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Publication numberUS3556512 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 19, 1971
Filing dateDec 4, 1968
Priority dateDec 4, 1968
Publication numberUS 3556512 A, US 3556512A, US-A-3556512, US3556512 A, US3556512A
InventorsGeorge E Fackler
Original AssigneeXerox Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Document feed apparatus
US 3556512 A
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United States Patent [72] [mentor George E. Fackler Louisville. K

211 Appl. No. 781.287

[221 Filed Dec. 4, 1968 [45] Patented Jan. 19. 1971 [731 Assignee Xerox Corporation Rochester, N.Y. a corporation of New York [54] DOCUMENT FEED APPARATUS 15 Claims, 9 Drawing Figs.

[52] US. Cl .1 271/4, 271/50 [51] Int. Cl B65h 9/14 [50] FieldofSearch 27l/3 6.5, 4. 7 41.50

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3.083.960 4/1963 Coronado et a1. 27l/44X 3,499.710 3/1970 Sahley 355/64 l,743 158 1/1930 Morse 271/4 Germany 355/106 ABSTRACT: Document feed apparatus for transporting one document at a time from a supply tray to a work station and back to the supply tray on completion of the work cycle, the apparatus having relatively high speed first document transport means for feeding each document to the work station and returning the document to the supply tray, relatively low speed second transport means for bringing the next document forward to a point adjacent the work station inlet. and means to maintain documents returned to the supply tray segregated from documents awaiting feeding to the work station, the lastmentioned means being adapted, where the cycle is repeated. to automatically move onto the topmost one of the returned documents following return ofthe last document to the supply tray.

SHEET '1 BF 6 INVENTOR GEORGE E. FACKLER zzxw E ATTORNEYS PATENTEU JAN 1 9 men PAIENTEnJAmm 3556512 sum u [If 6 PATENTEUJANIQIQYI 3556512 SHEET 5 0F 6 FIG 7 1 DOCUMENT FEED APPARATUS This invention relates to document feed apparatus, and more particularly, to an automatic document feed apparatus.

Where it is desired to copy a multipage original. for example, a report or book and provide copies having the same page order as the original. each page of the original may be copied the requisite number of times in its proper page order or sequence and the page copies forwarded-to a collator. There each copy is routed to an individual storage bin so that there results in each collator bin copies of the original arranged in the same page order as the original. As can be understood, this system requires that a collator of some type be used. increasing both the expense and complexity of the system.

Alternately. each page of the original may be copied once in the order or sequence in which it appears. There results a single copy of the original having each page arranged in the order in which it appears in the original. The process is repeated as many times as required to provide the desired number of copies of the original. However. this latter process necessitates that some means be provided to handle the pages of the original so as to repeatedly present each page of the original at the copy station in the proper sequence and at the proper time.

It is a principal object of the present invention to provide a new and improved document feed apparatus.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a document feeder usable as either an automatic document feeder or as a precollating document feeder.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide an apparatus for feeding one page at a time from a multipage document supply to a work station and returning each page to the document supply so that the original document page order is preserved and a collated copy output provided.

It is an object of the present inventionto provide a document-handling apparatus adapted to transport one document at a time to a predetermined working position while bringing the next succeeding document forward to a ready position proximate the working position.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a document-handling apparatus having relatively high speed document transport means to feed documents to a work station with relatively low speed second transport means for feeding a second document to a waiting stationadjacent the inlet to the high speed transport means.

This invention relates to a document feed apparatus comprising in combination. means for supporting documents to be fed at a first location; means for feeding one document at a time forward from the first location to a second location; document transport means for feeding documents forward from the second location to a third location; means for reversing the document transport means to return documents to the first location; and document deflecting means adapted to route-retuming documents around the document feeding means to enable the feeding means to bring the next succeeding document forward to the second location before the transport means returns the preceeding document to the first location.

