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Distributed Operator Interface for Entering of Bindery System Control Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104497D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bale, RE: AUTHOR [+8]

Abstract

A method, means and computer program is disclosed that provides a distributed operator interface for the entry of control data for a bindery control system which allows for the parallel entry of data at multiple instances of the operator interface and maximizes the ability to reuse data for different jobs or configurations.

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Distributed Operator Interface for Entering of Bindery System Control Data

      A method, means and computer program is disclosed that provides
a distributed operator interface for the entry of control data for a
bindery control system which allows for the parallel entry of data at
multiple instances of the operator interface and maximizes the
ability to reuse data for different jobs or configurations.

      The Operator Interface system consists of multiple instances of
the operator interface applications running on multiple computers.
All Bindery Hardware Configuration Data, Line Setup Data and Book
Definition Data is stored in a centralized database accessed via
network communications.  The centralized database provides data
access to all Operator Interface applications while preserving data
integrity by locking logical records for read and write activities.

      The data required for running the Bindery System has been
divided into different record types depending on the reusability of
the information.  Some information is based upon the physical
hardware configuration of the system which is not likely to change
very often.  Another set of information is based upon definition of
the book being build and how the line is setup to build the book
(number and location of signatures, the information being printed
etc.) which is likely to persist for the entire run of the book and
may be common to multiple runs of a periodical.  Yet another set of
information is based upon the job itself, i.e., the job quantities,
and tape volumes.  Each of...