EP0530457B1 - Cassette for flexible sheets - Google Patents

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EP0530457B1
EP0530457B1 EP92110899A EP92110899A EP0530457B1 EP 0530457 B1 EP0530457 B1 EP 0530457B1 EP 92110899 A EP92110899 A EP 92110899A EP 92110899 A EP92110899 A EP 92110899A EP 0530457 B1 EP0530457 B1 EP 0530457B1
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07DHANDLING OF COINS OR VALUABLE PAPERS, e.g. TESTING, SORTING BY DENOMINATIONS, COUNTING, DISPENSING, CHANGING OR DEPOSITING
    • G07D11/00Devices accepting coins; Devices accepting, dispensing, sorting or counting valuable papers
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    • G07D11/12Containers for valuable papers
    • G07D11/13Containers for valuable papers with internal means for handling valuable papers
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
    • B65H2404/00Parts for transporting or guiding the handled material
    • B65H2404/20Belts
    • B65H2404/25Driving or guiding arrangements
    • B65H2404/257Arrangement of non endless belt
    • B65H2404/2571Wrapping/unwrapping arrangement

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  • The invention relates to a cassette for flexible sheets.
  • Such cassettes for flexible sheets are suitable, for example, for the transport of banknotes between a central office and a service machine and as a storage chamber for the banknotes in the service machine.
  • A cassette for flexible sheets of this type is known from DE-OS 23 37 398. A pressing device for a stack, which comprises a pressure plate guided in the housing and a spring, holds the sheets together in the stack. Space-saving arrangements of the pressing device are shown in DE-OS 28 51 607 with springs and DE-OS 29 07 277 and EP-175 175 with motor drives.
  • Such cassettes are firmly locked outside the service machine and can only be opened by authorized persons with a key. The cassettes have a cover which can be lifted off to replace the stack and an opening for the input and output of sheets, both of which can be closed. A closure device in the form of a slat strip which can be pushed in front of the opening for the input or output is known from DE-OS 29 49 344.
  • Research Disclosure December 1984, No. 24820 shows a device for stacking banknotes with a predetermined dimension, in which a stamp stuffs the banknote through the opening into the cassette. Devices for stacking flexible sheets of different dimensions and for picking them up from the stack are described in Swiss patent applications no. 02 566 / 90-1 and No. 01 031 / 91-8. The content of the two patent applications and the research disclosure is expressly part of this description.
  • DE-A-3834062 describes a cassette according to the preamble of claim 1.
  • The invention has for its object a cartridge for To create flexible sheets that offer space for two stacks of sheets with optimal use of the interior of the cassette.
  • According to the invention, the stated object is achieved by the features of claim 1.
  • Exemplary embodiments of the invention are explained in more detail below with reference to the drawings.
  • It shows:
  • Figure 1
    a housing insert for a cassette with two stacks of sheets,
    Figure 2
    a cassette end with a closure made of lamellar strips in a cassette channel in front of a feed system for the sheets,
    Figure 3
    the cassette end with the integrated feed system,
    Figure 4
    the feed system, consisting of a cover tape system at the end of the cassette and a feed device in the cassette channel,
    Figure 5
    the cover tape system and the feed device in operation,
    Figure 6
    the cover band system blocked with a locking wedge and the feed device retracted into a wall of the cassette channel and
    Figure 7
    the shroud system in cross section.
  • In FIG. 1, 1 means an essentially cuboid housing insert of a cassette for flexible sheets 2, which has two pressure plates 4, 5 mounted on rails 3, the Rails 3 are arranged in the housing insert 1 between two mutually opposite sides 6, 7 in such a way that the pressure plates 4, 5 on the rails 3 are freely movable and aligned parallel between the two sides 6, 7. The pressure plate 4 or 5 is pressed by means of a spring tension 8 or 9 against an inner surface of the side 6 or 7 facing it. The sides 6, 7 have openings 10, 11 through which sheets 2 can be transported and at least placed on the pressure plates 4, 5. The two openings 10, 11 are at least as large as the area of a largest sheet 2 from a predetermined set of different dimensions. The sheets 2 can form a stack 12 or 13 on the pressure plate 4 or 5.
