Image Number 2 for United States Patent #4655446.
A storage compartment can be used selectively as an individual compartment attached to a document processing device or as one of several compartments joined together in a sorting device. The compartment is functionally autonomous so that its component parts, which are drive and pressure rollers (23, 24, 25, and 27) for conveying documents supported on a base plate (1) and a motor (40) and electrical coupling for actuating the rollers, are all connected to the base plate (1). The only mechanical connection between the compartment and a document processing device or other compartments in a sorting device is by a plug (28) for electrical connection. Special shaping of the base plate (1) facilitates space-saving packaging of several compartments.