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USRE21442E
USRE21442E US RE21442 E USRE21442 E US RE21442E
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y 1. 1940. J. E. GATES Re. 21,442
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CASH REGISTER AND ACCOUNTING MACHINE Original Filed Feb. 1-4. 1938 6 Shasta-"Sheet 6 FIG. 13 FIG-14 Zinueutor John Ball Gus Patented May 7, 1940 UNITED STATES CASH BEGISm ANIIACCOUNTING MACHINE John Earl Gates, Oakwood, out, mm to The National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio, a corporation of Maryland ol'lllllll No. 2,178,339, dated October 31. 1939,
Serial No. 190,380, February 14, 1938. cation lot reissue December Appli- 30. less, Serlal 26 Claims. (Cl. 197-127) This invention relates to cash registers and accounting machine equipment, and has more particular relation to the slip ejecting mechanism employed in machines of the type illustrated and described in Letters Patent No. 1,916,535, issued July 4, 1933, to Bemls M. Shipley, and application for Letters Patent, Serial Number 730,880, flled June 16, 1934 by Charles H. Arnold, which issued on December 27, 1938, as Patent No.
It is a common practice among public utility companies supplying communities with electricity and gas to furnish customers periodically with statements of their accounts. Such statements, a before being mailed out to the customers, are
each composed of a plurality of detachable portions; namely, an ofiice copy, a customer's bill, and a cashier's stub. Each of the different portions of the statement bears the same information identifying that particular account and the amount due for electricity and gas.
For mailing purposes, the statement is printed on paper of substantially the same thickness as a standard Government postal card. After detaching the omce copy portion from the statemeat, the remaining customer's bill, together with a cashier stub, is of appropriate size for mailing as a postal card to the customer.
Therefore, the machine embodying the present invention is constructed to handle statement sheets of varying thicknesses with equal emciency,
thus increasing the scope of the invention. The
statement sheets can be handled more rapidly and with greater accuracy, resulting in the saving of time and labor of the operator.
The present invention, therefore, includes novel means for ejecting and inverting the statement after the necessary data has been printed thereon. Therefore, when the operator removes the statements from the storage receptacle, they will 40 be in proper order, either numerically or alphabetically, depending upon the system used by the operator when inserting them singly in the machine to have the records printed thereon.
It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a novel combination of means to control the constant and/or variable feed and ejection of record material before and after the same has been printed upon.
Another object is to provide a plurality of feeding means for record material incombination with a novel ejecting means, all of the feeding means and the ejecting means being controlled as to time of operation by a group of manipulative devices and their associated mechanisms.
Another object of this invention is to provide novel means for ejecting the record material from the machine after the desired data has been printed thereon.
Another object is to provide means which is 5 equally efllcient for ejecting and inverting record materials of variable thicknesses from the printing mechanism after the desired data has been printed thereon. I
With these and incidental objects in view, the i0 invention includes certain novel features of construction and combinations of parts, the essential elements of which are set forth in appended claims and a preferred form or embodiment ;of which is hereinafter described with reference-to 18 the drawings which accompany and form a part of this specification.
Of said drawings:
Fig. l is a diagrammatic view of the keyboard of the present machine.
Fig. 2 is a facsimile of the form of statement slip used in the present machine.
Fig. 3 is a detail of a portion of the slipspacing and feeding means control.
Fig. 4 is a right-hand side elevation showing the differential mechanism in the first bank or "row 1 and the keys in row 1" and "row 3" with means to control said differential from "row 3" to control the feeding and ejecting mechanisms.
Fig. 5 is a detail view showing the means to operate the zero stop pawl in row i by certain keys of row 3.
Fig. 6 is a side elevation of the feeding and ejecting mechanisms and the means for controlling the operation thereof. as
Fig. 7 is a detail of the mechanism for actuating the means for controlling the operation of the feeding and ejecting mechanisms.
Fig. 8 is a detail of the actuating means for the ejecting mechanism, together with a portion of the mechanism for controlling the operation thereof.
Figs. 9 and 10 combined constitute a top plan view of the ejecting mechanism.
Fig. 11 is a disunited perspective view of the mechanism for controlling the operation of that portion of the feeding mechanism which feeds the slip into the ejecting chute.
Fig. 12 is a detail perspective view of one of the ejecting devices.
Fig. 13 shows a portion of the joint control mechanism for differentially adjusting the means for controlling the operation of the feeding and ejecting mechanisms.
Fig. 141s a side elevation of a portion of the II mechanism controlled by the total control keys for governing the operation of the feeding and ejecting mechanisms.
Fig. 15 is a perspective view of the receptacle for receiving the ejected statements.
Glenn. Ducsrr-rron The present invention is shown embodied in a machine of the type illustrated and described in the patents hereinbefore referred to. This machine is equipped with a column-type printer located in the front of the machine, said printer being adapted to print corresponding amounts and data on each of the different portions comprising a statement slip.
The statement slip is manually inserted by the operator into the machine, and upon operation of the latter, the slip is automatically fed rearward- ]y to printing position. If entries are to be made on more than one line of the slip, depressing the proper control key causes the statement slip to be automatically line-spaced after the proper entries have been made on each of the desired lines. In the final operation, depressing the proper control key causes the slip feeding means to return the slip forwardly into an ejecting chute from which the ejecting mechanism ejects the slip.
In the process of ejection, the slip is inverted or turned face downwardly and deposited in a receptacle located at the front of the machine. Turning the slips face downwardly causes them to be stacked in the receptacle in proper sequential order. If printing is to take place only on one line, depressing the proper control key causes the slip feeding immediately after the last entry is made on the one line, to return the slip forwardly into the ejecting chute preparatory to being ejected from the machine.
It will be understood that all the entries on a single line are not necessarily made during one machine operation, but may be the result of several machine operations. However, the slip may be line-spaced or returned to the ejecting chute as desired, in the last of a series of operations, by depressing the proper control key.
Selecting mechanism, controlled by the transaction keys and total keys, and automatically controlled in certain instances, controls the slip feeding and ejecting mechanisms.
Only the mechanism which is pertinent to the present invention will be described herein, and reference may be had to the above mentioned patents for a full understanding of the remaining mechanism of the machine.
- Drrsnm Dlnoarrrron Driving mechanism The illmtrated machine embodying the present invention is provided with a main drive shaft II (Figs. 4 and 13) which may be either hand or motor driven, preferably the latter. The shaft II receives one complete clockwise rotation during each adding operation and two complete clockwise rotations during total taking operations. Each complete clockwise rotation of the shaft "is referred to hereinafter as a cycle of operation of the machine. The some movement impartedtotheshaft 2lis,throughgears fl, and 23 (Fig. 18) transmitted to a printer drive shaft 24. The shaft 24 (Figs. 4 and 6), in turn, operates the slip feeding and ejecting mechanisms, as will be hereinafter described in detail.
