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POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING (specially adapted for a specific purpose covered by another class, see the relevant place, e.g. A43D 33/06, B23Q 7/12)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Postal sorting and sorting according to a destination
  • Sorting of articles based on a detected feature or characteristic (e.g. weight or colour)
Relationship between large subject matter areas

Subclass B07C covers sorting involving the detection of a feature/characteristic of the item (address, colour, appearance, weight, response to induction) and normally a decision into which destination or fraction the item is to be put.

Sorting without decision-making, e.g. sieving, sorting using air currents or centrifugal effects is covered by the subclass B07B

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Machines for sorting heel lifts
Sorting arrangements
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Tube mail systems
Sorting information records, e.g. punched cards
Measures preceding sorting according to destination
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Involving measures immediately/directly enabling postal sorting by spacing, orienting mail pieces for automated sorting/processing, separating mail pieces by type/size.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Handling of sheet-like articles per se
Sorting according to destination { (collating the pages of a book B42C 1/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sorting of physical items (letters, parcels, photographic order bags, cheques) which will be routed according to a destination indicated on the item (address, barcode) or with the item (e.g. RFID tag).

Relationship between large subject matter areas

G07B 17/00 usually covers handling and also sorting of mail piece content during production (i.e. before a letter or mailing is assembled), This main group, B07C 3/00, covers the sorting of entire/finished mail pieces.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
collating the pages of a book
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Character/pattern reading per se
Conveyors in general
Sorting according to a characteristic or feature of the articles of material being sorted, e.g. by control effected by devices which detect or measure such characteristic or feature; Sorting by manually actuated devices, e.g. switches (sorting by hand only B07C 7/00; separating solids from solids by sieving, screening, or sifting or by using gas currents or other separating by dry methods applicable to bulk material B07B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sorting according to a detected property/feature/characteristic of the item into fractions (weight, shape, colour, optical properties, applied code, magnetic property)

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Quality check after production into acceptable/defective goods is normally classified in the manufacturing process only. The way the characteristic/feature is measured/detected in relation to the sorting step is a key aspect for B07C 5/00.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
sorting by hand only
separating solids from solids by sieving, screening, or sifting or by using gas currents or other separating by dry methods applicable to bulk material
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Weighing per se
Material testing
Optical detection
(Bottle) return vending machines
Sorting by hand only {e.g of mail}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sorting by hand / by an operator, e.g. parcels, final manual mail sorting into pigeon holes or specific furniture.

Arrangements facilitating positioning of the articles, reading the address, marking the drop-off point or the fraction (e.g. lights indicating target area), reading or identifying the address (e.g. headsets)

Sorting, with or without orientating, not otherwise provided for { e.g. sorting of table equipment (washing and rinsing machines for tableware A47L 15/00, A47L 15/02; machines for polishing table equipment A47L 21/02) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sorting, with or without orientating, not otherwise provided for, e.g. sorting of table equipment making use of their magnetic properties or shape

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
washing and rinsing machines for tableware
machines for polishing table equipment
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013