Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documents

CAFC
  • US 5,966,456 A
  • Filed: 04/04/1997
  • Issued: 10/12/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/05/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A currency evaluating device for receiving a stack of currency bills, rapidly discriminating the bills in the stack, and then re-stacking the bills comprising:

  • an input receptacle adapted to receive said stack of currency bills to be discriminated;

    a transport mechanism adapted to transport said bills in the direction of the narrow dimension of the bills, one at a time, from said input receptacle to a plurality of output receptacles, at a rate in excess of about 800 bills per minute; and

    a discriminating unit adapted to determine the denomination of each of said bills at a rate in excess of about 800 bills per minute, said discriminating unit including a detector positioned along a transport mechanism path between said input receptacle and one of said plurality of output receptacles adapted to receive and re-stack said bills after being discriminated by said discriminating unit.

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