Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Described is the formation of copy sheet output bins using flexible vanes. The vanes are doubled over, resembling an inverted V, so that a downward force on one of the ends causes the vane to flex in the direction of the forced end. By flexing the adjacent ends of adjoining vanes, the bin formed by those vanes is opened to receive copies. Combinations of flexing can joggle and group the copies in the bin so that subsequent sheets enter the bin at the proper location in the stack. A "live" bin for a collator can be constructed based on the fact that an inverted "V" structure made from flexible material will deflect proportionally to the increase or decrease of the length of one leg. This is illustrated in Fig. 1. If pairs of these blades are aligned as shown in Fig. 2, a collator or sorter assembly can be formed.