Keyboard 'lhekeyboardofthepresentmachineisshown' indiagrammaticforminl'igJandisespecially arranged for use in connection with systems employed by public utility companies. Located at the extreme right on the keyboard is a row of total control keys 2!, to control the reading and are two banks of "date" or code keys ll, used for controlling the printing mechanism inprinting dates and code numbers. Such code numbers are used to designate difl'erent rates charged to the various consumers, such rates being based upon the amount of electricity and gas which they consume. The keys are all supported in the usual key frames ll (Fig. 4) supported on rods 32 and 33 carried by the machine side frames 34, only one of which is partially shown.
Diflerential mechanism The differential mechanism associated with the banks of amount keys 2! is substantially the same as that shown in the Arnold and Shipley patents above referred to and has not been shown in this case.
The differential mechanism in the first control bank or row 1, which is controlled by the keys 26 and certain of the keys 28 of row 3, is illustrated in Fig.4 and will be briefly described, as it is similar to the control differentials illustrated and described in the previously mentioned Shipley Patent No. 1,918,535.
The drive shaft 20 carries a pair of cams ill for operating a lever 4| connected by a link 2 to the usual driving segment I. The driving segment 43 and other parts of the differential mechanism are supported by a rod 44.
Clockwise movement of the driving segment 43, through the usual latch 45 carried by a differentially adjustable arm It supported by the rod 44, rocks the arm II clockwise until the forward end of the latch 45 contacts whichever of the keys 26 are depressed, at which time the latch is separated from the driving segment permitting thearmlttoremaininthepositiontowhich it has been driven under control of the depressed key II.
The diflerenial arm It carries the usual miniconnected to an arm ll loose on a shaft Ill supported by the frames 34. A link ii connects the arm ll with a segment I! secured to a shaft '8 carried by the frames 34. The segment If, by means not shown, sets a symbol, type wheel to print on an audit strip as disclosed in the Arnold patent.
The shaft 53, through means to be later considered in detail, operates certain control means in the printer depending upon the type of entry being made on the statement slip.
The usual zero stop pawl 84 is carried by the frame ii to cooperate with an arm ll supported by the rod 44 and has a slot to cooperate with a pin 58 of the latch 4! whereby when none of the keys 26 are depressed the latch ll is disconnected by the driving segment 43 so that the differential m is stopped in the aero position.
-mum movement beam 41 connected to a link ll Under certain conditions it is necessary to control this differential mechanism of Fig. 4, which it will be recalled is located in row 1, by certain of the keys in row 3.
Associated with the single amount" key 28 of row 3 is a lever 81 having a node 88 by means of which the lever 81 is rocked counter-clockwise by depression of this key. Connected to the lever 81 isalink88pivotedtoanarm88ofayoke 8| having an arm 82' adapted to cooperate with a lug 88 on a plate 84 associated with the diflerential arm 48. The lug 88 isin such a position that when the arm 48 is driven by the means above described, said arm 48 adjusts the shaft 88 to the ninth position to control the slip feeding mechanism as will be hereinafter described.
When the yoke 8| is rocked by depression of the single amount" key 28, it rocks an arm 88 counterclockwise thus moving a slide 88 forward- 1y which, by its contact with a pin 81 on the zero stop pawl 84, moves the latter into an ineffective position so that the differential will becontrolled by the depressed key 28 instead of by the zero stop pawl 84.
A lever 88 is also located in row 3 and has nodes 88 and 18 which cooperate with the "multiple amount" and arrears" keys 28 respectively, and is rocked counterclockwise different distances due to the shapes of the nodes 88 and 18. This lever 88 is connected by' a link H to an arm (like the arm 88) of a yoke 12 which has an arm 18 carrying a stop 14 adapted to cooperate with lugs 18 and 18 of a plate 11 also associated with the diflerential arm 48.
In case of the depression of the multiple amount" key 28, the node 88 is shaped so as to move the arm 18 one step to position the stop 14 in the path of the lug 18 thus causing the differential arm 48.to adjust the shaft 88 to the .sixth position to control the printer feeding mechanism as will be later mentioned.
When the "arrear key 28 is depressed, the node 18 is of such a shape that the arm 18 positions the stop 14 in the path of the lug 18 whereby the differential arm 48 adjusts the shaft 88 to the eighth position to contol the printer feeding mechanism as will be also hereinafter mentioned.
When the yoke 12 is moved by either the multiple amount" or arrears" key 28, it rocks the arm 88 counter-clockwise whereby the slide 88 moves the zero stop pawl 84 to an ineffective position to permit the differential to be adjusted under control of certain keys.
Upon depression of the consumption service" key 28 of row 3, neither of the levers 81 nor 88 is moved and therefore the zero stop pawl 84 remains in its effective position to control the differential mechanism to be stopped at zero, whereby the printer is appropriately controlled as will be hereinafter described.
The credits key 28 cooperates with a node 8 on the lever 81. This node 88 causes the arm 82 to be positioned in the path of a lug 81 on the plate 84 to control the adjustment of the differential arm 48 whereby it will be stopped in the second position to control the printer feeding mechanism.
It will thus,be seen from the above that no matter which one of the transaction keys 28 or 28 is depressed, the differential mechanism for controlling the operationof the slip feeding and ejecting mechanisms will be differentially controlled thereby. v
Depression of any one of the keys 28, 28 or 28, marked "Credit balance, Total row 2, and
"Total row 3, in Fig. i also releases the machine for operation.
The differential mechanism associated with the amount keys 28 has not been shown in this case. To control the printing of amounts and other data in the several columns of the slip shown in Fig. 2, difl'erential' mechanism like that shown in the previously mentioned Arnold and Shipley patents is used.
P inting mechanism The printing mechanism used in connection with the present invention is of the column printer type shown in the above mentioned Arnold patent and prints the same amounts and other data in various columns. The amount keys 28 differentially control segments 18 (Fig. 4). The method of driving the columns of type wheels 18 (only one of which is shown), from the differentially positioned segments 18 is by means of ring gears 88 having external and internal teeth. These gears 88 are positioned by their external teeth, and pinions 8i driven by the internal teeth operate square shafts 82 carrying similar pinions, one for each column in which printing is to be duplicated. The latter pinions drive gears (not shown) which drive type wheels 18. This method of driving type wheels is fully disclosed in United States Patent No. 1,693,279, issued November 2'7, 1927, to Walter J. Kreider, and reference may be had thereto for a full understanding of the same.
To print from the type wheels upon the slip of Fig. 2, there is provided a group of impression hammers 88 (Fig. 6) only one of which is shown.