Other objects and advantages will be apparent from the ensuing description and drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a schematic view of the document feed apparatus of the present invention; 1

FIG. 2 is an isometric view of the document feed apparatus of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged sectional view showing the documentregistering mechanism of the document feed apparatusof the present invention;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged sectional view showing the documentseparating mechanism for the document feed apparatus of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is an isometric view of the document feed apparatus drive train;

FIG. 6 is a sectional view of document feed apparatus transmission;

FIG. 7 is a schematic view showing the control system for the document feed apparatus ofthc present invention;

FIG. 8 is an enlarged sectional view showing an alternate document-registering mechanism for the document feed apparatus of the present invention; and

FIG. 9 is a schematic view showing the control system for the document feed apparatus incorporating the document-rcgistering mechanism of FIG. 8.

Referring to the drawings. there is shown the document feed apparatus. designated generally by the numeral I0. of the present invention. For purposes of explanation. the apparatus 10 is combined with a Xerographic type document copying or reproduction machine 5' having a transparent platen 6 on which documents to be copied rest. It is understood that document feed apparatus 10 may be used with other types of reproduction machines or other apparatus requiring repeated input.,in seriatim. of documents. papers. etc. thereto.

Feed apparatus 10. which includes document supply tray I2. primary document feed roll 14. single document limiter I6. intermediate document transport 18. platen transport 20. and document return transport 22. is adapted to handle any bendable sheetlike material. such as paper. film. etc. As will become more apparent hereinafter. feed apparatus 10 transports one document at a time from-document stack 24 in tray 12 to a registered position at a work station exemplified by platen 6 of reproduction machine 5 and following completion of the work cycle returns that document to tray 12. While the preceding document is on platen 6. the apparatus I0 feeds the next document forward to a waiting station proximate the inlet to platen 6. Where a collated copy output is required. the apparatus l0 repeatedly transports each document onto platen 6 in the order in which the document is arranged in stack 24 to provide the requisite numbers of collated copies.

In operation. the lowermost document in tray 12 is advanced by feed roll 14.into the nip of rolls 40. 42 of single document limiter 16 which serves to prevent feed of more than one document at a time. From single document limiter 16. the document is fed by intermediate transport 18 and platen transport 20 onto the platen 6 where. as will appear more fully. the document is registered. Following copying. platen transport 20 and transport 22 cooperate to return the document to tray 12.

Separator bar 30 in tray 12 prevents feed of the returning documents 24' following feed of the documents 24 disposed below bar 30. Where a second copy cycle is required. as where collated copies are being made. bar 30 is automatically moved out from below the stack 24' of returned documents and onto the top thereof when the last document in stack 24 has returned to tray 12.

Referring particularly to FIG. I through 4 of the drawings. document tray 12 includes base 26 on frame supports 27. Up standing end and sidewalls 28 respectively cooperate with base 26 to form a traylike receptacle l2. Walls 28. 29 may be movable to allow different size .documents to be accommodated.

Referring particularly to FIG. 4- of the drawings. separator bar'30 is preferably U-shaped with depending legs 30' thereof secured to rockable cross shaft 31 journaled in frame supports 27- adjacent the discharge end of tray 12. Spring 33 biases bar 30'toward feed roll 14. Solenoid 35 has armature 35' thereof suitable secured to the terminal end of one leg 30' Solenoid 35 serves when actuated to pivot bar 30 upwardly to the dotted line position shown in FIG. 4 whereby bar 30 is moved out from under the returned documents 24' in tray 12. As will be understood, bar 30 serves to prevent returning documents 24' from being fed forward by roll 14 following feed of the last one ofthe documents 24 from under bar 30.

Base 26 of tray 12 includes opening 37 for primary feed roll 14. shaft 101 of roll 14 being suitably journaled on tray 12 such that the periphery of roll 14 projects slightly above tray base 26. As will appear more fully. primary feed roll 14 is driven intermittently (in the counterclockwise direction shown by the solid line arrow in FIG. 1) to advance the lowermost document in tray 12 forward. It is understood that a suitable belt type feeding mechanism may be employed in place of roll 14.

Feed and slip rolls 40. 42 respectively. ofsingle document limiter 16 are arranged downstream of and preferably in alignment with primary feed roll 14. A portion of the periphery of feed roll 40. which is carried by shaft 94 and driven in a document-feeding direction (counterclockwise as shown by the solid line arrow in FIG. 1 of the drawings) projects slightly above base 26 of tray 12.

