WO2008148521A1 - Device for paying a prescribed billed amount and method for accepting value documents and dispensing value documents stored in a storage device - Google Patents

Device for paying a prescribed billed amount and method for accepting value documents and dispensing value documents stored in a storage device Download PDF

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WO2008148521A1
WO2008148521A1 PCT/EP2008/004415 EP2008004415W WO2008148521A1 WO 2008148521 A1 WO2008148521 A1 WO 2008148521A1 EP 2008004415 W EP2008004415 W EP 2008004415W WO 2008148521 A1 WO2008148521 A1 WO 2008148521A1
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Abstract

The invention relates to a device for paying at least partially a prescribed billed amount with value documents, having a checking device for checking the authenticity and value of value documents inserted into the device, a storage device comprising at least two compartments for storing at least two different types of value documents, so that a value document of each of the two types can be dispensed freely and selectably from the storage device, regardless of the sequence of insertion of value documents into the storage device, an intermediate storage device for the intermediate storage of at least two checked value documents, and a control device controlling the intermediate storage device as a function of signals from the checking device rendering the authenticity and the value of the accepted value documents such that the accepted value documents are intermediately stored in the intermediate storage device after checking them according to prescribed criteria for authenticity and value thereof, determining the types and numbers of value documents to be returned at least as a function of the prescribed billed amount and the value of the value documents recognized as authentic, controlling the storage device such that at least the corresponding value documents are dispensed from the storage device, and controlling at least the intermediate storage device and the storage device such that after or during dispensing the accepted, intermediately stored value documents are stored in the storage device and/or a final storage device.

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Apparatus for payment of a predetermined amount invoiced and methods accepting documents of value and output in a storage device stored value documents

The present invention relates to an apparatus for at least partial payment of a predetermined invoice amount with documents of value and a method for accepting documents of value and output in a storage device stored documents of value in dependence at least from a value and the authenticity of documents of value received, and a predetermined bill.

Value documents sheet-shaped objects are understood to mean, for example, represent a monetary value or an authorization and is not intended to be producible by unauthorized persons. therefore they have not easily produced, in particular copied features whose presence is an indication of authenticity, ie production by an authorized body is. Important examples of such value documents are chip cards, coupons, vouchers, checks and in particular bank notes. A special feature of such documents of value, in particular bank notes, with respect to new or bond paper, is that the state can vary widely, for example by creases, folds, dog-ears, or significant limpness.

Devices of the type mentioned above can serve that a person pays an invoice amount using various documents of value, in particular banknotes. In such a payment process documents of value are processed in the device and / or checked, which requires a certain time for the transaction payment process.

Paying people want but as soon as possible to carry out the operation in such a mode of payment. The present invention therefore has for its object to provide a device for at least partial payment of a predetermined invoice amount with documents of value, which allows a quick execution of a payment process, and to provide a corresponding method.

The object is achieved by a, in particular automatically executed, processes for accepting documents of value and output in a storage device stored documents of value in dependence at least from a value and the authenticity of documents of value received, and a predetermined amount invoiced, wherein the assumed value documents according to predetermined criteria for authenticity and are tested its value and stored at least as a function of the predetermined calculation amount and the value in the examination to be genuine detected documents of value types and numbers to be returned documents of value are determined, are output in an output step corresponding documents of value from the storage means, and after or during the output of the assumed cached value documents in the storage means and / or final storage device are stored.

The object is further achieved by a device for at least partial payment of a predetermined invoice amount with documents of value, with a checking device for checking the authenticity and value of the device supplied to documents of value, a storage device, comprising at least two memory for storing at least two different types of documents of value so that a value document of each of the two types in the memory device is independent of the order of input of documents of value optional from said memory means be outputted, an intermediate storage means for intermediate storage of at least two checked documents of value, and a control means which in response to signals the checking device that reflect the authenticity and the value of the documents of value adopted, so drives the temporary storage unit, that documents of value adopted after the test in accordance with predetermined criteria to Echthe It and its value is temporarily stored in the temporary storage unit, at least as a function of the predetermined calculation amount and the value in the examination to be genuine detected documents of value types and numbers to be returned documents of value is determined, at least the storage means so controls that respective documents of value are output from the memory means, and at least the intermediate storage means and the memory means so controls that, after or during the output of the documents of value in the storage means and / or final storage device adopted, cached are stored. The device is particularly suitable for carrying out the method according to the invention.

The apparatus or method is provided for at least partial payment of a predetermined invoice amount with security documents and in particular to for accepting and dispensing of value documents specified types. In the documents of value can be, vouchers and bills in particular. Value documents of a specified type of bank notes of a predetermined currency and a predetermined denomination may be understood in particular. In particular the device for the at least partial payment of bills of different types, such as a predetermined denomination of one or more currencies may be provided. The components of the Vorrich- tung are then designed so that it can process documents of value of the predetermined types.

The latch device is used for temporarily receiving means of the checking device certified documents of value. Examination of the documents of value needs present at the shooting may not be completed, but it is sufficient that the testing device has detected at least one property of the value document that is used to check the value document. The evaluation of the detection result may, indeed the design of the testing device, also take place during the intermediate storage, but is preferably completed during the intermediate storage.

The controller is used to control the storage and the intermediate storage means, inter alia, in response to signals from the checking device and the predetermined amount invoiced reproducing the data. If the device has at least one further means for accepting payment means, such as a smart card reader or a coin acceptor, the controller may further be configured such that it additionally contains, for outputting documents of value, at least the intermediate storage means and the memory means in response to signals from the at least one cash acceptor representing a value by means of this device accepted means of payment, to control.

The controller uses the predetermined invoice amount or corresponding, this reproducing data. This the control device can be supplied in various ways and optionally latched therein. For example, the device may have a means for detecting an invoice document, by means of which data can be recorded representing the invoice amount. However, it is also possible that the control device has a data interface via which the transmitted, for example, from another data acquisition and / or processing means, data can be supplied, which reflect the invoice amount. It could also consider possible that the invoice amount via a user interface, such as a keyboard input.

The control device may be designed in any suitable this principle. However, it preferably has at least one processor to execute a computer program and a memory in which an executable by the processor computer program is stored. Instead of a processor and a plurality of parallel or hierarchically coupled processors and / or controllers and / or Mirko processors and / or FPGA may be used. The invention therefore also provides a computer program that is executable by a processor and is performed the process at the processing by the processor.

The not really necessary for a payment of an invoice amount from the spirit of a payment ago caching the value documents adopted has at least two advantages. This results in an acceleration of a payment transaction, characterized in that the payment can take place directly through a dispensable stored in the memory means documents of value change amount after the intermediate storage of value documents adopted in dependence on the result of the test. A storage of value documents adopted can be done later if the user has the recognizable for him payment process with acceptance of the given value documents completed sen and then the user of the device, if necessary replaced. Next, with a suitable capacity of the buffer means an acceptance and review of all documents of value adopted can be done first, so that termination of a payment until after entering the last value document can be made even more simple, without value documents would have to be transported back from the storage device. This allows for fast operation.

In principle, the temporary storage unit can be arbitrarily, in particular for the intermediate storage of valuable documents be formed only in a stacked form. It is also possible that the latch means is adapted for occasional temporary storage of value documents. Here, they can even though that is not necessarily preferable to allow addition of the isolated storage even storage in stack form. This has the advantage that, when a storage of at least some of the documents of value adopted separately by type, in particular denomination in the storage device, no re-recognition of the type of the temporarily stored value documents is necessary.

The transport of valuable documents to and from the memory device can in principle be arbitrary. These can be transported one by one in said storage means in the process, for example, for transporting between an assumed value stored documents. The apparatus may for this purpose have, for example, a value document transport means, can be transported by means of which documents of value between the intermediate storage means and the storage means, and wherein a distance between the intermediate storage means and the storage means is fixed. Such a value document transport device can, for example, at least one belt transport section for transporting documents of value and at least one soft include, deflectable by means of which documents of value from the given by belt transport distance transport path. It is also possible that the arrangement of the distribution of documents of value to individual memory of the memory means comprises a rotating member, as is disclosed for example in WO 2001/065493 A2, which is hereby incorporated in this respect by reference.

Preferably, the value document transport means is formed so that documents of value can be transported from the checking device to the intermediate storage means and / or from the storage device to an output device or an output interface.

In particular, be output in the output step value documents can then be individually transported sequentially to an output device and output there. This enables a very fast output.

However, it is also possible that in the apparatus said latch means between at least one acquisition layer, in the zoom transported from the checking device documents of value can be buffered in the temporary storage unit, and stores the associated storage locations, in which at least some of the intermediately stored in the temporary storage unit documents of value from the intermediate storage means in can be transported to the respective memory, is displaceable, in that also a controlled by the control means transport device is provided, by means of which the latch means between the acquisition layer and the storage layers can be moved, and that the control device is further adapted for intermediate storage of value documents in the latch means and cached for delivering documents of value from the intermediate storage means so to drive the transport means, that the Transporteinr ichtung the temporary storage unit into corresponding acceptance or storage layers, preferably also output layers proceeds. In the method, it is possible that the value documents are stored in a movable intermediate storage means for the intermediate storage of valuable documents, and the latch means is moved to the storage means for storing the cached value documents received, and the latched value documents assumed to be stored in the memory device.

The latch device is moved between different coupling positions relative to the examination means and the memory means, in which at least one transport path section of the intermediate storage device is coupled to at least one corresponding transport path portion of the test device or the storage device or may be coupled so that a transport of the test device to the intermediate storage means or is possible between the intermediate storage means and the storage means. The coupling for the adoption of documents of value from the checking device is the accepting position, while the coupling positions are storing documents for the exchange of documents of value to the storage device.

The use of movable by the transport device latching means allows a very high noise immunity transport the value documents, regardless of their state because they, when they are once passes smoothly into the intermediate storage device, are transported in this over a substantial part of the transport path NEN kön-. In can be dispensed to the memory of the memory device with suitable design of the device to switch the distribution of the value documents, which further increases the reliability.

The memory device used for storing documents of value and can in particular also of a predetermined type of data stored in its value documents are formed, at least, that in particular comprise at least one recycling storage and input and output memory to re-output.

For storing documents of value, the memory device can in principle have any desired memory. However, since the memory device is to allow a re-issue once assumed value documents as possible, at least one of the memory means is preferably a memory, are isolated can be output from the value documents.

To keep the mechanical effort for re-separation of the documents of value of a low memory of the memory means may be at least one memory in which at least two documents of value can be stored in separated form. In particular, a memory may be of a winding storage. Wrap stores have the advantage that they allow an isolated storage of a relatively large number of documents of value in a small space and are less prone to interference.

