Patent Number: 6,332,606

Title: Image-formed sheet transport system for an image-forming apparatus which can simultaneously transport plural sheets

Abstract: A finisher system for an image formed sheet transported from an image forming apparatus. A finisher finishes the image formed sheet. A direct sheet feeding path feeds the image formed sheet to a sheet stacker. The sheet finishing path is branched from the direct sheet path for transporting the image forming sheet to the sheet stacker by way of the finisher, and the sheet finishing path can include a turning point. A sheet piling system set in the sheet finishing path piles up the image formed sheets. Further, a stopper is set in the finishing path for temporarily trapping the image formed sheets. The sheet piling system can include plural sheet suspending paths which each suspend a transported sheet and which each include a sheet transport device, and such that the stopper is set between the turning point and the sheet transport devices. The direct sheet feeding path can also be straight and the stopper may be configured to be positioned into and out of the sheet finishing path.

Inventors: Seki; Nobuyoshi (Okazaki, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: B42C 1/12 (20060101); B65H 29/60 (20060101); B65H 043/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018