  • For example, after filling, all sheets 2, which are small denomination banknotes, are contained in the first stack 12, while the second stack 13 is empty. The second pressure plate 5 therefore bears against the inner wall of the second side 7. The first pressure plate 4 is displaced by the first stack 12 against the force of the first spring balancer 8 against the second pressure plate 5 resting against the inner wall of the second side 7, this displacement being limited by the construction of the spring balancers 8, 9. In operation, a service machine (not shown here) accepts banknotes of larger denominations for exchange, puts them on the second stack 13 and can give a predetermined number of banknotes of the smaller denomination from the first stack 12 as change. Since the number of sheets 2 dispensed is always greater than that of the sheets taken, a single cassette is sufficient for this operating mode.
  • Instead of the spring balancers 8, 9, pneumatic or electromotive drives can also be used to move the pressure plates 4, 5 and to generate the contact pressure.
  • Only the sum of the heights of the two stacks 12, 13 is limited, since the displaceable pressure plates 4, 5 adjust themselves accordingly on the rails 3. The cassette can therefore be optimally filled.
  • The housing insert 1 is accommodated in a housing 14, which is only partially drawn here, which forms the outer wall of the cassette and surrounds the housing insert 1 on all sides except for the common openings 10, 11. The stacks 12, 13 are accessible through a cover of the housing 14, which is not shown here and can be closed with a security lock.
  • In the space between the housing insert 1 and a wall of the housing 14 parallel to the rails 3, at least one closure means 15 or 16 can be arranged, which is connected to a parallel displaceable closure plate 17 or 18. The closure plates 17, 18 are arranged in pairs on the outer wall of the two sides 6, 7. In one position, the openings 10, 11 are released and securely closed in the other.
  • This cassette has the advantage that the interior of the cassette is optimally used with the two stacks 12, 13, since the position of the pressure plates 4, 5 is set according to the height of the stacks 12, 13 and always for both stacks 12, 13 together the entire interior is available and that only one cassette is required for a service machine to change banknotes.
  • The two pairs of locking plates 17, 18 arranged in front of the openings 10 and 11 are advantageously coupled to one another, so that they are pushed by the locking means 15, 16 in front of the openings 10, 11 at the same time when the cassette is removed from the service machine. The closure plates 17, 18 are preferably displaced from opposite edges of the openings 10, 11 relative to one another via these openings 10, 11 until the closure plates 17, 18 each cover them half and close them together. In this position, the locking means 15, 16 lock the locking plates 17, 18 and thus prevent leaves 2 of the outside of the service machine Cassette can be removed.
  • In FIG. 2, the housing 14 advantageously has a window 19 in one of its side walls, which is arranged in such a way that when the cassette is inserted into a cassette channel 20 of the service machine, a release means 22 attached to a channel wall 21 of the cassette channel 20 passes through the window 19 penetrates into the housing and engages in the closure means 15, 16. A feed system 23 is arranged in the cassette channel 20 on two opposite channel walls 21, which feeds the sheets 2 from an acceptance and inspection point of the service machine onto the stacks 12, 13 (FIG. 1) or the sheets 2 from the stacks 12, 13 pick up and transport to a delivery point of the service machine. The release means 22 enables the cassette to be precisely aligned with the two feed systems 23. At the same time, the closure plates 17, 18 unlock and then automatically withdraw from the openings 10, 11 (FIG. 1) in order to release them for sheet transport.
  • The closure plates 17, 18 are advantageously designed as a lamella band, which is flexible in its direction of displacement and can be retracted slightly by the 90 ° bend into the “open” position shown in dashed lines in the drawing by means of the closure means 15, 16. On the other hand, the lamella band is rigid enough perpendicular to the direction of displacement to ensure that the openings 10, 11 are securely closed. To protect the cover sheets of the stacks 12, 13, the lamellar strips can be rolled over the stacks 12, 13 instead of being pushed.
  • By way of example, the feed system 23 known from the research disclosure mentioned above is arranged in front of the first opening 10. A transport path 24 guides the sheet 2 over the opening 10 and precisely aligns it there. By means of a stamp 25, the sheet 2 is pushed through the opening 10 onto the stack 12 after the closure plates 17, 18 have opened the opening 10. The inner wall of the side 6 has in the opening 10 protruding hold-down, which as Restraint means and limitation for the first stack 12 are used.
  • The same feed system 23 can be arranged in front of the second opening 11.