Alternatively or additionally, it is possible that at least one of the memory means is a memory, in which documents of value can be stored as a stack. Such memories are characterized by a particularly high storage capacity with respect to the installation space. In principle, such a memory can be used as input, output or input / output memory addresses or comparable be formed. In the last two cases, a singler is provided for the memory preferably. The singler may be fixedly connected with the memory or determined by the device. The last option allows the use of very simple stack cartridges that are easily replaceable.

In particular, it is possible that the memory means comprises an output memory, at least only be output from the value documents. Depending on the embodiment of the output memory, it can be formed so that from this value documents are only be output during normal operation. Such a memory may be particularly advantageous when typically banknotes of a particular type, in particular of a particular denomination, for example, the smallest denomination of a currency provided for the apparatus to be issued more frequently than they are assumed. It may be a stock of these banknotes are then provided, which allows operation over a prolonged period of time before the device does not contain the smallest denomination banknotes more, and must be shut down under certain circumstances.

In principle, the memory and hence the memory location can be arbitrarily positioned relative to the accepting position. , A particularly simple construction is obtained, however, if a value given by the value document transport means transport path section in the area of ​​the memory device is linear and at least two memories are arranged so that the located at least one acquisition layer and the storage layers along a linear path. In particular, the transport means may comprise a linear guide element along which the latch means is movably guided on a linear path between the at least one acquisition layer and the storage layers. The transport path section or the path along which the latch means is movable, may in principle be oriented in any direction. However, in order to enable a particularly small footprint for the device, it is preferred that the transport path section or the linear distance with the vertical an angle less than 10 °, and most preferably is substantially vertical. The term "vertical" is understood to mean that in the case that the entire apparatus is placed horizontally, vertically the corresponding direction, ie parallel to the direction of fall.

In principle, the memory of the storage means may be permanently connected in the device with this, so that they can be removed if necessary with tools from the device. Preferably, however, in particular as part of the memory device, a holding device with at least one holder for it is provided at least one of the two memories, and the memory is adapted from this again detachable module than the respective receptacle connectable and. Preferably, the holding means has recorded for all of their memory and all of the memory means are connectable and provided by this re-releasable modulus than the respective receptacle. In this way, a storage exchange can be done very easily, which facilitates the maintenance of the apparatus.

A particularly simple interchangeability also not specially equipped for maintenance personnel results from the fact that the receptacle and the at least one memory are configured such that the at least one memory is detachably without tools connectable to the respective receptacle and from the latter. The memory may, for example, hooked into the intake, - are geklinkt or engaged. A particularly simple and efficient production of the device is obtained when the receptacles of the holding means are of identical design, since then the same memory module may be used.

In principle, a document of value from the intermediate storage means in the apparatus, especially if this has a movable latching means, directly be transported in one of the memory of the memory device. In order to reduce the risk of interference further, the memory device for at least one of the at least two memory having a storage transport interface device by means of which can be carried out a transport of a document of value between the respective memory and the intermediate memory means. Under an interface device associated with the transport of documents of value, also simply referred to only as an interface is here meant a particular mechanical means in the following, a feeder or delivery of documents of value to and assigned by one of the interface means of the device allowed, in which case a complementary interface is used for supply or discharge. This embodiment has the advantage that the interference susceptibility of the transport, in particular of the temporary storage unit to the memories of the memory device can be reduced by appropriate design of the interface device. On the other storage can be used as memory modules already available in the market are used which are designed for other types of value document transport. Preferably, corresponding storage transport interfaces are provided for all of the memory means. Preferably, the at least one of Speichertransportschnittstellenein- direction is provided with a drive, so that the Speichertransportschnitt- provide means to transport a document of value and can not only lead. A particularly simple construction of the device at a low susceptibility to interference may result in that storage transport interfaces are provided for the at least two memory and a common drive is provided in the apparatus for the storage transport interfaces.

In particular, the device may be designed so that a belt-free transport between the intermediate storage means and at least one of the memory takes place. This allows a particularly simple construction of the device.

In principle, the temporary storage unit may have any one or more means for temporary storage of documents of value, in particular therefore allow an input and re-issue of fed documents of value. To allow an isolated storage with a simple design, the intermediate storage device may include a buffer for at least two documents of value which can only be entered consecutively into the buffer or output therefrom In the buffer can in particular also be a winding storage. Preferably, the latch, especially the winding memory to a storage capacity for more than two documents of value, so that an assumption can also be made of a larger number of documents of value.

It suffices in principle, that the intermediate storage device for isolated intermediate storage of at least two checked documents of value comprises a latch. It is preferred, however, that the intermediate storage means has at least two latch features. This allows greater variability in the intermediate storage. So one of the buffer for temporary storage of a value document can be used, for example, for the checking device has detected measured values, an evaluation in relation to the denomination, validity or authenticity, however, is still pending.

Particularly in this case is preferably of the at least two intermediate storing at least one a latch for a single document of value.

To a larger number of documents of value, especially in the described use of the intermediate storage for a single document of value can be transported into the storage device may be one of the at least two caching at least one intermediate store, in particular a winding store for at least two documents of value, the only can be entered consecutively into the buffer or output therefrom.

Alternatively or additionally, the at least two buffers may each cache for a single document of value, in and out of which optionally mono- or a document of value can be output.

In order to enable a low-interference transport between the intermediate storage means and the storage means, the temporary storage unit for the intermediate storage and each of the latch may have a latch transport interface by means of which a document of value the intermediate storage or the respective latches fed to and / or from the intermediate storage or the respective is removable caching. This interface, which as stated above is an interface device, in particular can be formed complementary to the interface means or to said interface means said memory means and serves the same purpose.

Has the temporary storage unit via at least two intermediate storage transport positions, a common drive is preferably provided for the intermediate storage transport interfaces. This allows a particularly simple construction of the temporary storage device with reduced mass.

In order to enable a method of the latch means between the various coupling positions, the transport means and the latch means preferably have mutually complementary guide elements, by means of which the temporary storage unit is performed at process between the coupling positions along a predetermined curve.

To move the temporary storage device, the transport device can in principle have any drive elements. In this case, options are especially the following alternative or complementary to each other can be used advantageously.

In a first option, the transport device can, together with the latch means comprises a linear electric motor. This alternative is characterized in that the number of moving parts is particularly low. In a second option, the transport device may comprise a relative to a base member of the apparatus drive means fixedly disposed. This embodiment has the advantage that the intermediate storage device need have no drive motor for transporting, whereby the mass of which can be reduced to advantage.

For efficient coupling of a drive to the intermediate storage device in this, the transport device may include in particular a processor coupled to the temporary storage unit belt and / or connected to the intermediate storage device chain, the driving or the drive means of the transport device. thereby, a toothed belt is preferably used as a belt. This embodiment allows a particularly simple construction of the transport device.

However, the transport means may comprise a spindle and a driving means for rotating the spindle and the intermediate storage means an interacting with the spindle element such as a pinion, so that the drive is moving by rotating the spindle, the latch means, this embodiment has the advantage that a very accurate positioning of the latch device is possible.

According to another option, the transport device may comprise a driving means connected to the latch means. This option may allow a very simple structure.

Thus, the transport means may, in particular a fixedly connected to the storage device and the rack Zwischenspeichereinrich- tung an engaging into the pinion gear which is driven by the drive device, have.

In order to permit movement of an inserted document from a customer value of the test device, the device preferably has an input transport device, by means of which individual documents of value can be transported from an input tray through the checking device. These input transport device can have any transport elements, in principle, such as rolls, rollers, belts, guide elements, and in particular a motor for driving at least one of the transport elements.

In order to enable a low-interference transport from the input transport device to the intermediate storage means in the accepting position, the input transport device can leneinrichtung have a Eingangstransportschnittstel- means of which antransportierte from the checking device value documents are transported in the at least one acquisition layer located intermediate storage means. These input transport interface may in particular be complementary formed to the intermediate storage transport interface, and preferably as the transport storage interface means,

The test device can in principle be any desired design. In particular, they need to allow only one check for transport in a given transport direction. However, the advantage of a particularly compact and simple construction can be achieved in that the input conveyor and / or the Eingangstransportschnittstellen- means and the checking means are adapted for bi-directional transportation. But that does not necessarily mean that the Prüfungseinrich- tung also a test with bidirectional transport permit must. This embodiment further provides that documents of value that turn out in testing as unacceptable, do not need to be output via an output path the advantage. Rather, they can be returned in a tray.

When using the device in a payment device, used in the deposited banknotes also the issue of change, the number of bills adopted takes total to grow. Preferably, the apparatus has therefore a further memory with a storage location associated therewith, in the documents of value from the intermediate storage means in the corresponding storage location are storable, but are not discharged from the documents of value to the intermediate storage means. This memory can be used for certain types of documents of value, in particular the one that either are not intended for re-issue, such as coupons or not genuine bank notes recognized.

In particular, in this case, the additional memory may be located in the memory means. Since such documents of value occur in many application situations with a low frequency, the memory needs, similar to the recycling of the memory means to be not very often emptied so that an arrangement in storage device is convenient.

Alternatively, such an input memory outside the memory device, preferably within a safe range, the be separated from a portion of the device in which the memory device is arranged, and serve as a final store, in the non-display for Wiederaus- required of change of the supplied , are stored recognized as authentic documents of value, in particular bank notes and therefore has to be emptied more often.

When using the device in a payment device often may be the case that documents of value, in particular bank notes of a certain type, for example a small denomination are to be issued more frequently than they are accepted. In order to avoid frequent refilling of the storage device, the device may preferably have an output memory and / or a receptacle for an output memory, from the value documents are transported isolated in the temporary storage unit. In particular, the output of the memory is a stack wherein the stack memory or the recording has a singler. Such stack enable a particularly space-saving stacking of sheet-like value documents.

the checked documents of value as a function to be processed by the audit results of the testing device in operation. The test device can for this purpose be formed in particular, that can be recognized by the inspection device according to predetermined criteria, whether a value documents a plurality of predetermined types, such as coupons or banknotes of predetermined denominations, one or more different predetermined rate, comprising, and whether the document of value, according to the criteria is to be treated as valid or genuine. The test device can for this purpose comprise at least one sensor for detecting at least one property of a value document, whose signals are used in the testing of the predetermined criteria. To perform the test, the test device may have a suitable signal processing device; but it is possible, data to be used to another signal or data processing means of the device, which is attributed to the extent of the checking device. In any case, signals are generated that reflect the results of the audit, such as the type of the value document and its validity or authenticity. The apparatus has, the controller, which then can ansteueren the transport means of the signals of the test device as a function at least to the temporary storage means in at least partially determined by the signals coupling positions by means of these, in which a transport of a document of value from the checking device in the temporary storage unit or a transport between the intermediate storage means and the storage means can occur. In response to the signals, of course, a method in coupling positions for transport to a value document output device or cash box can be controlled.

