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Stacked Card Separator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000098496D
Original Publication Date: 1960-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mukai, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Cards 1 having information in magnetic form on the end of the card are placed in a rectangular tub 2. As separator carriage 3 is moved over the cards in the direction indicated, the information is read from the magnetic stripes on the end of the card by transducers 4.

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Stacked Card Separator

Cards 1 having information in magnetic form on the end of the card are placed in a rectangular tub 2. As separator carriage 3 is moved over the cards in the direction indicated, the information is read from the magnetic stripes on the end of the card by transducers 4.

Since the cards must be separated and read individually, three pairs of vertical shafts 5, 6, and 7 are mounted in the carriage and driven at a speed which is synchronous with the carriage velocity along the tub. Each shaft terminates in a rubber rimmed wheel 8. The inner distance between the rims of each corresponding pair of wheels is slightly less than the narrow dimension of the card. The drive arrangement to wheels 8 provides a slightly greater velocity to the rubber rim than to the carriage.

As the carriage 3 moves along the tub, wheels 8 on shafts 5 separate a single card and pass it to the wheels associated with shafts 6, and then to the wheels associated with shaft 7. As the card is so transported, the top edge, containing the magnetic information, passes beneath transducer 4. Each transducer reads one bit of information from a magnetic stripe. The parallel readout provides as many bits as there are transducers. The system offers a convenient method of locating a card according to an address represented by the magnetic information contained in the stripes on the top edge of the card.

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