As best seen in FIG. 5, slip roll 42 is carried on stub shaft 103 journaled in members 43. Members 43 are supported from driven shaft 108 by suitable journal means (not shown). Suitable spring means (not shown) are provided to maintain roll 42 in contact engagement with roll 40 and the document passing therebetween. As will appear more fully, roll 42 normally rotates in the direction opposite that of feed roll 40.

Base 26 includes a curved outlet segment 45 extending in the direction of platen 6. A curved guide 46 spacedly overlays curved base segment 45 and cooperates therewith to route documents leaving singled document limiter l6 toward platen 6 of reproduction machine 5. Y

Intermediate transport 18 comprises one or more pairs of upper and lower feed rolls 48, 49. respectively, the peripheral surfaces of which project through suitable openings (not shown) in curved guide 46 and base segment 45 into contact engagement with one another. Suitable means. (not shown) are preferably provided to maintain rolls 48. 49 in releasable contact with one another. Rolls 48. 49 feed the documents along the curved path formed by base segment 45 and guide 46 toward platen transport 20.

Platen 6 comprises a generally rectangular transparent section having an inlet border delimited by edge 51 of register 50. Referring particularly to FIG. 3 of the drawing, register 50 comprises a platelike member supported at one end by hinge means 53. The opposite end 51 of register 50. which is suitably formed to provide a substantially flat edge surface. is adjacent the inlet to platen 6. Camshaft 54 is journaled in frame supports 27 under register 50 adjacent registering end 51 thereof. Suitable spring means (not shown) bias register 50 into contact with camshaft 54. Camshaft 54 is normally in the position shown in FIG 3 whereby register 50. is held in a raised position.

Register drive solenoid 55 is provided. armature 55 thereof being connected to camshaft 54 by means of link 56. As can be understood, actuation of solenoid 55 rotates can camshaft 54 in the direction of the solid line arrow enabling the register spring means (not shown) to retract register 50. It is understood that register 50 may be normally retracted. In that event, actuation of solenoid 55 raises register 50.

In the embodiment illustrated in the FIG. 8. the remote border 7 of platen 6 is raised slightly above the level of platen 6 to provide a stop or register for the leading edge of the documents. In this arrangement, documents on platen 6 are located or registered through abutment of the document-leading edge with raised border 7. In this arrangement. register 50 is stationan. the register 50 preferably being substantially flush with platen 6.

Platen transport 20 includes feed belt 58 operatively supported on drive andidler rollers 59, 60 respectively. Rollers 59, 60 are mounted on shafts 61. 62- respectively journaled in frame sides 63. Sides 63 of transportZO. are preferably journaled through shaft 61 in frame supports 27 to permit platen transport 20 to be pivoted upwardly about shaft 61 when it is desired to uncover platen 6. As may be understood, this construction facilitates clearing of document jams and enables copying of single documents without operating the document feed apparatus 10. ln the arrangement illustrated. the weight of transport 20 establishes the necessary frictional relationship between the working surface of belt 58 and the document on platen 6.

Belt 58. which serves as both a light reflector and as a document feeder. preferably has an outer working layer or coating formed from a suitable light reflective material. to enhance the copying or reproduction process.

Return 65". 22 includes spaced pinch roll pairs 65. 66 and 65', 66' respectively. Rolls 65. 65' are supported on driven shafts 67. 67 while rolls 66. 66 thereof are supported on idler shafts 68. 68', respectively. Shafts 66. 67. 68. 68 may be rotatably journaled in supports 69 attached to frame parts 27 through shaft67'.

As best seen in FIG. 3. a plurality of spaced triangular shaped. fingerlike document guides 70 are mounted on rockable shaft 71 upstream of return transport 22. Fingers 70 project in the direction of platen 6. the terminal ends thereof being adapted to rest lightly within transverse depression 52 in the surface of register 50.'Shaft 71 is journaled in tray frame supports 27. Suitable bias means (not shown) may be provided to assure light contact of finger guides 70 with the surface of register 50.