Feeding mechanisms In the instant machine, statement slips (Fig. 2) are presented toa line-spacing and feeding means by the operator. At the beginning of a machine operation the slip is advanced by said line-spacing and feeding means so that the first a printing line thereon is alined with the impression hammers 88. The entries on one line generally consist of the result of several machine operations. Before releasing the machine for the last operation on the first line, that is, the printing of the amount based on consumption, the operator ascertains whether or not the slip is to be line-spaced. If so, depressing the multiple amount" key 28 (Fig. 1) conditions the line-spacing and feeding means to line-space the slip during the initial part of the succeeding operation. If the slip is not to be line-spaced, depressing the "single amount key 28, in the amount entering operation, for the first line of printing causes the slip, after the desired printing is made thereon, to be fed forwardly by said linespacing and feeding means into a position to be fed, by another feeding means, into an ejecting chute. The slip ejecting mechanism then ejects the slip from the chute face downwardly into a suitable receptacle located in the front of the machine.
The line-spacing and feeding means will now be described in detail. Joumaled in printer'frames 88, 84, 88 and 88 (Figs. 6, 9 and 10), is a shaft 81, having secured thereon a pair of line-spacing and feeding discs 88, having formed in the periphery thereof right-angled cuts 88. The abrupt vertical surfaces of cuts 88 in the discs 88 and a pair of arms 88 (Figs. 6, 9 and 10) secured to the shaft 81, form locating stops for a statement slip 88 (Fig. 2) when the latter is manually inserted into the machine. Cooperating with each 78 of the discs II is a pressure roller si carried by anarmllpivotedtoabracketllsecuredtoa base plate ll of the machine. Torsion springs I! are tensioned to maintain the peripheries of the rollers ii in cooperative relatim with the peripheries of the discs '8. The cuts II in the discs ll provide sufficient clearance between the latter and the pressure rollers ll to. permit the insertion of the slip ll before operating the machine.
Upon operation of the machine, the discs ll are rotated clockwise. to feed the inserted slip ll rearwardly into the proper position for printing on the first printing line thereof, by a cam disc III (Pig. 4) through means which will now be described.
The cam III is secured to the shaft 24 and receives one complete clockwise rotation during each adding operation and two complete clockso wise rotations during each total-taking operation.
when the cam rotates, the periphery of the cam III coacts with a roller Ill carried by an arm I and rocks the latter in a clockwise direction. The arm III is pivoted on a stud II! carried by the frame 84, and carries a stud I which projects through a slot Ill formed in a slide III. A spring ill (Figs. 4 and 9) constantly urges the arm I counter-clockwise. The slide Ill (Figs. 3 and 4) is mounted for reciproeating movement by means of parallel slots formed therein, which coact with rollers .I III loose on studs III mounted in the frame ll.
Itwillthusbeseen thatwhenthearm iillis given its clockwise movement, as just described, it will likewise shift the slide I" to the left (Figs. 8 and 4). Such shifting movement of the slide III is transmitted, by means to be presently described,toarack Ill engagingagear Illsecured to the shaft 81 to actuate the feeding discs 80 clockwise to feed the inserted slip ll rearwardly to the proper printing position. The rack Ill is also mounted for reciprocating movement by means of parallel slots Ill and III which coact with the rollers II. on the studs III.
The lower edge of the rack ill has teeth II.
cooperating with pawl IIl pivoted on a stud III in the frame 84. The pawl III has a stud III cooperating with a bifurcated link ill pivoted to a lever Ill loose on a shaft Ill. A spring Ill normally holds the lever ill in contact with a stud Ill on an arm Ill secured to the shaft Ill. A spring Ilt urges the pawl III in a clockwise direction.
Secured to the side of the rack Ill is a plate Ill having teeth Ill adapted to cooperate with a pawl Ill pivoted on the slide Ill. Normally the pawl Ill is held in contact with a shoulder III of the plate Ill by a spring Ill.
Also pivoted on the stud III (Figs. 3 and 4) is a spring operated pawl Ill cooperating with a link Ill connected to a lever I loose on the shaft ill. The pawl Ill cooperates with a shoulder Ill ofthe slide Ill after the same has been moved to the left aswill be later described. Aspring I" normally holds the lever I in contact with a stud ill of an arm III secured to the shaft Ill. Plvoted to the lever III is a feeler I" having ilngers Ill and Ill cooperating with selecting discs Ill and Ill. The selecting disc Ill is secured to ashai't i and the disc Ill is loose on the shaft andhassecured theretoagear lllmeshing witha gear I securedtoashaft I".
Referring to Fig. 4, the lever Ill has a feeler I with fingers I and ill cooperating with selecting discs III and Ill. The disc Ill is socured to the shaft ill and the disc Itl is loose thereon and has secured to the side thereof a gear III meshing with a gear I secured to the shai't Ill.
A stud Ill prevents the fingers of the feelers III and I from stumbling on the mutilated edges of the -selecting discs when the parts are in their normal positions.
To rock the shaft ill at the proper time so that the feelers may cooperate with the selecting discs, the shaft has secured thereto an arm Ill (Figs. 7 and 10) connected to a pitman Ill having a roller ill cooperating with a cam race I of a box cam Ill secured to the printer drive shaft l4.
The race I rocks the shaft Ill counter-clockwise and then clockwise to its normal position once during each cycle of operation of the machine.
The means for adjusting the selecting discs Ill and Ill to control the line spacing and feeding means is operated by the differential mechanism of Fig. 4. It has been described how the shaft 53 is differentially positioned. Secured to this shaft 53 (Fig. 13) is a segment Ill meshing with a gear ill on a stud I'll. The gear I'll meshes with a gear I'll secured to the shaft I.
Since the feeding control discs Ill and Ill are secured to the shaft I it will be clear that said discs are adjusted under the control of the transaction keys.
The discs Ill and III of Figs. 3 and 4 are adiusted by the usual total control plate Ill (Fig. 14) which has pivotedthereto a link Ill connected to an arm Ill fastened on the shaft ll. Also secured to the shaft It is a segment III meshing with a gear I" loose on the stud Ill. The gear I meshes with the gear ll! secured to a gear I" meshing with a gear ill fastened to the shaft I".
Movement of the total control plate I adiusts the shaft lll according to the position in which said plate is set under control of the keys ll (Fig. 1) whereby the gears I and I" adjust the discs Ill and III during total taking operations.
