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Badge Reading Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000097836D
Original Publication Date: 1961-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Wolfheimer, AD: AUTHOR

Abstract

The badge reading apparatus reads a badge 1, column by column while locked in the reading position. The apparatus has a badge receiver into which badges are inserted manually one at a time.

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Badge Reading Apparatus

The badge reading apparatus reads a badge 1, column by column while locked in the reading position. The apparatus has a badge receiver into which badges are inserted manually one at a time.

Badge 1 is capable of storing ten characters of data. A portion of 1 is subdivided into vertical columns and horizontal rows or index point positions. Data is recorded by means of selectively punched holes.

The mechanism has a plurality of slider assemblies 2, one for each vertical column of 1. As a badge is inserted, a hole sensing projection 2a on each of assemblies 2 senses for a hole in a corresponding column. As a projection 2a encounters a hole, the assembly 2 moves with the badge until it is stopped, fully inserted. A latch mechanism locks the badge in the reading position by a latch lever which enters hole 1a.

The reader has two arrays of conductors. One has a plurality of conductive elements 3 termed column commons. The other has a plurality of conductive elements 4, one for each of the digits 0... 9, disposed at right angles with respect to 3. Bifurcated contacts 2b, fixed to each slider 2 effect connections between 3 and 4. This is in accordance with the sensed data.

The elements 3 are selectively energized in sequence to perform a data readout.

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