JP2005306505A - Sheet treatment device and image formation device provided with this - Google Patents

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JP2005306505A
JP2005306505A JP2004122290A JP2004122290A JP2005306505A JP 2005306505 A JP2005306505 A JP 2005306505A JP 2004122290 A JP2004122290 A JP 2004122290A JP 2004122290 A JP2004122290 A JP 2004122290A JP 2005306505 A JP2005306505 A JP 2005306505A
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Naoyasu Funada
尚康 舟田
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
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    • B65H31/34Apparatus for squaring-up piled articles
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
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    • B65H2301/3621Positioning; Changing position of stationary material perpendicularly to a first direction in which the material is already in registered position
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
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    • B65H2404/152Arrangement of roller on a movable frame
    • B65H2404/1521Arrangement of roller on a movable frame rotating, pivoting or oscillating around an axis, e.g. parallel to the roller axis
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
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    • B65H2404/152Arrangement of roller on a movable frame
    • B65H2404/1523Arrangement of roller on a movable frame moving in parallel to its axis
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a sheet treatment device and an image formation device provided with this capable of certainly applying binding processing even to a sheet bundle in which the sheets having different sizes mixedly exist and making appearance when the binding processing is applied to the sheet bundle good. <P>SOLUTION: The sheets piled up on a sheet piling up means 410 are moved in a width direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction by movement means 407, 432 and are abutted on a side end restriction member 416 provided on a side in the width direction of the sheet piling up means 410 and restricting a position of an end in the width direction of the sheets. Then, the movement means 407, 432 abut the sheets on the side end restriction member 416 every time when the sheets are conveyed to the sheet piling up means 410 and make the ends in the width direction of the sheets having different length in the width direction coincident. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2006,JPO&NCIPI

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  The present invention relates to a sheet processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus including the sheet processing apparatus, and more particularly to an apparatus that performs a binding process on a sheet bundle formed by aligning sheets to be processed by a binding unit.
  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, in an image forming apparatus such as a copying machine, a printer, a facsimile, or the like, a sheet after image formation has been performed in order to reduce the labor required for processing such as binding and punching on sheets such as copy paper after image formation. Are sequentially provided in the apparatus, and a sheet processing apparatus is provided in which a binding process, a punching process, and the like are selectively performed on the sheet.
  Here, as such a sheet processing apparatus, a predetermined sheet bundle is formed by aligning sheets sequentially discharged from the image forming apparatus, and a stapling process is performed on the sheet bundle. (See Patent Document 1).
  In such a sheet processing apparatus, for example, the sheets sequentially discharged from the image forming apparatus are temporarily stored in the processing tray, and the sheets are aligned to form a sheet bundle, and the processing tray is formed with respect to the sheet bundle. After a stapling process is performed by a stapler disposed in the stacker, the stapler is discharged from the processing tray to the stack tray and stacked.
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  By the way, such a conventional sheet processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus including the same include an alignment unit such as an alignment plate that aligns the sheets stacked on the processing tray at a predetermined alignment position before performing the stapling process. By aligning the sheets at a predetermined alignment position by this alignment means, the appearance of the stapled sheet bundle is improved.
  However, when the sheets are aligned on the processing tray in this way, if all the discharged sheets are the same size, the alignment operation can be performed without any problem. However, the alignment processing is performed on a sheet bundle in which sheets of different sizes are mixed. In this case, the alignment operation must be performed in accordance with a predetermined size sheet.
  Here, when the alignment operation is performed in accordance with, for example, the maximum size sheet, since the moving distance between the maximum size sheet and the alignment plate is short, a small size sheet is aligned when aligning a small size sheet. If the sheet is moved in the direction of the aligning plate by the same amount as the maximum size sheet, the sheet may not reach the aligning plate. In this case, the sheet cannot be reliably aligned.
  If the sheet bundle is stapled in such a state that the sheets are not reliably aligned, the sheet bundle cannot be reliably stapled, or the sheet bundle is placed at an appropriate position. There was a problem that the stapling process could not be performed and the appearance of the sheet bundle deteriorated.
  Therefore, the present invention has been made in view of such a current situation, and can reliably perform a stapling process on a sheet bundle in which sheets of different sizes are mixed, and the staple ( It is an object of the present invention to provide a sheet processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus including the sheet processing apparatus that can improve the appearance when the binding process is performed.