Resilient guide strips 72 are arranged slightly above each document guide 70. Strips 72 cooperate with the upper surface 70 of fingers 70 to guide returning documents into the nip of the first return 'pinchroll pair 65. 66.

Opposing arcuate members 73. 74, are disposed between pinch roll pairs 65, 66 and 65', 66. Guidemembers 73. 74 cooperate to route documents from pinch roll pair 65. 66 to pinch roll pair 65'. 66

To assure return of documents into tray 12 and prevent documents from falling out of tray 12. springlike pressure members 75 are provided. Pressure members 75 are attached to support rod 76 journaled in upstanding parts 27' of frame supports 27. It is understood that pressure members 75 are manually raised to permit loading or unloading of tray 12. Suitable spring means (not shown) are provided to bias pressure members 75 toward base 26 of tray 12..As can be understood. pressure members 75 cooperate with bar 30 to prevent documents from falling out of tray 12 and to maintain the bottommost document in operative contact with primary feed roll 14. Pressure members 75 and support rod 76 therefor are suitably spaced from bar 30 to prevent members 75 and rod 76 from interfering with lifting movement of bar 30. Where desired, a suitable cover (not shown) may be provided for tray 12.

Referring to particularly FIGS. 5 and 6, drive motor 80 may be supported below base 26 of document tray 12. Drive belt 78 operably connects shaft 81 of motor 80 with transmission input shaft 79. Shaft 79 has drive pinion 82 thereon in meshing engagement with bevel type output 'gears 83. 84 rotatably mounted on output shaft 85 and selectively coupled thereto by means of clutches 86. 87, respectively. to drive shaft 85 in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.

Drive belts 88, 88 drive shaft 61 of platen transport drive roller 59 directly from output shaft 85. Drive belt 88 drive shaft of intermediate transport roll 48 through one way clutch 89. One-way clutch 89 serves on engagement of clutch 86 and clockwise rotation of output shaft 85. to uncouple shaft 90 from drive belt 88..

Output gears 83, 84 have toothed hub portions 83', 84', respectively. Gear 91 on forward document drive shaft 92 meshes with geared hub 83' of gear 83 while gear 93 on return document drive shaft 95 meshes with geared hub 84' of gear 84. Drive belts 97. 97- couple shaft 95 with shafts 67, 67 of rolls 65', 65 of return transport 22.

Drive shaft 92 has output gear 98 rotatably mounted thereon and selectively coupled thereto by means of clutch 99. Output gear 98 meshes with reduction gear 100 on primary feed roll drive shaft 101. As will appear. gears 98. 100 cooperate to drive primary feed roll 14. rolls 40. 42 of single document limiter 16, and lower feed roll 49 of intermediate transport 18 at reduced speed.

Shaft 94 of single document limiter feed roll 40 is driven from shaft I01by drive belt 102. Shaft 104 of intermediate transport lower feed roll 49 is driven from shaft 101 through one-way clutch 106 by drive belt 102'. As can be understood, one-way clutch 106 uncouples shaft 104 from belt 102' when lower feed rolls 49 are driven at high speed by upper feed rolls 48. Additionally, shaft 108 is driven from shaft 101 through slip clutch 105 by drive belt 102'. v

Slip clutch 105 comprises any suitable clutch mechanism of a type adapted on a predetermined torque to slip or disengage so that where rolls 40, 42 are in direct contact or where a single documentis disposed therebetween, the frictional force between rolls 40, 42 effectively disengages clutch 105 to drive roll 42 in a document-feeding direction (the solid line arrow in FIG. 5). Where the frictional force between rolls 40, 42 is reduced as where two documents attempt to pass therebetween, clutch 105 engages to turn roll 42 in the reverse direction (the dotted line arrow in FIG. 5) whereby roll 42 rejects the topmost one of the superimposed documents while enabling feed roll 40 to feed the lower document forward.

Clutches 86, 87, 99 are preferably electromagnetic type clutches with suitable operating coils therefor.

