Modular mail processing method and control system
Method and apparatus for sorting and rearranging mails in sequence sorting
Method and apparatus for sorting sheets in a predetermined sequential order Patent #: 5954207
ApplicationNo. 373974 filed on 08/16/1999
US Classes:209/584, On mail209/900, SORTING FLAT-TYPE MAIL271/3.14, FEEDING AND DELIVERING271/4.01Separator and conveyor
ExaminersPrimary: Nguyen, Tan T.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB07C 005/00
Foreign Application Priority Data1998-08-14 IT
AbstractA method for clearing outputs of a mail sorting machine concurrently with a current sorting cycle of a mail sorting process is disclosed. At each sorting cycle, each output of the sorting machine is assigned a number of respective delivery locations of the mail items. An indication of the time intervals when the outputs are available or unavailable, is represented by a matrix. Each element in the matrix is assigned a delivery location; and the column and row of each element represents the outputs occupied, by the mail items bearing the delivery location assigned to the box, at the end of the current sorting cycle and the logically preceding sorting cycle respectively. The method provides for defining non-addressable elements to which delivery locations cannot be assigned, so that the outputs may be cleared by a clearing resource at that time.