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A data board and data recording machine. The data board is insertable into the data recording machine. The data board has operator positionable stop means and the data recording machine has printing wheels connected to sensing rods; the sensing rods sense the position of the stop means and set the printing wheels in response thereto. A printing member plate and print receiving form are carried by the board and the information on the printing wheels and plate are printed on the form.

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United States Patent 1 Sims [ 1 Jan. 9, 1973 [54] DATA BOARD AND DATA RECORDING MACHINE [75] Inventor: Art T. Sims, Gates Mills, Ohio [73] Assignee: Addressograph-Multlgraph Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio [22] Filed: Nov. 10, 1971 [21] Appl. No.: 197,547
[52] US. Cl. ..l01/45, 101/269, 346/78 [51] Int. Cl ..B4lf 3/20, B41j 5/06 [58] Field of Search ..101/96, 45, 269; 179/90 B,
179/90 BB, 90 CS; 235/61.12, 91; 346/43,
[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Primary Examiner-Robert E. Pulfrey Assistant Examiner-E. M. Coven Attorney-Russell L. Root et a1.
[57] ABSTRACT A data board and data recording machine. The data board is insertable into the data recording machine. The data board has operator positionable stop means and the data recording machine has printing wheels connected to sensing rods; the sensing rods sense the position of the stop means and set the printing wheels in response thereto. A printing member plate and print receiving form are carried by the board and the information on the printing wheels and plate are printed on the form.
13 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures PATENTEDJAN 9 197a SHEET 2 OF 2 ART TS/MS Juvaygzm BY W Y (yflz ATTURNE') DATA BOARD AND DATA RECORDING MACHINE This is a continuation of application Ser. No. 887,811 filed Dec. 24, I969, now abandoned.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates generally to the art of data recording, and more particularly to the recording of both fixed and variable information on a form, such as information from an embossed credit card and the amount of a purchase made therewith.
With the advent of embossed credit cards for purchasers, there was developed recording devices which would receive the credit card and which have adjustable printing wheels thereon. The devices are so arranged and constructed that they receive the embossed card, and the printing wheels therein are set by means of levers to the amount of the purchase. The information on the credit card and the amount of the purchase is then printed on a form. This has proved to be a very effective and efficient method of handling credit purchases at least during normal periods of volume. However, as the number of credit cards increases accompanied by the proportionate increase in use of the recording devices, it often becomes necessary for the clerks to wait to use the recording devices, especially during peak periods of sales, thus causing delay to the customer. While the purchase of extra recording devices would alleviate this problem, these devices are expensive and often the cost is not justified.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION According to this invention there is provided a relatively inexpensive data, board which is adapted to hold the credit card and the form and which has a setting device thereon for setting a variable amount. A recording machine is provided which will accept the data board register the amount set on thedata board and print this amount together with the information carried by the credit card on the form. In this way, each clerk can be provided with a data board to initially arrange the credit card and form thereon and set on the board the amount of the sale. Then each use of the recording machine will' be only for recording this preset data on a form. This will eliminate the time required'to insert the credit card and form into .the' recording machine and set the amount on the recording machine. Thus, there will be less delay since the use time of the machine will be reduced for each transaction allowingeach machine to serve more'clerks. I
This invention may be considered as a data board which operates in conjunction with adata recording machine, or alternatively it may be viewed as a combination of the data board and machine. In either event the machine has variable printing means such-as rotatable wheels with printing characters around the.
ing form which are placed in superposed relationship and with openings through which the printing means of the data machine may project when the data board is fully inserted into the machine. The board includes a program means, which in the preferred embodiment consists of movable obstruction stops, structured for exerting control upon the sensor means as the board is inserted into the machine. The program means is variable by the operator to determine a desired combination of the character printing means through response of the sensor means to the program means on the board.
