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Variable Format Keypunching Form Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000095958D
Original Publication Date: 1964-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Button, CH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In a majority of modern computer installations, blank record cards are used in place of the many different types of preprinted cards formerly used. However, in preparing data for the punch operator, it is the usual practice to provide a form, the top margin of which has printed on it the designation of each field as well as its limits. This requires a large inventory of different forms and adds to the expense of operation.

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Variable Format Keypunching Form Device

In a majority of modern computer installations, blank record cards are used in place of the many different types of preprinted cards formerly used. However, in preparing data for the punch operator, it is the usual practice to provide a form, the top margin of which has printed on it the designation of each field as well as its limits. This requires a large inventory of different forms and adds to the expense of operation.

This device removes the need of a large inventory as it uses only one pad form. Pad 10 has horizontal writing lines and vertical column dividers with column numbers at the bottom. Binder 1 1, having two leaves 12 and 14, has a bar 15 for locating pad 10. Secured to the center of the cover is bridge 16 which carries notebook rings 17 for removably holding a plurality of card forms 18, while also allowing pad 10 to slide underneath. Bridge 16 is adjustable laterally to permit the alignment of the card columns on pad 10 with those on forms 18.

The particular form overlay 18 which describes the form to be used is selected and the remainder is nipped back onto the leaf 12. The data for a card is entered in the different fields across the page and then the pad is moved upward one line. When finished, the pad can be positioned on the lower leaf 14 and the leaf 12 closed over the pad and forms.

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