Patent Number: 6,295,081

Title: Recording medium discharge apparatus and image forming apparatus equipped with recording medium discharge apparatus

Abstract: A recording medium discharge apparatus includes bins for storing sheets of paper therein. The apparatus also includes level sensors for each detecting one of the bins having been filled with paper sheets. Each sensor consists of a light emitter and a light receiver, which are positioned on both sides of the associated bin. The emitter and the receiver are aligned on a line extending across the direction in which paper sheets can be discharged. This prevents paper sheets from coming into direct contact with the sensors. Even if paper sheets discharged into each bin are once taken out and then returned to it, the returned sheets do not come in contact with the associated sensor. It is therefore possible to keep the discharge of paper sheets in good condition.

Inventors: Kashima; Hiroyuki (Nagoya, JP), Makino; Kazumasa (Nagoya, JP), Takagi; Kazuhiko (Nagoya, JP)

Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B65H 39/11 (20060101); G03G 15/00 (20060101); H04N 1/00 (20060101); B41J 002/435 (); B65H 039/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018