorithm that will cause printed documents to be bound, stitched or stapled according to a preselected order and finishing preference. For example, in a ten page original document the following literal instructions may be achieved: "stitch sheets 1-5; 7-8." The printed collated documents would contain sets of pages 1 through 10 wherein page 1 to 5 and pages 7 to 8 are stitched while pages 6, 9, and 10 are collated but unstitched. Control software and associated finishing tray hardware are configured so that both stitched and unstitched copy may be merged into a combined document bundle in a post collation step.