Upon release of the machine for operation by depressing either the "present" or previo key ll, or the "consumption" key l8, the clockwise movement of the shaft l4 causes the cam Ili (Fig. 4) to move the arm I clockwise to shift the slide III to the left whereupon the pawl Ill by its contact with the shoulder III of the plate Ill moves the rack ill in unison with the slide. After the cam III moves the slide ill and rack ill to the left their full distance, the retaining pawl Ill engages the projection ill of the slide Ill and the pawl' I I1 engages the first of the series of teeth III of the rack Ill toretain the slide Ill and rack ill in their moved positions.
Such movement of the rack Ill rotates the gear Ill and feeding disc I! clockwise which in cooperation with the pressure rolls II feeds the slip II to the right until the first printing space thereon is alined with the impression hammers ll.
Immediately after the rack Ill and slide ill receive their full movement to the left, the discs I and iii are positioned so that there are no notches opposite the fingers of the feelers Ill and I, thus blocking any counter-clockwise movement ofthe levers Ill and Ill. Consequently, any movement of the arms Ill and Ill by the cam Ill flexes the springs Ill and ll. and therefore there will be no feeding of the slip ll during the printing thereon of data representing the "present reading," the previous reading," the "consumption and code which mustbe printed on one line.
When there is no further printing to take place than that which is on the first line of the slip, as viewed inFig. 2, and during the operation in which the amount is printed thereon, the discs I48 and I82 are adjusted under control of the? "single amount key 28 to position a low spot on each disc I48 and I82 opposite the fingers MI and I88 whereby the pawls H1, and I82 may be'disengaged from the teeth 8' and shoulder I88 respectively, thus permitting the spring I88 to restore the slide I88 to its normal position and permitting the spring I88 to restore the rack II2 to its normal position. During such movement of the rack III, the discs 88. compression rolls 8| and the arms 88 feed the slip 88 to the left into a position to be engaged by another slip feeding mechanism to be later described which latter feeding mechanism feeds the slip into a position to be ejected from the machine.
For a more detailed operation of the feeding mechanism, reference may be had to the above mentioned Arnold patent.
In the above operation, that is, when printing on only a single line of the slip, the machine is released during the printing of the amount by the -"single amount key 28 as stated above. when it is necessary to print data on different successive lines of the slip 88, it takes three operations of. the machine to print the present reading, the previous reading, the code and the consumption data. During these operations the slip is not fed. Upon the printing of the first amount in the first line, the machine is released by the use of the "multiple amount key 28 which controls the diiferential mechanism of Fig. 4 so that the disc I48 is set so that a notch is opposite the finger I4 I. Now upon clockwise movement of the shaft I22, the arm I88 moves the lever I84 counter-clockwise to disengage the pawl I82 from the projection I88, thus slide I88 is free to follow the cam I8I back to normal position. The movement of the slide I88 does not affect the rack I I2 which remains in its moved position, where it is held by the pawl "1. In the first part of. the succeeding operation and prior to the time that an impression is taken, the slide I88 is again moved forward by the cam I8l whereupon the pawl I28 engages the first of the several teeth I28 whereby the rack H2 is moved one step to line space the slip 88. The pawl I I1 now' engages the second tooth II8 of the rack II2 to retain it in such position. This step by step movement of the rack continues, one step for each operation, to feed the slip 88 step by step, until the items are all printed. To print the amount due, the "total bill" key 28 is pressed, which through the discs I42 and I8I (Figs. 8 and 4) controls the feeding discs 88 to feed the slip into a position to be operated upon by another feeding mechanism to be hereinafter described.
After all of the necessary data has been printed on the slip 88 it, as above described, is fed forwardly by the feeding discs 88 and arms 88 into a position to be fed still further by a second feeding means which feeds it into position to be ejected from the machine. Said feeding means will now be described.
Feeding rolls 28I (Figs. 6, 9 and 10) are secured on a shaft 282, suitably mounted in the frames 88 to 88 inclusive. The rollers 28I are actuated by a cam 288 (Fig. 6) secured on the shaft 24 to receive a complete clockwise rotation during each cycle of operation of the machine. During each clockwise movement, the cam 288 coacts with the roller 284 (Fig. 9) carried by an arm 288, loosely mounted on a stud 288 carried by the frame 88, and rocks said am 288 counter-clockwise. A link 281 (Figs. 6 and 9) connects the lower end of the arm 288 to a gear segment 288, freely mounted on a stud 288 carried by the frame 88. A spring 2I8, stretched between astud 2 on the link 281 and a stud 2I2 in the frame 88, normally maintains the roller 284 in cooperative relation with the cam 288 and tends to hold the link 281 in its full forward position.
The segment 288 meshes with a gear 2I8 secured by a sleeve to another gear 2". The gears 2I8 and 2I4 are both loosely mounted on a stud 2I8 carried by the frame 88. The gear 2I4 in turn meshes with a gear 2 I8 secured to the shaft 282, which carries the feeding rollers 28I. It will thus be seen from the above that when the arm 288 is rocked counter-clockwise by the cam 288, as previously described, it will, through the link 281, rock the segment 288 in a clockwise direction (Fig. 6). During such movement, the segment 288 rotates gears 2I8 and 2I4 counter-clockwise, and the latter, meshing with gear 2 I8, will in turn rotate the shaft 282 and feeding rollers 28I idly in a clockwise'direction.
After the segment 288 is thus rocked clockwise by the cam 288, the link 281 is returned forwardly to its home position by the spring 2I8. This causes the segment 288 to be rocked counterclockwise and, through the train of gears above mentioned, rotates the feeding rollers 28I counter-clockwise. It is during such counter-clockwise movement that the rollers 28I' coact with the slip 88 to feed it into the ejecting chute 2I1 secured on rods 2I8 mounted in the frames 84 and 88 (Figs. 9 and 10) I However, in order for the rollers 28I to be thus eifective in feeding the slip 88 into the chute 2", a plurality of pressure rollers 22I (Figs. 9, l8 and 11) must first be moved down to grip the slip 88 between themselves and the rollers 28I. The pressure rollers 22I are secured on a shaft 222 and are moved into and out of cooperative relation with the feeding rollers 28I by a pair of cams 228 and 224 (Figs. 6 and 9) through means which will now be described.
The cams 228 and 224 are secured to the shaft 24 and receive a complete clockwise rotation during each cycle of operation of the machine. Said cams 228 and 224 coact with rollers 228 and 228, respectively, carried by a bell crank 221 pivoted on a'rod 228 carried by the frames 88 to 88 inclusive. The cams 228 and 224 are of irregular shape for the purpose of rocking the bell crank 221 first counter-clockwise and then clockwise during each cycle of-operation of the machine.
The bell crank 221 is connected by a link 228 to an arm 288 secured to a shaft 28I journaled in the frames 84 to 88 inclusive. The movement of the bell crank 221 is, through the link 228, transmitted to the shaft 28 I Secured on the shaft 28I is a pair of supporting arms 282 (only one of which is shown), which participates in thediiferent movements imparted to the shaft 28I.