  The present invention includes a sheet stacking unit that stacks sheets to be processed, aligns the sheets conveyed to the sheet stacking unit to form a sheet bundle, and binds the aligned sheet bundle by a binding unit. In the sheet processing apparatus, the side stacking member provided on the width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet stacking unit, the side end regulating member for regulating the position of the width direction end of the sheet, and the sheet in the width direction. Moving means for moving the sheet to contact the side edge regulating member, and the moving means conveys the sheet to the sheet stacking means so that end portions in the width direction of the sheets having different lengths in the width direction coincide with each other. Each time the sheet is moved, the sheet is moved in the width direction and brought into contact with the side end regulating member.
  In the invention, it is preferable that the moving unit moves the sheet in the width direction by a distance corresponding to the length in the width direction.
  The present invention further includes holding means for holding the sheet that is in contact with the side end regulating member, and the moving means is in a state where the sheet in contact with the side end regulating member is held by the holding means, Each time a sheet is conveyed to the sheet stacking means, the sheet is moved in the width direction and brought into contact with the side end regulating member.
  In the invention, it is preferable that the moving unit causes a sheet having a predetermined length in the width direction to abut on the side end regulating member and then is separated from the side end regulating member by a predetermined distance in the width direction. It is a feature.
  Further, the present invention is characterized in that the binding means can be moved in the width direction to a predetermined position for binding sheets separated by a predetermined distance from the side end regulating member.
  In the invention, it is preferable that the moving unit conveys the conveyed sheet in a direction opposite to the sheet conveying direction, and is provided at an upstream end of the sheet stacking unit in the sheet conveying direction. A sheet conveying unit that abuts on a side end regulating member that regulates the sheet, and a driving unit that moves the sheet conveying unit in the width direction in a state where the sheet conveying unit abuts on the sheet. Is.
  According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided an image forming apparatus including: an image forming apparatus main body including an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet; and the sheet according to any one of the above that processes a sheet on which an image is formed by the image forming unit. And a processing device.
  The present invention further includes detection means for detecting any one of an end portion in the width direction of the sheet, a central portion of the sheet, and an arbitrary position of the sheet, and the moving means includes an end portion in the width direction of the sheet. The sheet is moved in the width direction by a distance corresponding to a distance between any one of a central portion of the sheet and an arbitrary position of the sheet and the side end regulating member.
  In the invention, it is preferable that the moving unit moves the sheet in the width direction based on length information of the sheet in the width direction from the image forming apparatus main body.
  According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided an image forming apparatus in which sheets conveyed from an image forming unit to a sheet stacking unit are aligned to form a sheet bundle, and a binding process is performed on the aligned sheet bundle by a binding unit. A side end regulating member that is provided on a width direction side orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction of the stacking unit and regulates the position of the width direction end portion of the sheet; and the sheet is moved in the width direction so that the side end regulating member Moving means for contacting the sheet, and the moving means moves the sheet to the sheet stacking means each time the sheet is conveyed to the sheet stacking means so that the widthwise ends of the sheets having different lengths in the width direction coincide with each other. It is made to move to a direction and contact | abuts to the said side end control member.
  According to the present invention, each time the sheet is conveyed to the sheet stacking unit, the sheet is brought into contact with the side end regulating member, and the width direction end portions of the sheets having different lengths in the width direction are matched, Binding processing can be reliably performed on a sheet bundle in which sheets of different sizes are mixed, and the appearance when the binding process is performed on the sheet bundle can be improved.
  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings.
  FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional view showing a configuration of an image forming apparatus provided with a sheet treatment apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention, in which A is an image forming apparatus, 500 is an image forming apparatus main body, and 300 is an image. An automatic document feeder (ADF) 400 provided on the upper surface of the forming apparatus main body 500 is a sheet processing apparatus that processes sheets discharged from the image forming apparatus A.
  In the figure, reference numeral 120 denotes a reader unit (image input device) that converts a document into image data, and 200 includes a plurality of types of sheet cassettes 204 and 205, and the image data is converted into a visible image on the sheet by a print command. It is a printer unit which is an image forming unit to output.
  In the image forming apparatus A having such a configuration, when an original image is read to form an image, first, the originals stacked on the automatic original feeder (ADF) 300 are sequentially placed one by one on the platen glass. It is carried on the surface 102.
