WO1995011495A3 - Postage imprinting apparatus and methods for use with a computer printer - Google Patents

Postage imprinting apparatus and methods for use with a computer printer

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Publication number
WO1995011495A3
WO1995011495A3 PCT/US1994/011499 US9411499W WO1995011495A3 WO 1995011495 A3 WO1995011495 A3 WO 1995011495A3 US 9411499 W US9411499 W US 9411499W WO 1995011495 A3 WO1995011495 A3 WO 1995011495A3
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Prior art keywords
postage
printer
computer
available
imprint
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PCT/US1994/011499
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French (fr)
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WO1995011495A2 (en )
Inventor
Robert C Minnick
Gilad Keren
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Robert C Minnick
Gilad Keren
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
    • G07B17/00Franking apparatus
    • G07B17/00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
    • G07B17/00193Constructional details of apparatus in a franking system
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
    • G07B17/00Franking apparatus
    • G07B17/00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
    • G07B17/00314Communication within apparatus, personal computer [PC] system, or server, e.g. between printhead and central unit in a franking machine
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
    • G07B17/00Franking apparatus
    • G07B17/00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
    • G07B17/00193Constructional details of apparatus in a franking system
    • G07B2017/00201Open franking system, i.e. the printer is not dedicated to franking only, e.g. PC (Personal Computer)
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
    • G07B17/00Franking apparatus
    • G07B17/00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
    • G07B17/00314Communication within apparatus, personal computer [PC] system, or server, e.g. between printhead and central unit in a franking machine
    • G07B2017/00322Communication between components/modules/parts, e.g. printer, printhead, keyboard, conveyor or central unit

Abstract

A postage imprinting accessory (100) for use with a general-purpose computer-driven printer (110). A microcomputer (148) maintains a record (154) of available postage and validates any postage imprint requests to determine whether the request exceeds the available postage. In operation, host computer software (182, 184) instructs the printer (110) to print the requested postage imprint value. If sufficient postage is available, a valid postage logo is printed. If there is insufficient postage, the address translation (158) logic is disabled, so the printer (110) prints a void postage logo instead.
PCT/US1994/011499 1993-10-12 1994-10-11 Postage imprinting apparatus and methods for use with a computer printer WO1995011495A3 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

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US13495093 true 1993-10-12 1993-10-12
US08/134,950 1993-10-12

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WO1995011495A2 true WO1995011495A2 (en) 1995-04-27
WO1995011495A3 true true WO1995011495A3 (en) 1995-06-01

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Families Citing this family (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
GB9801744D0 (en) * 1998-01-28 1998-03-25 Neopost Ltd Postage meter with digital print head

Citations (4)

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US4271481A (en) * 1976-06-10 1981-06-02 Pitney Bowes Inc. Micro computerized electronic postage meter system
US4377214A (en) * 1981-02-10 1983-03-22 Pitney Bowes, Inc. Method and apparatus for interfacing an electronic scale system with a storage medium
US4933849A (en) * 1987-07-16 1990-06-12 Pitney Bowes Security system for use with an indicia printing authorization device
US5202834A (en) * 1989-05-30 1993-04-13 Alcatel Business Systems Limited Mail item processing system

Patent Citations (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4271481A (en) * 1976-06-10 1981-06-02 Pitney Bowes Inc. Micro computerized electronic postage meter system
US4377214A (en) * 1981-02-10 1983-03-22 Pitney Bowes, Inc. Method and apparatus for interfacing an electronic scale system with a storage medium
US4933849A (en) * 1987-07-16 1990-06-12 Pitney Bowes Security system for use with an indicia printing authorization device
US5202834A (en) * 1989-05-30 1993-04-13 Alcatel Business Systems Limited Mail item processing system

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