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US3804007A
US3804007A US22534672A US3804007A US 3804007 A US3804007 A US 3804007A US 22534672 A US22534672 A US 22534672A US 3804007 A US3804007 A US 3804007A
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G Arciprete
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A system for marking both visually interpretable information and non-visually interpretable, but machine readable information on record bearing members, typically control tickets used for merchandise identification, classification and inventory control. The system employs a marking machine that is capable of being controlled from a remote location in order to specify what is to be marked upon the tickets, as well as such auxiliary information as the number of tickets and the number of parts per ticket. Initially, the specified information is advantageously converted into electrical code signals that act upon the machine and its marking instrumentalities. As the tickets are fed through the machine, visually interpretable information is imprinted upon each ticket at one marking station and non-visually interpretable, but machine readable information is applied by magnetic recording at another marking station. The recorded information illustratively appears on one side of each ticket, without causing ticket disfiguration; a counterpart of at least a portion of that information is imprinted on the other side of the ticket. The printing instrumentalities, desirably print wheels, are collectively settable from the remote location. For that purpose the print wheels are driven, upon command, in one direction of rotation to a re-set position. They are subsequently driven in the opposite direction of rotation to individual positions which are specified from the remote location. In the case of magnetic recording, electrical interference between regular machine operations and the entry of recorded information on the tickets is reduced by the use of a timing mechanism. In addition, a linkage mechanism is used for the precise positioning of tickets and for controllably moving a recording unit into position. The correctness of the recorded information is verified at the remote location, and, upon a failure of verification, a reject marking unit is operated at the machine. Illustratively, the recording takes place using serial signals applied in circular tracks to a coating of magnetic material on each ticket. Alternatively, the recording signals may be applied in parallel and linearly positioned on the coating of each ticket, despite non-linear feed, by coordinating the timing of the recording with the movement of the tickets. Also disclosed is a unit for applying a color mark to the tickets, as prescribed at the remote location. The completed tickets are received by a collector which is also controllable from the remote location. Additionally disclosed are various electronic logic networks that are used in the system to facilitate remote control of the machine. One of the networks is a divider which is set with binary code signals from the remote location to specify the number of parts per ticket. Where the number of parts is four or less, the divider takes the form of a gated two-stage register that receives a recurring pulse signal from the machine and produces an output in accordance with the number of parts desired. Another of the networks is a comparator that employs NAND logic for controlling the mechanical position of the color mark unit in accordance with code signals sent from the remote location.

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tates Arciprete et a1.

atet I [111 anew? [451 Apr. 16, 1974 1 MARKING SYSTEM [75] Inventors: Genio R. Arciprete, Lexington;

Adrian 1F. Brokaw, Woburn; Richard L. Dumais, Ashland; Richard F. Stucchi, Hudson, all of Mass.

[73] Assignee: Dennison Manufacturing Company,

Farmingham, Mass.

[22] Filed: Feb. 10, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 225,346

Related US. Application Data [60] Division of Ser. No. 786,813, Dec. 9, 1968, which is a continuation of Ser. No. 681,765, Nov. 9, 1967,

6/1973 Potter lOl/66 Primary Examiner-Vincehtl". Canney Attorney, Agent, or FirmDonald Brown [57] ABSTRACT A system for marking both visually interpretable information and non-visually interpretable, but machine readable information on record bearing members, typically control tickets used for merchandise identification, classification and inventory control.

As the tickets are fed through the machine, visually interpretable information is imprinted upon each ticket at one marking station and non-visually interpretable, but machine readable information is applied by magnetic recording at another marking station. The recorded information illustratively appears on one side of each ticket, without causing ticket disfiguration; a counterpart of at least a portion of that information is imprinted on the other side of the ticket.

The printing instrumentalities, desirably print wheels,

are collectively settable from the remote location. For that purpose the print wheels are driven, upon command, in one direction of rotation to a re-set position. They are subsequently driven in the opposite direction of rotation to individual positions which are specified from the remote location.

In the case of magnetic recording, electrical interference between regular machine operations and the entry of recorded information on the tickets is reduced bythe use of a timing mechanism. In addition, a linkage mechanism is used for the precise positioning of tickets and for controllably moving a recording unit into position. The correctness of the recorded information is verified at the remote location, and, upon a failure of verification, a reject marking unit is operated at the machine.

illustratively, the recording takes place using serial signals applied in circular tracks to a coating of magnetic material on each ticket. Alternatively, the recording signals may be applied in parallel and linearly positioned on the coating of each ticket, despite non-linear feed, by coordinating the timing of the recording with the movement of the tickets.

Also disclosed is a unit for applying a color mark to the tickets, as prescribed at the remote. location. The completed tickets are received by a collector which is also controllable from the remote location.

Additionally disclosed are various electronic logic networks that are used in the system to facilitate remote control of the machine. One of the networks is a divider which is set with binary code signals from the remote location to specify the number of parts per ticket. Where the number of parts is four or less, the divider takes the form of a gated two-stage register that receives a recurring pulse signal from the machine and produces an output in accordance with the number of parts desired. Another of the networks is a comparator that employs NAND logic for controlling the mechanical position of the color mark unit in accordance with code signals sent from the remote location.

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1. A system for marking prescribed information upon control tickets comprising a machine having stations for marking a ticket with both visually interpretable control information and nonvisually interpretable machine readable control information, said machine having a severing means for dividing multipart ticket stock into tickets having a predetermined number of parts, feed means for feeding the stock to the severing means and then advancing the ticket to the stations, and control means for controlling the severing means to cause the severing means to operate to sever the ticket stock into a ticket having a preset number of parts, in which said control means includes a divider network which is preset to provide a control signal to the severing means, and timing means for providing timing signals to the divider network to cause it to selectively actuate the severing means depending upon the number of parts selected.
2. A system according to claim 1 in which 1, 2, 3 or 4 part tickets are severed from the stock.
3. A system according to claim 1 including means for controlling the number of tickets to be severed and wherein means is provided to verify the information marked on the ticket so as to sever one or more additional tickets if the information on one or more of the tickets is not verified as being correct.
4. A system according to claim 3 in which the tickets include a magnetic recording media for recording machine readable data and in which the machine includes a rotatable recording head.
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US4197797A (en) * 1977-10-21 1980-04-15 Burroughs Corporation Modular high speed printing system
US4202265A (en) * 1978-01-24 1980-05-13 Ira Eglowstein Controlling the operation of numbering machines
US4535892A (en) * 1980-12-01 1985-08-20 Cubic Western Data Modularized ticket handling system for use in automatic ticket preparation system
US4939674A (en) * 1988-04-22 1990-07-03 Engineered Data Products, Inc. Label generation apparatus
US20050033644A1 (en) * 1993-05-14 2005-02-10 The Gift Certificate Center (Now Gcc, Inc.) Multi-merchant gift registry
US5774874A (en) * 1993-05-14 1998-06-30 The Gift Certificate Center Multi-merchant gift registry
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