Patent Number: 6,254,087

Title: Sheet transport device and sheet transport method

Abstract: According to a document transport device of a preferred embodiment, when reading images of a plurality of one-sided documents, these one-sided documents are accommodated in a first accommodating portion with the document surface facing upward. The held documents are fed sequentially from the uppermost document to the first document transport path, inverted front-to-back, and transported with the document surface facing downward to the predetermined position, i.e., the document reading position. When the reading of the document is completed at the document reading position, the read document is transported to a second document transport path, inverted front-to-back, and accommodated in a second accommodating portion with the document surface facing upward. Thereafter, the document is transported to a third document transport path, inverted front-to-back, and accommodated in a third document accommodating portion with the document surface facing downward. The second and subsequent documents are similarly transported, and stacked in the third accommodating portion with the document surfaces facing downward.

Inventors: Johdai; Akiyoshi (Toyokawa, JP), Murakami; Tohru (Okazaki, JP)

Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.

International Classification: B65H 15/00 (20060101); G03G 15/00 (20060101); H04N 1/00 (20060101); B65H 029/00 (); G03G 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018