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Machine Readable Public Utility Meter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000098841D
Original Publication Date: 1958-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

DeHart, JR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The basic idea is to provide at every customer's public utility service pole a metering device connected in series with the power line and house feeder line. The metering device would employ an electrolytic bath in series with a selenium rectifier so that the amount of plating deposited on a replaceable cathode plate would be proportional to the consumed power. The replaceable plate, carrying appropriate customer identification markings, would be removed by the meter reader at the regular meter reading intervals and returned to the utility's offices for automatic weighing or thickness measuring for purposes of computing the power consumed by the customer.

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Machine Readable Public Utility Meter

The basic idea is to provide at every customer's public utility service pole a metering device connected in series with the power line and house feeder line. The metering device would employ an electrolytic bath in series with a selenium rectifier so that the amount of plating deposited on a replaceable cathode plate would be proportional to the consumed power. The replaceable plate, carrying appropriate customer identification markings, would be removed by the meter reader at the regular meter reading intervals and returned to the utility's offices for automatic weighing or thickness measuring for purposes of computing the power consumed by the customer.

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