Dual collating machine

  • US 5,083,769 A
  • Filed: 05/04/1990
  • Issued: 01/28/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/04/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A collating machine for stacking a series of individually spaced sheets of paper fed seriatim from a feeder comprising:

  • a housing;

    first means mounted to said housing for individually conveying and stacking at least one sheet to form a first collation at a first stacking area;

    second means adjacent to said first means for individually conveying and stacking at least one sheet to form a second collation at a second stacking area;

    diverting means, arranged in a sheet path between said feeder and said first and second means, for diverting said sheets fed seriatim by said feeder, said diverting means having first and second operative positions for respectively diverting said sheets to said first means and to said second means;

    control means operatively coupled to said diverting means for actuating said diverting means to one of its operative positions; and

    sensor means operatively connected to said control means for sensing when a sheet is conveyed to said diverting means, said sensor means senses when a last sheet of a predetermined number of sheets of said first and said collations is conveyed to said diverting means and transmits to said control means a signal indicating said last sheet is conveyed, and said control means actuates said diverting means upon receiving said signal.

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