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Portable Inventory System and Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086750D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Furois, PC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Items to be periodically inventoried are given adhesive tags that carry a machine-readable item-identification symbol, such as an encoded magnetic stripe or a bar code. An inventory clerk carries a portable unit that includes a label scanning wand, a numeric keyboard, a numeric display, a cassette tape recorder and a small processor. The keyboard, display and wand can be combined in a single unit of about the size of a hand-held calculator. The clerk uses the scanning wand to read the item-identification number from the tag.

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Portable Inventory System and Method

Items to be periodically inventoried are given adhesive tags that carry a machine-readable item-identification symbol, such as an encoded magnetic stripe or a bar code. An inventory clerk carries a portable unit that includes a label scanning wand, a numeric keyboard, a numeric display, a cassette tape recorder and a small processor. The keyboard, display and wand can be combined in a single unit of about the size of a hand-held calculator. The clerk uses the scanning wand to read the item-identification number from the tag.

The wand-keyboard unit is attached to the small processor by a signal conducting cord and the identification number is stored on the cassette tape. The keyboard is used for entering other information, such as location, bin number, quantity and condition of the inventoried item. The display permits the clerk to verify that an entry has been keyed as intended. The display also may be used to provide prompting for the clerk in an interactive mode. Information on the tape is then processed in a data processing system.

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