Specifically, the controller may be adapted for accepting documents of value, so drive the transport means, that this moves the latch means in the accepting position. The controller can perform this control, particularly in response to detection signals of a sensor which detects the feeding of a document of value to the apparatus. For example, it can be at the sensor via a corresponding light barrier.

Next, the control device by means of the testing device can be configured to recognize as rejectable documents of value, and to drive the transport means upon detection of a rejectable value document that these, to the temporary storage device in which the document of value is stored from the accepting position to a dispensing position in which the document of value can be output in an output device, and the temporary storage unit after reaching the output layer so to drive the latch means that these outputs the rejectable document of value. This makes it possible, as unacceptable by the device, especially not recognizable, value documents or leaves, output automatically after it has been temporarily stored in the temporary storage unit.

The controller may then be further adapted to determine by means of the checking device to the type and the validity or authenticity of a document of value, to drive the intermediate storage device in the accepting position so that stores this test value document, and to store data representing the type and information about play the validity or authenticity of the value document and its position in the temporary storage device to store. This makes it possible initially to accept all cash in the form of documents of value to perform then the output of change.

In the method the value, and a storage location of a respective document of value in the temporary storage unit reproducing data can be stored accordingly in the intermediate storage and the temporary storage unit are moved with the cached documents of value in dependence on the stored data to a storage device. The documents of value can then be stored separately upon the detected type or value.

In the method, it can be provided that the value to be output documents from the storage device stored in the output value to be output of the documents in the temporary storage unit, are transported by means DIE ser to an output interface and then output. The control means may then be adapted to the end of a supply of value documents in a storage step in response to the data representing the type and information about the validity or authenticity of cached value documents and their location in the temporary storage unit to drive the transport means so that the intermediate storage means is moved corresponding storage locations in the type of the temporarily stored documents of value, and so to control the latch means and the memory means that the documents of value of the associated storage location type are delivered to the memory device. In this way, in particular a storage assumed value documents according to the type, especially when recognized as authentic banknotes of denomination and, if the type of currency, are such that they are suitable for the output of change. In particular, the memories of the memory means can be associated with this corresponding value document types, so that the control device enables storage in the memories separately by type, and a corresponding re-output. The end of a supply of documents of value can be detected for example by the fact that the total value of supplied documents of value exceeds a predetermined amount, for example an invoice to be paid amount or a predetermined part thereof, or that no other value documents are fed after a predetermined period of time.

In the process can further be provided in particular that types and numbers to be returned value documents are additionally determined as a function of the number in the memory means of existing documents of value specified types. For this purpose, in the device of at least the memory of the memory means two in each case a predetermined type to be assigned by provided for payout value documents, and the control means may be further adapted, in a payment step in response to a given in the control device payout amount and the number and value of in the storage device stored value documents in the form of value documents, in particular banknotes, of the given type to determine a number and a type from the storage means to be output documents of value in the form of banknotes and when a movable latch means is provided to drive the transport means so that said latch means procedure according to the determined types successively into corresponding storage locations, and to drive the memory means and the latch means so that the front, upon reaching the storage locations storing given number of banknotes of the corresponding type of the storage location in the temporary storage unit. The amount to be dispensed can in particular be entered into the control device or determined from this as a function of a payable amount and the value of the apparatus optionally further supplied payment.

The control means may in each case if driven interfaces are provided, and control them accordingly. Has, in the apparatus the intermediate storage device via at least a first and a second latch, which is assigned to a first or second accepting position, the control means is preferably further added, so to drive the transport means that this intermediate storage means for receiving fed documents of value in a first accepting position moves, then to drive at least the intermediate storage device so that the Wertdoku- ment in the first, the first accepting position corresponding latch to store, after determining the type of the denomination and the authenticity of the value document, depending on at least the transport device and the intermediate storage device so to control that the value document is stored by the first latch to the second latch, or output to a value document output device. In this manner, the temporary storage unit can firstly be used to serve as a holding device in which a document of value is held until the result of the check is present. Secondly, in this way the output of a non-accepted value document can be easily and quickly done.

In addition, the controller may further be configured such that, when it has observed the end of a deposit or an abort signal that the customer triggered via input means of the apparatus receives, does not perform payment and storing step, but drives the transport means is arranged to the temporary storage device from the acquisition layer to the output layer. the intermediate storage device is in this position, it controls these and the value document output device in such a way that the value documents adopted, cached in the intermediate storage device be reissued. This has the advantage that a customer can make an erroneous deposit reversed and just get back the paid by him valuable documents.

The invention is explained below further example of the drawings. In the drawings: Figure 1 is a schematic block diagram of a payment apparatus according to a first preferred embodiment.

Fig. Kumentein- 2 is a schematic partially sectioned side view of a Wertdo- and payout portion,

Fig. 3 is a schematic side view of a test device and an input transport device of the portion in Fig. 2,

Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a portion of the payment apparatus in Fig. 1 with a value document acceptance device in an open position,

Fig. 5 is a perspective partial schematic view of an intermediate storage device of the payment apparatus in FIG. 1 between the guide elements,

Fig. 6 is a perspective schematic partial representation of the document of value module of the apparatus in Fig. 1,

Fig. 7 is a perspective schematic partial representation of the document of value module of the apparatus in Fig. 1, in which a memory device is in an open position,

Fig. 8 shows two schematic side views of a document of value module of a payment apparatus according to another embodiment, Fig. 9 is a perspective partial schematic view of an intermediate storage device of the document of value module in FIG. 8 between the guide elements,

Fig. 10 various stages of a payment transaction using the document of value module in Fig. 8,

Fig. 11 is a schematic representation of two banknotes of different width as well as their location in the checking device and storing the document of value module in Fig. 8,

Fig. 12 is a schematic representation of a transport interface means in a direction parallel to an axis of rotation, wherein a pair of rollers in a coupling position is indicated by solid lines and in a different position by dashed lines,

Fig. 13 is a schematic representation of complementary transport interface device in FIG. 12 in a plane through the rotary axes of the rollers of a roller pair,

Fig. 14 is a schematic representation of the transport interface control devices in Fig. 12 in a plane through the axes of rotation of corresponding rollers of the two pairs of rollers,

Fig. 15 is a schematic partial view of two transport interfaces in the device in FIGS. 8 and 9, Fig. 16 is a schematic block diagram of a variant of the payment apparatus in Fig. 1 and 2 with an additional output memory, and

Fig. 17a and b shows a schematic partially sectioned side view of another example of a value document deposit and -auszahlungsab- cut.

A payment device for payment of invoices in Fig. 1, in particular, an apparatus for accepting and dispensing of value documents, comprising in a housing 10, a bill reader 12, a coin deposit and payout portion 14, a card payment section 16, a value document deposit and payout portion 18 and a partial part of the input and payout portions performing control means 20 for driving the bill reader and said portions and for evaluation of signals of the reader and accounting of said sections. Although the control device 20 according to their function represents a part of the input and payout portions, shown in Fig. 1, only the sake of clarity, as a separate unit.

The payment apparatus and in particular the control means 20 are provided so that bills can be paid by means of various means of payment, which, if necessary, change is returned. For this, the payment device is adapted to a current supplied by a customer invoice document, such as a printed paper sheet on which data representing the invoice amount to the invoice amount of, for example, in machine-readable form, in the example in the form of a bar code are reproduced by means for read the reading of the data appropriate invoice reader 12th After that, the payment device of the customer takes one or several cash to pay the invoice amount. Serve this purpose, the three sections 14, 16 and 18 in connection with the control means 20. After determination of the paid or credited to a card amount is determined, the controller 20 whether or not the deposited amount exceeds the invoice amount, and determines, if appropriate, the amount of to be returned to the customer exchange money. The controller 20 then controls the coin deposit and -auszahlungs ^ portion 14 and / or the value document deposit and payout portion 18 in such a way that, if possible, by this value of the documents in the form of banknotes and for the remainder, disbursing banknotes not share change amount, coins are issued to the customer. Thereafter, the payment apparatus can generate a document and output the confirmed that the amount has been paid, or generate a signal and deliver that represents that the amount has been paid.

In the context of the present application, the invoice reader 12, the coin deposit and payout portion 14, the card payment section 16, and these components, corresponding functions of the control device can be formed in any suitable manner, in particular to those skilled in known manner 20th

Hereinafter, the value document deposit is and payout portion 18, which is an example of a value document deposit and -auszahlungsvorrichtung and a device for accepting and dispensing of value documents and highly schematically in FIG. 2 illustrates, is described in more detail. It is on the one hand for accepting documents of value in the form of coupons, and a predetermined type of banknotes of different types of banknotes of different denominations in one currency only formed in the present example. In principle, the section could be formed in other embodiments 18 to accept bank notes of different denominations of different currencies. Secondly, it is designed for outputting documents of value in the form of banknotes.

are attached to a backbone 22, in the example from top to bottom, a value document output means 24, a combined value document acceptance device 26 for drawing and subsequent checking of documents of value in the form of banknotes and / or vouchers, a first transport means 28 for transportation of a linearly movably guided temporary storage unit 30 to isolated intermediate storage of at least two checked documents of value in the vertical direction in the example, and a storage device 32, more specifically, input and output or recycling storage means is provided. In this embodiment, the recycling storing means 32 is designed so that stored therein banknotes of three different denominations separately according to denominations, and output again, and separated from the paper money and coupons as a non-real-recognized banknotes can be stored. Vouchers and when not recognize genuine banknotes are not issued individually during operation. Each of the denominations, as well as coupons and the banknotes recognized as not genuine is assigned an input and receiving port and an input port through which the storage and the removal can take place.

