Method and apparatus for business forms processing

  • US 5,816,997 A
  • Filed: 05/20/1997
  • Issued: 10/06/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/06/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for handling web material comprising the steps of:

  • (a) conveying web material onto a table top supporting surface so that the web of material extends in a first stack substantially horizontally on the supporting surface;

    (b) locating a movable backing surface relative to the table top supporting surface in an extended position on the table top supporting surface, wherein the movable backing surface interferes with movement of the web material along the table top supporting surface;

    (c) rotating the table top supporting surface so that the first stack extends substantially vertically, and the first stack is supported substantially by the movable backing surface;

    (d) providing a cart having a base and wheels and upstanding walls extending from the base that divide the base into at least a first compartment and a second compartment and locating the cart so that the first compartment is positioned adjacent the movable backing surface;

    (e) moving the movable backing surface so that the first stack is transferred to the first compartment and is supported by the base;

    (f) rotating the table top supporting surface back to receive another grouping of web material, moving the movable backing surface so that it is free of interference with movement of web material along the table top supporting surface, and defining a second stack of web material on the table top supporting surface;

    (g) repeating each of steps (b) and (c) for the second stack; and

    (h) locating the cart so that the second compartment is positioned adjacent the movable backing surface; and

    moving the movable backing surface so that the second stack is transferred to the second compartment and is supported by the base.

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