Method and apparatus for business forms processing

  • US 5,273,516 A
  • Filed: 02/06/1992
  • Issued: 12/28/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/06/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for substantially vertically stacking continuous folded material comprising:

  • a folder for folding the material along fold lines, a conveyor having a conveyor surface, said conveyor being positioned adjacent said folder so that the folded material from said folder is received on and moved along said conveyor in a downstream direction,a table having a table top support surface,a support bracket that supports the table top support surface adjacent and in line with to the conveyor surface and in a position for receiving a horizontal stack of folded from the conveyor,said support bracket including a pivot mechanism positioned along the table top and having a pivot axis substantially transverse to the downstream direction so that said table pivots from a substantially horizontal position to a substantially vertical position to likewise move the stack from a horizontal to a vertical stack position,at least one retractable backing surface substantially transverse to a plane defined by the table top that supports a bottom of the stack when the table is pivoted to a substantially vertical position,and a cart movable to a position adjacent said tilted table for receiving from said table said vertical stack, wherein the retractable backing surface is retracted to allow the vertical stack located thereon to be received from said table.

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