SINGLE CONTINUOUS BELT IN AN ESCROW SUBASSEMBLY
1. An apparatus comprising:
- an escrow wheel configured to rotate about an axis;
a plurality of belt wheels mounted around the escrow wheel;
a pair of generally C-shaped plates rigidly attached to a housing and having at least three of the belt wheels mounted between the C-shaped plates; and
a movable-continuous belt wrapped partially around the escrow wheel forming an open gap between the belt and escrow wheel, wherein the open gap is configured to allow the belt to transport a document through the open gap and to store the document by holding the document between the belt and the escrow wheel.
An escrow unit has an escrow wheel and a movable-continuous belt. The escrow wheel rotates about an axis. The movable-continuous belt is wrapped partially around the escrow wheel forming an open gap between the belt and escrow wheel. The open gap allows the belt to transport a document through the open gap and to store the document by holding the document between the belt and the escrow wheel.
- 1. An apparatus comprising:
an escrow wheel configured to rotate about an axis; a plurality of belt wheels mounted around the escrow wheel; a pair of generally C-shaped plates rigidly attached to a housing and having at least three of the belt wheels mounted between the C-shaped plates; and a movable-continuous belt wrapped partially around the escrow wheel forming an open gap between the belt and escrow wheel, wherein the open gap is configured to allow the belt to transport a document through the open gap and to store the document by holding the document between the belt and the escrow wheel.
- View Dependent Claims (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15)
- 13. (canceled)
- 16. An Automated Transaction Machine (ATM) apparatus comprising:
a center and de-skew (CDS) subassembly; an escrow wheel having a circumference and the escrow wheel rotates about an axis; a continuous belt with a first portion of the belt wrapped around at least 75 percent of the circumference of the escrow wheel and biased toward the wheel, a second portion of the belt wrapped around at least 75 percent of the circumference around the escrow wheel and held apart from the escrow wheel, wherein the belt forms an open gap void of the belt allowing a document to travel through the open gap directly toward and onto the escrow wheel to become held by the escrow wheel between the belt and the escrow wheel, and wherein the first portion of the belt is between the escrow wheel and the second portion of the belt.
- View Dependent Claims (17, 18, 19)
- 20. A method comprising:
moving a document along a travel path through a center and de-skew (CDS) subassembly such that the document is center-aligned along the document travel path; passing a first portion of a continuous belt around at least 75 percent a circumference of an escrow wheel, wherein the first portion touches at least 75 percent of the circumference when the document is not being held by the escrow wheel; passing a second portion of the continuous belt around the at least 75 percent of the circumference of the escrow wheel, wherein the second portion does not touch the escrow wheel; and rotating the belt to move the document along the document travel path and perpendicular to a rotational axis of the escrow wheel through an open gap in the belt onto the escrow wheel so that the document is at least partially between the escrow wheel and the belt.
This application claims priority to and the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/361,676, filed 13 Jul. 2016, the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.
Various configurations of the current invention relate generally to apparatus, systems, and methods for banking. More particularly, the apparatus, systems, and methods relate to banking machines. Specifically, the apparatus, systems, and methods provide for banking machines that accept deposits and other documents.
Banking machines are known in the prior art. Automated banking machines are commonly used to carry out transactions such as dispensing cash, checking account balances, paying bills and/or receiving deposits from users. Other types of banking machines may be used to purchase tickets, to issue coupons, to present checks, to print scrip and/or to carry out other functions either for a consumer or a service provider.
Automated banking machines often have the capability of accepting deposits from users. Such deposits may include items such as envelopes containing checks, credit slips, currency, coin or other items of value. Mechanisms have been developed for receiving such items from the user and transporting them into a secure compartment within the banking machine. Periodically a service provider may access the interior of the machine and remove the deposited items. The content and/or value of the deposited items may be verified so that a credit may be properly applied to an account of the user or other entity on whose behalf the deposit has been made. Such depositories often include printing devices which are capable of printing identifying information on the deposited item. This identifying information enables the source of the item to be tracked and credit for the item correlated with the proper account after the item is removed from the machine. What is needed is a better banking machine.
One embodiment is an escrow unit that has an escrow wheel and a movable-continuous belt. The escrow wheel rotates about an axis. The movable-continuous belt is wrapped partially around the escrow wheel forming an open gap between the belt and escrow wheel. The open gap allows the belt to transport a document through the open gap and to store the document by holding the document between the belt and the escrow wheel.