At the bottom of the backbone 22 is still usable for a final memory 34 with a 36 in the receptacle 34 and removable from the receptacle 34 end storage 36 provided a recording. The temporary storage unit 30 is used depending on the operating phase for temporarily receiving and storing tested documents of value from the value document acceptance device 26 for dispensing temporarily stored documents of value to the memory device 32, the end storage 36 or the value document output means 24, and for temporarily receiving paid-out banknotes from the storage means 32, and output this temporarily stored bank notes to the document of value outputting means 24 and is for this process by means of the transport system 28 between respective coupling positions, in which a transport of a document of value between at least one transport path section of the temporary storage unit 30 and transport path portions of the document of value acceptance device 26, the storage unit 32, the Endspeichers 36 and / or the value document output device can take place 24th

In this example, four different types are provided of coupling positions: on the one hand at least one acquisition layer LE, in which a document of value between the value document acceptance device 26 and the temporary storage unit is transportable 30, storing positions Lsi (i = l, 2, 3, 4) whose number and Location of the number and location of Speicherein- and - discharge openings of the storage device 32 corresponds to and allows an exchange of value documents between the memory device 32 and the temporary storage unit 30, a Endspeicherlage Lend, in the documents of value from the intermediate storage device 30 can be transported in the end storage 36, and at least an output layer LA, in the documents of value from the intermediate storage device 30 can be transported to the value document output means 24th The coupling layers are illustrated in Fig. 2 by dashed representations of the temporary storage unit 30 in the above-mentioned documents. The operation of the document of value acceptance device 26, the transport device 28, the temporary storage unit 30 and the storage device 32 is controlled by signals from the control device 20 of this control also in response to signals from not described in detail sensors and detectors in these devices, such as those for monitoring transportation, performs.

The control device 20 comprises, in this embodiment, a memory 116 and a processor 118 as well as corresponding data or signal interfaces to the electrical devices of the apparatus. In the memory 116 instructions of a computer program stored in the execution of the control means so controls the respective electrical devices of the apparatus by outputting control signals that they carry out the described in the following.

In this first embodiment, the following example of the method is performed.

A customer enters an invoice document into the apparatus, from which the controller 20 detects the amount to be paid by the bill reader 12th The customer then, as already described cash to pay the invoice amount one. Here, only the processing of documents entered value will be described in detail.

Is a valuable document of accepting documents of value means 26 fed these feeds the document of value. It outputs a signal to the control device 20 which controls the transport device 28 so that this moves the temporary storage unit 30 into the accepting position LE, provided that such is not already in that position. The Wertdokumentannahmeeinrich- tung 26 then determines, according to Ausführungsf orm by means of its own evaluation means and / or by using the control device 20 determines whether the document of value is a valid certificate or a banknote according to predetermined test criteria recognized as acceptable and genuine and what value the value document. The control means 20 detects signals corresponding to the type reflect the result of the check for authenticity or validity and the value of the value document, and stores the corresponding information. The value documents are fed, in this embodiment, after the drawing and testing of the temporary storage unit 30 in the accepting position LE and buffered therein.

If the control device 20 determines that the last fed document of value is recognized as a valid coupon or as a banknote from the device an acceptable currency, that stores the value of the value document and the location in the temporary storage unit 30th

If the control device 20, however, determines that the last fed document of value has not been recognized as a valid voucher and not as a banknote an accepted by the device currency value acceptance device 26 is controlled so that firstly no further documents of value are accepted. Next, it controls the transport device 28 such that it moves the temporary storage unit 30 in the output layer LA, and outputs the latched value last document on the document of value output means 24th the controller 20 thereafter controls the transport device 28 to to 30 the temporary storage device again in the accepting position LE TO.

The controller 20 then triggers retraction of another value document, which is treated as the foregoing. During the supply of means of payment, the controller 20 determined on the signals of the document of value acceptance device 26 and the other portions out continuously the total value of the deposited cash and compares it with the amount to be paid. If the total value of the amount to be paid, it controls the payment apparatus in such a way that it outputs a notice, for example, by means not shown in the figures display device, to the customer or payer and takes no further payment.

The control device 20 determines at least in response to said predetermined calculation amount and the value in the examination to be genuine detected documents of value types, in particular denominations and numbers to be returned documents of value. That is, they determined depending on the number and denomination in the storage unit 32 stored bank notes, the invoice amount, and the other supplied to cash, bank notes which are to be returned as change or part of the change.

In a following output step controls, preferably beginning with the denomination, which is stored in the storage unit 32 lowermost, the transport system 28, the storage device 32 and the temporary storage unit 30 then so that the temporary storage unit 30 sequentially corresponding to the individual to be output denominations procedure storage layers Lsi (i = l, 2, 3) and there respective banknotes are stored in the storage unit 32 in the temporary storage unit 30th After storing the last dispensed bank note of the change in the temporary storage unit 30, the control means controls the transport means 28 such that this moves the temporary storage unit 30 in the output layer LA.

Thereafter, it drives the temporary storage unit 30 and possibly the value document dispenser 24 to dispense the cached value documents to the document of value output means 24th the output of banknotes is then carried out as change or part of the change on corresponding signals to the control device 20th So that the output step is completed.

are located in the intermediate storage device now even more particularly the last drawn-value documents. After completion of the output, the controller performs the storing step.

Thereafter, the controller 20 controls in a storage step in dependence on the position and the type of the temporarily stored in the temporary storage unit 30 documents of value, the information on the authenticity and the filling level of the storage unit 32 in relation to the individual denominations, the transport system 28 such that these were the latch means moves to output the cached value documents in the corresponding coupling positions. Valid coupons and as a non-real-recognized banknotes are employed in the memory that corresponds to the position Ls4 and are input to the only documents of value, transported, while the recognized as genuine banknotes of three denominations are stored separately according denominations in the three appropriate recycling storing , Other recognized as genuine banknotes are stored in the final memory. The unit is controlled in such a way corresponding to the latched value documents, that the transport device 28, the temporary storage unit 30 sequentially in coupling positions corresponding to the order of the documents of value in the buffer memory, the type in banknotes particular denomination, and banknotes of the recognized fastness of the next from the temporary storage unit 30 the memory device 32 or, if the denomination of the next value to be output document does not correspond to the planned for the memory device 32 denominations or the memory device can store no further document of value of the denomination more, the final memory 36 to be output document of value an the type and authenticity of the value document corresponding storage position Lsi Lend or drives and the temporary storage unit 30 outputs the value to be output each document in the memory device 32 and the end storage 36th The storage device 28 and possibly the end storage 36 is controlled accordingly to accommodate the value document, and to store. So that the storage step is completed.

Finally 28 moves the transport means on corresponding signals to the control device 20, the temporary storage unit 30 into the accepting position LE.

By doing so a faster return of change is achieved because the sorting of already paid up value documents can be made after the completion of payment.

In the following, a specific, only exemplary configuration of the non-control means 20 will be described comprehensively send part of the value document deposit and payout portion 18 in the first two embodiments with reference to the Figures 3 to 7th The same reference numerals for corresponding devices are used. The part of a value document deposit and payout portion 18 without the control device 20 will be hereinafter referred to simply as a value document module.

The value document accepting means 26 includes along an input transport path TE an input compartment 38 for the manual input of individual value documents, a checking device 40 for determining a value of a value document and to check the validity or authenticity of a document of value, a principle optional input transport interface 42 and an input transport device 44 for transporting a inserted into the input tray 38 value document 46 along the input transfer path at the checking device 40 past or to the input transport interface 42. the last Eingangstransportpfad- section therethrough TA 'ending in a coupling end at the entrance transport interface 42, extends in this example is substantially horizontal.

In the present embodiment, the input tray 38 has a lateral stop, not shown, to which a customer the value document 46 aligns laterally at the input and further inserts.

The input transport device 44 has an entrance photocell 47 for detecting an insertion of a value document, driven transport rollers 48 and transport belts 50, which transport the inserted into the input tray value document 46 through the checking device 40, which is designed in this embodiment to banknotes egg ner predetermined monetary to detect and check for authenticity, which are aligned with the stop side.

To ease removal of transport interruptions in the area of ​​the document of value acceptance device 26, the input transport device 44 has two parts 120 and 122, between which the transport path for the transported documents of value runs extending horizontally in this embodiment, in operation, essentially has. In this embodiment, the part 120 has the driven transport elements, in the example, the transport rollers 48 and transport belts 50, thus forms a drive part, while the part 122, where the counterpart of the part 120, more precise forms and a press-on is not driven to the driven transport elements having complementary transport elements 51, in the example pressure rollers and rigid guide elements. In operation, these parts are arranged parallel to each other 120 and 122 substantially and between them form the transport path for the documents of value.

The total value document acceptance means 26 is mounted mutually parallel side members 124 of the skeleton 22 by means of an at least approximately orthogonal to the conveying direction R of the transport path portion TA 'and the position determined by the drive and the press member 120 bzw.122 surface of the transport path extending parallel pivot axis 126 which is arranged in the region of the beginning of the transport path, between an operative position in which a valuable document along the 120 and 122 partially enclosed by the parts of the transport path to the temporary storage unit 30 is transported in the accepting position and an open position in which manual access at least on both ends of the transport path is possible pivotably articulated. In the embodiment, thereby the entire Wertdoku- ment accepting means 26, as shown in Fig. 4, be pivoted downwardly.

Next, the two parts 120 and 122 of the input transport device 44 are fixed relative to one another pivotally, so that by pivoting at least one of the parts relative to the other from an operating position into an opening position of the transport path TA in the input transport device 44 over its entire length outside the checking device 40 can be exposed. In the example of the presser is to hinged to the drive member 120 122nd For this purpose, an axis extending parallel to the pivot axis 126 pivot axis 128 is disposed close to the front side of the input transport device 44 to the drive portion 120 so that the pressure part can be pivoted upward in tilted down input transport device 44 122nd The pivoting motion of the entire input transport device 44 and the presser member 122 between an operating position in which a valuable document transport is possible and an opening position in which the transport path is accessible, that extend in a plane, in which also the direction of transport R given by the transport path TA runs ,

A locking of the parts 120 and 122 in the operating position can be effected by an appropriate locking means, such as a snap mechanism, not shown.

The electrical connections to other sections and means of the device extend here in the region of the articulation of the driving part 120 so that need to be solved no electrical connection for access to the transport path therein upon opening the entrance transport device 44th This has the advantage that even non technical person-can easily eliminate disturbances occurring, if necessary, without being able to affect the electrical function.

The checking device 40 (Fig. See FIG. 3) for a means not shown in the figures for the detection of coupons that recognizes coupons, their validity and value is determined and delivers corresponding signals to the control device 20, in the example a bar code reader for reading a encrypted bar codes and decoding the data represented by the bar code representing the value of the voucher. The checking device 40 is further provided with a bill validator 52 for determining the type, in particular the determination of a predetermined currency and the denomination of banknotes and for testing the authenticity of bank notes according to predetermined criteria. For example, sold by the applicant bill validator CashRay can be used 90th The test device 40 is then according to the result of the examination test signals to the control device 20 decreases so that they benefit from data representing, among others, the type, validity or authenticity and value of the document.

