Integrated Magnetic Stripe Reader Recorder
Original Publication Date: 1981-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
In order to reduce the wear on magnetic-stripe read and write heads, it is desirable to extend the heads into contact with the magnetic stripe during reading and writing but to retract the heads during return passage in preparation for the next read or write operation. An exemplary application is the read and write heads associated with a passbook printer for reading the magnetic stripe on the passbook in conjunction with printing transaction entries on pages of the passbook. This article shows a simple track in each side frame of the magnetic reader for extending the head into contact and permitting return travel out of contact of the stripe.