Patent Name: Lighting assembly for mail sorting system

Patent # 5521365

Date: May 18, 1996

Abstract: A mail sorting system includes a transport surface on which the items of mail are moved in series past a reading station having an aperture where information on the items of mail is read by a reader to assist in the sorting of the mail. The lighting assembly is mounted in the reading station. The lighting assembly includes at least one light or light emitter which directs a path of light toward the aperture. A light diffusion partition is mounted between the light emitter and the aperture for diffusing the path of light before it reaches the aperture. The lighting assembly is mounted displaced from the reader with the light emitter at an angle to the reader to provide the reader with a clear, unobstructed view of the aperture and with the path of light from the light emitter being deflected away from the reader.