The supporting arms 282 normally serve, through means to be presently described, to maintain the shaft 222 in an elevated position so that the pressure rollers 22I are out of cooperative relation with their associated feeding rollers 28I (Fig. 11). The shaft 222 is rotatably mounted .thesupportingarmilibearingagainstthestud ill on the plate ili. Associated with the righthand yoke ill (Hg. 10) is a plate ill, which is like the plate ili and which functions in the same manner. Thus. the arms ili normally maintain the plates ill and ill in their elevated positions to hold the shaft iii in an elevated position so that the prusure rollers iii are out of cooperative relation with the feeding rollers ill.
The yokes ill each rest on a pair of studs ili and ill (Fig. 6) carried by the plate ili and the plate ill (Figs. 9 and i0). Hooked over the sides of the yokes ill are projections ill and ill (Figs. 8, 9, l0 and 11) formed on levers ill and ill pivotally mounted on studs ill and ill, respectively, carried by the plates ili and ill. The rear end of each lever ill is bifurcated to embrace a stud ill on each lever ill,
- while springs ill (Figs. 6, 9 and i0), stretched between pins ili and ill on the levers ill and ill, respectively, force the projections ill andill to hold the lower sides of the yokes ill down against the studs ili and ill. Therefore, the
' yokes ill follow the plates ili and ill in their downward and upward movements.
The particular means just described for holding-the yokes ill, shaft iii and feeding rollers iii, in cooperative relation witlithe plates ili and ill. was designed to facilitate the removal to change printing ribbons. Each lever ill has an extension ill, which may be grasped to manually rock the levers ill coimter-clockwise to remove the projections ill from the side of the yokes ill. The levers ill, during such counterclockwise movement, will through their toggle connections with the levers ill rock the levers ill clockwise to remove the projections ill from the other side of the yokes ill. with both sets of projections ill and ill thus moved away from the yokes ill, the latter, together with the shaft iii and pressure rollers iil, are free to be lifted out of the machine as asingle unit.
when the supporting arms iii are rocked counter-clockwise, as previously described, the surfaca ill thereof will be removed from beneath the studs ill in the plates ili and ill to allow the springs ill to draw the plates ili and ill and yokes ill downwardly to bring the pressure rollers iil into cooperative relation with the feeding rollers ill. This renders the feeding rollers ill efi'ective to feed the statement slip ll into the ejecting chute ill. After the slip ll has been properly fed to the ejecting chute, the
- supporting arms iii are rocked clockwise to normal position. as previously described. During such clockwise movement of the arms ili, cam surfaces ill on the arms coact with the studs ill to cam the plates ili and ill upwardly to their normal elevated positions, whereupon said plates, through the yokes ill, raise the pressure rollers iii to their normal ineilective positions.
To insure that the slip ll is fed, by the rollers ill and iii, into the ejecting chute ill, and not out through the opening above the top edge sales of the chute. a guide plate ill (Figs. 6, l and 10) is pivoted by cars ill on a rod ill by the frames ll to ll. The plate ill has secured thereto clips ill partially surrounding the shaft iii. 4
when the shaft iii is lowered, as above described. to bring the rollers iii into contact with the slip ll to feed the same. the guide plate ill is rocked counter-clockwise about the rod ill to-close the opening above the upper edge of the chute ill. whereby the slip ll is guided into the chute ill by the rollers ill and iii preparatory to being ejected, by means to be later described.
Mea is provided for controlling the operation of'the feeding rollers ill so that the latter will not feed the inserted slip ll to, the ejecting chute ill until after all of the desired data have been printed on said slip and the slip is fed forwardly by the feeding discs ll, as previously described. This means includes notched discs ill'and ill (Figs. 6, 7 and 8) similar to the discs ill and lli previously described. The disc ill is secured to the shaft Ill and isdifferentially adjusted under control of the transaction keys il and il. The disc ill is loose on the shaft Ill and has secured thereto a gear ill meshing with a gear ill secured to the shaft lll which is adjusted under control of the total control keys il.
Associated with the discs ill and ill is an arm ill secured to the shaft iii. A stud ill in the arm ill is held against a lever ill by a spring ill. The lever ill is loose on the shaft Iii and carries a stud ill contacted by a finger ili of a pawl ill pivoted on a stud ill (Figs. 6 to 9) carried by'the frame ll. A light spring ill holds the finger ili against the stud ill.
The lever ill has pivotally mounted thereon a feeler ill having fingers ill and ill adapted to coact with the peripheries of the discs ill and ill, respectively. The finger ill normally coacts with the disc ill, while the finger ill is normally out of cooperative relation with the disc ill. When the link ill (Hg. 6) is moved to the right by the cam ill, as previously described, to rock the segment ill clockwise, a stud ill on the link ill rides along the underside of the pawl ill and rocks the latter counter-clockwise against the action of the spring ill, until said stud clears a shoulder ill on said pawl ill.
. The pawl ill is then rocked clockwise by the spring ill to placethe shoulder ill in front of the stud ill to prevent the return movement of the link ill, under the action of the spring ill.
This maintains the segment ill in the position to which it was moved during the movement of the link ill towards the right, thereby preventing the rollers ill from rotating counter-clockwise to feed the slip ll into the ejecting chute ill. The rollers ill are thus rendered inefiec-- tive until all of the desired data have been printed on the slip ll and the latter is fed forwardly by the feeding discs ll.
Assuming that the machine is printing a slip ll having several lines of data such as shown in Fig. 2, the above mechanism prevents the feeding rollers ill and iii from feeding the slip into the electing chute during the printing of the first three lines.
when the operator is ready to print the last line, he depresses the "total bill" key il (Fig. 1) whereupon the machine goes through the usual total operation during which time the disc 214 (Figs. 6 to 3) is positioned under control of It will be remembered that the feeding segment 203 and its operating link 20! are held in their operated positions by the pawl 233.
During this total operation when the shaft I22 and the arm 213 are rocked counter-clockwise by the cam I33. the spring 213 rocks the lever 230 counter-clockwise since there is a low spot on the periphery of' the disc 214 opposite the finger 203. Consequently the stud 23! in the lever 200 through its contact with the finger 232 of the pawl 233 rocks said pawl counter-clockwise and disengages the shoulder. 23l from the stud 230 on the link 20'! whereupon'the spring 2", which was held under tension by the pawl 233, drives the link 201 to the left under control of the cam 203, and rocks the feeding segment 203 counter-clockwise which rapidly rotates the feed rollers 20! and 2 to feed the slip 30 into the ejecting chute 2" ready to be ejected by means to be hereinafter described.