  Next, when the document is conveyed to a predetermined position on the glass surface 102 in this way, the lamp 103 of the reader unit 120 is turned on, and the scanner unit 101 moves to irradiate the document. Then, the reflected light from the original is input to the CCD image sensor unit 109 through the mirrors 105, 106, 107 and the lens 108, and electrical processing such as photoelectric conversion is performed in the CCD image sensor unit 109, and normal digital processing is performed. Is given.
  Next, the image signal subjected to the electrical processing in this manner is converted into a modulated optical signal by the exposure control unit 201 of the printer unit 200, and irradiates the photosensitive drum 202. Then, a latent image is formed on the photosensitive drum 202 by the irradiation light, and the latent image is developed by the developing device 203. As a result, a toner image is formed on the photosensitive drum 202.
  Next, the sheet S is conveyed from the sheet cassettes 204 and 205 in synchronization with the leading edge of the toner image, and the toner image is transferred to the sheet S by the transfer unit 206. Thereafter, the toner image transferred to the sheet S is fixed by the fixing unit 207. After the toner image is fixed in this way, the sheet S is discharged from the paper discharge unit 208 to the outside of the apparatus.
  Then, the sheet S output from the paper discharge unit 208 is conveyed to the sheet processing apparatus 400, and processing such as sorting and binding is performed in accordance with an operation mode designated in advance by the sheet processing apparatus 400.
  When outputting sequentially read images on both sides of one sheet S, first, the direction switching member 209 is once switched in the solid line direction in the drawing for the sheet S on which the toner image is fixed on one side by the fixing unit 207. Then, the direction switching member 217 is switched to the broken line direction, and the direction switching member 213 is switched to the broken line direction, so that the sheet is conveyed to the reverse path 212 via the path 218.
  Next, after the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the direction switching member 213, the direction switching member 213 is switched to the solid line direction, and the rotation direction of the roller 211 is reversed to guide the sheet to the path 210, and then to the transfer unit 206. The sheet is conveyed to form an image on the back surface of the sheet S.
  On the other hand, the sheet processing apparatus 400 has a stapling function that is a binding operation by a stapling unit in addition to a sorting operation for sorting sheets, and is sequentially discharged from the image forming apparatus main body 500 as shown in FIG. A processing tray 410 for processing the sheet S and a stack tray 421 for finally stacking a sheet bundle processed on the processing tray 410 are provided, and a sheet bundle corresponding to the number of documents is placed on the processing tray 410. And is discharged to the stack tray 421 for each sheet bundle.
  In the figure, reference numeral 401 denotes a sheet receiving unit that receives the sheet S discharged from the image forming apparatus main body 500. The sheet S received by the sheet receiving unit 401 is detected by the entrance sensor 403, and then the conveyance roller. 405 and an offset roller 407, and thereafter, the sheet is conveyed onto a processing tray 410 as a sheet stacking unit as shown in FIG. The sheets S stacked on the processing tray 410 in this way are detected by a sheet bundle discharge sensor 415 shown in FIG.
  Here, the offset roller 407 as the sheet conveying means is held up and down by an offset roller arm 406 that can move up and down around a shaft 406a shown in FIGS. When conveyed to 410, the sheet S is moved upward via the offset roller arm 406, so that the sheet S is conveyed onto the processing tray 410 without being obstructed by the offset roller 407.
  The offset roller arm 406 can be moved up and down by a pickup solenoid 433 with a shaft 406a as a fulcrum. That is, the offset roller 407 moves up and down via the down lever 433a when the pickup solenoid 433 is turned on / off.
  Further, as shown in FIG. 5, the offset roller 407 is driven via belts 431a and 431b by a conveyance motor 431 that drives the conveyance roller 405. When the conveyance motor 431 rotates, the conveyance motor 431 is driven. Rotate in the transport direction or in the opposite direction of the transport direction (hereinafter referred to as reverse rotation) by an amount corresponding to the amount of rotation.
  In the present embodiment, when the sheet bundle discharge sensor 415 detects a sheet, the pickup solenoid 433 is turned off, whereby the offset roller 407 is lowered by its own weight and landed on the sheet. Thereafter, the sheet rotates in the sheet conveying direction for a predetermined time, and reverses when the predetermined time elapses.
  By reversing in this way, the rear end of the sheet is erected at the upstream end of the processing tray 410 in the conveyance direction, and the sheet rear end as a side edge regulating member that regulates the position of the sheet S in the sheet conveyance direction. The sheet S is abutted against the stopper 411 and aligned in the conveyance direction.