Another embodiment is a document accepting apparatus in an Automated Transaction Machine (ATM) that has an escrow wheel and a continuous belt. The escrow wheel has a circumference and rotates about an axis. The continuous belt has a first portion of the belt wrapped around at least 75 percent of the circumference of the escrow wheel and biased toward the wheel. A second portion of the belt is wrapped around at least 75 percent of the circumference of the escrow wheel and held apart from the escrow wheel. The belt forms an open gap void of the belt allowing the document to travel through the open gap directly toward and onto the escrow wheel to become held by the escrow wheel between the belt and the escrow wheel, and wherein the first portion of the belt is between the escrow wheel and the first portion of the belt.
Another embodiment is a method of using a continuous belt in an escrow subassembly. The method passes a first portion of a continuous belt around at least 75 percent a circumference of an escrow wheel. The first portion touches at least 75 percent of the circumference when a document is not being held by the escrow wheel. A second portion of the continuous belt is passed around the at least 75 percent of the circumference of the escrow wheel and the second portion does not touch the escrow wheel. The belt is rotated to move a document perpendicular to a rotational axis of the escrow wheel and through an open gap in the belt onto the escrow wheel so that the document is at least partially between the escrow wheel and the belt.
One or more example preferred embodiments that illustrate the best mode(s) are set forth in the drawings and in the following description. The appended claims particularly and distinctly point out and set forth the invention.
The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate various example methods and other example embodiments of various aspects of the invention. It will be appreciated that the illustrated element boundaries (e.g., boxes, groups of boxes, or other shapes) in the figures represent one example of the boundaries. One of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that in some examples, one element may be designed as multiple elements or that multiple elements may be designed as one element. In some examples, an element shown as an internal component of another element may be implemented as an external component and vice versa. Furthermore, elements may not be drawn to scale.
Similar numbers refer to similar parts throughout the drawings.
The user interface 12 also includes output devices. In the exemplary embodiment, the output devices include a display 22. The display 22 includes a visual output device such as a cathode ray tube (CRT), liquid crystal display (LCD) or another type of display for providing messages and prompts to a user. These messages and prompts may be responded to by inputs from the user through the function buttons 14 adjacent to the display or by inputs through the keypad 16 or through other inputs. A further output device in the exemplary embodiment includes an audio output device schematically indicated 24. The audio output device may be used to provide audible outputs to the user. A further output device in the exemplary embodiment includes a printer. The printer may be used to provide outputs in the form of receipts or other items or information to the user. The printer is in connection with a printer outlet 26 in the user interface.
It should be understood that the input and output devices shown are exemplary and in other embodiments of the invention other types of input and output devices may be used. Such input and output devices commonly receive information which is usable to identify the customer or their account. Such devices are also operative to provide information to a user and to receive instructions from a user concerning transactions which are to be carried out through use of the ATM 10. Various forms of user interfaces and input and output devices may be used in connection with various embodiments.
In one exemplary embodiment, ATM 10 includes a cash dispensing mechanism. The cash dispensing mechanism is selectively operated to enable the dispensing of cash to authorized users of the machine. Cash is provided to the users through a cash outlet 28. Another exemplary embodiment has the ability to accept deposits through the ATM. The machine includes a deposit accepting opening 30. In the exemplary embodiment the ATM is enabled to accept deposits in the form of sheets, envelopes and other documents.
The terminal processor 32 is in operative connection with one or more data stores schematically represented 34. The terminal processor 32 operates to control transaction function devices 36 which are included in the ATM. These transaction function devices 36 include devices which operate in the ATM to carry out transactions. Transaction function devices 36 may include, for example, currency dispensing mechanisms, currency presenters, currency acceptors, currency validators, item dispensing devices, card readers, printers, depositories, other input and output devices and other devices. Transaction function devices 36 may further include cameras, sensors, image capture devices and other items such as the transport subassembly, a de-skew subassembly and an escrow punter subassembly that are described below. The particular character of the transaction function devices depends on the particular capabilities for carrying out transactions to be provided by the ATM.
