Collator Jam Clearance and Recovery Process and Apparatus
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Clearance of copy sheet jams in traveling distributor or moving-vane-type collators is facilitated by moving the distributor/vane either automatically or in response to a manually operated switch so that the distributor/vane is displaced from collator bin openings wherein access is restricted. The improvement is particularly applicable to IBM Series III copier/duplicator-type equipment. Details of a typical traveling distributor and its relationship to the collator bins are shown in the IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin 21, 4776-4779 (May 1979). In collators of the traveling distributor or moving vane type, it is sometimes difficult to remove the sheets from the jam area especially when a copy sheet jams near the first few bins.