Other features and objects, together with a fuller understanding of the invention may be had from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a plan view of a data recording board according to this invention;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken substantially along a plane designated by the line 2-2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 on page 2 is aplan view on an enlarged scale of a portion .of FIG. 1, partially in section and with parts broken away; showing one slide selector and the operation thereof;
FIG. 4 on page 1 is a perspective view of a data recording machine adapted to record the data carried by the data board;
FIG. 5 is a somewhat schematic representation of the linkage between sensing levers and printing wheels of the machine of FIG. 4;
FIG. 6 is" a side elevation view taken substantially along the plane designated by the line 66 in FIG. 1;
FIG. 7 is a section view taken substantially along the plane designated by the line 7-7 of FIG. 4; and
FIG. 8 on page 1 is a sectional view showing a modification of the slide mechanism shown in FIG. 3.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS ing slot 14, a spring clip 16, a printing wheel opening I8, and dater opening 20. A data recording form is shown in phantom outline and designated generally as 22. The form 22 is held to the board by means of the spring clip I6 and overlies the station plate opening 14, the lower part' of the receiving slot 12, the printing wheel opening 18, and the dater opening 20. Thus, the
information carried on the lower portion of the credit card and on the station plate, and on any printing wheels extending in the openings 18 and 20, can be transferred to and printed on the form 22.
In they lower right hand portion of the data board 10, there is provided a' variable data storage or actuator mechanism designated generally as 24. The actuator or operator mechanism 24 includes a plurality of longitudinally extending slots 26a, 26b, 26c, 26d, and 260 formed in the top deck of frame member 11". Each of these slots is adapted to receive a presettable slide or actuator member designated generally as 28a, 28b, 28c, 28d and 28e respectively. A retainer plate 30 underlies the slots 26 and provides support for the slide members 28, and has elongated slots 31a, 31b, 31c, 31d and 3le corresponding to slots 26a 26e respectively. The ends of these slots 310 through 312 are flared or bell mouthed. See FIG. 1.
One of the slide members, 280, is shown in detail in FIG. 2, the other members being of similar construction. Slide member 28a includes a roller member 32a which has a stem 34a extending upwardly therefrom through the slot 26a. A second depending actuator stem or input member 36a projects through slot 310 in the retainer plate. A cap or key 40a is carried by the stem 34a and is exposed on top of the board.
As can be best seen in FIG. 3, a detent member 42a is provided which has equally spaced grooves 44a. The detent member 42a is biased toward the roller member 32a, by means of a pair of springs 46a. The springs bear against a downwardly depending flange 48a. Flange 48a runs parallel to the slots 26a and 31a. Thus upon movement of the slide member 28a in the slots, it will be detented in positions corresponding to the grooves 44a on the detent 42a.
The other slide members 28b 28e are constructed and detented similar to the construction and detenting of slide member 28a.
Referring again to FIG. 1, a face plate 50 is provided on the top of the frame 11 around the caps 40 and numbered from to 9, each number corresponding with one of the grooves in the underlying detent members 42a. Thus, the slide members 28 can be moved by grasping the caps 40 and sliding them up or down as viewed in FIG. 1. The detent member 42a will yieldingly secure the slide member in the selected groove 4411. Thus any combination of numbers can be set on the variable data storage mechanism 24, merely by moving the slide members 28 to the desired numbers. These slide members will thus be programmed to a specific number combination, depending upon their position.
The programmed variable number set in the data board, together with the information on a credit card carried in the slot 12 and the information on the station plate in theslot 14, can be recorded by data recording machine shown in FIG. 4 and designated generally as 52. The machine can also record preset dates if desired.
The data recording machine 52 includes a frame structure 54 which mounts a printing and impression mechanism. The purpose of this invention, as previously stated, is to make possible the transfer of information previously'stored in a data recording board into the data recording machine 52 without requiring the operator to take the time or thought to make the machine adjustment when the machine is approached for performing a recording function. The genesis of this invention is in the concept of a sensor means carried in the data recording machine 52 which is responsive to preset primary data devices carried by the board 10. The previously described slide members 28 illustrate a practical construction which serves as actuating devices for the sensor means, and the sensor means illustrated in the preferred embodiment is constituted by a printing mechanism which includes five sensing rods 56a, 56b, 56c, 56d and 56e which correspond in position and spacing to the slide members 28a 28c respectively of the data board 10. The sensing rods 56a 56c include respectively upturned tabs or legs 58a 58 exposed above and extending through slots 60a 60c formed in the frame 54. See FIG. 5 for a perspective illustration of the rods. Each of these sensing rods 56a 56e is connected respectively to variable character printing wheels 62a 62c. These character printing wheels 62a 62e have formed thereon printing characters 0 through 9.
