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Smart Collator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000172948D
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-21

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Abstract

This idea proposes a stacking device that can automatically collate jobs in a printing system that supports the ability to interrupt an active job in order to print another job of higher priority. The device employs a stackable set of output bins, one of which, at any given time, aligns with a sole output tray and paper path of a printing device. The purpose is to ensure that the pages of each print job - regardless of whether it has a high priority, arrives in the output stacker in the proper order without an operator ever having to manually collate a job.