Spotlight-Directed Sorter Pocket Unloading
Original Publication Date: 1985-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
In a document sorting application, as the pockets of the sorter become full, the documents are unloaded and placed in trays which carry them on for further processing. If documents are placed in the wrong tray, they are misdirected, defeating the sorting process. A series of spotlights is provided, each under control of a sorter pocket. When a sorter pocket is unloaded, the corresponding spotlight is automatically turned on, projecting a spot of light on the tray to receive the contents of that pocket. The figure shows a typical check-sorter set-up. Other arrangements are possible. It is seen that check-sorter 1, with a bay of pockets 2, is separated by a workspace from a rack of trays 3.