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Slot Sealing Cover for a Magnetic Card Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113277D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Crompton, D: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is a flexible cover fastened over a slot in a magnetic card reader, generally closing the slot to prevent the introduction of contaminants into the card reader, but deflected to expose the slot as a card, such as a credit card having a magnetic stripe, is slid into the slot for reading.

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Slot Sealing Cover for a Magnetic Card Reader

      Described is a flexible cover fastened over a slot in a
magnetic card reader, generally closing the slot to prevent the
introduction of contaminants into the card reader, but deflected to
expose the slot as a card, such as a credit card having a magnetic
stripe, is slid into the slot for reading.

      Fig. 1 is an end elevation of a magnetic card reader 10 having
a flexible cover 12 extending over a slot 14 through which a card may
be slid for reading a magnetic strip on a surface of the card.  The
portion of magnetic card reader 10 shown in this Figure may extend
outward from a surface 11 as part of a larger structure or machine.

      Fig. 2 is an oblique view of magnetic card reader 10, being
taken as indicated by lines II-II in Fig. 1.

      Fig. 3 is similar to Fig. 1, except that a card 16 is shown
inserted into slot 14, as required for reading a magnetic stripe on
the card.

      Referring to these Figures, data recorded on a magnetic stripe
on a card 16, is read as a portion 18 of the card 16 is slid through
a slot 14 of card reader 10 in the preferred direction indicated by
arrow 20.  A beginning portion 22 of slot 14 is formed as a
wedge-shaped funnel to facilitate    the placement of card portion 18
into slot 14 with the sliding motion desired.  As this card portion
18 is slid into slot 14, a leading edge of the card contacts an
inclined surface 24 of flexible cover 12, deflecting...