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Multiple Path Card Feeding Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000091867D
Original Publication Date: 1968-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robbins, LH: AUTHOR

Abstract

In this multiple path card feeding device, cards are automatically fed from a card hopper to a card transport for processing, manually fed to the card transport for processing, automatically ejected from the card transport to the manual feeding station, or automatically ejected from the card transport to a card stacking bin.

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Multiple Path Card Feeding Device

In this multiple path card feeding device, cards are automatically fed from a card hopper to a card transport for processing, manually fed to the card transport for processing, automatically ejected from the card transport to the manual feeding station, or automatically ejected from the card transport to a card stacking bin.

Cards are bottom-fed from card hopper 1 to continuously rotating drive rolls 2 and 3 when a clutch, not shown, is engaged to drive picker roller 4 through one revolution. The card is then driven by rolls 2 and 3 over member 5 and gate 6 which is in its solid line position and under member 7 until it reaches continuously rotating drive roll 8 and actuated idler roll 9. Next, rolls 8 and 9 cause the card to move to the extreme left over bed member 10 until the card is clear of member 5. A second oppositely rotating drive roll and idler wheel combination is located coaxially with rolls 8 and 9 and is utilized in conjunction with them to drive the card back and forth past optical transducer 11 over bed 10, gate 6, member 11a, and bed 12.

A card can be manually entered through throat member 13 over bed 14 until it engages continuously rotating drive roll 15 and idler wheel 16 which is normally biased into engagement with roll 15. Then, the card is driven by roll 15 over bed 12, member 11a, and gate 6 to roll 8 whereupon operation is the same as that described above with respect to hopper fed cards.

Cards are eject...