The character printing wheels 62a 62d are operatively connected through a gear and link mechanism, one of which is shown somewhat schematically in FIG. 5. The character wheel 62a is provided with a gear 640 secured to one side face thereof, and both which are journalled'on shaft 65a. The gear 640 meshes with a gear 660, which gear in turn is connected by a rod 67a to a companion gear 68a. Gear 68a meshes with a gear 70a, journalled on shaft 65a. The gear 700 has secured on the side face thereofa gear 72a which engages rack teeth 74a formed on the lower surface of the sensing rod 56a. Thus longitudinal movement of the rod 5611 will be translated through the gears 72a, 70a, 68a, 66a, and 64a, to rotate the printing character 'wheel 62a to the desired position. Each of the other sensing rods 56b 566 is similarly connected to its respective printing character wheel 62b 62e.
The data recording machine 52 also is provided with a dater shown generally at 76 in FIG. 4. The dater consists of conventional rotatable discs extending through the top of the frame 54 having months, days, and years thereon which can be changed by using the finger to rotate the discs.
The datarecording machine 52 has a conventional platen and actuating head designated generally as 78. The platen may be either motor driven or hand driven and is adapted to apply pressure on top of the form to cause the characters displayed on the credit card printing device, the station plate, the variable printing wheels, and the dater to be printed on the form. This action will now be described in the context of a retail purchase at credit. Industrial uses will be obvious from this illustration. I
When the customer makes a purchase, the clerk is provided with a data board 10 of the type shown in FIG. 1. A station plate will be mounted in the station plate slot 14. This will contain such information as the name of the store or establishment and may also include clerk identification. The station plate will be relatively permanently mounted in the board, i.e., this plate is not changed with each customer but will remain with the clerk essentially for the entire period which the clerk has the board.
The customer, when making the credit purchase, will present the credit card printing device to a clerk who will then place it in the credit card receiving slot 12. The clerk will then place the proper form 22 under the spring clip 16 so that it willoverlie the bottom portion of the credit card and the entire station plate. The clerk will then set on the variable data storage mechanism 24 the amount of the purchase made by the customer. Having performed all of these preliminary steps, the clerk will then take the data board 10 to a common data recording machine 52, (which may serve several clerks) and insert it therein. The data board 10 has downwardly depending legs 80 on either side See FIG. 6. The board is inserted by placing the downwardly depending legs 80 into corresponding tracks 82 formed in the frame 54 of the data recording machine 52. This position is shown with data board in phantom outline in FIG. 4.
In order to properly position the board in the recording position, each of the depending legs 80 has a pair of rounded connecting tabs 84 (FIG. 6) which mate with tab receiving slots 86 formed in the tracks 82 (FIG. 7).
The board is then pushed into the machine with the tabs 84 sliding in the tracks 82. This will maintain the frame 11 above the printing wheels during insertion and prevent interference of parts.
As the board is pushed into the machine, the depending pins 36 from the slide members 28 below the retainer plate 30 will strike their corresponding tabs 58 of the sensing rods 56, and will move the rods a distance corresponding to the distance which the slide members have moved away from the 0 position. This linear movement of the rods 56 will be translated through the gear mechanism to the variable character printing wheels 62a 62e.'Thus each character wheel will be rotated to the number which corresponds to the position shown on the face plate 50 of the variable data storage mechanism 24. At the fully inserted position, the tabs 82 will drop into the tab receiving slots 84, dropping the data board into recording position. When the board is thuscompletely inserted into the machine,
- the platen head mechanism 78 is actuated to press the form against the various printing members to print the information from the credit card, the station plate and dater, and the variable character printing wheels onto the form. In the illustratedmachine, this is done by moving the platen from the home position completely to the right and returning it to starting position. As soon as this printing operation has been accomplished, the data board can be removed from the machine by merely withdrawing it, and the form 22 and the credit card removed from the data board. Then the'proper carbon copy of the form and credit card is returned to the customer. The rods 56 are returned manually in this embodiment, rather than by other operating structure.
