Lighting assembly for mail sorting system

  • US 5,521,365 A
  • Filed: 09/06/1994
  • Issued: 05/28/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a mail sorting system having a transport assembly for transporting items of mail seriatim past a reading station having an aperture where information on the items of mail is read by a reader to assist in the sorting of the mail, the improvement being in that a guide surface is mounted in said reading station, an aperture plate mounted juxtaposed said guide surface whereby items of mail are conveyed seriatim through said reading station and pass between said guide surface and said aperture plate, an aperture in said aperture plate for selectively exposing the information on the items of mail as the information is disposed at said aperture, said reader having a path of view directed to said aperture, a light assembly mounted in said reading station, said light assembly including at least one light emitter mounted for directing a path of light toward said aperture, a diffuser partition between said light emitter and said aperture for diffusing the path of light before the path of light reaches said aperture, said reader and said lighting assembly being mounted on the same side of said aperture plate as each other, and said lighting assembly being mounted displaced from said reader and at an angle to said reader to provide said reader with a clear unobstructed view of said aperture with the path of light from said emitter being deflected away from said reader.

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