US 2681237 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 15, 1954 w. B. BRODTMANN 2,681,237
PAYROLL AND ACCOUNTING BOARD Filed Aug. 6 1951 Patented June 15, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,681,237 PAYROLL AND ACCOUNTING BOARD Walter B. Brodtmann, New Orleans, La.
Application August 6, 1951, Serial No.
1 Claim. (01. 2s2 29) My invention relates without friction or wear.
The carrier unit includes a carrier block which encloses the ball chamber in its center which in turn contains the spring and ball. It is immedi-' ately adjacent to the side of the base along which ments. size or shape as likewise the cylindrical member which moves upon it.
line of the Ledger for collating,
to a particular pay period into which the Ledger is divided, each line corresponding to a different pay period. This unit of Check and Ledger moving in relationship together on its carrier unit, allows collation anywhere along the writing bed with Journal sheet which also moves along its carrier unit and is adapted to collate anywhere, at any point, across the writing bed.
The advantages of simultaneously writing muL- tiple forms in superimposed layers, with its mul-- tiple proof, and without the transcription errors,
concomitant with separate writings, is, I believe,
posted, through having these forms collated from opposite sides in overlapping sequence.
On this device, in payroll writing for instance, Earnings Ledgers can be stacked on the pegs of its carrier unit to the extent of the names on the entire Journal, and only the carrier for the Journal need be moved for each succeeding name line which corresponds to the next underlying Ledger-making necessary only the removal of the top posted Ledger with its Voucher Check and the impaling upon the pegs of a new Check to be posted to its Ledger and the succeeding corresponding name line on the Journal.
In this arrangement the Ledgers are at the bottom stacked directly upon the writing bed".
it is necessary to have Ledger on top of the Journal.
Either of these conditions with my invention because its flexibility does not from the first to the last name on the Journal to the first or last pay period on the Ledger, whichever the case demands. All of this is accomplished with all of the forms substantially on the writing bed, and with a minimum of protrusion beyond, especially at the bottom where protrusion damages forms and is in the way of the operator.
This minimum of protrusion is accomplished despite a greater than usual number of entry lines on the Journal, which will save time and forms. Because of accuracy in collating, we have been able to subtract a fraction from the extra wide line-space generally used and can thus give a few more lines on standard forms.
Since form carriers can move in relation to each other, Ledgers do not have to be positioned upward or downward on fixed pegs by means of a multiplicity of perforations in the Ledger, one for each line, making possible lighter weight paper stock for Ledger material. This means that forms do not have to be extra large and can conform to standard, reducing both size and cost, which also facilitates housing problems of these forms.
To my knowledge this is the only device of its kind in which the collating mechanism is at the side oii the writing bed, thus providing more unobstructed vision and working surface. The mechanism, novel in this application, is simple, fast, and accurate, and by eliminating the friction usually found in such devices wear to the minimum.
This can be made almost entirely of non-metallic materials especially when we contemplate substituting a groove and fitted member in the under portion of the base for the longitudinal guide and retaining rods.
It is obvious that reproduction of posting from one form to the other, in their superimposed relationship, is accomplished by means of interleaved carbon. On the reverse side of the detachable Pay Statement of the Payroll Check, it is common practice to have a carbonized strip which reproduces to the form beneath it. In the procedure where it is advisable tohave the Earnings Ledger to be readily available for perusal, the Ledger form would be the second record, and the interleaving carbon just beneath the Ledger impaled on the pegs of its carrier and riding beneath the Ledger would reproduce to the J ournal as the last record, on the writing bed. When the further time-saving procedure of stacking all the Individuals Earnings Ledger to full extent of all names on that Journal is used, the interleaving carbon would ride on the Journal carrier beneath the Journal sheets and reproduce in turn to each Ledger stacked beneath it. The Journal then being the second record in the superimposed series and the Ledgers the last, on the Writing bed.
The simple mechanisms of this device and their relationship to each other admit of a flexibility designed for any changes or improvements in the Accounting Procedure of Payroll, Accounts Receivable and AccountsPayable in the foreseeable future. It permits at present, of many plus advantages in the saving of operations time,'without the disadvantages or extra sized forms, multiplicity of pegs and perforations, positioning (at certain pay periods) oil the writing bed in way of the operator, or extra gadgets. There are no mechanical operations preliminary to posting, other than impaling respective form carriers, and the easy, slidingadjustment to. the. desired collating line.
The novelfeatures. which Ibeli'eve to be charhas reduced I forms on the pegs of their tions It in the flange l as acteristic of this invention are set forth with particularity in the appended tion itself, however, both as to organization and operation, together with complete objects and ad vantages thereof, will be best understood from the following description of a specific embodiment when read in connection with the accompanying drawing in which,
Fig. l is a perspective of the device.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the bottom surfaceof the device.
Fig. 3 is a perspective detail view of one of the carriers.
Fig. 4 is a detail view of a spring pressed detent.
Fig. 5 is a detail view showing a tube slidably mounted on a rod.
Referring to the construction shown in the drawing, the numeral 6 designates the base members of the device having a down turned flange i around the perimeter thereof which is provided with supporting legs 8. The base member 6 as shown in Fig. 1 has a continuous flat upper surface. A carrier 5 having a finger hold 9' is longitudinally movable along the left hand side of the base member 6. upwardly from the carrier 9 for attachment of Journal sheets. This carrier has an inturned flange H which projects under the base member 6 and has a comparatively short tube i2 secured thereto. This tube is slidably mounted around a guide'rod iii. A spring pressed ball detent i4 is mounted in the carrier 3 and is adapted to engage in any one of a series or indentathe carrier is moved longitudinally along the left hand side of the base member 6 thus providing automatic alignment for forms. A second carrier it is longitudinally movable along the right hand side of the base mem ber. Five pegs ll extend. upwardly from said second carrier for attachment oi such forms as Ledger sheets and Voucher Checks. A spring pressed ball detent like the detent it is mounted in the carrier l6 and is adapted a series indentations i8= formed. in the base member flange I. The carrier it has an inturned flange is which projects under the base member and has a short tube like the tube i2 secured thereto, the tube being slidably mounted around a guide rod 28'. The guide rods i3 and 26 as indicated in Fig. 1 are firmly secured to the flange 1'.
The operation and advantagesof this invention will be apparent in connection with the foregoing description and the accompanying drawing.
view of the top surface and. have already been quite fully stated.
In apayroll and accounting board, the combination of a base member, a downturned' flange around its perimeter, opposite sides of said flange having a series of indentations in their outer surface, a horizontal guide-rod under said base member and secured at its ends to opposite sides of said flange, a pegcarrier movable along one side of said base member, an inturned flange attachedtosaid peg carrier and extending under said base member, a short tube secured to the lower end of said inturnd flange and slidably mounted on said guide rod, a detent carried by said peg car rier adapted to engage in any one of the seriesof indentations on that side of the base member, a second horizontal guide rod under said base member and secured at its ends-to opposite sides of said base flange, a second peg carrier movable along the opposite side of said basemember, an-
inturned flange attached to said secondpeg. car'- claims. The inven- Three pegs iii extend.
to engagein any one of rier and extending under said base member, a short tube secured to the lower end of said second inturned flange and slidably mounted on said second guide rod, and a detent carried by said second peg carrier adapted to engage in any of the series of indentations on that side of the base member.
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