The tested value document 46 is then conveyed to the input of transport interface 42, which is used to transfer the document of value to the temporary storage unit 30 and to a pair of driven rollers 54 has. The position of these rollers defines at least partially an acceptance position for the temporary storage unit 30 determines in which this must be located so that it can receive a signal output from the input transport interface 42. A document of value.

The temporary storage unit 30 for the singled intermediate storage of at least two documents of value (see. Fig. 5) jointed to a base body 56 via a latch transport interface 58, a downstream buffer 60 for receiving, separated intermediate storage and delivery of singulated documents of value via a transport path section Tz, in the example a winding storage formed as an exchangeable module 62, and a fixed to the base body 56 motor 64 for operating the winding memory 62nd

The buffer transport interface 58 has a pair of transport rollers 66 as well as coupled to the transport roller pair 66 by means of a belt and a gear train drive means 68, which is as well as the motor 64 at least indirectly driven by the control device 20 and this is connected via corresponding means with this signal transmission is ,

The temporary storage unit 30 is by means of the transport system 28 along a linear, in the example substantially vertical direction between different coupling positions moved depending on the inclination of the footprint of the apparatus (see. FIG. 6).

In this embodiment, the transport device 28 has to manage the temporary storage unit 30 along a linear direction across parallel mounted to each other on the backbone 22 guide rails 70 and movable between the guide rails base body 56 on both sides by complementary guide means 72, in which engage the guide rails 70 in the example carriage, ,

Further, the transport system 28 has optionally for guiding a pair of fixed parallel to the backbone 22 racks 74, between which the temporary storage unit 30 is movable. On the base body 56 of the temporary storage unit 30 74 complementary gears 76 are disposed on opposite sides of the toothed racks which engage with the racks 74 prevent tilting of said latch means 30th

For moving the latch means 30 in this embodiment, connected to the backbone 22 Drive means is provided for moving the latch means 30th The coupling is effected via a toothed belt drive.

More specifically (see. Fig. 6) drive means 78 is connected to the backbone 22 at one end of the movement path of the latching means 30 is provided which drives a shaft 80 with a gear pair, and at the other end a shaft 82 with a gear pair to the shaft 80 corresponding gear pair. The gear pairs through two endless toothed belt 84, which are fixed to the base body 56 of the temporary storage unit 30, so that by movement of the timing belt 84, the temporary storage unit 30 along the backbone 22 relative to the document of value acceptance device 26, the value document output means 24, and in particular, the storage unit 32 and be moved to the end storage 36 up and down.

The memory device 32 has memory 86, in this embodiment, three recycling storage for accepting, storing and outputting documents of value, for example, winding memory, via an L-shaped holding device 88 for the recycling storage 86 and kept on the holding device 88, for each the recycling storage 86 are bar via a storage transport interface 90, reciprocating by means of which documents of value between the respective recycling storage and the intermediate storage device 30 located in a suitable location before Koppe DIE sem and hertransportier-. Although not in principle necessary, the recycling storage are identical in this embodiment.

The L-shaped retaining means 88 has a continuous receiving openings 92 for receiving the recycling storage 86 arranged in the example by the space between two parallel L-shaped side cheeks are formed 94th The recycling memory are designed as tool-removable and deployable modules and in each case by means of first fastening means, in the example mounting slots 96 in the side walls 94 and to the first fastening means complementary first fixing means, in the example pins on the side walls of the recycling the memory 86, on the holding device 88 releasably attached. They can thus be easily replaced.

The holder of the recycling memory 86 is carried out so that they each with an input / output port 98 for to be stored or stored documents of value which is situated in a terminating at a coupling end of the storage transport interface memory transport path portion Ts, the transport means are turned 28 can be carried out from the opposite direction during insertion or removal of the recycling storage.

Arranged in the operation between the input output ports 98 and the transport device 28 storage transport interfaces 90 each include transport elements which are driven together. In the example, is via a common belt drive 100 driven roller pairs 102, which in the holding device 86, in the example in the side walls 94, are mounted. The storage transport interfaces 90, in the example the pairs of rollers 102, define storage locations which must the temporary storage unit 30, more precisely the temporary storage transport interface for the exchange with the respective recycling storage, taking, in order to exchange a document of value between the intermediate storage means 30 and the respective recycling can be done memory.

The side walls 94 are arranged so that the long legs with the securing slots 96, and thus in particular the storage transport interfaces with their transport means 28 facing opening for documents of value, at least approximately parallel to the possible permitted step of latching means are 30.

In this embodiment, a receptacle 104 is provided for a cassette 106 optionally also serving to receive coupons and for receiving banknotes which were classified as non-real-in testing. Also for this a memory transport interface is provided, which is formed corresponding to the other storage transport interfaces the storage unit 32 and disposed.

The holding device 88 is still 28 extending edge pivotally connected to a lower, transversely to the direction of said latch means about an axis extending in the same direction axis, so that the storage unit 32 between an operating position in which the storage transport interfaces are aligned so that a transfer to the temporary storage unit is possible in one of the storage layers, and an opening position in which the storage transport interfaces are accessible way is herschwenkbar. Alie electrical connections of electrical devices of the storage device 32, electric motors, for example, not shown, for driving the recycling storage 86 or the storage transport interfaces 90, carried to other parts of the device, particularly the control device 20 via a not shown wire harness in the region of the pivot axis of the memory device 32 leads to the backbone 22nd

the recycling storage to be able to easily exchange 86, without having to move other parts as a cabinet door, this arrangement makes it possible on one page. On the other hand, the holding device 88 with the recycling storages 86 and the cartridge 106, ie, the memory means 32 are simply pivoted away for the removal of disturbances of transport by the transport device 28 (see FIG. FIG. 7). Except for the adoption interface so that all the other interfaces for the transfer of value documents between the intermediate storage means 30 and the recy- ling memories 86 and the cassette 104 are directly easily accessible. Here, no electrical connections need to be solved so that the elimination of congestion can be very easily done.

Below the memory device 32, the recording 34 is provided for serving as a final receptacle end storage 36 in a safe area 106, which also has a storage transport interface, the means of which banknotes are transported from the temporary storage unit into the end cashbox also defines a storage location. In the example, is provided as the end memory 36, a free-fall cartridge, said receptacle is formed in accordance with the 34th

The safe area 106 is separated from the housing portion, in which the memory means is arranged so that access to the safe region can be carried out independently of the other housing portion. Both areas have separate locks that can be unlocked only with the corresponding keys or authorizations. In this way, the final memory can be removed without tampering with parts of the device is possible. Conversely, that access to the contents of the safe range is prevented at an opening of the device for elimination of interference can be ensured.

In this embodiment, the recycling storage 86, the receptacle 104 or the received therein cartridge 106 and the receptacle 34 for the end storage 36 are formed such that the input transport path of the winding memory 62 and the memory or cassettes listed with their inputs and and / or output openings lie in one plane, ie, are not offset from each other.

To issue banknotes or the examination by the examination device 40 as unacceptable detected documents of value is used which is arranged above the checking device 40 value document output means 24 to which is also from the intermediate storage device via an output transport interface 108 that defines at least one dispensing position of the temporary storage unit 30, documents of value from the temporary storage device can be output. In this embodiment, this is a simple output device having a bottom 110 and a resilient cover 112 at the end of a pinch roller 114 is formed is provided (see. Fig. 4).

In a variant of this embodiment, instead of a checking device, which is adapted for examination of laterally aligned documents of value, using a test device checks the value documents are transported centered with respect to the transport path. Between the hopper and the checking device, the input transport device has then preferably a device for centering of the value documents.

Another embodiment is shown in Figures 8 to. 11 It differs from the first embodiment by the formation of the intermediate storage device, the formation of the input conveying means, the arrangement of the recycling storage in the memory device and a corresponding change in the control device. For unchanged parts of the device, the same reference numerals are used and the explanations and variants to the foregoing embodiments are also applicable here accordingly.

In Fig. 8a and 8b for clarity value document deposit only very schematically shown and payout portion 18 'now has a temporary storage unit 30' (see FIG. FIG. 9) having two latches 130 and 132 and corresponding intermediate storage transport interfaces 134 and 136.

Of the two latches 130 and 132 of the latch 132 is a latch for a single document of value and the latch 130 is a latch, in particular a winding storage is for at least two documents of value which can only be separated successively inputted to the buffer memory 130 or outputted therefrom.

Depending on which the latch is to be used, there are for each of the Eingangstransport-, Speichertransportschnitt- and output transport interfaces two possible coupling positions, ie acceptance, Speiche- rungs- and output layers of the buffer conveyor 30 '.

This is shown in Fig. 8a and 8b for clarity the example of accepting positions LEI and LE2. Depending on which the latch is to be used 130 and 132, respectively, moves the transport device 28, the temporary storage unit 30 'for use of the latch 130 together with the intermediate storage transport interface 134 in the accepting position LEI or for use of the latch 134 together with the intermediate storage transport interface 136 in the accepting position LE2. The same applies to the other coupling positions.

A detailed illustration of the intermediate storage unit 30 'shown in FIG. 9, FIG. 5 corresponds. The latch 130 may be formed like the first embodiment, as a winding memory, while the second latch 132 is a memory for a single document of value, in the example a shelf in the buffer 130. section notify intermediate conveying 134 and 136 have the same structure. Next they are driven by a common drive device 138 of the temporary storage unit 30 ', wherein also embodiments with a separate drive are conceivable.

In this embodiment, designed as a single memory buffer 132 is formed so that it is transverse to the transport direction, it can be stored all permissible for the payment value document types, in particular those with the greatest extension. The latch 130, however, need only be designed for receiving documents of value, which are stored in the memory means. In order to allow restoring between the latches 130 and 132, the input transport device 44 'is changed from the input transport device 44 in two ways. On the one hand has the input transport device 44 '(see. Fig. 10a) via a modified input transport interface 42' and on the other hand via a first transport drive unit 140, the transport elements of the up on the drive and the input transport interface 42 'over the input transport device 44 unchanged input transport device 44' drives, and a second transport drive unit 142 that drives the input transport interface 42 '.

The input transport device 44 'now has in the transport path through one of the checking device 40 downstream switch 144, between a first position in which a valuable document from the checking device 40 through an input transport path portion TA' via the input transport interface 42 'to the temporary storage unit 30' in one of the accepting positions transported is (see. Fig. 10a), and a second position in which a document of value from the intermediate storage unit 30 'in one of the accepting positions into a holding area 146 is transported under or next to the checking device 40 (see. Fig. 10c), round and produced -.