The tension rollers 22l, as above described, were moved downwardly to press the slip 30 against the feed rollers 20 I priorto the above operation.
When a slip is being printed which requires only one line of printing which as above stated requires several operations, then for last operation during which time the amount is printed, the machine is released by depression of the single amount" key 23. During this operation, this key controls the differential mechanism of Fig. 4-so that the disc 213 is moved into a position whereby a notch is opposite the feeler finger 233 so that the pawl 233 may release its shoulder 23! from the link 201 to permit the spring 2" under control of the cam 203 to feed the slip into the ejecting chute 2H preparatory to its being finally ejected from the machine.
Ejectina mechanism The ejecting mechanism includes a plurality of ejector driving arms 30l (Figs. 6, 9, and 12) secured on a shaft 302, mounted in the frames 33 to 33. Each arm 30I has two flanges 333 which help guide the slip while being ejected. Associated with each of the arms IN is an ejector arm 304 bifurcated to slide upon a hub of the arm 30l. Each arm 304 has a slot 303 through which projects a stud 300 carried by its associated arm 30I. hold an ejecting block 303 made of rubber or some other suitable resilient material. The driving arm 30l has a recess 303 to facilitate assembling. A tension spring 3I0 connected to a stud 3 on the arm 304 and a stud 3|2 on its associated arm 30l normally maintains the stud 303 against the upper end wall of the slot 303, as viewed in Fig. 6, thus holding the arm 304 in a position where the ejecting block 303 will coact with a statement slip of very thin paper stock. The resilient mounting of the arm 304 makes it self-adjusting for ejecting with an equal degree of emciency statement slips of variable thicknesses. The outer surfaces of the blocks 300 are slightly curved to contact the slips throughout the entire surfaces of said blocks.
The arms304 are rocked in both directions by the arms 30l through the studs 306 in the arms "I and the slots 305 in the arms 304. The means for actuating the arms 30! will be presently described.
' projects the shaft 302.
Each arm 304 has a channel bar 301 to The ejecting arms 304 and ejecting blocks 303 are arranged in cooperative relation with a plurality of slots 3" (Figs. 9 and 10) located in the ejecting chute 2 H. The purpose of this arrangement is to enable the ejecting blocks 303 to exert greater pressure on the slip 30 thus insuring its election from the machine. 4
The ejecting arms 30I and shaft 332 (Figs. 6 and 3) are actuated by. a cam 32l secured to the shaft 24. 'Iheca'm 32l receives one complete clockwise rotation during each cycle of operation of the machine. During such movementthe periphery of the cam 32l coacts with the roller 322 carried by an arm 323 pivoted on the stud 206, to rock the said arm counter-clockwise. The arm 323 is pivoted to a slide 324. A spring 323 connected to a stud 323 on the slide 324 and to the stud 2l2 constantly urges the slide to the left to hold the roller 322 against the cam 32l.
The slide 324 has a slot 321 through which Secured to one side of the slide 324 isa rack 323 which meshes with a gear 323 secured to the shaft 302. When the am 323 is rocked counter-clockwise it moves the slide 324 to the right (Figs. fi-and 8) against the action of a spring 323 and rotates the gear 323 and shaft 302 in a clockwise direction. Such clockwise movement of the shaft 302 rocks the ejector driving arms 30I and the ejector arms 304 clockwise to a position in which they are retained by means later described until after the feeding rollers l and HI have fed the slip into the ejector chute H1. The arms 30l are then released to the action of the spring 323, whereupon the elector'arms 304 coact with the slip 30 to eject it from the machine.
After the ejector arms 304 have been rocked clockwise, as above described, the means for retaining them in such moved position until the feeding rollers 2M and 22l have fed the slip 30 into the chute 2H, includes a latch 333 (Figs. 8 and 9) rigidly secured to the side of the pawl 233. The latch 330 has a shoulder 33I, which is adapted to coact with a stud 332 carried by the slide 324. When the slide 324 is shifted to the right (Fig. 8) by the cam Hi, the stud 332 rides along the underside of the latch 330 and cams the latter, and the pawl 233, counter-clockwise against the action of the spring 233. When the stud 332 clears the shoulder 33l, the latch 333 is rocked clockwise by the spring 233 and positions the shoulder 33l to the left of the stud 332 and thus holds the slide 324 and arms 3" and304 in their clockwise moved positions during operations of the machine necessary to print data previous to printing the final amount of the bill.
When the pawl 233 is rocked counter-clockwise under the control of the disc 214 or 213, as previously described, the latch 330 is likewise rocked counter-clockwise to remove the shoulder 33l from the path of the stud 332, thus permitting the slide 324 to be returned to the left by the spring 325 under the control of the earn 3. The cam MI is so shaped that it will not permit the slide 324 to be returned by the spring 323, as just mentioned, until after the feeding rollers 20i and HI have completed the operation of feeding the slip 30 into the ejecting chute 2| 1. When the slide 324 is moved to its home position, it rocks ejector driving arms 30l and the ejector arms 304 counter-clockwise whereupon the blocks 303 coact with the slip 90 to feed it out of the ejector chute 2 I1 and deposit it face-downwardly in a receptacle located in front of the machine.
'Ihereceptacleusediorreceivingtheejected o the frames 04 underlockandkeyarearrangedinconvenient locations for proper inspection of the mechanisms.
' Operation A brief description will now be given .of the operations necessary toprint the datashown on the slip illustrated in Fig. 2.
Aslip Ills manuallyinserted intothe printingmechanismuntilitisarrcstedbythestop arms 08. During the first operation the slip l0 isfedtotherightbythediscsllandll toposition it in line to receive the first printing impression. The code number "11 is then set up on the keys 80, the piece. reading of "77,800".
is set up on the amount keys it, and the "present" key 20 is depressed. the latter causin the machine to be released for operation. The keys SI and 20 cause printing wheels associated therewith to be adjusted for printing numbcrscorrespondingtothosesetupontheir respective keys. The "present" key controls the selection of the proper printing hammers I! to print said numbers in the proper columns on the slip II. In addition. the "present" key 20 controls the disc I" (Fig. 3) whereby the pawl it! retains the slide ill in its moved position, thereby maintaining the slip "in position for furtherprintingonthesamelineduring the next operation of the machine.
After this first operation of the machine, the operatorsets upon theamountkeys 2| theprevious reading of 77,700" and depresses the previous" key 20. In the same manner as above described. said number is printed in the proper columns on the slip l0 and the latter is retained in position for further printing on the same line.