Thus, it can be seen that all of the initial set-up work of inserting the variable data, inserting the credit card and inserting the forms is done on a separate data board apart from the recording machine, and that the only function that the recording machines performs it to actually sense the preprogrammed variable data and record this together with the data carried by the credit card, the station plate and the dater. The recording machine is not tied'up for the period of time that is necessary'to insert the credit card and the form and to set the variable data. Hence, this allows a single machine to serve a plurality of data boards carried by the different clerks and greatly reduces the number of recording machines that will be required by virtue of the facts that one recording machine can serve several data recording boards. The data recording boards being much less expensive than the recording machines, this provides a positive and substantial saving, while increasing the efficiency of the clerks.
Referring now to FIG. 8, a slightly modified form of slide mechanism is shown incorporated in a data board. FIG. 4 is a sectional view similar to the view of FIG. 2.
In this embodiment, slide member 28' is provided which has a nylon roller member 32', but wherein the upwardly extending stem 34' terminates in the opening or slot 26'. In this case, a depression 35 is formed in the top of the stem 34 so that the slide member 28' is adapted to be operated by means of a stylus, such as the point of a pencil. This configuration may be desirable where the space available for the variable data storage mechanism is somewhat limited. By making the slide stylus-operated, the spacing between the slide member 28 may be greatly reduced inasmuch as clearance of the fingers between the caps 40 is not required Otherwise, the device operates in a similar manner to the device shown in FIGS. 1 through 3, and previously described.
What is claimed is:
1. An apparatus for transferring data from a printing plate and adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a frame, a plurality of adjustable printing elements movably mounted on said frame, each of said printing elements including a plurality of characters which are movable between inactive positions and a printing position upon'movement of the associated one of said printing elements relative to said frame, a plurality of drive means each of which is associated with one of said adjustable printing elements for effecting movement of the associated printing element relative to said frame, a data board movable from a position spaced from said frame to a recording position in which said data board is operatively con nected with said frame, first holder means for holding a printing plate in a printing position relative to said frame, second holder means for holding sheet material in a predetermined relationship with said printing elements and printing plate, operator means mounted on said data board for activating at least some of said plurality of drive means during movement of said data board from a position spaced from said frame to the recording. position to effect movement of predetermined characters on at least someof said printing elements to their printing positions, said operator means including a plurality of presettable actuator means mounted on said data board and movable to any one of a plurality of settings relative to said data board for engaging an associated one of said drive means as said data board is moved toward the recording position and for effecting operation of the associated one of said drive means to an extent corresponding to the setting of the associated one of said actuator means during continued movement of said data board toward the recording position, and printing means mounted on said frame for effecting a transmittal of datafrom both the printing plate in the printing position and said printing elements to the sheet material when said data board is in the recording position.
2. An apparatus as set forth in claim I wherein said operator means includes a plurality of manually engageable key means projecting outwardly from one side of said data board and operatively connected to an associated one of said actuator means for moving the associated actuator means to a selected one of said plurality of settings, and indicia means disposed on said one side of said data board for cooperating with said 3. An apparatus as set forth in claim 1 wherein said first holder means is disposed on said data board and holds the printing plate in a predetermined position relative to both said data board and said frame when said data board is in the recording position.
4. An apparatus as set forth in claim 2 wherein said second holder means includes gripper means mounted on said data board for holding the sheet material in a superposed relationship with the printing plate.
5. An apparatus as set forth in claim 1 wherein each of said drive means includes a rack gear mounted for reciprocating movement relative to said frame and a pinion gear disposed in meshing engagement with said rack gear and operatively connected with one of said printing elements, each of said actuator means being engageable with an associated one of said rack gears as said data board is moved toward the recording position.
6. An apparatus as set forth in claim 1 wherein each of said actuator means includes an input element mounted on said data board and movable relative thereto along a predetermined path and means for defining a plurality of settings along said path and for releasably holding said input element at a setting corresponding to a predetermined one of the characters on the associated one of said printing elements.