Referring to FIG. 7 of the drawings, there is shown in schematic outline an exemplary arrangement for controlling the document feed apparatus 10. A suitable controller 122 is provided to control motor 80, clutches 86, 87, 99, and solenoids 35, 55 to operate document feed apparatus 10 in accordance with the demands of the machine with which feed apparatus 10 is used, as for example, reproduction machine 5. As will appear, counting means 124, sheet detectors 133, 134 and timing means 139 provide additional controlling inputs to controller 122.

As best seen in FIG. 1, detectors 133, 134 and detector 135, which may comprise phototransistor type pickups, have cooperating light sources 133', 134', 135' spaced opposite thereto, are provided. Detector 133 is disposed adjacent the discharge side of intermediate transport 18 while detector 134 is disposed adjacent the inlet of return pinch roll pair 65, 66. Detector 135, which control timing means 139, is located on bar to sense the presence of documents thereunder as will appear more fully.

Counting means 124 preferably comprises a suitable pulsetype counter adapted to be driven by signal generator 143 in accordance with movement of platen feed belt 58. Generator 143 includes signal pickup 144, light source 145 arranged opposite thereto and apertured masking disc 146 therebetween. Disc 146, which rotates in unison with input shaft 79 enables light from the light source 145 to intermittently strike pickup 144 in accordance with the number and disposition of the apertures in disc 146. As will appear, the signal output of generator 143 effectively measures forward and reverse movement of platen belt 58. Timing means 139 comprises any suitable timing mechanism adapted when triggered to generate an output signal following a predetermined time interval.

On a starting signal from reproduction machine 5, controller 122 energizes motor 80 and actuates clutch 99 to couple shaft 92 with gear 98. Primary feed roll 14, feed roll 40- of single document limiter 16, and feed roll 49 of intermediate transport 18 are accordingly driven by motor 80 through gears 83, 91, shaft 92 and reduction gears 98, 100, in a document feeding direction.

Transport roll 14 feeds the lowermost document in stack 24 forward into the nip of rolls 40, 42 of single document limiter 16. The document passes along curved base segment 45 and under guide 46 into the nip of intermediate transport rolls 48, 49 rotating at slow speed.

As the first document emerges from intermediate transport 18, the signal from detector 133 to controller 122 disengages clutch 99 and engages clutch 87. Disengagement of clutch 99 stops feed roll 14 and inactivates single document limiter 16 while interrupting power to feed roll 49 of intermediate transport 18. Clutch 87 couples gear 84 with output shaft 85 to drive roll 48 of intermediate transport 18 and belt 58 of platen transport 20 in a document-feeding direction. Intermediate transport 18, which is now driven at high speed, feeds the first document under guides 70 and over register 50 to platen transport belt 58, which carries the document onto platen 6.

It is understood that masking disc 146 of signal generator 143 rotates in unison with transmission input shaft 79. Following start-up of platen feed belt 58, counting means 124, on the input of a preset number of signal pulses sufficient to enable belt 58 to transport the document onto platen 6 and beyond registering edge 51, triggers controller 122. Controller 122 disengages forward clutch 87 and engages reverse clutch 86 to couple gear 83 to output shaft 85. Platen transport belt 58 is accordingly reversed to move the document backwardly on platen 6 until the document-trailing edge abuts edge 51 of register 50. With further backward movement of the document prevented by register 50, belt 58 slips across the document surface on the continued movement thereof.

Where desired, belt 58 may be stopped during the work cycle. In that event, counting means 124 is arranged to actuate controller 122 and disengage reverse clutch 86 to stop platen belt 59 following a preset number of signal pulses adequate to enable belt 58 to bring the document-trailing edge into abutment with edge 51 of register 50. With movement of the first document onto platen 6. a signal from detector 133 to controller 122 actuates auxiliary clutch 99 to operate primary As the leading edge of the next document reaches detector 9 133, the signal from detector 133 to controller 122 disengages clutch 99 to stop roll 14, single document limiter 16, and intermediate transport 18. lt is understood that platen belt 58, which is regulated by controller 122 in response to signal input from counting means 124, may have been previously stopped or may continue to operate backwardly.

