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Audit Separators

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085542D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Carnahan, PC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This apparatus provides a visual audit of the number of documents in or dispensed from, for example, a currency hopper or cartridge. A plurality of separators are slidably mounted on a rod and positioned between each group of some convenient number of documents. As the documents are dispensed, the separators are pushed forward along the rod to a position where they are collected and can be counted.

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Audit Separators

This apparatus provides a visual audit of the number of documents in or dispensed from, for example, a currency hopper or cartridge. A plurality of separators are slidably mounted on a rod and positioned between each group of some convenient number of documents. As the documents are dispensed, the separators are pushed forward along the rod to a position where they are collected and can be counted.

Rod 1 has slideably mounted thereon a plurality of plastic separators 2. At the time currency documents 3 are loaded into the hopper or cartridge 11, separators 2 are positioned between each group of N documents 3. As documents 3 are fed into transport 4 by feed belt 6, separators 2'' are pushed forward along rod 1 to a collecting area in front of documents 3'. Metering devices 7 and 8 sense the loading of bills 3 into the forward position 5 of the hopper 11, and operate a motor, not shown, which drives feed belt 6.

Rod 1 is mounted to front plate 9 by arm 12 which, herein, is part of the hopper mechanism including casting 11. Alternatively, rod 1 may be attached to the walls of a portable cartridge, such as that described by R. J. Laybourn and J.
L. Monday, "Currency Cartridge", IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 1, June 1975, Page 237.

When the cartridge or hopper 11 is serviced, the number of bills dispensed and remaining is quickly ascertained by counting the number of bills 3' in front of next separator 2''' to be pushed forward, the...