  In FIG. 4, reference numeral 416 denotes a positioning wall as a side end regulating member that regulates the position of the end of the sheet in the direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction (hereinafter referred to as the width direction), and 420 denotes the vicinity of the positioning wall of the processing tray 410 The offset roller 407 is a positive unit as a driving unit that constitutes a moving unit together with the offset roller 407. The stapler unit is a stapling unit that performs stapling on a sheet bundle formed on the processing tray 410. The offset motor 432 which can be rotated in reverse direction is moved in the width direction via the rack 406c and the pinion 432a, and can approach the positioning wall 416.
  When the offset roller 407 approaches the positioning wall 416 in this way, the sheet that is abutted against the sheet trailing edge stopper 411 and aligned in the conveyance direction moves to the positioning wall 416 by the frictional force of the offset roller 407. Thus, positioning in the width direction is performed. After the sheet S hits the positioning wall 416, the offset roller 407 moves and stops while sliding on the sheet.
  Here, by providing such an offset roller 407, the sheet discharged onto the processing tray 410 is conveyed to the stack tray side by the offset roller 407 that rotates in the sheet conveying direction as shown in FIG. After that, as shown in FIG. 6B, the sheet is returned to the sheet trailing edge stopper 411 by the reverse rotation of the offset roller 407, and then the trailing edge is abutted against the trailing edge stopper 411 to be aligned.
  6 and FIG. 7, FIG. 8, and FIG. 13, which will be described later, will be described using a configuration in which the offset roller 407 is arranged inside the offset roller arm 406, unlike FIG. 4 described above. However, this difference in configuration is merely a design difference, and there is no difference in function and operation from the configuration shown in FIG.
  Thereafter, as shown in FIG. 6C, the offset roller 407 is moved to the positioning wall side along the shaft 406a while being in contact with the sheet S, so that the end in the width direction of the sheet S is positioned. The sheet S is pressed against the wall 416 and the sheet S is aligned in the width direction.
  On the other hand, in FIG. 5, reference numeral 412 denotes a sheet clamp member as a sheet bundle holding unit that presses the rear end portion of the aligned sheet S from above by a biasing force by a biasing unit (not shown). When the trailing end alignment of the sheet performed after the alignment in the width direction is completed, and thereafter the offset roller 407 is lifted by the pickup solenoid 433 as shown in FIG. Thus, the aligned sheet S is pressed from above as shown in FIG.
  Thus, the sheet S previously discharged (conveyed) to the processing tray 410 can be held at a predetermined position without being influenced by the subsequent feeding by the sequentially fed sheets S. It has become.
  The sheet clamp member 412 rotates upward as shown in FIG. 8A so that the sheet S can be received when the offset roller 407 is reversely rotated, and is offset to align the ends. When the sheet S moves in the width direction together with the roller 407, the sheet S is rotated upward as shown in FIG.
  In FIG. 5, reference numeral 413 denotes a sheet bundle discharge member exemplified as a sheet bundle discharge unit for discharging the processed sheet bundle to the stack tray 421. The sheet bundle discharge member 413 allows the sheet clamp member 412 to turn freely. As shown in FIG. 9, the sheet bundle that is held and the aligned sheet bundle or the stapled sheet bundle that has been aligned and held by the sheet clamp member 412 is provided downstream of the processing tray 410. It moves in the direction of the stack tray 421.
  Further, after this, when the leading end of the processing tray 410, which is the sheet discharge position indicated by the solid line in the figure, is reached, the holding of the sheet bundle SA by the sheet clamp member 412 on the stack tray 421 is released, and the sheet bundle SA is stacked. The tray 421 is discharged and stacked. Note that the sheet bundle SA discharged and stacked on the stack tray 421 is held by a pressing member 421A shown in FIG.
  Here, as shown in FIG. 5, the sheet bundle discharge member 413 has a position at which the sheet is discharged to the stack tray 421 and a trailing end stopper when power is transmitted through the rack and pinion by the sheet bundle discharge motor 430. It can move back and forth to the home position near 411. The sheet bundle discharge member 413 is normally fixed at the home position by excitation of the sheet bundle discharge motor 430.
  In FIG. 5, reference numeral 434 denotes a clamp solenoid for rotating the sheet clamp member 412. This clamp solenoid 434 is used when the offset roller 407 stops rotating after conveying the sheet and when the offset roller 407 moves in the width direction. When moving, the sheet clamp member 412 is turned on, and the sheet clamp member 412 is rotated upward via a release lever portion 412 a provided on the lever 434 a and the sheet clamp member 412.
