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Publication numberUS3877531 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 15, 1975
Filing dateJun 5, 1974
Priority dateJun 5, 1974
Also published asCA1040666A1, DE2524670A1, DE2524670C2
Publication numberUS 3877531 A, US 3877531A, US-A-3877531, US3877531 A, US3877531A
InventorsStorace Anthony, Zucker Fredric E
Original AssigneePitney Bowes Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Automatic continuous mail handling system
US 3877531 A
Abstract
A continuous mail sorting and postage imprinting system which automatically weighs and meters each piece of mail. The system is designed to rapidly handle a large quantity of mixed mail. Mixed mail is continuously and synchronously fed in seriatim along a continuous feed path. Unsealed envelopes have their flaps wetted and sealed. All the envelopes are stopped at a weighing station where they are weighed, and the postage corresponding to their particular weight is computed. The determined postage value is used to continuously reset a postage meter which imprints the required postage upon each envelope as it arrives at a metering station. The metering and weighing functions of the system are synchronized such that the postage meter will imprint the proper postage upon each piece of mail, despite the fact that several envelopes may be simultaneously in transit along the feed path. Overweight pieces of mail are rejected from the feed path prior to their reaching the postage meter station. Metered and overweight pieces of mail are separately stacked.
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Storace et al.

[ 1 AUTOMATIC CONTINUOUS MAIL HANDLING SYSTEM [75] Inventors: Anthony Storace, Tarrytown, N.Y.;

Fredric E. Zucker, Stamford, Conn.

[73] Assignee: Pitney-Bowes, lnc., Stamford, Conn.

[22] Filed: June 5, 1974 [21] Appl. No.: 476,618

[52] U.S. CI. 177/1; 177/3; 198/39 [51] Int. Cl.....- G0lg 23/38; B65g 69/00 [58] Field of Search 177/1, 3, 12, 25. 52, 13;

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,085,640 4/1963 Allen 177/3 3,196,964 7/1965 Allen 177/3 3,290,491 12/1966 Wahlberg 209/121 X 3,453,167 7/1969 Arvidson et al. 198/39 X 3,811,522 5/1974 Wolf et al. 177/13 Primary E.raminerGeorge H. Miller, Jr. Attorney, Agent, or Firm-William D. Soltow, Jr.; Albert W. Scribner; Robert S. Salzman Apr. 15, 1975 [57] ABSTRACT A continuous mail sorting and postage imprinting system which automatically weighs and meters each piece of mail. The system is designed to rapidly handle a large quantity of mixed mail. Mixed mail is continuously and synchronously fed in seriatim along a continuous feed path. Unsealed envelopes have their flaps wetted and sealed. All the envelopes are stopped at a weighing station where they are weighed, and the postage corresponding to their particular weight is computed. The determined postage value is used to continuously reset a postage meter which imprints the required postage upon each envelope as it arrives at a metering station. The metering and weighing functions of the system are synchronized such that the postage meter will imprint the proper postage upon each piece of mail, despite the fact that several envelopes may be simultaneously in transit along the feed path. Overweight pieces of mail are rejected from the feed path prior to their reaching the postage meter station. Metered and overweight pieces of mail are separately stacked.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification177/1, 177/3
International ClassificationB07C5/00, G01G19/40, G07B17/02, G07B17/00, B07C1/02, B07C5/16, B41K3/00, G01G23/36, G01G23/18, B07C1/00, G01G3/00, G01G3/08, G01G23/37
Cooperative ClassificationG07B17/00661, B07C5/165, G07B2017/00677, G07B2017/005, G07B2017/00258, G07B17/00193, G07B2017/00701, G07B2017/00241, G01G3/08, G07B2017/00491, G07B17/00467, G07B2017/00338, G07B2017/00475, G01G23/361, G01G23/37, B07C1/00
European ClassificationG07B17/00E1, G07B17/00F3, G01G23/37, B07C1/00, G01G23/36A, B07C5/16A, G01G3/08, G07B17/00F1