US3648241A - Stationary stack assembly with remotely controlled access - Google Patents

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US3648241A
US3648241A US808930A US3648241DA US3648241A US 3648241 A US3648241 A US 3648241A US 808930 A US808930 A US 808930A US 3648241D A US3648241D A US 3648241DA US 3648241 A US3648241 A US 3648241A
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A stationary stack assembly comprising a plurality of suitably spaced stacks, which is so designed that the storage position of an article to be stored or taken out is indicated by operating keys on a keyboard in accordance with a code number representative of the storage position information or by means of a position card on which the storage position is previously memorized and the range of activity of an attendant in the stack assembly is restricted by the qualification accorded to the attendant and further the date and time when the article was stored or taken out, the attendant who handled the article and the storage position the article are recorded automatically.

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United States Patent [151 3,648,241 Naito et al. 1 Mar. 7, 1972 [54] STATIONARY STACK ASSEMBLY 2,811,583 /1957 Timms et al ..179/2 R I R LY CONTROLLED 3,076,566 2/1963 Dennis ..2l4/ 16.4 ACCESS 3,304,416 2/1967 Wolf .340/147 A X 3,326,325 6/1967 Bradley... ..l86/1 [72] Inventors: Han-lchiro Naito, Akishima-shi; Tsuneo ,4 1, 70 l/ 1970 Isserstedt 18 /12 X Yamaguchi, Tokyo, both of Japan 3,420,336 l/ 1969 slm lan ..l86/l [73] Assignee: Elecompack Company Limited, Shinjukuprimary Examine, [)0na|d Yusko Tokyo, Japan Attorney-Richard L. Cannaday 22 F1 d: M 1969 1 at 57] ABSTRACT [2]] App! 808,930 A stationary stack assembly comprising a plurality of suitably spaced stacks, which is so designed that the storage position of Foreign Application Priority Data an article to be stored or taken out is indicated by operating keys on a keyboard in accordance with a code number Mar. 22, Japan representative ofthe storage p i information or y means of a position card on which the storage position is previously [52] U.S.Cl ..340/147 R, 340/147 A, 181/1, memorized and the range of activity of an attendant in the 194/4 235/61-7 stack assembly is restricted by the qualification accorded to Int. Cl. the attendant and further the date and time when the article Field 01 Search 147 was stored or taken out, the attendant who handled the article 186/1; 21/ 7; 2 l-7; 1 4/4 and the storage position the article are recorded automatically. [56] References Cited 12 Claims, Drawing Figures UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,661,682 12/1953 Saunders ..340/147 A PAIENTEUMAR vmz 3.648.241
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1. A stationary stack assembly having a plurality of equally spaced stationary stacks, said stationary stack assembly being so designed that the position of each aisle formed between adjacent stacks and more specific article storage positions are indicated by making use of signals of numerical codes representative of said aisle position and said said storage positions respectively, and comprising (1) a set of numerical keys from 0 to 9, (2) means for converting a plurality of signals created by said keys into signals indicating said aisle position and said more specific positions, (3) storage position indicating means for indicating a desired storage position in accordance with said signals indicating the aisle position and the more specific position, (4) a lockable closure member for covering each of said specific storage positions, (5) means for unlocking the lock of said closure member at said specific storage position in response to said specific position signal. (6) means for receiving a qualification card having at least one qualification information signal recorded thereon to limit the operation of said stationary stack assembly, (7) means for reading the information recorded on said qualification card and transmitting the same as at least one qualification signal, and (8) means for receiving said qualification signal and also said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals and comparing said qualification signal with said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals and transmitting said position signals to said storage position indicating means and said unlocking means only upon coincidence of said position signals with said qualification signal.
2. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 1, in which said storage position indicating means is provided with automatic restoring means by which it is actuated and the position signal converting means is restored after the signals from said keys have been converted into position signals by said position signal converting means, thereby providing for introduction of the next code signals.
3. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 1, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals.
4. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 2, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals.
5. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 1, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals and for recording said qualification signal or signals.
6. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 2, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals and for recording said qualification signal or signals.
7. A stationary stack assembly having a plurality of equally spaced stationary stacks and comprising (1) means for receiving a position card having position information signals such as an aisle position and more specific positions recorded thereon, (2) means for reading the information recorded on said position card and transmitting the same as storage position signals, (3) means for receiving such signals and indicating a desired storage position according to them, (4) a lockable closure member for covering each of said specific storage positions, (5) means for unlocking the lock of said closure member at said specific storage position in response to said specific position signal, (6) means for receiving a qualification card having at least one qualification information signal recorded thereon to limit the operation of said stationary stack assembly, (7) means for reading the information recorded on said qualification card and transmitting the same as at least one qualification signal, and (8) means for receiving said qualification signal and also said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals and comparing said qualification signal with said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals and transmitting said position signals to said storage indicating means and said unlocking means only upon coincidence of said position signals with said qualification signal.
8. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 7, in which said storage position indicating means is provided with automatic restoring means by which it is actuated and said position reading means is restored after the signals from said position card have been converted into position signals by said position reading means, thereby providing for introduction of the next position information.
9. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 7, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals.
10. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 8, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals.
11. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 7, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals and for recording said qualification signal or signals.
12. A stationary stack assembly as defined in claim 8, which further comprises means for recording an aisle position and more specific positions corresponding to said aisle position signal and said more specific position signals in response to said signals and for recording said qualification signal or signals.
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