On a signal from copy machine 5 at the completion of the copy cycle, controller 122 momentarily actuates solenoid 55 to rotate cam shaft 54 and retract register 50. At the same time, clutch 86, where previously disengaged to stop belt 58 during the copy process, is reengaged to drive platen transport belt 58 backwardly.

The momentary retraction of register 50 enables belt 58 to carry the document over register 50 to document guides which deflect the document into the nip of return pinch roll pair 65, 66. Rolls 65, 66 feed the document through return guide 73 to roll pair 65, 66 for return to document ray tray 12. 1t is understood that the forward portion of the returned document(s) rests on separator bar 30.

As the returning document passes detector 134, the signal from detector 134 to controller 122 disengages clutch 86 to terminate reverse drive to platen transport belt 58 while engaging clutch 87 to drive intermediate transport 18 and platen feed belt 58 forward to feed the waiting document forward from intermediate transport 18 onto platen 6 at high speed as described heretofore. It is understood that return pinch rolls 65, 66, 65, 66 which are continuously rotated in the reverse direction by motor 80 through gears 84, 93, return the first 139 following an interval sufficient for the last document to be to returned to tray 12 to controller 122 renders motor 80 inoperative stopping document feed apparatus 10. The user may then raise pressure members and remove the returned documents from tray 12.

Where the reproduction machine 5 is programmed to provide a collated output, the signal from timing means 139 to controller 122 following the aforementioned interval momentarily actuates solenoid 35 to lift bar 30 out from under the stack of returned documents 24" in tray 12. On deenergization of solenoid 35, bar 30 drops back atop the stack of returned documents thereby readying document feed apparatus for the next cycle. It is understood that suitable cycle counting means (not shown) may be provided to prevent actuation of solenoid 35 and lifting of bar 30 while shutting down the document feed apparatus 10 in on completion of the last copying cycl 'e. I

9, wherein like numerals refer to like parts, there is shown the control arrangement for the FIG. 8 embodiment. Inasmuch as in this embodiment register 50 is fixed, documents being registered through abutment of the document leading edge with raised platen border 7, the control function for the register-operating solenoid 55 is omitted in FIG. 9.

In this embodiment, documents are transported onto platen 6 in themanner described heretofore, platen belt 58 serving to transport the document across platen 6 until the leading edge thereof strikes raised border 7. With further forward motion of the document prevented, belt 58 slides along the surface of the document. Where it is desired to stop belt 58 following abutment of the document leading edge with border 7, counting means 124 may be arranged, following a preset number of signal pulses sufficient to assure movement of the document into abutment with border 7, to actuate controller 122 and disengage clutch 87 to stop belt 58.

As documents are transported forward from detector 133 to platen 6f'a signal from detector 133 readies controller 122 whereby controller 122, during the copy cycle of reproduction machine 5, actuates auxiliary clutch 99 to operate primary transport roll 14, single document limiter 16, and intermediate .transport 18 to feed the next document forward. As As the next'document'emerges from intermediate transport 18, the signal from detector 133 to controller 122 disengages clutch 99 to stop roll 14, single document limiter 16, and intermediate transport 18.

When the copy cycle is completed, controller 122, on a signal from copy machine 5, actuates clutch 86 to couple output shaft 85 with gear 83 to drive platen belt 58 backward. Belt 58 carries thegdocument backwards to guides 70 which route the document to transport 22 for return to tray 12. As the document passes detector 134, detector 134 signals controller 122 to disengage clutch 86 and terminate reverse drive to belt 58. At the same time, controller 122 actuates clutch 87 to drive platen belt 58 and roll 48 of intermediate transport 18 in the forward direction to bring the waiting document onto platen 6.