The with of the modified controller 20 'is connected, and for transmitting signals driven by the second transport drive unit 142 is designed so that these in response to signals from the control device 20' can move in the holding portion 146 is a document of value to the temporary storage unit 30 'or by this, wherein in this embodiment, the position of the switch 144 by a not shown, 'driven by the controller 20 points drive is changed. The memory means 32 'differs from the memory device 32 only in that at least one of the recycle store 86, namely for the banknotes of the smallest dimension transversely to the transport direction relative to the latch 130 of the latch means 30' is disposed in the corresponding storage location so that the center of stored banknotes is transverse to the transport direction or in the recycling storage offset relative to the center of data stored in the temporary storage 130 banknotes of the same type. The offset is chosen so that when the temporary storage of bank notes in the temporary storage 130 in which the banknotes are aligned with a predetermined edge parallel to the transport direction of the same, and transfer of the banknote of the predetermined for the recycling storage 86 type to the recycling storage, the distance between the center of the banknote in the temporary memory of the middle likewise in the recycling storage of stored banknotes type is reduced.

In this embodiment, the recycling storage 86 are all offset by the same amount in the same direction. In another variation of the offset of the recycling storage 86 depending on the to be stored in this bank note types can, for example, denominations of the same currency banknotes be selected differently in each.

This arrangement is further illustrated in Figure 11, in the bank notes 166, 166 'of two different widths in the transport path of the checking device 40 through the transport interfaces to the winding memory 130, the temporary storage unit 30' in the accepting position LAI with solid lines. are shown in the winding memory 130, and in a recycling of the winding memory 86 which is shifted drawn in the figure for clarity along the conveying direction R, in dashed lines.

By aligning the banknotes along its longitudinal edge, this access are sequentially stored in the winding memory 130 in which they are also aligned along their longitudinal edge. Thus they are arranged asymmetrically in the winding 168th In just a few notes by the storage is not affected. During transport in the recycling memory the situation as shown in Fig. 11 level does not change, so that the bank notes would be stored asymmetrically in the winding 168 without the offset also along its longitudinal edge. Particularly when using memories having two parallel winding films, however, may occur a failure in the possibly occurring in the recycling storing 86 Number of documents of value in the narrow banknotes 160th By the offset v narrow the banknotes back further into the center of the winding, so that a lower susceptibility to interference can be achieved even with a large number of stored banknotes.

The control device 20 'is modified in relation to the control device 20 to driving devices of the value document deposit and -ausgabe- section by delivering control signals such that the following procedure is performed. To illustrate this case are selected as banknotes Euro banknotes which are in denominations of 5 Euro, 10 Euro, 20 Euro, 50 Euro, 100 Euro, 200 Euro, and 500 Euro. The five former denominations each have different, increasing by the Denomination widths and lengths, the last three distinct, increasing by the Denomination lengths but equal widths. The recycling memory 86 are used for receiving banknotes of three denominations 5 Euro, 10 Euro and 20 Euro. Payment can be made as follows (see also Figure 10a-g..):

A customer enters an invoice document into the apparatus, from which the controller 20 detects the amount to be paid 'by means of the invoice reader 12th The customer then, as already described cash to pay the invoice amount one. Here, only the processing of documents entered value will be described in detail.

If a value document of the document of value acceptance device supplied 26 ', this pulls the value document by the first transport drive unit 140th It gives a signal to the control device 20 ', which the transport system 28 controls so that such the temporary storage unit 30' moves in the accepting position LE2, provided that such is not already in that position. This is the accepting position, in which the input transport interface 42 'of the second intermediate storage transport interface 136 faces, so that a value document may be stored in the buffer 132nd

The control means 20 'now controls the second transport drive unit 142, as necessary, the switch 144 and the temporary storage unit 30', in this example, in the drive device 138, and thus the temporary storage transport interface 136 so that the value document is transported through the interface in the intermediate memory 132 wherein seen in this embodiment, the rear end in the transport direction of the valuable document is jammed in the temporary storage transport interface 136th This allows for easy future transportation of the valuable document from the latch 132 out (see. Fig. 10a). Insofar as the temporary storage transport interface 136 can be considered part of the buffer 132nd

The document of value acceptance device 26 determines during which, depending on the embodiment by means of its own evaluation means and / or by using the control means 20 ', whether the document of value recognized a valid coupon or according to predetermined test criteria than a banknote an allowable currency and as is genuine banknote and what value the value document Has. Further, the control device 20 'on the basis of signals from the checking device 40 determines whether the document of value has been fed for a further processing into an angle.

For this purpose, the controller 20 reads' signals corresponding to the type reflect the result of the check for authenticity or validity and the value, one or stores the corresponding data.

If the control device 20 'detects that the last fed document of value has become skewed for further processing and / or not as valid or not as a banknote a was detected by the device acceptable currency, the value acceptance device 26 is controlled so that firstly no further value documents are accepted. Next (see Fig.. 10b), the conveying device 28 is driven so as to the temporary storage unit 30 'in the output layer LA2 procedure in which the intermediate storage transport interface 136 is opposed to the input of the value document output means 24, so that the document of value from the intermediate memory 132 to the value document output device can be output 24th Further, the temporary storage unit 30 ', more specifically 138 so driven in this example the drive means so that the latched value document is output from the latch 132 to the value document output means 24, by which then a return to the customer is. Thereafter, the control device 20 'to the transport system 28 to, 30, the latch means' again moved into the accepting position LE2 TO.

If the control device 20 ', however, determined that the last fed document of value is recognized as a valid coupon or as a bill of an acceptable by the apparatus currency, compares them in the presence of a recognized as genuine banknote if the detected value is greater than the largest denomination of in the memory means 28 'to be stored banknotes, and / or whether the memory device 28' can no longer store banknotes of the denomination.

If this is the case, the control means controls 20 ', the transport device 28 such that this intermediate storage unit 30' moves to the Endspeicherlage LEnd2 in which a program stored in the temporary storage 130 document of value can be transported into the final storage device 36 (see. Fig. 10c ).

Otherwise, the controller 20 performs' a re-storing the document of value from the latch 132 into the latch 130 by (see. Fig. 10d-10e). For this purpose the control device 20 in this embodiment, * the temporary storage unit 30 ', in this example, the drive unit 138, and the input transport interface 42', in this example, the second transport drive unit 142 and, if necessary, the switch 144 and its drive, in such a way that the Wertdoku- is ment from the buffer memory 132 outputted to the holding portion 146, the rear edge in the transport direction of the valuable document jammed in the input transport interface 42 'remains (see. Fig. 1Od). Next, the control device 20 ', the transport device 28 such that this intermediate storage unit 30' moves in the accepting position LEI, in a document of value through the input transport interface 42 'into the latch 130 can be transported.

After reaching this position, the control device 20 'the second transport drive unit 142 and the temporary storage unit 30', in this example, the drive unit 138 so that the document of value held is transported from the holding area 146 into the latch 130 (see. Fig. 10e).

The controller 20 'then stores data on the value of the value document, the type of the value document, information about the detected authenticity of the value document and the location of the value document in the temporary storage unit 30', in the example the intermediate storage 130th

the controller 20 then initiates' from a further feeding of another document of value, which is treated as the foregoing.

During the supply of means of payment, the controller 20 determines' to signals from the document of value acceptance device 26 and the other portions out continuously the total value of the deposited cash and compares it with the amount to be paid. If the total value of the amount to be paid, it controls the payment apparatus in such a way that these, outputs a corresponding message, for example by means of a not shown in the figures display device to the depositor, and takes no further payment.

Thereafter, the controller 20 determines 'depending on the number and denomination in the memory means 32' of stored banknotes, the invoice amount, and the other supplied to cash, bank notes which are to be returned as change or part of the change.

Are cash return, followed by a withdrawal step is performed by the below only the part the bills in question is described. Starting with the denomination in the memory means 32 'is stored at the lowermost, it controls the transport device 28, the memory device 32' and the temporary storage unit 30 'then such a way that the intermediate storage unit 30' successively moves corresponding storage locations in the individual to be output denominations and there are appropriate notes from the storage unit 32 'in the temporary storage unit 30', or more precisely the temporary storage 130 stored (see. Fig. 10g).

After storing the last dispensed bank note of the change in the temporary storage unit 30, the transport system 28 ', the control device 20' in such a way that this moves the temporary storage unit 30 'in the output layer LAI, in the documents of value from the buffer memory 130 can be output to the document of value output means 26th In the example, the first temporary storage transport interface 134 and the output transport interface 108 are facing in this case. Thereafter, it controls the temporary storage unit 30 ', more specifically the drive means of the latch 130 and the drive unit 138 (cf., Fig. 10g) to give the cached value documents to the document of value output means 24. 'Then takes on corresponding signals to the control device 20, the output of the bank notes as change or part of the change. In the temporary storage unit 30 ', specifically, the latch 130 now are only the paid-for storage in the memory means 32' and the end storage 36 provided for documents of value.

To store these documents of value, the control means controls 20 ', depending on the location and the type of the temporary storage unit 30', more specifically in the example the buffer memory 130, the cached value documents and the filling level of the storage unit 32, the transport device 28 such that this succession in accordance with the type in banknotes particular denomination, the next from the temporary storage unit 30 'to the memory device 32' or to be issued to the end storage 36 document of value approaches a corresponding storage location, and in this the respective next document of value to the memory device 32 'or, when the memory device 32' with banknotes of the denomination of the dispensed banknote is filled to write to the final memory 36th The memory device 32 'and the end storage 36 is controlled accordingly to accommodate the value document, and to store.

Finally 28 moves the transport means on corresponding signals to the control device 20 ', the intermediate storage unit 30' in the accepting position LE2. A particularly favorable embodiment of the interfaces of the apparatus which is also an example of an apparatus for handling documents of value, is shown in FIGS. 12 to 15 using the example of the recycling the memory 86 of the storage unit 32 as the first device having a transport path portion 148 along which a value document is transported from the first means and the latches 130 and 132 as second means comprising a transport path section 150, along which a document of value to and / or is transported from the second means, is illustrated. For simplicity, is shown in Fig. 12 to 14 as a second means only the latch 130, but the explanations also apply to the latch 132. Instead of through the recycling memory 86, the first device could 'be give, with the transport path section of the transport path section TA 1 and the roller pair, the input transport interface 42' by the input transport device 44 constituted.