In the exemplary embodiment, ATM 10 exchanges messages through a communication interface 38 with a communications network 40. The network 40 may be one or more types of data communications network, including an electronic funds network (EFT), a phone line, a data line, a lease line, a wireless network, a telecommunications network or other medium for communicating messages to and from the ATM 10. The communications interface 38 provided is suitable to work in connection with the particular type of network(s) to which the ATM 10 is connected. In the exemplary embodiment the ATM is connected to a network which communicates with a plurality of ATMs such as, for example, Cirrus®, Plus®, MAC® or other debit card network. Of course, in other embodiments other suitable networks for processing credit, debit or other types of online transactions may be used including the Internet.
As schematically represented in example
In one example embodiment, the transaction function devices 36 include a deposit accepting apparatus 44 as discussed in further detail below with reference to
As illustrated in example
The transport subassembly 46 includes a plurality of belts or other moving members. Moving members operate to engage items deposited into the transport subassembly 46 and to move deposited items in engagement therewith into the transport subassembly 46 in the left direction of arrow A. Double headed arrow A indicates the documents may be accepted by the ATM and unacceptable documents returned from the ATM to a customer of the ATM. In this example embodiment, the belts and moving members include, for example, and upper-belt assembly 47 and a lower-belt assembly 49. The upper-belt assembly 47 includes a rear upper pulley 58 and front upper pulley 59 with one or more upper belts 64 wrapped around each of these pulleys as illustrated. Intermediate upper pulleys 66 contact lower portions of the upper belt(s) 64. The upper-belt assembly 47 also includes a thumper wheel 54 with a rubber portion 56 that spans at least a portion of its outside diameter of thumper wheel 54, as illustrated. The lower-belt assembly 49 includes a front-lower belt-drive pulley 68 and rear lower belt pulley 70 with one or more lower belts 74 wrapped around these two pulleys 68, 70. The transport subassembly 46 also includes a stripper assembly 62 as well as an upper feed wheel 60 located near the outlet 50 and generally between the upper-belt assembly 47 and the lower-belt assembly 49. The stripper assembly components and their functionality will be discussed in much more detail later. However, in general the stripper assembly 62 works both in a forward and reverse direction allowing the transport subassembly 46 to transport documents in a forward direction from the inlet 48 to the outlet 50. If the deposit accepting apparatus 44 accepts defective or other unsuitable documents the same stripper assembly 62 also allows for these documents to be returned from the outlet 50 to the inlet 48 back to a customer using the ATM 10.
After documents are received at the transport subassembly 46 they are then individually passed in the left direction of arrow B to a center and de-skew (CDS) subassembly 78. The CDS subassembly 78 is briefly introduced in
After leaving the CDS subassembly 78, the documents travel on a main transport 84 in the general direction of the upper end of arrow C toward an escrow/printer subassembly 86. As understood by those of ordinary skill in the art, the main transport 84 may contain pulleys, belts, rollers 88, transport tracks 90 and the like for moving documents to the escrow/printer subassembly 86. An upper transport 92 in combination with an upper transport wheel 94 redirects documents downward in a vertical direction of the bottom of arrow D and to the escrow/printer subassembly 86.
One of the primary components of an example embodiment of an escrow/printer subassembly 86 include a generally horizontal support arm 96. A pivotal printer support 98 is pivotally attached to the support arm 96. The pivotal printer support 98 (e.g., printer housing) houses a printer 100 that pivots with the pivotal printer support 98. The printer 100 may be an ink jet printer or any other desirable printer as understood by those with ordinary skill in the art. The escrow/printer subassembly 86 further includes a document spool 102. This configuration and arrangement allows, as discussed further below, for the printer 100 to print on one or both sides of a document by rotating between vertical and horizontal orientations.
As best seen in
In operation, the stripper assembly 62 with its clutch assembly 122 is used for a forward paper feeding mechanism that forwards a single document in the direction of arrow E (
When stacking documents/sheets being returned to a customer of the ATM 10, documents travel from the CDS subassembly 78 in the direction of arrow H in a reverse/stacking direction. When documents are being returned/stacked, the stripping shaft 105 is driven CW (arrow I) by the belt/paddle motor 112 which in turn causes upper feed wheel 60 to be driven CCW (arrow J). Thus, the stripping shaft 105 drives the clutch inner-hub 124 and stripping tire 128 in the reverse/stacking direction through its one-way clutch 129 while the clutch outer-hub, 126 through its drag clutch 127 will drive the stripping tire 128, a one-way clutch 131 will prevent movement of the ground link 120. The stripping tire 128 may then be driven up to the design torque in the reverse/stack direction.