On feed of the last document from under bar 30, timing means 139, following an interval adequate to allow the document to be returned to tray 12 at the close of the copy cycle, shuts down the feed apparatus 10 or actuates solenoid 55 to move bar 30 out from under the returned documents as described heretofore,

While I have described and illustrated herein a preferred form of my invention, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that changes and modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and intent of the invention which is to be limited only by the scope of the appended claims.

ll. In adocument feed apparatus including means for supporting documents to be fed at a first location, the combination 'of: I

means for feeding one document at a time forward from said first location to a second location;

document transport means for feeding documents forward fromsaid second location to a third location;

means for reversing said document transport means to ,returri'documents to said first location; and document-deflecting means adapted to route returning documents around said document-feeding means to enable said feeding means to bring the next succeeding document forward to said second location before said transport means returns the preceeding document to said first location. i

2. The apparatus according to claim 1 including return transport means for feeding returning documents from said deflecting means to said first location.

3. The apparatus according to claim 1 including registering means adapted to preposition docume'ritsat said third location.

4. The apparatus according to claim 3 inj which said registering means includes at least one protruding register surface disposed in the path of document movement and engageable with one edge of a document to preposition sa'iddocument at said third location. I

5. The apparatus according to claim 4 in which said register surface is disposed proximate the inlet to said third location whereby documents feeding to said third location pass over said register surface, said transport means being adapted, when reversed following feeding of a document beyond said register surface, to bring the document trailing edge into abutment with said register surface.

6. The apparatus according to claim'4 in which said register surface is disposed opposite the inlet to said third location, said transport means being adapted to bring'the leading edge of adocument into abutment with said register surface.

7. The apparatus according to claim 2 in. which said apparatus includes base means for supporting documents between said second location and said third location, said deflecting means comprising at least one rockable guide finger projecting into releasable contact with'said base means, said finer finger serving to intercept with said returning documents and route said returning documents to said return transport means, documents fed forward from said second location to said third location being adapted to pass under guide finger.

8. The apparatus according to claim 7 in which said base means is recessed, said guide finger projecting into contact with said base means recess.

9. In a document feed apparatus adapted for use with a document-reproducing machine of the type having a platen for supporting the document to be reproduced, the combination of:

first document-feeding means for transporting a document to be copied to said platen; and

second document-feeding means adapted following feed of the first mentioned document toward said platen to transport a second document to a station adjacent the inlet of said platen.

10. The apparatus according to claim 9 including document registering means cooperable with said first feeding means to preposition said first document on said platen said second feeding means being adapted to simultaneously transport said second document to said station.

11. The apparatus according to claim 10 in which said first feeding means comprises a reversible document feeder adapted to transport said first document forward onto said platen and thereafter transport said first document backwards toward said platen inlet, said registering means being engageable with the trailing edge of said first document to preposition said first document on said platen.

12. The apparatus according to claim 11 including means to retract said document-registering means to enable said document feeder to remove said first document from said platen.

13. The apparatus according to claim 9 including means to actuate said second feeding means while said machine reproduces said first document.

14. The apparatus according to claim 9 in which said second feeding means includes a pair of normally contacting feeding elements from between which documents are emitted to said station and said platen,

first drive means for moving said first feeding means including one of said second feeding means elements at relatively high speed;

second drive means for moving said second feeding means including the other of said feeding elements at relatively means in either a forward or reverse document transporting direction; and second clutch means adapted to uncouple said one feeding element from said first drive means on reversing of said first drive means.

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION patent 3, 556,512 D d February 19, 1971 Inventor(s) George E. Fackler It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:

IN THE CLAIMS:

Claim 3, line 2, change "preposition" to --pre-position' Claim 4, line 4, change "preposition" to -pre-position-- Claim 7, line 6, delete "finer" line 6, delete "with" line 9, following "under" insert --said- Claim 10, line 3, change "preposition" to --preposition- Claim 11, line 6, change "preposition" to -pre-position- Signed and sealed this 18th day of May 1971.

(SEAL) Attest:

EDWARD M.FLETCHER,JR. WILLIAM E. SCHUYLER,

Attesting Officer Commissioner of Paten'

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Classifications
U.S. Classification271/3.5, 271/272, 271/122, 271/3.4
International ClassificationB65H9/14, G03B27/62, B65H5/06, B65H29/22
Cooperative ClassificationB65H2403/21, B65H2301/42146, B65H5/062, B65H9/14, B65H29/22, G03B27/6264
European ClassificationG03B27/62C4S, B65H29/22, B65H5/06B, B65H9/14