The transport device 28 constitutes a moving device by means of which the second transport path portions 150 along a predetermined curve, here of substantially vertically extending, given by the guide rails 70 traversing the intermediate storage means 30 'relative to the storage unit 32' or the memory 86 and thus the first transport path portion 148 is movable, so that in at least one coupling position of the devices to each other, namely in the case that the latching means assumes one of the filing documents, a document of value from the transport path portion 148 of the first device in the accepting position corresponding transport path section of the second device is transportable. are each at a coupling end K of the transport paths in a fixed position relative to the respective transport path portion which Eingangstransport- or intermediate storage transport interfaces 44 'and 134 and 136, each having at least one rotatably mounted about axes of rotation 152 and 154, pair of rollers 156 and 158th Between the rollers 160 and 160 'are each a pair of rollers 156 and 158, a value document is guided during transport and clamped.

Since the traversing curve is linear for the temporary storage unit, the cam portion extends in a plane which is given by the curve section and the transport direction R in the transport path sections. The rotational axes 152 and 154 are thus aligned parallel to each other.

As illustrated in FIGS. 12 to 14 and in particular Fig. 15, refer to the in a section through the axis of rotation a comb-like structure in this example, for all interfaces that 'are not part of the temporary storage unit 30, similarly arranged rollers 160. Here, the protruding portions 162 of the periphery of the rollers of a pair form the value document guiding or clamping portions and not engage in the recessed groove-like portions 164 of the rollers so that the document of value is not deformed (see. Fig. 12 and 13).

The roller pairs 156 and 158 are now arranged and designed such that on the one hand in the respective acquisition layer, corresponding rollers 160 and 160 'of the roller pairs 156 and 158 in mesh mesh (see. Fig. 12 and 14) and on the other on movement of the latching means 30 'and thus of the roller pairs 158 passed in or out of the accepting position meshing each other (see. Fig. 12 and Fig. 14). For this purpose, also have the same design rollers of the roller pairs 158, a comb-like profile which, however, may differ from the other rollers, so that a combing can be achieved (see. Fig. 14). Again, the protruding portions of the rolls are facing.

Through the meshing engagement in the accepting position a saw parallel to the transport direction gapless coupling of the transport path sections can be achieved which allows a very low noise operation.

Secondly, a transport of the temporary storage device is still 30 'possible.

The input transport interface 44 ', the other storage Transport interface 90 and the output transport interface 108 are formed up to the drive as the storage transport interface 90 and in the traveling direction of the temporary storage unit 33' and the second transport path portions 150 so aligned that the depressed areas are aligned in this direction, so that the roller pairs are meshingly out 158 ​​in methods of the temporary storage unit 30 'by the pairs of rollers of the Eingangstransport-, Speichertransport- and output transport interfaces.

The interfaces differ in the way of their drive.

In the Speichertransport-, Eingangstransport- and output transport interfaces, only one roller is driven. In this case, a common drive means for the storage transport interfaces is provided, which is coupled to the driven rollers via a belt. The Eingangstransport- and the output transport interface grout each with its own drive means, in the case of the input transport means comprises a stepper motor.

Although the buffer transport interfaces 134 and 136 have a common drive means, however, both rolls are mechanically coupled by gears driven while in the temporary storage transport interface 134, only the upper roller is driven at the intermediate memory storage transport interface 136th

As can be seen in the figures are in the coupling position through a gap formed between the rolls of respective roll pairs, or by a contact line along which contact the rollers of a respective pair of rollers, given lines in a plane with the coupling end of the transport path sections.

As illustrated in Fig. 14, the roles of the two pairs of rollers engage insofar as each other, that in meshing engagement protruding portions of the rollers of the recessed a roller pair in a direction extending respectively through the rotational axes of the rollers level between 0.5 mm and 3 mm from the axis or the region of the rollers of the second pair of rollers are removed. In the example, this distance d is about 1 mm.

in this embodiment, the rollers each include a plurality of identically formed wheels 161 'which are held on a rotatably mounted shaft 161 or the axis at the same distance from each other. The wheels form the protruding portions respectively. The outer diameter of the rollers is selected between 13 mm and 25 mm and in this example is 16 mm.

At least the protruding surface portions of the rolls, particularly of the driven rollers are made of an elastic material, in the example of an elastic polymer material, which deforms when the passage of a valuable document by the pair of rollers slightly.

This design of the transport interfaces or transport interface devices is advantageous for all transport interfaces or -Schnittstelleneinrichtungen of the devices of the embodiments, in particular that is the acceptance, intermediate memory, storage and dispensing transport interface.

Variants of the above-described embodiments differ in the design of the storage means 32 or 32 'and the formation, in the example the control device 20 or 20 Programming. All other features are unchanged, so that the reference numerals and the explanations apply equally here.

In these variants, of which in Fig. 11 as an example of a variant of the device in Fig. 1 and 2 is shown, the memory device from those of the preceding embodiments differs 32 "in that they have a further receptacle 170 for an output memory for outputting singulated banknotes has, of a stacking tray 172 to a compared with the capacity of the recycling storage 86 larger storage capacity and a singler 174 for singling the documents of value from the stacking tray. This stacking tray can serve as a pure output memory for banknotes of the denominations that also in stored recycling storages 86. In particular, these banknotes can store particularly frequently paid out denominations or banknotes of the smallest denomination. a storage transport interface is again positioned 176 in front of a corresponding leading from the output storage transport path portion.

The controller is now the effect changed that these into account when determining the type and number to be paper money, the number and denomination of the data stored in the output memory bank notes, and so controls the transport device such that this determines whether upon removal compared to the control devices of the foregoing embodiments the determined number of banknotes of the smallest denomination from the corresponding memory 86, a minimum level of this memory is exceeded. It controls in the output step, the storage device and the temporary storage unit to then so that these refer to the corresponding storage location only as many banknotes from the memory 86 that the minimum filling level is not exceeded. Next, it controls the transport means on to the temporary storage means in a corresponding coupling position in front of the storage transport interface for the output memory. Then, it controls the output memory, the corresponding store and cache transport interface and the temporary storage unit in such a way that the required number yet to be output is stored bank notes from the pay storage in the temporary storage unit. The following steps of the output step remain unchanged.

A further exemplary embodiment in Fig. 17a and 17b differs from the first embodiment in that, in the method for transporting assumed cached value documents them individually be transported successively in the memory device and that outputted in the output step value documents individually transported successively to an output device be issued and there

In the apparatus is then in place of the movable latch means 30 and the transport system 28 now having a belt conveying device 202 is provided a value document conveying device 200 which connects the Wertdokumentannahme- and output devices to each other and the latch means, the memory means and the final storage device. For illustrative purposes only of options for arrangement of the value document output means 24, this is arranged in this embodiment below the value document acceptor 26th Next, the control device is changed so that these, in particular fulfills a similar function by activation of the value document conveying device, such as the device of the first embodiment.

The value document conveying device 200 includes, for transportation of valuable documents one at a time in addition to the switchable between two directions of transport belt transport means 202 switch 204, to perform transported by the transport means 200 value documents the individual memories of the memory device.

The top of the memory 86 is now used by a corresponding control of the control device as a temporary storage device, that is, 40 coming documents of value from the checking device are initially stored in this memory to be distributed after completion of the deposit and the following output to the other store. The retaining means 88 of the memory device is configured as in the foregoing embodiments, and pivotably disposed in a given by the linear transport path along the belt transport mechanism 202 and the conveying direction in the storage layer (see. Fig. 17a and Fig. 17b).

The controller is now ready for activation of the value document transport means 200, in particular of the belt transport mechanism 202 and the switch 204 are formed. The belt transport mechanism 202, and the switches are now actuated so that the input or acceptance of banknotes, the switch is brought to the uppermost memory 86 so and the belt transport mechanism 202, as far as accepted for the testing device emerging banknotes are transported in the uppermost storage 86th This activation replaces the control of the transport device in the first embodiment, the other steps in accepting or input of banknotes remain unchanged.

The output step is amended in the first embodiment in that an intermediate storage of the bills to be dispensed in the intermediate storage device no longer takes place. Instead of the storage device to drive the transport device for the temporary storage device and the temporary storage device itself for output, the control device controls the storage device and the valuable document transport means in such a way that the value to be output documents transported directly from the storage device via the switches and the belt transport means to the value document output device and output there become. In the storing step, the control device controls the transport device instead of the value document transport means 200, in particular their points, so that the latched value documents are fed according to their type of memory device or final storage device.

Further embodiments differ from the previously described embodiments that are provided instead of the three recycling storage of at least four, preferably five recycling storage, which can in particular be of the same design, but this is not necessary. This allows the re-payment of denominations 5 Euro, 10 Euro, 20 Euro, 50 Euro and 100 Euro in the case of training for paying with euros.

Other embodiments differ from the embodiments described above in that one of the recycling storing at least one stack with a singler. The singler can thereby be part of the stack or part of the memory device. Such memories make it possible to store a very large number of documents of value or bank notes. It is possible, for example, perform only the recycling storage for the lowest denomination as a stack, as is to be expected for this denomination is the largest expenditure requirements.

Further embodiments differ from the previously described embodiments and variants by the fact that an alignment path is provided for aligning entered value documents between the hopper and the checking device. The alignment may in this case, depending on the design of the checking device, consist in a centering of the banknotes or a lateral alignment. In other variants of embodiments of the input tray is formed as an input tray for a stack of notes which a singler for singling an inserted banknote stack is disposed downstream.

Other variants of the aforementioned embodiments may be that the value document output device is designed as an output device for outputting documents of value as a clamped bundle or loose bundle.

Further embodiments differ from the previously described embodiments in that the end storage 36 is not a free-fall cassette, but a stacking tray, a single punch or a cassette Safebag and the device accordingly has a modified receptacle for this Endspeichertypen.

Still other embodiments differ from the embodiments described above solely in that no coupons are processed, and accordingly the check means has no corresponding device and the programming of the control means is changed accordingly.

In other embodiments, the value document output means 24 may be disposed below the checking device.

Still other embodiments differ from the embodiments described above only in that the control device is modified. The modification consists in that the control means when it has detected the end of a deposit or an abort signal that the customer triggered via input means of the apparatus receives, does not perform payment and storing step, but drives the transport device to the intermediate storage means from to proceed on the assumption location in the output location. the intermediate storage device is in this position, it controls these and the value document output device in such a way that the value documents adopted, cached in the intermediate storage device be reissued.

Further embodiments differ from the embodiments described above only in that the card reader and / or the coin deposit and / or output device and the necessary functionality of the control device are not intended to its or their use.

