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Self Contained Magnetic Stripe Reader Encoder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000089316D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hall, JD: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

The figure illustrates an independently contained, portable or removable, magnetic stripe reader/encoder mechanism. This mechanism can be used with any desired magnetic media transport or handling system so long as the transport or handling mechanism is provided with appropriate locating surfaces and power supplies so that the reader/encoder can be located in the appropriate position to read the media which has been brought to the reading area by the transport mechanism in the host machine. The present reader is independent of the media transport mechanism, the registration mechanism or any clamping scheme which may be used to hold the media for reading and encoding.

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Self Contained Magnetic Stripe Reader Encoder

The figure illustrates an independently contained, portable or removable, magnetic stripe reader/encoder mechanism. This mechanism can be used with any desired magnetic media transport or handling system so long as the transport or handling mechanism is provided with appropriate locating surfaces and power supplies so that the reader/encoder can be located in the appropriate position to read the media which has been brought to the reading area by the transport mechanism in the host machine. The present reader is independent of the media transport mechanism, the registration mechanism or any clamping scheme which may be used to hold the media for reading and encoding.

A frame 1 for the reader/encoder mechanism includes precision locating and mounting holes 2 intended to facilitate easy emplacement of the unit in the appropriate position next to a magnetic media transport or registration device, which will bring a media to be read or encoded to a repeatable position and hold it there for reading and encoding. Frame 1 includes mounting means for a drive motor 3 and carriage position sensors 4 utilized to signal control logic (not shown) that the carriage is at one end or other of its travel.

Movable carriage 5 is guided by a guide bar 6 and driven by a lead screw 7, as shown. Lead screw 7 is driven by means of an elastic belt 8 and pulley 9 drive arrangement connected to motor 3. The use of an elastic belt damps out unwa...