  • The cassette with the service machine can advantageously store interchangeable information in order to increase security during operation and against manipulation of the cassette. The information can include information about the content of the stacks 12, 13 and the number of the cassette or the service machine. A transmission means 26 arranged in the cassette channel 20, which is connected to the service machine, is set up for reading and changing the content of a storage medium 27 in the cassette. The transmission means 26 reads out the information at least once after the cassette has been inserted into the cassette channel 20 and generates a ready signal for the service machine. A protocol can be transmitted to the storage medium 27 after each sheet transport, so that after the cassette has been removed from the service machine, for. B. in a center, the expected content of the cassette according to the protocol with the actual content of the stack 12, 13 can be compared. By way of example, the transmission means 26 is arranged on the one end of the release means 22 which can be inserted into the housing 14 through the window 19, while the storage medium 27 is, for. B. is housed in the closure means 15.
  • The housing insert 1 in FIG. 3 has on the outer sides of the sides 6, 7 (FIG. 1) the flange-mounted feed systems 23 in front of the openings 10, 11 (FIG. 1), which the stacks 12, 13 (FIG. 1) on the sides 6 , 7 limit. The feed systems 23 are located inside the housing 14 and can therefore be removed together with the housing 14 from the cassette channel 20 (FIG. 2). This arrangement has the advantage that the cassette can be secured in a particularly resistant manner against manipulation, since the housing 14 has only small, outwardly opening slots 28 which are to be closed instead of the large openings 10, 11.
  • Each feed system 23 has at least one gate 29, through which the sheet 2 (Figure 1) for depositing z. B. is transported to the stack 12 or for dispensing at the service machine. The devices of the patent applications mentioned in the introduction can be used as feed systems 23, for example.
  • Immediately in front of each gate 29 of the feed systems 23, the slot 28 is arranged at a predetermined distance from the gate 29, each pair formed by the slot 28 and the gate 29 forming a passage 28, 29 of predetermined dimensions. In a space delimited between the slot 28 and the gate 29, the closure means 15, 16 can at least one of the closure plates 17; Push 18 in and block passage 28, 29. Aligned with each passage 28, 29, the transport paths 24, 24 ′ adjoin the cassette and lead from the slots 28 through the channel wall 21 into the service machines. Each of the openings 10, 11 or each passage 28, 29 can also be locked with lockable flaps or folding doors, not shown here.
  • The devices described in the patent applications mentioned in the introduction are advantageously designed in FIG. 4 as systems which can be separated into two parts, since one part, a cover band system 30, not only participates in sheet transport, but also on each side 6, 7 (FIG. 1) the formation of a shutter-like closure of the housing 14 enables.
  • The arrangement of the shroud system 30 is described below by way of example on the one side 6 of the housing insert 1, 1 '. The cover tape system 30 comprises a carriage 32 which can be moved on slide rails 31 over the stack 12 as a carrier of two outer guide rollers 33, 34, two deflection rollers 35, 36 at the ends of the slide rails 31 and two cover strips 38, 39 which can be wound on tape winding rollers 37. The axes of all the rollers 33 to 37 are aligned parallel to one another and transversely to the direction of the slide rails 31.
  • The slide rails 31 are arranged on both sides of the opening 10 parallel to their edge and guide the carriage 32 over the stack 12. The carriage 32 is displaceable on the slide rails 31 to such an extent that the guide rollers 33, 34 outside of the Opening 10 are. In the drawing, the carriage 32 is in the end position 40.
  • The diameters of the guide rollers 33, 34 are of the same size and define the distance between a cover sheet plane of the stack 12 coinciding with the outside of the side 6 and a closure plane 42 parallel to it. The axes of the outer guide rollers 33, 34 are fixed in a frame of the carriage 32 at a predetermined distance, which corresponds approximately to three times the diameter of the guide rollers 33, 34. Outside the two end positions 40, 41, the two deflection rollers 35, 36 are accommodated in the housing 14, the closure plane 42 tangentially touching the rollers 33 to 36.
