Patent Number: 6,168,145

Title: Apparatus and method for automatically finishing copies after the maximum storage tray capacity has been exceeded

Abstract: An apparatus and method for processing paper ejected from an image forming device includes the use of a plurality of bins for sorting the paper ejected from the image forming device into packets and for housing the packets. A tray for stacking the packets is provided, along with a packet conveying device for conveying the packets from the plurality of bins to the tray. A detection device is included for detecting the maximum amount of paper that can be stacked onto the tray. A control device is also included which performs a number of controlling functions such as halting the packet conveying device, counting the number of empty bins from which the packets have already been removed and transmitting the number to an image forming device controller, in addition to controlling the guidance of the paper subsequently ejected from the image forming device in the empty bins.

Inventors: Tanaka; Hiroharu (Toyohashi, JP), Kawabuchi; Yoichi (Toyohashi, JP), Atsumi; Tomoyuki (Toyohashi, JP)

Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.

International Classification: B65H 31/24 (20060101); B65H 39/11 (20060101); B65H 43/06 (20060101); G03G 15/00 (20060101); B65H 033/04 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018