I'br the third operation, the amount of consumption, which is "100", is then set up on the amount keys 1!, and the consumed service" key II is depressed. causing such amount to be printed in the proper columns of the slip 00 which is still held for further printing on the first line.
llor the fourth operation, the operator dethe "Jan." key for printing the month of the year, and the proper amount keys 2!, for setting up the cost of service consmned, amounting in this instance to $3.503 and also d the multiple amoimt key 20. The month and printedonthefirstlinein theproper columns of the slip I. The "multiple amount" key 20 controls the adjustment of the disc I I released from the rack H2 because the disc I" (Fig. 4) has no low spot positioned opposite the finger I00 when the multiple amount key 20 is d.
l'br the fifth operation, the amount of arrears. in this example amounting to $1.50, is set up on the amount keys 2. and the "arrears key I! depressed. During the first part of this operation the slide I00 moves the rack III one step to feed the slip ll to position it to receive the printing of the amount 1.50". The arrears" key 28 controls the discs Ill and II! to cause the slip 00 to be fed another step during the first part of the next operation.
For the sixth operation the credit amount of $4.00 is then set up on the amount keys I! and the "credit key 10 depressed and the slip 00 is fed as above stated to position it to receive the print "4.00". During this operation the credit key 20 controls the feeding mechanism in the manner above described to cause the slip 00 to be fed another line-space during the first part of the next operation of the machine.
To obtain the amount due, in this case $1.00, the operator depresses the total bill" key 25. The machine performs the necessary calculations and feeds the slip 00 to print the'amount due in the proper line on the slip. In addition, the total bill" key 28 controls the adjustment of the discs Ill and M2 tocause the pawls Ill and II! to be rocked out of cooperativerelation with the rack H2 and slide I00 respectively so that duringv the second cycle of this operation, which is a total taking peration, the slip will be fed to the left into a position to be fed further into the ejecting chute ill as the rack ii! is returned to the right to its normal position by the spring ill.
The pressure rollers III are then moved downwardly into cooperative relation with the feeding rollers Ill and the guide plate 205 is rocked down into a position to guide the slip into the chute Ill. The feeding rollers 2|" which have been withheld from operation during the several printing operations, by the pawl 20! are then rotated counter-clockwise to feed the slip 90 into the ejecting chute 2".
As soon as the slip III has been fed into the chute III by the rollers 2M and III the ejecting arms 304 are rocked counter-clockwise and the blocks 300 coact with the slip 90 and eject it from the machine, depositing it face-downwardly in the receptacle illustrated in Flge. 6 and 15.
Regardless of the thickness of the slip 90, the ejecting arms 804 will, due to the resilient mounting afforded them by the springs Illl, perform with an equal degree of efliciency in ejecting the slip from the machine and depositing it face downwardly in the receptacle.
The "credit balance key 15 is depressed prior to the depression of the total bill" key when the amount of the credit exceeds the sum of the current amount and the amount of arrears.
While the form of mechanism herein shown and described is admirably adapted to fulfill the ob jects primarily stated, it is to be understood that it is not intended to confine the invention to the form or-embodiment herein disclosed, for it is susceptible of embodiment in various forms all coming within the scope of the claims which follow.
What is claimed is:
1. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely feed the same; another feeding means to feed said record material in the last mentioned direction; ejecting means to eject the record material from the ma-. chine after it has been fed by the last mentioned feeding means; and means to control the effectivity of both feeding means and the ejecting means.
2. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely feed the same; another feeding means to feed said record material in the last mentioned direction; ejecting means to eject the record material from the machine after it has been fed by the last mentioned feeding means; a plurality of manipulative control devices; and means controlled thereby for controlling the operation of the last mentioned feeding means and said ejecting means.
3. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely feed the same; another feeding means to feed said record material in the last mentioned direction; ejecting means to eject the record material from the machine after it has been fed by the last mentioned feeding means; a device common to and associated with the last mentioned feeding means and the ejecting means to retain said feeding means and ejecting means each in a position to be actuated to feed and eject the record material; and a plurality of manipulative devices to control the effectivity of said device.
4. In a machine of the class described, the combination of a plurality of manipulative control devices; means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material into a position toreceive said impressions and to reversely feed said material after said impressions have been made; a second feeding means to feed said material still further in the reverse direction upon completion of the first-mentioned feeding; and ejecting means operable under control of said manipulative devices to eject and invert said record material upon completion of the second feed.
5. In a machine of the class described, the combination of a plurality of manipulative control devices; means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material into a position to receive said impressions and to reversely feed said material after said impressions have been made; a second feeding means to feed said material still further in the reverse direction upon completion of the first-mentioned feeding; means under control of said manipulative devices for controlling the actuation of said second feeding means; ejecting means to eject the record material from the machine and invert the same upon completion of the actuation of the second feeding means; and means under control of said manipulative devices for actuating said ejecting means.
8. In a machine of the class described, the com bination of manipulative control devices; means to make impressions upon rword material; feeding means to feed the record material into a position to receive a plurality of impressions, and to further feed said material into position to receive additional impressions and to be fed in a reverse direction under control of said manipulative devices; a second feeding means only operable to feed said record material after the material has been fed in said reverse direction; actuating means for said second feeding means to determine the time of operation of said second feeding means; ejecting and inverting means for the record material operable only after operation of said second feeding means; and means to determine the time of actuation of said ejecting and inverting means. a
"I. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make a plurality of impressions on record material during a variable number of cycles of operation of the machine; means to feed the record material into position to receive a plurality of impressions on a single line during a plurality of cycles of operation of the machine, and to feed the record material further to receive a plurality of impressions on different lines during a like number of plurality of cycles of operation; a second feeding means to feed the record material in a reverse direction at the end of a variable number of cycles of operation; means to eject and invert the record material during the last-mentioned cycle of operation; and means to determine in which cycle of operation said second feeding means and the ejecting and inverting means shall operate.
8. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make a plurality of impressions on record material during a variable number of cycles of operation of the machine; means to feed the record material into position to receive a. plurality of impressions on a single line during a plurality of cycles of operation of the machine, and to feed the record material further to receive a plurality of impressions on different lines during a like number of plurality of cycles of operation; a second feeding means to feed the record material in a reverse direction at the end of a variable number of cycles of operation; means to eject and invert the record material during the last-mentioned cycle of operation; means to determine in which cycle of operation said second feeding means and the ejecting and inverting means shall operate; a plurality of manipulative control devices; means controlled thereby for controlling the variable feeding of the first-mentioned feeding means; and means also controlled by said manipulative devices for controlling said determining means.
9. In a machine of the class described, the combination of a plurality of manipulative control devices; means to make impressions upon record material; a first feeding means to feed said record material a constant distance in one direction from a starting position and thereafter feed the record material in said one direction a variable number of times for line spacing a vari- 0 pletion of the above feeding movements of the record material; means under control of said manipulative device for controlling said first feeding means; and means under control of said manipulative devices for controlling the second feeding meansand the ejecting and inverting means.
10. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material;-.means' to feed the record material into position to receive a variable number of impressions; a feeding device adapted to be moved into a position to feed the record material after the completion of any variable number of impressions made thereon; means for latching said feeding device in said position; means to operate said latching means to release the feeding means for said record material upon the completion of any variable number of impressions; a plurality of manipulative devices to control said latch operating means; an ejecting device normally ineffective but moved into an eii'ective position during the making of the first impressions on the record material; and means actuated by said latching means to latch said ejecting means in its moved position and retain it in said position until after the said feeding device is operated.
11. The machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record mate- 'rial into position to receive a variable number of impressions; a feeding device adapted to be moved into a position to feed the record material after the completion of any variable number of impressions made thereon; a device for latching said feeding device in said positcn; means to release said latching device upon the completion of any variable number of impressions to feed said record material; a plurality of manipulative devices; an ejecting device normally ineffective but moved into an effective position during the making of the first impressions on record material; means actuated by said latching device to latch said ejecting means in its moved position and retain it in said position until after the said feedng device is operated; and means controlled by said manipulative devices to control the releasing of said latch device and said latching means.
12. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely feed the same; a second feeding means to feed said record material in the last-mentioned direction; actuating means for the second feeding means; means to drive the actuating means and the second feeding means idly to set the same in position ready to feed the record material; means to retain the actuating means and the second feeding means in said position; means to eject the record material; actuating means for the ejecting means; means to drive the ejecting actuating means idly to set the same in position ready to eject the record material; means to retain the ejecting actuating means in said position; and means to control both of said retaining means.
13. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely feed the same; a second feeding means to feed said record material in the last-mentioned direction; actuating means for the second feeding means; means to drive the actuating means and the second feeding means idly to set the same in position ready to feed the record material;- means to retain the actuating means and the second feeding'means in said position; means to eject the record material; actuating means for the ejecting means; means to drive the actuating means idly to set the same in position ready-to eject the record material; means to retain the ejecting actuating means in said positions; means to release both of said retaining means; and means to control the effectivity of said releasing means.
14. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely .feed the same; a feeding device to feed said record material in the last-mentioned direction; ejecting means to eject the record material from the machine after it has been fed by the last-mentioned feeding means; and a plurality of differentially adjustable elements to control the eii'ectivity of said feeding means, said feeding device, and said ejecting means.
15. In a machine of the class described. the combination of means to make a plurality of impressions on record material during a variable number of cycles of operation of the machine; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely feed the same; a feeding device to feed said record material further in the last-mentioned direction; ejecting means to eject the record material from the machine; and a plurality of manipulative devices to determine the number of cycles of operation of the machine and to simultaneously determine in which of said cycles of operation the feeding means, the feeding device, and ejecting means shall operate.
16. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make a plurality of impressions on record material during a variable number of cycles of operation of the machine; means to feed the record material to the printing line and reversely feed the same; a feeding device to feed said record material further in the last-mentioned direction; ejecting means to eject the record material from the machine; a plurality of manipulative devices to determine the number of cycles of operation of the machine; and a plurality of diilierentially adjustable elements to cause said feeding means to operate during certain cycles of operation and to cause said feeding means and said ejecting means to operate during a different cycle of operation.
17. In a machine adapted to print on insertable record material of different thicknesses, the combination of an oscillating ejector element; a friction device; a member carrying said device and slidably mounted on said element; and resilient means connecting the element and member to render the latter self-adjusting on the element for ejecting from the machine with an equal degree of efficiency record materials of different thicknesses.
18. In a machine adapted to print on insertable record material, the combination of an ejecting guide chute having formed therein a plurality of elongated openings; feeding mechanism for feeding said material into said chute; and a plurality of resiliently mounted members coacting with the openings in said chute to eject the material therefrom.
19. In a machine adapted to print on record material, the combination of manipulative devices; an ejecting ,guide chute; a receptacle; means under control of said devices for feeding the material in the chute; and a plurality of resiliently mounted members under control of said devices for ejecting said material from the chuteand depositing it in inverted order in the it in inverted order in thereceptacle.
21. In a machine adapted to print on record materials of variable thicknesses, the combination of an ejecting guide chute having formed therein an elongated opening; mechanism for feeding the material into the chute; an oscillating ejector element; a friction device; a member carrying said device and slidably mounted on said element; and resilient means connecting the element and member to cause the latter to coact with the opening in said chute to eject therefrom with an equal degree of emciency record materials of variable thicknesses.
22. In a machine adapted to print on record materials of variable thicknesses, the combination of manipulative devices; an ejecting guide chute having formed therein an elongated opening; mechanism operable under control of said manipulative devices for feeding said materials into the chute: an oscillating ejector element operable under control of said manipulative devices; a friction device; a member carrying said friction device and slidably mounted on said element; and resilient means connecting the element and member to cause the friction device to coact with the opening in said chute to eject therefrom with equal degree of eillciency the materials of variable thicknesses.
23. In a machine adapted to print on record materials of variable thicknesses, the combination of an ejecting guide chute having formed therein an elongated opening; feeding mechanism for feeding said materials into said chute; an oscillating ejector element; a member slidably mounted on said element and adjustable relatively thereto to coact with the opening in said chute to eject therefrom said materials; and resilient means connecting the element and member. to render the latter self-adjusting for ejecting irom said chute with equal degree of emciency record materials of variable thicknesses.
24. Ina machine of the class described. the combination of means to make impressiom on record material during a variable number of cycles of operation of 'the machine; means to feed-the record material into position to receive such impressions; a self-adjusting ejecting device normally in an ineii'ective position; means to move said device into an eii'ective position during the first cycle oi operation; means to latch said ejecting device in its eflective position; and means to determine during which cycle said ejecting device is to be released to be returned to its normal position to eject the record material.-
25. In a machine .of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions upon record material; means to feed the record material prior to and after such impressions; selfadjusting ejecting means normally in an ineffective position; means to move the ejecting means into a position ready to eject the record material; means to latch the ejecting means in such position; means to control the operation of said latch to release said ejecting means; and means to restore the ejecting means to its normal position upon the release thereof whereupon the ejecting means adjusts itself to the thickness of the record material being used and ejects the same from the machine.
26. In a machine of the class described, the combination of means to make impressions on record material; means to feed the record material before and after such impressions; record material guiding means having an opening therein; a self-adjusting ejecting device normally in an ineifective position; means to move said device into an effective position to form a guide for the record material; and means to return the ejecting means to its normal position whereby through its contact with the record material in cooperation with the opening in said guide, said ejecting means ejects the material from the machine regardless of the thickness of such material.
JOHN IARL GA'I'IB.

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