  In this embodiment, after the sheet S is moved in the width direction, the offset roller 407 is reversely rotated again to complete the alignment operation in order to correct the deviation in the sheet conveyance direction. High-precision matching is achieved. When the specified number of sheets have been aligned, the clamp solenoid 434 closes the sheet clamp member 412 to hold the sheet bundle.
  FIG. 10 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the control unit of the sheet processing apparatus 400 having such a configuration. Reference numeral 100 denotes a CPU exemplified as the control means in the present embodiment. Here, the CPU 100 has a ROM 110 therein, and programs and the like corresponding to control procedures shown in FIGS. 11 and 12 described later are stored in the ROM 110. The CPU 100 controls each unit while reading this program.
  Further, the CPU 100 has a built-in RAM 121 in which work data and input data are stored, and the CPU 100 performs control with reference to data stored in the RAM 121 based on the program. Further, sensors such as an inlet sensor 403 and a sheet bundle discharge sensor 415 are connected to the input port of the CPU 100, and a conveyance motor 431, an offset motor 432, a sheet bundle discharge motor 430, and a pickup solenoid 433 are connected to the output port of the CPU 100. A motor such as a clamp solenoid 434 and a solenoid are connected. Based on the state of these sensors, the CPU 100 controls loads such as various motors and solenoids connected to the output port according to the aforementioned program.
  In addition, the CPU 100 includes a serial interface unit (I / O) 130, which transmits and receives control data to and from the image forming apparatus main body 500 (control unit thereof), and also transmits an image via the serial interface unit (I / O) 130. Each unit is controlled based on control data sent from the forming apparatus main body 500 (control unit thereof).
  Since the image forming apparatus main body 500 knows the size of the sheet discharged from the sheet discharge section 208, the control section of the sheet processing apparatus 400 comprising a microcomputer system performs serial communication with the control section of the image forming apparatus main body 500. By doing so, it is possible to grasp the size of the sheet inserted on the processing tray 410.
  Therefore, each time the sheet S is discharged (conveyed) from the image forming apparatus main body 500, the control unit (CPU 100) of the sheet processing apparatus 400 grasps the size of the sheet S and controls the offset motor 432, thereby controlling the offset roller 407. The amount of movement in the width direction can be controlled. As a result, the offset roller 407 moves by an amount corresponding to the size of the sheet S inserted on the processing tray 410, and the side portion of the sheet can be reliably brought into contact with the positioning wall 416.
  In this embodiment, since the sheet bundle stacked on the stack tray 421 constitutes a part of the processing tray 410, when the sheet bundle SA is discharged from the processing tray 410, the stack tray 421 is discharged. Is lowered by a stack tray raising / lowering motor (see FIG. 10) until the uppermost surface of the stacked sheet bundle substantially coincides with the processing tray 410.
  Next, the sheet processing operation of the present embodiment configured as described above will be described with reference to the flowcharts shown in FIGS.
  First, when an image forming operation by the image forming apparatus main body 500 is started, the CPU 100 (see FIG. 10) of the sheet processing apparatus 400 checks whether or not a sheet discharge signal is received from the image forming apparatus main body 500 (S100). ). If a sheet discharge signal is received (Y in S100), the pickup solenoid 433 is turned on (S110), and the offset roller 407 supported by the offset roller arm 406 is pulled up.
  Next, the conveyance motor 431 is turned on (S120), so that the conveyance roller 405 installed in the middle of the sheet discharge path can convey the sheet in the same direction as the sheet discharge direction of the image forming apparatus main body 500. Here, the leading edge of the first sheet passes through the inlet sensor 403 and turns on the inlet sensor 403 (Y in S130). Thereafter, the sheet reaches the conveying roller 405 and power is transmitted from the conveying roller 405 to the sheet. Then, when the sheet is separated from the paper discharge unit 208 (see FIG. 1) of the image forming apparatus main body 500 (Y in S140), the delivery of the sheet is completed.
  Next, while the sheet is conveyed to the processing tray 410 by the conveying roller 405, the pickup solenoid 433 is turned off before the sheet is completely removed from the conveying roller 405 (S150), and the offset roller 407 is landed on the sheet by its own weight. Let Thereafter, as shown in FIG. 6A, the sheet S is conveyed to a predetermined position by the offset roller 407 (S160). When the sheet S is conveyed to a predetermined position (Y in S160), the rotation of the conveyance motor 431 is stopped (S170), and the conveyance of the sheet S is stopped.