7. An apparatus for use with a data recording machine to transfer data from a printing plate and adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a data board movable from a position spaced from the machine to a recording position in which said data board is in a'working relation with the machine, first holder means on said data board for holding a printing plate in a predetermined position on said data board to locate the printing plate relative to the machine when said data board is in the recording position, second holder means on said data board for holding sheet material in juxtaposition with the printing elements and printing plate when said data board is in the recordingposition, and operator means connected with said data board for effecting an indexing of the printing elements during movement of said data board from a position spaced from the machine to the recording position, said operator means including a plurality of-presettable input means movable to any one ofa pluralit y of settings relative to said data board for activating an indexing mechanism in the machine to index the printing elements to positions corresponding to the settings of said input means as said data board is moved to the recording position, guide means connected with said data board for defining a plurality of paths along which said input means are movable, each of said paths being associated with one of said input means, and retainer means for defining a plurality of settings along each of said paths and for releasably holding said input means at settings corresponding to predetermined positions to which the printing elements are to be indexed upon movement of said data board to the recording position.
8. An apparatus as set forth in claim 7 wherein said data board further includes means for defining an opening for projection therethrough of the printing elements when said data board is in the recording position, said second holder means retaining the sheet material on said data board in a position extending over the opening to enable data to be transferred from the printing elements to the sheet material when said data board is in the recording position.
9. An apparatus as set forth in claim 7 wherein each of said input means includes a manually engageable member projecting from one side of said data board for effecting movement of said input means along the associated one of said paths to adjust the setting of said input means, and wherein said apparatus further in cludes indicia means on said data board for indicating the settings of said plurality of input means.
10. An apparatus for transferring data from adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a frame, a plurality of adjustable printing elements movably mounted on said frame, each of said printing elements including a plurality of characters which are movable between inactive positions and a printing position upon movement of the associated one of said printing elements 'relatiye to said frame, a plurality of drive means each of which is associated with one of said adjustable printing elements for effecting movement of the associated printing element relative to said frame, a data board movable from a position spaced from said frame to a recording position in which said data board is operatively connected with said frame, holder means on said data board for holding sheet material in a predetermined relationship with said printing elements when said data board is in the recording position, operator means mounted on said data board for activating at least some of said plurality of drive means during movement of said data board from a position spaced from said frame to the recording position to effect movement of predetermined characters on at least some of said printing elements to their printing positions, said operator means including a plurality of presettable actuator means mounted on said data board and movable to any one of a plurality of settings relative to said data board for engaging an associated one of said drive means as said data board is moved toward the recording position and for effecting operation of the associated one of said drive means to an extent corresponding to the setting'of the associated one of said actuator means during continued movement of said data board toward the recording position and means for defining a plurality of settings of said actuator means and for holding releasably said actuator means at settings corresponding to predetermined positions of associated printing elements, said apparatus further including printing means mounted on said frame for effecting a transmittal of data from said printing elements to the sheet material when saiddata board is in the recording position.
11. An apparatus as set forth'in claim 10 wherein said operator means further includes a plurality of manually engageable key means projecting outwardly from one side of said data board and operatively connected to an associated one of said actuator means for moving the associated actuator means to a selected one of said plurality of settings, and indicia means disposed on said one side of said board for cooperating with said key means to indicate the setting of the associated one of said actuator means relative'to said data board.
12. An apparatus as set forth in claim 10 further including means on said data board for holding a printing plate in juxtaposition with the sheet material when the sheet material is held by said holder means.
13. An apparatus for transferring data from a printing plate and adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a frame, a plurality of adjustable printing elements movably mounted on said frame, each of said printing elements including a plurality of characters which are movable between inactive positions and a printing position upon movement of the associated one of said printing elements relative to said frame, a plurality of drive means each of which is associated with one of said adjustable printing elements for effecting movement of the associated printing element relative to said frame, each of said drive means including a rack gear mounted for reciprocating movement relative to said frame and a pinion gear disposed in meshing engagement with said rack gear, a data board movable from a position spaced from said frame to a recording position in which said data board is operatively connected with said frame, first holder means on said data board for holding a printing plate in a predetermined position on said data board to locate the printing plate relative to said frame when said data board is in the recording position, gripper means mounted on said data board for holding sheet material in a predetermined relationship with said printing elements and printing plate when said data board is in the recordingposition, operator means mounted on said data board for activating atleast some of said plurality of drive means during movement of said data board from a position spaced from said frame to the recording position to effect movement of predetermined characters on at least some of said printing elements to their printing positions, said operator means including a plurality of presettable actuator means mounted on said data board and movable to any one of a plurality of settings relative to said data board for engaging an associated one of said drive means as said data board is moved toward the recording position and for effecting relative movement between the rack and pinion gears in the associated one of said drive means to an extent corresponding to the setting of the associated one of said actuator means during continued movement of said data board toward the recording position, said actuator means including an input element mounted on said data board and movable relative thereto along a predetermined path and means for defining a plurality of settings along said path and for releasably holding said input element at a setting corresponding to a predetermined one of the characters on the associated one of said printing elements, and printing means mounted on said frame for effecting a transmittal of data from both said plate and said printing elements to the sheet material when said data board is in the recording position.