  • The two shrouds 38, 39 have a width which is predetermined by the housing 14 and which is a predetermined amount larger than the widest sheet 2 (FIG. 2). The first shroud 38 is fastened on the outer wall of the side 6 in the immediate vicinity of the first deflection roller 35 in a first fixed point 43. In the cover sheet level of the stack 12, the cover band 38 is drawn up to the first guide roller 33 against the opening 10, is diverted from this plane around the first guide roller 33 by 180 ° into the closure plane 42 and extends there as the first end band to the first deflection roller 35, which deflects the shroud 38 into the housing 14. The second shroud 39 is attached to a second fixed point 44 in the immediate vicinity of the second deflecting roller 36 on the outer wall of the side 6 and is pulled over the opening 10 to the second guide roller 34, which wraps itself around the second shroud 39 in the closure plane 42 as a second end band to the second deflection roller 36, where the second cover band 39 also disappears in the housing 14. The two shrouds 38, 39 are rolled up and down under tension on the tape roll 37 in the housing 14 when the carriage 32 is on the slide rail 31 is moved over the stack 12. The two end bands block the cassette in the closure plane 42 as a roll closure. The cover bands 38, 39 can also be tightened with linear spring balancers instead of the band wrap 37.
  • In the cassette channel 20, 20 ', the channel walls 21 have two opposite recesses 45, in each of which a feed device 46 is arranged. The feed device 46 can be moved perpendicular to the channel wall 21 against the cassette, in order to enable the cassette to be removed or inserted in one position when the feed device 46 is fully retracted into the recess 45 and in the other, the working position , together with the shroud system 30 to form the entire feed system 23 (Figure 3).
  • The feed device 46 has a slide track 47 of the same length parallel to the slide rail 31. It carries a motor-driven displaceable slider 48 with a central guide roller 49, which is arranged on the side facing the shroud system 30 and has an axis oriented parallel to the axes of the rollers 33 to 36. The middle guide roller 49 spans at least one endless belt 52 guided over steering rollers 50, 51. The endless belt 52 can also be formed from a plurality of parallel strings.
  • When the feed device 46 is delivered to the shroud system 30, the slider 48 automatically couples to the carriage 32. The carriage 32 therefore does not have its own drive and can only be moved together with the slider 48. The feed system 23 enables a smooth rolling of the sheet 2 deposited as a cover sheet on the stack 12 or when the cover sheet is lifted off the stack 12. The methods for sheet transport are described in detail in the two patent applications mentioned at the beginning. For example, a groove 53 can be embedded in the frame of the carriage 32 exactly between the axles of the outer guide rollers 33, 34 mounted in the frame of the carriage 32. The axis of the central guide roller 49, which is elongated on both sides, becomes for coupling the slider 48 when the feed device 46 is delivered lowered with the carriage 32 into the groove 53.
  • During the delivery of the feed device 46, necessary electrical or pneumatic connections can also be made at the same time between the service machine and the cassette.
  • In the working position, the endless belt 52 lies between the two rollers 35, 50 and the first outer guide roller 33 and between the second outer guide roller 34 and the two rollers 36, 51 on the part of the shrouds 38, 39 referred to as the end belt and form continuations of the Transport routes 24, 24 '. Because of the middle guide roller 49 pushed between the two outer guide rollers 33, 34, the endless belt 52 is lowered to a predetermined distance on the cover sheet level of the stack 12, wherein it is supported on the two outer guide rollers 33, 34.
  • In at least one end position 40 or 41 of the carriage 32, a displaceable locking wedge 54 is advantageously arranged, which can be inserted between the outer guide rollers 33, 34 to block the carriage 32 and completely closes the cassette.
  • For example, in the working position, the locking wedge 54 is pressed against the locking plane 42 by the locking means 15. If the carriage 32 is in the end position 40 or 41, the locking wedge 54 is held down by the middle guide roller 49 and the endless belt 52. In another position of the carriage 32 according to FIG. 5, the locking wedge 54 is in contact with the one cover band 38 or 39 (FIG. 4).
  • In the cassette channel 20 in FIG. 6, the feed device 46 arranged on one of the two channel walls 21 has completely moved back into the recess 45. The endless belt 52 is separated from the shrouds 38, 39 and stretched directly between the two steering rollers 50, 51 (FIG. 4) via the middle guide roller 49.
  • The locking wedge 54 completely fills a space delimited by the two outer guide rollers 33, 34, through which the sheets 2 are transported to or from the stack 12 in the working position. The locking means 15 is locked and prevents the locking wedge 54 from being displaced via a linkage 55, as long as the cassette is outside the service machine.