  Next, when the rotation of the offset roller 407 stops, the clamp solenoid 434 is turned on (S180), and the sheet clamp installed at the home position in the vicinity of the sheet trailing edge stopper 411 as shown in FIG. Open member 412. Thereafter, the conveyance motor 431 is rotated in the direction opposite to the conveyance direction, the sheet S is pulled back by the offset roller 407 (S190), and the sheet trailing edge is abutted against the sheet trailing edge stopper 411.
  Note that the rotation amount of the offset roller 407 when the trailing edge of the sheet abuts against the trailing edge stopper 411 takes into account the skew of the sheet S that is generated when the sheet S is fed from the image forming apparatus main body 500, and the sheet S is conveyed. The amount of rotation is such that it can be transported slightly more than the distance from the point of stopping and switching back to the sheet trailing edge stopper 411.
  Next, the sheet size to be discharged is checked based on the size information from the image forming apparatus main body 500 (S200), and the offset movement amount according to the size of the discharged sheet S, that is, the sheet S discharged onto the processing tray 410 is checked. The amount of offset movement, which is the amount of movement in the width direction of the sheet S, required for pressing the sheet to the positioning wall 416 is calculated (S210).
  Next, the offset motor 432 is driven to start the offset movement of the offset roller 407 (S220). Here, when the offset roller 407 moves in this way, the sheet S in contact with the offset roller 407 moves together with the offset roller 407 in the direction of the positioning wall 416 by the frictional force of the offset roller 407. At this time, the sheet clamp member 412 is rotated upward as shown in FIG. 8B so as not to be a load of movement of the sheet S.
  Then, by the offset movement operation of the offset roller 407, the sheet hits the positioning wall 416 as shown in FIG. 6C, and thereby the sheet S is aligned in the width direction. The offset roller 407 slides on the sheet S slightly after the sheet S abuts against the positioning wall 416 and stops. Thereafter, in order to correct the misalignment in the transport direction after the offset movement, an alignment operation is performed in which the offset roller 407 is reversed again and the sheet S is pulled back (S230). Alignment is complete.
  Next, when the alignment of the first sheet S is completed as described above, the pickup solenoid 433 is turned on (S240), and the offset roller 407 is lifted as shown in FIG. Turn off (S250). As a result, as shown in FIG. 7B, the sheet clamp member 412 is closed and the aligned sheet S is held and held. As a result, the first discharged sheet S is discharged next. It is possible to prevent the sheet from being carried by the used sheet.
  Next, as shown in FIG. 7B, the offset roller 407 is moved back to the home position via the rack and pinion by the offset motor 432 in a lifted state (S260).
  Next, it is checked whether or not the sheet S accommodated on the processing tray 410 is the last sheet corresponding to the last page of the copy document (S270), and based on the information sent from the image forming apparatus main body 500. When it is determined that the sheet is not the final sheet S (N in S270), the process returns to S100 and the next sheet discharge signal sent from the image forming apparatus main body 500 is received, and the final sheet S is stored in the processing tray 410. Until the above flow is repeated.
  With this configuration, the control unit (CPU) of the sheet processing apparatus 400 grasps the size of the sheet S each time the sheet S is discharged from the image forming apparatus main body 500 and is suitable for the sheet S. The offset movement amount is calculated. As a result, the sheet S in contact with the offset roller 407 is subjected to the alignment process based on the calculated movement amount and is aligned with the positioning wall 416.
  On the other hand, if it is determined that the sheet is the final sheet (Y in S270), a sheet bundle corresponding to the copy document is formed on the processing tray 410, so whether the stapling process is selected next. If it is selected (Y in S280), the staple unit 420 is driven, and the stapling process is executed at the staple position shown in FIG. 13 (S290).
  At this time, as shown in FIG. 13, the sheet bundle loaded on the processing tray 410 includes individual sheets S1 and S2 having different sizes, depending on the size. Since the alignment process has been performed, it exists at the alignment position with reference to the positioning wall 416 as shown in FIG. This alignment position is a position where the corner portion of one end of the sheets S1 and S2 is inserted into a binding portion (not shown) of the stapler unit 420, so that the binding processing is surely performed by the subsequent staple processing.
  Next, when the stapling process is not selected (N in S280), or after the stapling process is completed, the sheet bundle discharging member 413 is replaced with the sheet bundle discharging motor 430 and the sheet bundle SA as shown in FIG. The sheet bundle SA is advanced in the direction of the stack tray 421 while being held by the sheet clamp member 412, and the sheet bundle SA is discharged (S300).