Media feeding is the process of breaking down a stack into individual sheets that can be processed by the rest of the ATM 10 as discussed above with reference to
In some example configurations, the thumper position sensor 142 will also be read after each sheet is fed into the CDS subassembly 78. When the thumper position sensor 142 stays clear after a sheet is fed, the lower platen 106 is raised again to desired position. In some configurations, once the position is set the cam motor should be held to prevent a spring from moving the top of the stack out of position. With the takeaway solenoid de-energized to open the pinch between the feed wheel 60 and stripping tire 128, the upper transport belt 64 is run in the feed direction. After some number of steps, a feed motor is also run in the feed direction. As understood by those of ordinary skill in the art, both motors may now be run until the takeaway sensors 144 (
During a takeaway process of moving a document from the transport subassembly 64 to the CDS subassembly 78, the takeaway solenoid will be energized to pinch a document and the CDS transport motor will be used to move the sheet from the transport subassembly 46 and into the CDS subassembly 78. The feed motor will run at matched speed along with the CDS transport until the thumper wheel 54 has made it back to home. If during the feed cycle the thumper wheel 54 has made it back to home without the takeaway sensors 144 being blocked, a mispick has occurred and the motors are stopped and new feed cycle may be attempted. If during a feed cycle multiple sheets are detected by the double detect sensors 146, the feed and upper platen motors will be stopped. The cam 114 will be rotated to the stacking position and sheets will be restacked following the stacking procedure described below. Once the restack has completed the cam 114 can be rotated back, the stack height can be reset with the thumper position sensor 142 and a new feed cycle may be attempted. During the restack operation the feed motor should stop with the thumper wheel 54 in the at home position so that its rubber portion 56 is out of the way and ready for feeding or returning the document stack 133.
Stacking media is used to return media to the customer interface area as Illustrated in
To return a medial/document stack 133 to the customer, the cam 114 is rotated to a stack clamped/gate open position to open the gate 52 (
Some of the components of the CDS de-skew include a upper-central plate 158 with a front end 164 and a back end 165. The upper-central plate 158 further has a centerline 159 corresponding to a centerline with a path which documents are to travel in the deposit accepting apparatus 44.
A CDS right MICR plate 172 and a CDS left MICR plate 173 are movably attached to the upper-central plate 158. These plates 172, 173 have the right and left MICR heads 156 and 157 mounted to them as illustrated. Edge detection sensors 175 A-D are mounted to the right and left MICR plates 172, 173 so that they align with elongated openings 170A-D of the upper-central plate 158. The CDS right MICR plate 172 and the CDS left MICR plate 173 are attached to a drive mechanism (not shown) so that they can be driven in tandem/synchronously back and forth in the directions of arrow P and Q relative to the central transport 158. As understood by those of ordinary skill in the art, any suitable drive mechanism may be used to drive the MICR plates 172, 173 in the directions of arrows P and Q. For example, an electric CDS plate motor 174 (not illustrated but is located on the top side of
In some embodiments, the SDC subassembly 78 may implement a dwell between the up and down movement of the CDS translate idlers (translate wheels) and transport idlers (transport wheels). This means that at a point during the camming between the idler sets, all idlers are down during the transition to prevent the document that is to be de-skewed from shifting. The CDS cam 181 may have a “CDS Cam Translate” vane sensor that shows “clear” at each end of the cam'"'"'s stroke. Thus, when the “CDS Cam Translate” vane sensor is clear, the mechanism is in a position to either center and de-skew the document or to transport the document.