  • As soon as the cassette has been fully inserted into the cassette channel 20 and the release means 22 (FIG. 2) has released the locking wedge 54 via the closure means 15, the service automat receives from the release means 22 the ready signal that the service automat at least the presence of one indicates the predetermined cassette. The two feed devices 46 move against each other until they unite with the two shroud systems 30 to form the two feed systems 23 (FIG. 3), the central guide roller 49 pressing on the released locking wedge 54 and pressing it, e.g. B. against the action of a spring 56 in the closure means 15, into the housing 14 until it is flush with the outer wall of the side 6. The obstruction of the car 32 is removed and the service machine can start the intended operation.
  • The removal of the cassette is preferably only possible in one of the two end positions 40, 41 (FIG. 4) of the carriage 32, since a single locking wedge 54 is then necessary. For example, a release command for the cassette can be entered in the cassette channel 20 via a command device (not shown here). The feed devices 46 are pulled back into the recesses 45, one of the two locking wedges 54 being pushed between the outer guide rollers 33, 34 on each side 6, 7 (FIG. 1). During this time, the transmission head 26 (FIG. 3) can supplement or update the content of the storage medium 27 (FIG. 3). A lock, not shown here, is then released and the cassette can be pulled out of the cassette channel 20. As soon as the release means 22 releases from the closure means 15, lock the inserted locking wedge 54 in its position for closing the housing 14. Advantageously, the cassette has lamellar strips for the cover strips 38, 39, which are flexible in the unwinding direction of the cover strips 38, 39 and are rigid perpendicular to them, so that the contents of the cassette are better is protected. If each side 6, 7 has only a single locking wedge 54, a lamella band is sufficient to close the cassette.
  • According to FIG. 7, a sectional view in the plane AA 'of FIG. 4, the walls 57 of the housing insert 1, 1' facing the feed devices 46 jump laterally as lugs 58, 59 over the parts 60 of the cover tapes 38 (FIG 4), 39 before. Protruding angles at both lugs 58, 59 guide the parts 60 serving as a closing band laterally in the housing insert 1, 1 'and increase the stability of the roll closure. The distance between the tabs 58, 59 is at least as large as the dimension of the largest sheet 2 from a predetermined set of sheets 2 that are acceptable from the cassette.
  • The housing 14 can, as shown, connect flush to the walls 57 of the housing insert 1, 1 'or the walls 57 are part of the housing 14, to which the housing insert 1, 1' closely fits inside the housing 14. The carriage 32 guided in the slide rails 31, with the outer guide rollers 33, 34 (FIG. 4), stretches the cover band 39 over the stack 12 and limits it against the opening 10. A side wall of the housing insert 1 parallel to the rails 3 (FIG. 1), 1 'has a hatch 61 which is large enough to remove the sheets 2. The hatch 61 is covered with a removable part of the housing 14 or a door 62 and can be securely closed, so that the stacked sheets 2 can only be loaded or removed quickly at the center.
  • Instead of the symmetrical designs shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the opening 10 or 11 (FIG. 1) can only be closed with a single closing plate 17 or 18 (FIG. 1).

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  1. Cassette for holding flexible sheets (2) in a first and a second stack (12, 13), comprising a housing (14) with an openable lid, a stacking region for the first and the second stack in the housing, a first and a second pressing plate (4, 5), which pressing plates are displaceable in the stacking region independently of each other and in substantially parallel alignment on a common axis in order to delimit the first and the second stack, a first arrangement (10; 23) having an opening (10; 28, 29) for transporting a sheet to and/or from the first stack, a second arrangement (11; 23) having an opening (11) for transporting a sheet to and/or from the second stack, the first and the second pressing plate (4, 5) being pressed towards the first and the second arrangement, respectively, and comprising a closure arrangement (15, 16, 17, 18; 60) for closing the openings of the first and the second arrangement;
       characterised in that the first and the second arrangement (10; 23; 11) are so disposed that they cooperate with the first and the second stack at a first and a second end, respectively, of the stacking region, in that the first and the second pressing plate (4, 5) are biassed in substantially opposite directions and in that the second pressing plate (5) is displaceable, at least in a range of different positions of the first pressing plate (4), from the second end of the stacking region directly up to the first pressing plate, whereby at least part of the stacking region can selectively be occupied by either the first or the second stack.
  2. Cassette according to claim 1, having a device (9) for limiting the maximum displaceability of the second pressing plate.
