Ex parte LINDSTROM - Page 7

          Appeal No. 1997-2986                                                        
          Application No. 08/260,784                                                  

          four different fittings on what appears to be a roll of coil                
          stock (col. 23, lines 26-35).  We agree with the examiner that              
          the four sets of patterns in Figure 19 can be characterized as              
          representing "several nested routines ready for cutting"                    
          (Answer at 7), as each of the sets of four patterns represents              
          a single nest program.  Levine further explains that a group                
          of such patterns can be run together as a job lot:                          
                         In addition to optimizing the usage of the                   
                    sheet material, the microprocessor is programmed                  
                    to identify groups of patterns of a common job                    
                    lot so that a job lot can be identified and an                    
                    inventory created.  It lists the patterns in the                  
                    order they are to be plotted on the plotting                      
                    table and, where fabricators have numerical                       
                    control tape readers at the coil line which                       
                    feeds out the sheet material, the computer can                    
                    also punch out a tape to directly operate the                     
                    metal feed onto the plotting surface.  [Col. 22,                  
                    lines 29-38.]                                                     
               Levine does not disclose any method or apparatus for                   
          sorting or unloading the cut pieces.  For this teaching, the                
          examiner relies on Taijonlahti.  Taijonlahti's invention (see               
          Figs. 1 and 2) is a conveyor mechanism 2 located between a                  
          shearing mechanism 1 and an unloading and handling mechanism 3              
          (col. 3, lines 16-23) and serving "as a buffering conveyor                  
          storage for compensating a momentary operating speed                        

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