In some embodiments, each CDS rear translate/rotate idler wheel 160 and front translate/rotate idler wheel 161 are controlled by independent CDS wheel motors 183A-B (
Having described the exemplary components of the CDS subassembly 78, its use and operation are now described with reference to
In one example embodiment, the CDS plates motor 174 mentioned above may be used to fully close the MICR plates 172, 173 so that they are in a “CDS Plates Closed” position when a vane sensor is clear. After the plates are closed the CDS transport motor 179 is moved to a transport position and its current is removed. During initialization, a check that all other sensors are clear may be performed, including checking the double detect sensor 168, the post takeaway sensors 167, the edge detection sensors 175A-D and the “Pre-MICR sensor 169. To complete initialization in this embodiment, the CDS plates motor 174 is now energized to move the CDS MICR plates 172, 173 to a fully open position as shown in
In this exemplary embodiment, the next task is for the CDS subassembly 78 to receive a document 185 from the transport subassembly 46. After the lead edge of the document 185 has been fed into the front end 164 of the CDS subassembly 78 by the transport subassembly 46, the double detect sensor 168 is used to validate that only a single document is being received. If only one document is being fed, then a pick takeaway solenoid located in the lower CDFS (
After the document 185 has been received, the de-skewing process begins. De-skew begins by moving the CDS transport motor 179 until the “CDS Cam Translate” vane sensor goes unblocked allowing engagement of the CDS translate/rotate wheels 160, 161 with the document 185 and to remove the transport rollers 82 from the document 185. Before moving the CDS plates motor 174 to close the CDS MICR plates 172, 173 a check is made by the terminal processor 32 or another processor to determine if any of the four edge detection sensors 175A-D are blocked. If an edge detection sensors 175A-D is blocked, then the closest CDS wheel motor 183A or 183B is run away from the blocked sensor, until the edge of the media is found (
Once a document edge partially blocks one of the edge sensors 175A-D (
In some embodiments, each of the edge detection sensors 175A-D in combination with a processor 32 or other suitable logic may determine what percentage of a sensor 175A-D is covered. For example, it may be determined that an edge of a document is located at a sensor when 40-60 percent, or another desired percent, of an individual sensor has been covered up by an edge of a document.
The other CDS wheel motor 183A or 1836 that has not yet run, should now be turned on and run in whichever direction allows it to maintain its edge contact with the second sensor that was blocked, as the MICR plates continue to move inward to align with the document path centerline. Additionally, the CDS plates motor 174 and the CDS transport motor 179 are moved in the same direction until the third (and likely fourth) edge sensors become partially blocked. At this point, the document 185 should be grossly aligned and will likely require a “fine align” to ensure that at least three of the four edge sensors have achieved a desired voltage on the corresponding detectors, at which point the document may be deemed fully centered and de-skewed.
After the document is de-skewed, its prepared and transported to MICR read heads 156, 157. This process begins by running the CDS transport motor 179 until the “CDS Cam Transport” vane sensor goes unblocked, to engage the transport rollers 82 with the document 185 and remove the CDS translate/rotate wheels 160, 161 from the document 185.
The CDS transport motor 179 is then ramped up to run the CDS transport wheels 82 at a desired transport speed to transport the document 185 onto the main transport 84 and to the escrow/printer subassembly 86. The CDS plates motor 174 is off until the trail edge of the document 185 clears the Pre-MICR sensor plus about 50 mm. As documents leaving the CDS subassembly are center aligned, any magnetic indicia on them should be aligned with the centers of either the right or left MICR read head sensor 156, 157, respectively. This is because document such as bank checks have a specification requiring magnetic ink to be place a fixed distance from an edge of the check. Thus, either the right MICR head 156 or the left MICR head 157 is needed to read magnetic ink from a center aligned document as it is transported out of the CDS subassembly 78. After the centered document exits the CDS subassembly, the CDS plates motor 174 is run until the MICR plates 172, 173 are back to the fully open position (
In operation, an embodiment of the escrow printer subassembly 86 receives documents that travel downward adjacent the printer transport guide 195. In one example embodiment, documents travel in the escrow printer subassembly 86 with a gap between documents so that sensors may track front and/or back edges of the documents as understood by those of ordinary skill in the art. As best seen in
Reaching the middle tap wheel 188 begins a process of moving (e.g., sandwiching) documents between the document spool 102 and the tape 189 or adjacent layers of tape 189 while they proceed from the tape feed wheel 187 to the document spool 102. As best illustrated in
When documents travel downward on the printer transport guide 195 and the printer is in the horizontal position (
The escrow subassembly 202 includes components that, in some configurations, are not designed to move including an upper receiving plate 210, two parallel generally C-shaped plates 212 and elongated axels 214A-D. Belt wheels 208A, 208B and 208E are respectively mounted between C-shaped plates 212 on axles 214A-C and the escrow wheel 206 is mounted to axel 214D.
