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Manual Card Reader With Card Smoother Read Head

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000083846D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bealle, FJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

This apparatus relates to a manually operable card reader which eliminates the cable, plug and logic boards associated with typical photoboards, and has the capacity to smooth wrinkled cards.

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Manual Card Reader With Card Smoother Read Head

This apparatus relates to a manually operable card reader which eliminates the cable, plug and logic boards associated with typical photoboards, and has the capacity to smooth wrinkled cards.

As shown, the card reader outwardly appears as a slotted box having a pull handle. Within the box there are card rails which guide the cards between spaced apart read heads. The pull handle is connected to a steel tape which has a gripping mechanism, which contacts and holds the card upon insertion.

The steel tape is used to transmit the pulling force from the handle to the gripping mechanism, and it runs over rollers and passes an emitter which reads column related timing marks on the tape. The marks may consist of holes, notches or printed bars. The tape is automatically returned upon release of the handle by a flat roll spring, not shown.

The read heads consists of a light source and a photoboard having logic circuits. These read heads are normally spaced apart, but upon activation of the handle they close together upon the card, and their leading edges are curved to permit a smoothing action if the card should be wrinkled.

In operation, a card is inserted through the front slot of the reader and pushed into the open read head against the gripper. Then the operator pulls the handle on the top of the cabinet towards himself, the first part of this motion causing the gripper to close on the card, and also causing the read head...