Claims

claims
1. Device for at least partial payment of a predetermined invoice amount with documents of value, with a checking device for checking the authenticity and value of the device supplied to documents of value, a storage device, comprising at least two memory for storing at least two different types of documents of value, so that a value document each of the two types, regardless of the order of input of documents of value into the memory device can be output randomly from the storage device, an intermediate storage means for the intermediate storage of at least two checked documents of value, and a control means which in response to signals from the checking device, the authenticity of the and reflect the value of the documents of value adopted, the temporary storage unit so controls that value documents adopted after the test in accordance with predetermined criteria for authenticity and value in the intermediate Save inrichtung be cached, the predetermined at least a function of the amount invoiced and the value in the examination to be genuine detected documents of value types and numbers to be returned documents of value is determined, at least so controls the storage means that corresponding documents of value are output from the memory device, and at least the temporary storage unit, and memory means so controls that, after or during the output of the documents of value in the storage means and / or final storage device adopted, cached are stored.
2. Device according to claim 1, wherein the latch means is adapted for occasional temporary storage of value documents.
3. Device according to claim 1 or claim 2, having a value document transport means, can be transported by means of which documents of value between the intermediate storage means and the storage means, and wherein a distance between the intermediate storage means and the storage means is fixed.
4. Device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the latch means between at least one acquisition layer, in the zoom transported from the checking device documents of value can be buffered in the temporary storage unit, and stores the associated storage locations, in which at least some of the intermediately stored in the temporary storage unit documents of value from the intermediate storage means are in the respective storage transportable, can be displaced, and in which a driven by the control means transport device is provided further means of which the latch means between the acquisition layer and the storage layers can be moved, and wherein the control means is further adapted for intermediate storage of valuable documents so to control the transport means in the intermediate storage means and for outputting cached documents of value from the intermediate storage device, that the transport inrichtung the temporary storage unit into corresponding acceptance or storage layers, preferably procedure and output layers.
5. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein at least one of the memory of the memory device is a memory that are isolated can be output from the value documents.
6. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein at least one of the memory is a memory in which at least two documents of value can be stored in separated form.
7. Device according to claim 4 or 5, wherein the memory is a kelspeicher winding.
8. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein at least one of the memory is a memory in which documents of value can be stored as a stack.
9. Apparatus according to claim 7, a singler is provided in the memory.
10. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the memory means comprises at least one output memory, are output only from the value documents.
11. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein a value given by the value document transport means transport path section in the area of ​​the memory device is linear and at least two memories are arranged such that the at least one acquisition layer and the storage layers along a linear Strek- are ke.
12. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the transport path portion and the linear distance with the vertical an angle smaller than 10 °.
13. Device according to one of the preceding claims, in which a holding device with at least one holder for it is provided at least one of the two memories, and the memory than with the respective receptacle connectable and again releasable from this module is provided.
14. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the receptacle and the at least one memory are configured such that the at least one memory is detachably without tools connectable to the respective receptacle and of these.
15. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the memory device for at least one of the at least two memory has a Speichertransportschnittstelleneinrichrung, by means of which can be carried out a transport of a document of value between the respective memory and the intermediate memory means.
16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein there are provided storage transport interfaces for at least two memory and wherein a common drive is provided for the storage transport interfaces.
17. The apparatus of claim 15 or claim 16, wherein a belt-free transport between the intermediate storage means and at least one of the memory is provided.
18. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the latch means includes a latch for at least two documents of value which can only be entered successively in the buffer memory or outputted therefrom.
19. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the intermediate storage means has at least two latch features.
20. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein at least two of the intermediate storing is at least one intermediate store for a single value document.
21. The apparatus of claim 19 or 20, a is in the of the at least two caching at least one intermediate store, in particular a winding store for at least two documents of value which can only be entered successively in the buffer memory or outputted therefrom.
22. Device according to one of claims 19 to 21, wherein the at least two latches are each cache for a single document of value, or can be output into or from which selectively turned on a document of value.
23. Device according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the intermediate storage means for the intermediate storage or each latch comprises a latch transport interface by means of which a document of value the intermediate storage or the respective latches fed to and / or from the intermediate storage or the respective latches be removed.
24. The device of claim 23, a common drive is provided in the latch for the transport interfaces.
25. The device according to claim 4 or any one of claims 5 to 24 and claim 4, wherein the transport means forms a linear electric motor together with the intermediate storage means.
26. The device according to claim 4 or any one of claims 5 to 25 and claim 4, wherein the transport means comprises a relative to a base member of the apparatus drive means fixedly disposed.
27. The apparatus of claim 26, wherein the transport means comprises a processor coupled to the temporary storage unit belt and / or connected to the intermediate storage device chain, the driving or the drive means of the transport device.
28. The device according to claim 4 or any one of claims 5 to 27, wherein the transport means comprises a spindle and a driving means for rotating the spindle and the intermediate storage means comprise an interacting with the spindle member so that the drive is moving by rotating the spindle, the latch means ,
29. The apparatus of claim 4 or any one of claims 5 to 28 and claim 4, wherein the transport device comprises a driving device connected to the intermediate storage means.
30. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the transport device is a firmly connected with the storage device and the rack, the latch means comprises an engaging into the pinion gear which is driven by the drive means,
31. The device according to any one of the preceding claims, which comprises an input transport device, by means of which individual documents of value can be transported from an input tray through the checking device.
32. The apparatus of claim 31, wherein the input transport device having an input transport interface device by means of which the checking device antransportierte of documents of value are transportable in the accepting position in the one located at least temporary storage unit.
33. The apparatus of claim 31 or 32, wherein the input conveyor and / or the input transport interface means and the checking means are adapted for bi-directional transportation.
34. Device according to one of the preceding claims, comprising a further memory with a storage location associated therewith, are storable in the documents of value from the intermediate storage means in, but are not discharged from the documents of value to the intermediate storage means.
35. The apparatus of claim 34, wherein the further store is arranged in the storage means.
36. Device according to one of the preceding claims, comprising an output memory and / or a receptacle for an output memory, from the value documents are transported isolated in the temporary storage unit.
37. The apparatus of claim 36, wherein the output of memory is a stack wherein the stack memory or the recording has a singler.
38. The apparatus of claim 4 or any of claims 5 to 38, wherein the control means is further adapted to control the transport means in response to at least the signals from the checking means in order to move by means of the intermediate storage means in at least partially determined by the signals coupling positions , can be made in which a transport of a document of value from the checking device in the temporary storage unit and a transport between the intermediate storage means and the storage means.
39. The apparatus of claim 38, wherein the control means is adapted further to accepting documents of value, to drive the transport means so that this moves the latch means in the accepting position.
to drive 40. The apparatus of claim 38 or 39, wherein the control means is further adapted to detect as rejectable documents of value by means of the checking device, and upon detection of a rejectable value document transport means that this intermediate storage device in which the document of value is stored, from to process the accepting position to a dispensing position in which the document of value can be output in an output device, and the temporary storage unit after reaching the output layer so to drive the latch means that these outputs the rejectable document of value.
41. Device according to one of claims 38 to 40, wherein the control means is further adapted to determine by means of the checking device to the type and the validity or authenticity of a document of value, to drive the intermediate storage device in the accepting position so that stores this test value document, and store data store reflect the type and information about the validity or authenticity of the value document and its position in the temporary storage device.
42. Device according to one of claims 38 to 41, wherein said control means is further adapted, after the end of a supply of value documents in a storage step in response to the data indicating the type and information about the validity or authenticity of cached security documents as well as their play position in the temporary memory means to control the transport means so that the latch device is moved corresponding storage locations in the type of the temporarily stored documents of value, and so to control the latch means and the memory means that the documents of value of the associated storage location type are delivered to the memory device.
43. device is associated according to any one of claims 38 to 42, wherein at least the memory of the memory means two in each case a predetermined type provided for payout value documents, and the control means is arranged on, given in a payment step in response to an in the control means to determine payment amount and the number and the value in the storage device stored value documents in the form of bank notes of the specified type, a number and a type from the storage means to be output documents of value in the form of banknotes, and so to control the transport means that this intermediate storage means corresponding to the detected types successively moves into respective storing positions, and so drive the memory means and the temporary storage unit, that on reaching the storage locations, the predetermined number of banknotes of the corresponding type of the Speicherungsl to save age in the intermediate storage device.
44. Device according to one of claims 38 to 43, wherein the buffer means has at least a first and a second latch, which is a first and second acquisition layer associated and the controller is further adapted to drive the transport means so that these the latch means for receiving fed documents of value in a first accepting position moves, then to drive at least the intermediate storage device so that storing the document of value in the first, the first accepting position corresponding latch, after determining the type of the denomination and the authenticity of the value document, in depending at least to drive the transport means and the latch means so that the document of value is stored by the first latch to the second latch, or output to a value document output device.
45. Device according to one of claims 38 to 44, wherein the control means is adapted further that, when it has found the end of a deposit or an abort signal that the customer triggered via input means of the apparatus receives, no payout - performing and storing step, but this drives the transportation means to the temporary storage device from the acquisition layer to the output layer. the intermediate storage device is in this position, it controls these and the value document output device in such a way that the value documents adopted, cached in the intermediate storage device be reissued.
46. ​​A method for accepting documents of value and output in a storage device stored documents of value in dependence at least from a value and the authenticity of documents of value received, and a predetermined amount of the invoice to be checked at the assumed value documents according to predetermined criteria for authenticity and value and temporarily stored, at least in depending on the predetermined amount invoiced and the value in the examination to be genuine detected documents of value types and numbers to be returned documents of value are determined, are output in an output step corresponding documents of value from the storage means, and after or during the dispensing step, the assumed cached value documents in the storage means and / or a final storage device are stored.
47. The method of claim 46, wherein the determined types and numbers to be returned documents of value additionally in dependence on the number in the memory means of existing documents of value specified types.
48. The method of claim 46 or 47, they are transported individually one after the other in the memory device at the assumed for transporting documents of value intermediately stored.
49. The method of claim 48, are transported in the outputted in the output step value documents one by one to an output device and output there.
50. The method of claim 46 or 47, wherein in Zwischenspeiche- the documents of value tion the value documents in a movable latch means are stored, and the latch means is moved to the storage means for storing the cached value documents adopted and the cached value documents adopted stored in the memory device become.
Are transported by means of this to an output interface and then output stored 51. The method of claim 50, wherein in the output of the dispensed valuable documents, the value to be output documents from the storage chereinrichtung in the temporary storage unit.
52. A method according to any one of claims 50 or 51, wherein in the intermediate value, and a storage location of a respective document of value data representing rule storage are stored, the latch device is moved with the cached documents of value in dependence on the stored data to a storage device and value documents are stored separately according basis of the level or type value.
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