The escrow subassembly 202 further includes a pivotal front structure 216. The pivotal front structure 216, in some embodiments, includes a swing arm 218, a horizontal support plate 220, a document guide plate 222, a motor support plate 224, a motor 226 and a printer support plate 225. In some embodiments, springs (not illustrated) may be used to bias belt wheel 208F mounted at one end of the swing arm 218 against the escrow wheel 206. As illustrated in
A motor (not illustrated) may be attached to motor support plate 224 for rotating a printer (not illustrated) that may print to one or both sides of a document received by the escrow subassembly 202 as discussed below. A printer may be pivotally connected to printer support plate 225 so that motor 226 may rotate a printer ink cartridge to an upward position to print on one side (a first side) of a document before the document reaches the escrow wheel 206 and/or then rotated to horizontal position to print on the other side of the document when the document is at least partially being stored on the escrow wheel 206.
The document guide plate 222 may be formed out of plastic, a polymer or another suitable rigid material and may be attached to the horizontal support plate 220 with screws or in another suitable way. In some embodiments, the horizontal surface of the document guide plate 222 has two spaced apart elongated vertical flanges 231. These flanges 231 are spaced apart and extend upward above the belt 204 as the belt 204 travels between them. As documents are transported into the escrow subassembly 202, these flanges 231 create a depressed area on the documents as the belt wheel 208A pushes the document downward and into the channel formed between the two vertical flanges.
In some embodiments, the escrow subassembly 202 has paddle wheels 234 (
In some configurations and as understood by those of ordinary skill in the art, sensor(s) 283 such as optical sensors or other suitable sensors may be used to track documents being received by the escrow subassembly 202. For example, the sensors 238 may be used to detect front and/or rear edges of documents approaching the escrow subassembly 202 so that the subassembly 202 may operate to maintain an overlap between documents being loaded onto the escrow wheel 206. The overlap of the leading edge of document two with the trailing edge of document one will facilitate the later removal in the reverse order from which they were received. The overlap dimension may be optimized for proper machine function, but may be 10-20 millimeters for example.
Having described the components of the escrow subassembly, its use and operation are now described. In one example configuration and similar to the escrow printer assembly 86 described above, the escrow assembly 202 receives documents one at a time that have been previously aligned and spaced apart from an adjacent drive assembly. For example, a sensor 238 may detect a front edge of a document (first document) is approaching the upper receiving plate 210 and the document guide plate 222. This indicates that a motor or other suitable device will begin driving the escrow wheel 206 in the direction of arrow Z which in turn drives the belt 204. This causes the belt 204 to pull the document across the document guide plate 222 toward the escrow wheel. Eventually the front edge of the document reaches the escrow wheel 206 causing the document to be rolled onto the wheel 206 between the wheel 206 and the belt. In some configurations, the motor and sensors 238 may be monitored and/or controlled by a processor such as the terminal processor 32 or one or more other suitable processors and/or logic. In some configurations, when the sensor 238 detects a back edge of the document the escrow wheel 206 may be driven forward in the reverse direction of arrow Z a predetermined amount to allow for a 10 mm or another desired overlap of documents. When the front edge of another second document is detected by the sensor 238, the escrow wheel 206/belt 204 are again driven to similarly pull the second document onto the document guide plate 222 and onto the escrow wheel 206 while the first document is further rotated onto the escrow wheel 206. Additional documents may be accepted and added to the escrow wheel 206 in a similar way.
As additional documents are stored onto the escrow wheel 206, several layers of documents may begin to accumulate onto the escrow wheel 206. In some configurations, the escrow subassembly 202 may be sized to have about 30 documents stored between the escrow wheel 206 and the belt 204. However, in other configurations, the escrow subassembly 202 may be sized to have any suitable number of documents stored on it. Axes 227, 228 allow documents collected (or removed) on the escrow wheel 206 to push belt wheel 208F as well as the pivotal front structure 216 back and forth in the direction of arrow Y. In some embodiments, side edges of the horizontal support plate 220 may rest in grooves (not illustrated) in walls of a housing that is supporting the escrow assembly 202 to ensure that when the horizontal support plate 220 is moved back and forth in the direction of arrow Y, a generally fixed distance of the document guide plate 222 is maintained with respect to the upper receiving plate 210.
