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Magnetic Credit Card Processor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000074885D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Demchyshyn, B: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Plastic credit cards 1 with magnetic stripes are incrementally transported by conveyor 2 from hopper 3 through the embossing 4, encoding 5, and tipping 6 stations of embosser-encoder unit 7. Unit 7 embosses and encodes the cards according to information recorded on a magnetic tape in embosser-encoder input device 8.

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Magnetic Credit Card Processor

Plastic credit cards 1 with magnetic stripes are incrementally transported by conveyor 2 from hopper 3 through the embossing 4, encoding 5, and tipping 6 stations of embosser-encoder unit 7. Unit 7 embosses and encodes the cards according to information recorded on a magnetic tape in embosser-encoder input device 8.

After each card 1 clears the first embossing module of 4, printer 9 is signaled to print an address in the lower right hand section of the mailer card 10 for that particular credit card. Cards 10 are on burstable continuous form 11 that is indexed forward one card length for every accepted and rejected credit card that passes through 7.

Due to the self-checking feature of 7, each card 1, after leaving 7, either will be accepted and transferred to imprinter conveyor 12 or rejected and directed into reject stacker 13.

Conveyor 12 advances accepted credit cards to imprinter 14 where a duplicate of all embossed indicia is made on paper tape 15 from carbon paper 16 by a pressure roll. Then accepted credit cards are transferred from conveyor 12 to mounter conveyor 17 and advanced to mounter 18. At 18 the accepted credit card 1 and its related mailer form 10 converge so that the back side of 1 faces the front side of 10, both in vertical position. The accepted card 1 is mounted to 10 by flexing 1 and inserting its corners into four angular slits provided for this purpose on each card 10. Card 1 is flexed by a mounter ram that c...