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Expandable Console

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000087021D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Balcezak, WK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The use of a different console for each product in a line results in increased design costs, tooling costs, inventory costs, etc. Consoles are utilized for housing and machine support purposes. For example, the IBM Magnetic Tape SELECTRIC Typewriter console houses a tape deck and electronics, and can support a dictation transcribing unit on the top thereof.

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Expandable Console

The use of a different console for each product in a line results in increased design costs, tooling costs, inventory costs, etc. Consoles are utilized for housing and machine support purposes.

For example, the IBM Magnetic Tape SELECTRIC Typewriter console houses a tape deck and electronics, and can support a dictation transcribing unit on the top thereof.

The cost problems noted above are overcome by providing a basic building block and common parts. For example, in Fig. 1 there is shown a single width console having a front panel for accommodating a recording disc. If this console is to be expanded to a double width, as shown in Fig. 2, for also housing electronics, the only changes required are a top, a front panel and a base. The other parts are common. If a triple width console, as shown in Fig. 3, is desired for accommodating both magnetic cards and magnetic recording discs in addition to housing electronics, the new parts required are a top, a front panel and a base. The other parts are common.

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