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Point-Of-Sale Printer With Combined Customer Receipt and Form-Validation Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046269D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Thrope, AC: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a point-of-sale printer designed for processing three documents usually associated with point-of-sale transactions. The documents are the customer receipt, the journal record, and the validation statement document. The journal record is the roll of paper tape on which a continuous chronological summary of transactions occurring at the machine is kept. The customer receipt is well known, and the validation station is one in which checks may be imprinted, charge slips can be generated or recorded, coupons can be marked with the accepting store's identification, etc. Only the single combined station is shown in Fig. 1; another station located along an axis running in and out of the plane of the paper would contain the mechanism for the journal roll and journal record printing.

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Point-Of-Sale Printer With Combined Customer Receipt and Form-Validation Station

Described is a point-of-sale printer designed for processing three documents usually associated with point-of-sale transactions. The documents are the customer receipt, the journal record, and the validation statement document. The journal record is the roll of paper tape on which a continuous chronological summary of transactions occurring at the machine is kept. The customer receipt is well known, and the validation station is one in which checks may be imprinted, charge slips can be generated or recorded, coupons can be marked with the accepting store's identification, etc. Only the single combined station is shown in Fig. 1; another station located along an axis running in and out of the plane of the paper would contain the mechanism for the journal roll and journal record printing.

Print head 4 is supported through a carrier (not shown) on two parallel shafts, one of which may be a lead screw for drawing the head back and forth in and out of the plane of the paper to traverse the platen of the journal recording station (not shown) and the platens 22A, and 22B of the combination customer receipt/validation station printer. The lead screw (not shown) may be driven by a suitable bidirectional motor (not shown) utilizing a rotary emitter disc for determining the placement of the print head carriage and its path back and forth across the platens. Only the functional elements of the present design are shown and some numerals are thus omitted. Fig. 1 illustrates the basic mechanism as follows.

Print head 4 is aligned with the validation station platen 22B in Fig. 1 as shown. The dashed lines for the yoke 8 show the positioning for customer receipt printing with platen 22A aligned with the nose of the print head 4. In operation, the document 23 is inserted into the slot against stop 6 when the rotating yoke 8 is in the down position with platen 22A adjacent to the nose of the print head 4. When the document 23 has been inserted, sensor 10 will detect its presence and energize its drive motor 11 to turn shaft 17 on which is affixed the yoke 8. Yoke 8 carries the two platens 22A and 22B. As it ro...