  Next, the stack tray 421 is moved (lowered) in accordance with the discharge operation of the sheet bundle SA (S310), and then the sheet bundle discharge member 413 is returned to the home position (S320). Thereafter, the conveyance motor 431 is stopped to stop the rotation of the conveyance roller 405 and the offset roller 407 (S330), the pickup solenoid 433 is turned off (S340), and the offset roller 407 is lowered to complete a series of processing. To do.
  Here, as described above, every time the sheet S is conveyed to the stack tray 421 by the offset roller 407, the sheet S is brought into contact with the positioning wall 416, and the width direction end portion of the sheet S having a different length in the width direction. By making these match, it is possible to reliably perform the binding process even on the sheet bundle SA in which sheets of different sizes are mixed, and to improve the appearance when the binding process is performed on the sheet bundle SA. be able to. When the sheet S is moved in the width direction and brought into contact with the positioning wall 416 in this way, the aligned sheet S that has been aligned first is held by the sheet clamp member 421, so that the alignment is disturbed. Will not occur.
  In the present embodiment, the stapler unit 420 for binding the sheet bundle SA is fixed and disposed near the positioning wall 416. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and the stapler unit 420 is not limited to this. It may be movable, and may be movable in the sheet conveyance direction or width direction.
  Then, by using the movable stapler unit 420 as described above and making the stapler unit 420 movable in the sheet conveying direction, as shown in FIG. Can be stapled.
  In addition, by making the stapler unit 420 movable in the width direction, it is possible to perform stapling processing on another portion or a plurality of locations in the width direction of the sheet bundle SA. Further, after the predetermined sheet S is brought into contact with the positioning wall 416 by the offset roller 407, the sheet S of the predetermined size is separated from the positioning wall 416 in the width direction and the stapler unit 420 movable in the width direction is provided. By moving the sheet to a predetermined position in the width direction, for example, as shown in FIG. 15, the sheet bundle SA in which sheets S1, S2, and S3 of different sizes are mixed can be bound by the center reference, and the binding process is performed. The appearance when applied can be improved.
  Further, in this embodiment, the offset roller 407 and the offset motor 432 are used as the sheet conveying unit and the driving unit that constitute the moving unit that moves the sheet S in the width direction, but the present invention is not limited thereto. The same effect can be obtained even if the moving means is constituted by the sheet conveying means configured so that the member itself moves in the conveying direction and conveys the sheet, and the driving means for moving the sheet conveying means having such a configuration in the width direction. Is obtained.
  Furthermore, in this embodiment, the CPU performs control while the CPU reads the program written on the RAM (or ROM) shown in the flowcharts of FIGS. 11 and 12, but the hardware performs the processing on the control program. Even if configured in this way, the same effect can be obtained.
  In the present exemplary embodiment, the offset movement amount is calculated based on sheet size information as length information in the width direction of the sheet S discharged from the image forming apparatus main body 500. For example, the sheet processing apparatus 400 includes a detection unit that detects the length in the width direction of the sheet, and controls the amount of offset movement of the offset roller 407 according to a detection signal from the detection unit. The same effect can be obtained.
  Further, for example, a detection unit that detects any one of the width direction end of the sheet, the center of the sheet, and an arbitrary position of the sheet is provided, and the detection signal from the detection unit, the width direction end of the sheet, The same effect can be obtained by moving the offset roller 407 by a distance corresponding to the distance between any one of the central portion and any position of the sheet and the positioning wall 416.
  In the description so far, the case where the CPU of the control unit provided in the sheet processing apparatus provided in the image forming apparatus controls the operation of the offset roller or the like has been described. It may be provided in the forming apparatus main body, and its CPU may control the sheet processing operation of the offset roller or the like.
