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Publication numberUS3915089 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 28, 1975
Filing dateJun 5, 1974
Priority dateJun 5, 1974
Publication numberUS 3915089 A, US 3915089A, US-A-3915089, US3915089 A, US3915089A
InventorsSchubert Keith E
Original AssigneePitney Bowes Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Movable imprinting deck mechanism
US 3915089 A
Abstract
A movable imprinting deck mechanism 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 imprinting mechanism of the invention insures a uniform printing of postage upon each piece of mail despite its thickness. 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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llnited States Patent 1191 Schubert 11] 3,915,089 Oct. 28, 1975 1 1 MOVABLE IMPRINTING DECK MECHANISM [75] Inventor:

[52] US. Cl 101/232; 271/274 [51] Int. (ll. B6511 5/04; B65H 29/38 [58] Field of Search 101/232-235,

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[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 356,406 l/l887 Hey & Laass 101/234 632,527 9/1899 Hey 101/234 1,383,267 6/1921 DeEscobales... 271/274 1,637,253 7/1927 Friedrichs 271/274 2,360,174 10/1944 Thatcher 101/235 3,035,684 5/1962 Conner 1 198/162 3,386,564 6/1968 Pease 198/162 3,446,330 5/1969 Schneider 271/272 3,618,934 11/1971 Germuska 1 271/274 3,741,536 6/1973 Anderson 271/274 Primary Examiner-Edgar S. Burr Assistant Examiner-Paul J. Hirsch Attorney, Agent, or Firm-William D. Soltow, Jr.; Albert W. Scribner; Robert S. Salzman [5 7 ABSTRACT A movable imprinting deck mechanism 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 weigh-.

ing 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 imprinting mechanism of the invention insures a uniform printing of postage upon each piece of mail despite its thickness. 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. Classification101/232, 271/274
International ClassificationG07B17/00, B07C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationG07B2017/005, G07B2017/0037, G07B2017/00338, G07B2017/00685, G07B2017/00701, G07B17/00362, G07B2017/00258, G07B2017/00491, G07B17/00661, G07B2017/00677, G07B2017/00475, B07C1/00, G07B17/00467
European ClassificationG07B17/00F1, B07C1/00, G07B17/00F3, G07B17/00E3