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1. An apparatus for transferring data from a printing plate and adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a frame, a plurality of adjustable printing elements movably mounted on said frame, each of said printing elements including a plurality of characters which are movable between inactive positions and a printing position upon movement of the associated one of said printing elements relative to said frame, a plurality of drive means each of which is associated with one of said adjustable printing elements for effecting movement of the associated printing element relative to said frame, a data board movable from a position Spaced from said frame to a recording position in which said data board is operatively connected with said frame, first holder means for holding a printing plate in a printing position relative to said frame, second holder means for holding sheet material in a predetermined relationship with said printing elements and printing plate, operator means mounted on said data board for activating at least some of said plurality of drive means during movement of said data board from a position spaced from said frame to the recording position to effect movement of predetermined characters on at least some of said printing elements to their printing positions, said operator means including a plurality of presettable actuator means mounted on said data board and movable to any one of a plurality of settings relative to said data board for engaging an associated one of said drive means as said data board is moved toward the recording position and for effecting operation of the associated one of said drive means to an extent corresponding to the setting of the associated one of said actuator means during continued movement of said data board toward the recording position, and printing means mounted on said frame for effecting a transmittal of data from both the printing plate in the printing position and said printing elements to the sheet material when said data board is in the recording position.
2. An apparatus as set forth in claim 1 wherein said operator means includes a plurality of manually engageable key means projecting outwardly from one side of said data board and operatively connected to an associated one of said actuator means for moving the associated actuator means to a selected one of said plurality of settings, and indicia means disposed on said one side of said data board for cooperating with said key means to indicate the setting of the associated one of said actuator means relative to said data board.
3. An apparatus as set forth in claim 1 wherein said first holder means is disposed on said data board and holds the printing plate in a predetermined position relative to both said data board and said frame when said data board is in the recording position.
4. An apparatus as set forth in claim 2 wherein said second holder means includes gripper means mounted on said data board for holding the sheet material in a superposed relationship with the printing plate.
5. An apparatus as set forth in claim 1 wherein each of said drive means includes a rack gear mounted for reciprocating movement relative to said frame and a pinion gear disposed in meshing engagement with said rack gear and operatively connected with one of said printing elements, each of said actuator means being engageable with an associated one of said rack gears as said data board is moved toward the recording position.
6. An apparatus as set forth in claim 1 wherein each of said actuator means includes an input element mounted on said data board and movable relative thereto along a predetermined path and means for defining a plurality of settings along said path and for releasably holding said input element at a setting corresponding to a predetermined one of the characters on the associated one of said printing elements.
7. An apparatus for use with a data recording machine to transfer data from a printing plate and adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a data board movable from a position spaced from the machine to a recording position in which said data board is in a working relation with the machine, first holder means on said data board for holding a printing plate in a predetermined position on said data board to locate the printing plate relative to the machine when said data board is in the recording position, second holder means on said data board for holding sheet material in juxtaposition with the printing elements and printing plate when said data board is in the recording position, and operator means connected with said data board for effecting an Indexing of the printing elements during movement of said data board from a position spaced from the machine to the recording position, said operator means including a plurality of presettable input means movable to any one of a plurality of settings relative to said data board for activating an indexing mechanism in the machine to index the printing elements to positions corresponding to the settings of said input means as said data board is moved to the recording position, guide means connected with said data board for defining a plurality of paths along which said input means are movable, each of said paths being associated with one of said input means, and retainer means for defining a plurality of settings along each of said paths and for releasably holding said input means at settings corresponding to predetermined positions to which the printing elements are to be indexed upon movement of said data board to the recording position.