1 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a configuration of an image forming apparatus including a sheet treatment apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. The figure explaining the structure of the said sheet processing apparatus. The figure which shows a mode that a sheet | seat is discharged on the processing tray of the said sheet processing apparatus. The figure explaining the drive mechanism of the offset roller of the said sheet processing apparatus, and a conveyance roller. The figure explaining the drive mechanism of the offset roller of the said sheet processing apparatus, a conveyance roller, a sheet bundle discharge member, and a sheet clamp member. The figure explaining operation | movement of the said offset roller, and the movement of a sheet | seat accompanying it. The 1st figure explaining operation | movement of the said sheet clamp member. The 2nd figure explaining operation of the above-mentioned sheet clamp member. FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a state where the sheet bundle discharge member discharges a sheet bundle to a stack tray. The block diagram which shows the structure of the control part of the said sheet processing apparatus. 6 is a flowchart for explaining a part of the sheet processing operation of the sheet processing apparatus. 6 is a flowchart for explaining the remaining part of the sheet processing operation of the sheet processing apparatus. The figure which shows a mode that the sheet | seat offset by the said offset roller was stapled. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a state in which a sheet offset by the offset roller is stapled by a stapler unit that can move in the sheet conveyance direction. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a state in which a sheet offset by the offset roller is stapled by a stapler unit that can move in the width direction.
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200 Printer 400 Sheet Processing Device 407 Offset Roller 410 Processing Tray 411 Sheet Rear End Stopper 416 Positioning Wall 420 Stapler Unit 421 Stack Tray 432 Offset Motor 500 Image Forming Device Main Body A Image Forming Device S Sheet SA Sheet Bundle

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  1. Sheet processing including sheet stacking means for stacking sheets to be processed, aligning the sheets conveyed to the sheet stacking means to form a sheet bundle, and binding the aligned sheet bundle by a binding means In the device
    A side end regulating member that is provided on a width direction side orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction of the sheet stacking unit and regulates a position of a width direction end portion of the sheet;
    Moving means for moving the sheet in the width direction and contacting the side end regulating member;
    With
    The moving means moves the sheet in the width direction every time the sheet is conveyed to the sheet stacking means so that the width direction ends of the sheets having different lengths in the width direction coincide with each other, and the side end regulating member A sheet processing apparatus, wherein the sheet processing apparatus is brought into contact with the sheet.
  2.   The sheet processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the moving unit moves the sheet in the width direction by a distance corresponding to the length in the width direction.
  3.   Holding means for holding the sheet in contact with the side end regulating member, and the moving means is arranged in the sheet stacking means in a state where the sheet in contact with the side end regulating member is held by the holding means. 3. The sheet processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein each time the sheet is conveyed, the sheet is moved in the width direction and brought into contact with the side end regulating member.
  4.   The moving means, after contacting a sheet having a length in a predetermined width direction with the side end regulating member, is separated from the side end regulating member by a predetermined distance in the width direction. The sheet processing apparatus according to any one of 1 to 3.
  5.   5. The sheet processing apparatus according to claim 4, wherein the binding unit is movable in the width direction to a predetermined position for binding sheets separated by a predetermined distance from the side end regulating member.
  6.   The moving unit conveys the conveyed sheet in a direction opposite to the sheet conveying direction, and is provided at an upstream end of the sheet stacking unit in the sheet conveying direction, and regulates a position of the sheet in the sheet conveying direction. 6. The apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising: a sheet conveying unit that is brought into contact with the regulating member; and a driving unit that moves the sheet conveying unit in the width direction while the sheet conveying unit is in contact with the sheet. The sheet processing apparatus according to any one of the above.
  7.   An image forming apparatus main body including an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet, and the sheet processing apparatus according to claim 1 that processes a sheet on which an image is formed by the image forming unit. An image forming apparatus comprising the image forming apparatus.
  8.   A detecting means for detecting any one of a width direction end portion of the sheet, a center portion of the sheet, and an arbitrary position of the sheet; and the moving means includes a width direction end portion of the sheet and a center of the sheet. The image forming apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the sheet is moved in the width direction by a distance corresponding to a distance between any one of the position and any position of the sheet and the side end regulating member.
  9.   The image forming apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the moving unit moves the sheet in the width direction based on width direction length information of the sheet from the image forming apparatus main body.
  10. In an image forming apparatus that aligns sheets conveyed from an image forming unit to a sheet stacking unit to form a sheet bundle, and performs binding processing by the binding unit on the aligned sheet bundle.
    A side end regulating member that is provided on a width direction side orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction of the sheet stacking unit and regulates a position of a width direction end portion of the sheet;
    Moving means for moving the sheet in the width direction and contacting the side end regulating member;
    With
    The moving means moves the sheet in the width direction every time the sheet is conveyed to the sheet stacking means so that the width direction ends of the sheets having different lengths in the width direction coincide with each other, and the side end regulating member An image forming apparatus, wherein the image forming apparatus is brought into contact with the image forming apparatus.
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