To remove and return documents, the escrow wheel 206 is driven in a clockwise direction as pointed to by the right end of arrow Z. This drives the belt 204 so that the rear edges of documents move generally horizontal off of the escrow wheel 206 toward the document guide plate 222. The paddle wheels 234 are also rotated in a clockwise direction so that their arms 236 swing outward to knock document edges upward where the belt 204 rolls off of the escrow wheel 206 so that document front edges move toward document guide plate 222. At a rear end of the document guide plate 222 the documents are transported by the belt 204 away from the escrow wheel 206 toward the front edge of the document guide plate 222 and out of the escrow subassembly 202 and into a transport that originally transported the documents into the transport subassembly 202.
Example methods may be better appreciated with reference to flow diagrams. For purposes of simplicity, explanation of the illustrated methodologies are shown and described as a series of blocks. It is to be appreciated that the methodologies are not limited by the order of the blocks, as some blocks can occur in different orders and/or concurrently with other blocks from that shown and described. Moreover, less than all the illustrated blocks may be required to implement an example methodology. Blocks may be combined or separated into multiple components. Furthermore, additional and/or alternative methodologies can employ additional, not illustrated blocks.
Generally describing an example configuration of computer 2600, processor 2602 may be a variety of various processors including dual microprocessor and other multi-processor architectures. Memory 2604 may include volatile memory and/or non-volatile memory. Non-volatile memory may include, for example, ROM, PROM, EPROM, and EEPROM. Volatile memory may include, for example, RAM, synchronous RAM (SRAM), dynamic RAM (DRAM), synchronous DRAM (SDRAM), double data rate SDRAM (DDR SDRAM), direct RAM bus RAM (DRRAM) and the like.
A disk 2606 may be operably connected to computer 2600 via, for example, an input/output interface (e.g., card, device) 2618 and an input/output port 2610. Disk 2606 may be, for example, a magnetic disk drive, a solid state disk drive, a floppy disk drive, a tape drive, a Zip drive, a flash memory card, and/or a memory stick. Furthermore, disk 2606 may be a CD-ROM, a CD recordable drive (CD-R drive), a CD rewriteable drive (CD-RW drive), and/or a digital video ROM drive (DVD ROM). Memory 2604 can store a process 2614 and/or a data 2616, for example. Disk 2606 and/or memory 2604 can store an operating system that controls and allocates resources of computer 2600.
Bus 2608 may be a single internal bus interconnect architecture and/or other bus or mesh architectures. While a single bus is illustrated, it is to be appreciated that computer 2600 may communicate with various devices, logics, and peripherals using other busses (e.g., PCIE, SATA, Infiniband, 1384, USB, Ethernet). Bus 2608 can be types including, for example, a memory bus, a memory controller, a peripheral bus, an external bus, a crossbar switch, and/or a local bus.
Computer 2600 may interact with input/output devices via input/output interfaces 2618 and input/output ports 2610. Input/output devices may be, for example, a keyboard, a microphone, a pointing and selection device, cameras, video cards, displays, the disk 2606, the network devices 2620, and so on. The input/output ports 2610 may include, for example, serial ports, parallel ports, USB ports and the like.
The computer 2600 can operate in a network environment and thus may be connected to network devices 2620 via input/output interfaces 2618, and/or the input/output ports 2610. Through network devices 2620, computer 2600 may interact with a network. Through the network, computer 2600 may be logically connected to remote computers. Networks with which computer 2600 may interact include, but are not limited to, a local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN), and other networks. The networks may be wired and/or wireless networks.
In the foregoing description, certain terms have been used for brevity, clearness, and understanding. No unnecessary limitations are to be implied therefrom beyond the requirement of the prior art because such terms are used for descriptive purposes and are intended to be broadly construed. Therefore, the invention is not limited to the specific details, the representative embodiments, and illustrative examples shown and described. Thus, this application is intended to embrace alterations, modifications, and variations that fall within the scope of the appended claims.
Moreover, the description and illustration of the invention is an example and the invention is not limited to the exact details shown or described. References to “the preferred embodiment”, “an embodiment”, “one example”, “an example” and so on, indicate that the embodiment(s) or example(s) so described may include a particular feature, structure, characteristic, property, element, or limitation, but that not every embodiment or example necessarily includes that particular feature, structure, characteristic, property, element, or limitation.