  3. Cassette according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the first pressing plate (4) is movable, at least in a range of different positions of the second pressing plate (5), from the first end of the stacking region directly up to the second pressing plate.
  4. Cassette according to claim 1, 2 or 3, having a device (8) for limiting the maximum displaceability of the first pressing plate.
  5. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first and the second pressing plate are arranged on rails (3).
  6. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims that is so constructed that sheets can be introduced into the cassette through at least one of said openings.
  7. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims that is so constructed that sheets can be issued from the cassette through at least one of said openings.
  8. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the housing has a window (19) for receiving a releasing device (22) of an automatic service machine, and in that said closure device (15, 16, 17, 18) can be opened when such a releasing device (22) is pushed through the window (19).
  9. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims, characterised in that a storage medium (27) for storing information on the contents of the stacks (12, 13) is arranged in the housing (14), and in that the contents of the storage medium can be read and altered by a transmission device (26) of an automatic service machine.
  10. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the housing (14) is cuboid.
  11. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first arrangement has an opening (10) at one end of the housing (14) and the second arrangement has an opening (11) at the opposite end of the housing (14).
  12. Cassette according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the closure devices have closure plates (17, 18) and have closing means (15, 16) for locking the closure plates in a closed position in relation to the openings and for unlocking and drawing back the closure plates to uncover the openings.
  13. Cassette according to claim 12, characterised in that a pair of closure plates (17; 18) which are movable together by the closing means (15; 16) is arranged in front of each opening (10 or 11), and in that the two pairs of closure plates (17; 18) are mechanically coupled to each other and can be pushed in front of the openings (10, 11) together, the closure plates (17; 18) of a pair uncovering the respective opening (10 or 11) for unhindered sheet transport in a first position and together closing the respective opening (10 or 11) in a second position.
  14. Cassette according to claim 12 or 13, characterised in that the closure plates (17; 18) have a flexible structure in their direction of displacement and a rigid structure perpendicular thereto.
  15. Cassette according to claim 12, characterised in that the first and the second arrangement each have on the respective side (6; 7) inside the housing (14) a feed system (23) for the sheets (2) which delimits the respective stack (12 or 13), in that gates (29) of the feed systems (23), which gates are aligned with apertures (28) in the housing (14), form in pairs a passage (28, 29) for unhindered sheet transport, and in that each passage (28, 29) has a least one of said closure plates (17 or 18) for closure purposes, which closure plate can be pushed by the closing means (15; 16) between the respective aperture (28) and the gate (29) and locked in that position.
  16. Cassette according to any one of claims 1 to 11, characterised in that the housing (14) has on each of the two sides (6; 7) a covering belt system (30) for closing the housing (14), in that the covering belt system (30) comprises a carriage (32) having two outer guide rollers (33; 34) arranged parallel to and spaced from each other, which carriage is displaceable over the respective stack (12 or 13) on sliding rails (31), two covering belts (38; 39) forming a roll-up closure (60) of the housing (14) and delimiting the respective stack (12 or 13), and rollers (35; 36), the covering belts (38; 39) being guided in a topmost sheet plane of the respective stack (12 or 13) from fixed points (40; 41) on the housing (14) to the nearest guide roller (33; 34), passing around said roller and being drawn back, parallel to the topmost sheet plane, in a closure plane (42) as a roll-up closure (60) onto belt spooling devices (37) arranged in the housing (14).
  17. Cassette according to claim 16, characterised in that at least one of the covering belts (38; 39) is flexible in its plane in the unrolling direction and is rigid perpendicular thereto.
  18. Cassette according to claim 16 or 17, characterised in that, in one end position (40 or 41) of the carriage (32), a closing wedge (54) can be pushed between the two outer guide rollers (33, 34) by means of the closing means (15; 16) in order to lock the carriage (32) in the end position (40 or 41) and close the housing (14).
  19. Arrangement comprising a cassette according to claim 16, 17 or 18 and an apparatus for receiving the cassette, wherein the apparatus has a cassette channel (20, 20') and a feed device (46) which is displaceably arranged on two opposing channel walls (21) of the cassette channel (20) in such a manner that it can be presented to the covering belt system (30), a slide (48) of the feed device (46) couples with the carriage (32) for displacement together therewith, and, upon displacing the carriage (32) and the slide (48), transport of a sheet between the covering belt (38 or 39) and an endless belt (42) of the feed device (46) can take place.
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