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Publication numberUS3890492 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 17, 1975
Filing dateJun 5, 1974
Priority dateJun 5, 1974
Publication numberUS 3890492 A, US 3890492A, US-A-3890492, US3890492 A, US3890492A
InventorsManduley Flavio M, Storace Anthony
Original AssigneePitney Bowes Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Postage value determining and control circuit
US 3890492 A
Abstract
A postage value determining and control circuit for use in 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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United States Patent 1191 Manduley et al.

[ June 17, 1975 Connx, Anthony Storace, Tarrytown, N.Y.

[73] Assignee: Pitney Bowes, Inc., Stamford, Conn.

[22] Filed: June 5, I974 [21] Appl. No.: 476,682

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Primary ExaminerMalcolm A. Morrison Assistant Examiner-Edward J. Wise Attorney, Agent, or FirmWilliam D. Soltow, .Ir.; Albert W. Scribner; Robert S. Salzman [57] ABSTRACT A postage value determining and control circuit for use in 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 3,692,988 9 1972 Dlugos et al 235/151.33 3,714,401 111973 Yano 235 5133 0f mall desplte the fact that Several envelopes y be 3,725,656 4/1973 Fukuma 235/1513: im n sly in transit along the feed path. Over- 3,740,536 6/l973 Takahashi et a]... 235/15L33 weight pieces of mail are rejected from the feed path 3,769,498 l0/l973 Hino et al. 235/l5l.33 prior to their reaching the postage meter station. Me- 3,770,069 ll/l973 Loshbough 235/l5l.33 X tered and overweight pieces f n are Separately stacked.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification705/407, 702/173, 177/61
International ClassificationB07C5/00, B07C1/00, G07B17/00, G01G19/414, G01G19/40, B07C5/16
Cooperative ClassificationG01G19/4148, G07B17/00467, B07C5/165, G07B2017/00701, B07C1/00, G07B2017/00338, G07B17/00661, G07B2017/00491, G07B2017/005, G07B2017/00475
European ClassificationB07C1/00, G01G19/414P, B07C5/16A, G07B17/00F3, G07B17/00F1