Patent Number: 6,168,154

Title: Sheet handling device for continually fed sheets which are aligned and moved from first to second storage locations

Abstract: A sheet handling device for accommodating, aligning and storing sheets fed from an image forming apparatus such as a copying machine is provided with front-side and rear-side aligning members for pressing the sheets stacked on a first storage means between the aligning members to stably and exactly align the stacked sheets. The front side aligning member is movable vertically or rotatable to open a sheet transferring passage so as to enable a sheet aligning mechanism in the sheet handling device to be operated in a small space, and thus, made compact. While transferring the aligned sheets from the first storage means to a second storage means, the aligned sheets are stably held by the front-side aligning member being in soft contact with the upper surface of the sheets being transferred.

Inventors: Asahara; Tsuyoshi (Yamanashi-ken, JP), Kaneko; Hirofumi (Kofu, JP), Sano; Kazuaki (Yamanashi-ken, JP), Saito; Takashi (Sakaigawa-mura, JP), Mimura; Hideki (Yamanashi-ken, JP)

Assignee: Nisca Corporation Yamanashi-ken

International Classification: B42C 1/12 (20060101); B65H 31/34 (20060101); B65H 009/04 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018