8. An apparatus as set forth in claim 7 wherein said data board further includes means for defining an opening for projection therethrough of the printing elements when said data board is in the recording position, said second holder means retaining the sheet material on said data board in a position extending over the opening to enable data to be transferred from the printing elements to the sheet material when said data board is in the recording position.
9. An apparatus as set forth in claim 7 wherein each of said input means includes a manually engageable member projecting from one side of said data board for effecting movement of said input means along the associated one of said paths to adjust the setting of said input means, and wherein said apparatus further includes indicia means on said data board for indicating the settings of said plurality of input means.
10. An apparatus for transferring data from adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a frame, a plurality of adjustable printing elements movably mounted on said frame, each of said printing elements including a plurality of characters which are movable between inactive positions and a printing position upon movement of the associated one of said printing elements relative to said frame, a plurality of drive means each of which is associated with one of said adjustable printing elements for effecting movement of the associated printing element relative to said frame, a data board movable from a position spaced from said frame to a recording position in which said data board is operatively connected with said frame, holder means on said data board for holding sheet material in a predetermined relationship with said printing elements when said data board is in the recording position, operator means mounted on said data board for activating at least some of said plurality of drive means during movement of said data board from a position spaced from said frame to the recording position to effect movement of predetermined characters on at least some of said printing elements to their printing positions, said operator means including a plurality of presettable actuator means mounted on said data board and movable to any one of a plurality of settings relative to said data board for engaging an associated one of said drive means as said data board is moved toward the recording position and for effecting operation of the associated one of said drive means to an extent corresponding to the setting of the associated one of said actuator means during continued movement of said data board toward the recording position and means for defining a plurality of settings of said actuator means and for holding releasably said actuator means at settings corresponding to predetermined positions of associated printing elements, said apparatus further including printing means mounted on said frame for effecting a transmittal of data from said printing elements to the sheet material when said data board is in the recording position.
11. An apparatus as set forth in claim 10 wherein said operator means further includes a plurality of manually engageable key means projecting outwardly from one side of said data board and operatively connected to an associated one of said actuator means for moving the associated actuator means to a selected one of said plurality of settings, and indicia means disposed on said one side of said board for cooperating with said key means to indicate the setting of the associated one of said actuator means relative to said data board.
12. An apparatus as set forth in claim 10 further including means on said data board for holding a printing plate in juxtaposition with the sheet material when the sheet material is held by said holder means.
13. An apparatus for transferring data from a printing plate and adjustable printing elements to sheet material, said apparatus comprising a frame, a plurality of adjustable printing elements movably mounted on said frame, each of said printing elements including a plurality of characters which are movable between inactive positions and a printing position upon movement of the associated one of said printing elements relative to said frame, a plurality of drive means each of which is associated with one of said adjustable printing elements for effecting movement of the associated printing element relative to said frame, each of said drive means including a rack gear mounted for reciprocating movement relative to said frame and a pinion gear disposed in meshing engagement with said rack gear, a data board movable from a position spaced from said frame to a recording position in which said data board is operatively connected with said frame, first holder means on said data board for holding a printing plate in a predetermined position on said data board to locate the printing plate relative to said frame when said data board is in the recording position, gripper means mounted on said data board for holding sheet material in a predetermined relationship with said printing elements and printing plate when said data board is in the recording position, operator means mounted on said data board for activating at least some of said plurality of drive means during movement of said data board from a position spaced from said frame to the recording position to effect movement of predetermined characters on at least some of said printing elements to their printing positions, said operator means including a plurality of presettable actuator means mounted on said data board and movable to any one of a plurality of settings relative to said data board for engaging an associated one of said drive means as said data board is moved toward the recording position and for effecting relative movement between the rack and pinion gears in the associated one of said drive means to an extent corresponding to the setting of the associated one of said actuator means during continued movement of said data board toward the recording position, said actuator means including an input element mounted on said data board and movable relative thereto along a predetermined path and means for defining a plurality of settings along said path and for releasably holding said input element at a setting corresponding to a predetermined one of the characters on the associated one of said printing elements, and printing means mounted on said frame for effecting a transmittal of data from both said plate and said printing elements to the sheet material when said data board is in the recording position.
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