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Publication numberUS2759667 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 21, 1956
Filing dateFeb 2, 1955
Publication numberUS 2759667 A, US 2759667A, US-A-2759667, US2759667 A, US2759667A
InventorsWalter G. Sterzer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Aug. 21, 1956 F. R. WERNER ETAL 2,759,667

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Q g INVENTORS THEIR ATTORNEYS United States Patent INTERSPERSED TOTALIZER SELECTING MEANS Frank R. Werner and Walter G. Sterzer, Dayton, Ohio, assignors to The National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio, a corporation of Maryland Application February 2, 1955, Serial No. 485,652

12 Claims. (Cl. 235-6) This invention relates to cash registers, accounting machines, and the like, and is particularly directed to the totalizer equipment of such machines.

The general object of the present invention is to provide machines of the character referred to above with a plurality of totalizers, mounted on a common axle or shaft.

Another object of this invention is to provide a machine having an item totalizer and one group totalizer supported on a common axle with a second group totalizer, also supported on said axle, and further to provide means to selectively aline either group totalizer with the single set of amount actuators for actuation thereby.

Still another object is the provision of means to selectively shift the axle to aline the different sets of totalizers with the actuators for actuation thereby.

A further object is to provide means to control the extent of shifting movement imparted to the axle by the shifting means, to selectively aline the different sets of totalizers with the actuators.

A further object is to provide simple, eflicient, and economical means for increasing the totalizer capacity of machines of the character referred to above, having an item totalizer and one group totalizer, by incorporating a second group totalizer in the machines and by providing means to vary the operation of the selecting means for said item totalizer and said one group totalizer to also control the selection of said second group totalizer.

With these and incidental objects in view the invention includes certain novel features of construction and combinations of parts, a preferred form or embodiment of which is hereinafter described with reference to the drawing which accompanies and forms a part of this specification.

In the drawing:

Fig. 1 is a diagrammatic plan view of the keyboard of the machine chosen to illustrate the present invention.

Fig. 2 is a right side elevation of a part of the totalizerselecting mechanism.

Fig. 3 is a top plan view of a portion of the mecha nism shown in Fig. 2.

Fig. 4 is a right side elevation of a portion of the control differential mechanism for controlling the selection of two of the totalizers.

Fig. 5 is a facsimile of a multiple-item receipt issued by the machine of this invention.

The present invention is directed to improvements in the totalizer equipment of machines of the general character disclosed in United States Patent No. 2,443,652, issued June 22, 1948, to Edward J. Carey and John B. Geers; in United States Patent No. 2,450,165, issued September 28, 1948, to Harold O. Randall and John B. Geers; and in the co-pending application of Frank R, Werner and Walter G. Sterzer for Letters Patent of the United States, Serial No. 255,870, filed November 10, 1951, which issued November 8, 1955 into United States 2,759,667 Patented Aug. 21, 1956 "ice Patent No. 2,722,887, to which reference may be had for a full disclosure of mechanism which is not pertinent to the present invention and which for that reason will be described only in a general way herein.

The machine chosen to illustrate the present invention is similar in outward appearance to the machine disclosed in Fig. 1 of the co-pending application, Serial No. 255,870, now Patent No. 2,722,887 referred to above, and comprises a framework for supporting the mechanism of the machine, including a right frame 19 and a similar left frame (not shown), said main frames being secured in proper spaced-apart relationship to each other on a machine base plate in turn secured to the top surface of a drawer cabinet having therein two drawers corresponding to the two clerk or department totals with which the machine is equipped. The base plate and the drawer cabinet are not disclosed herein but are similar to those disclosed in the application referred to above. The main frames of the machine are further secured in proper spaced-apart relationship to each other by various cross frames, rods, and bars, as is the usual practice.

Normally, the machine is operated through the medium of a small electric motor (not shown) located at the back of the machine. However, a hand crank is provided for operating the machine when made necessary because of unusual circumstances, such as failure or absence of electric current, or when the machine is being repaired or adjusted and slow or intermittent operation of the machine is required.

The keyboard of the machine includes a keyboard cover plate 20 (Fig. 1) with a plurality of openings therein, through which extend five denominational rows of amount keys 21, one row of control keys 22, two clerks or department keys 23 and 24, and their corresponding locks 25 and 26, which are provided for locking said keys against operation by an unauthorized person, the keys to said locks being retained by designated clerks or salespersons. A key release lever 27, which extends through a corresponding opening in the keyboard plate 2t) (Fig. 1) is provided for releasing any depressed amount or control keys when necessary or desirable. The amount keys, the control keys, and the clerks keys are of flexible construction, whereby depression of a key releases a previously-depressed key in the same denominational row.

Operation of the machine is initiated by depression of a motor bar 28, which extends through a corresponding opening in the keyboard plate 20. Depression of the bar 28 operates a clutch mechanism and closes a switch, which causes the electric motor to drive the machine through one cycle of operation, after which the clutch mechanism is automatically disengaged and the switch is simultaneously opened. The machine is likewise equipped with the usual totalizer control slide 38, which is movable to various positions to control the adding. reading, and resetting functions in the totalizers, and also has a position in which the mechanism of the machine is locked against operation. The total control slide 38 is provided with a lock and key 31 for locking said slide in either Register or Lock Register position, in the first instance to prevent reading and resetting operations from being performed by unauthorized persons, and in the second instance to prevent operation of the machine under any circumstances.

Initiation of machine operation by depression of the motor bar 28 looks the depressed amount keys, control keys, and clerks keys against release and also locks the undepressed keys against depression for the duration of machine operaiton. An automatic key release mechanism functions near the end of machine operation to release depressed amount keys 21 and depressed control keys 22. However, the clerks keys 23 and 24 are what are termed stay-down keys, in that they are not automatically released near the end of machine operation, neither can they be released by the lever 27, but, instead, a release key 29 is provided for manually releasing said keys whenever necessary or desirable.

Each row of amount keys 21 (Fig. 1) is provided with a differential mechanism, similar to that disclosed in the patents referred to before, for transmitting the values of the depressed amount keys to the corresponding wheels of the selected totalizer, the corresponding type wheels, and the corresponding indicators. The row of control keys 22 (Fig. l) is provided with a diflferential mechanism, similar to the amount differential mechanisms, for positioning type wheels and indicators corresponding to aid control keys 22, and for controlling certain functions in the totalizers, as will be explained presently. The clerks keys 23 and 24 likewise are provided with a differential mechanism, similar to that for the amount banks and the control keys, for selecting corresponding group totalizers to receive amounts under certain conditions, as will be explained presently. The amount and transaction differential mechanisms referred to briefly above are fully disclosed in the patents referred to at the beginning of this application, to which reference may be had for a full disclosure of this mechanism.

The present machine is provided with three totalizers (Fig. 3), an item totalizer 33, an A group totalizer 34, and a B group totalizer 35, each comprising a totalizer gear wheel for each amount bank, for coacting with a corresponding amount actuator 37, and at least one overflow wheel, for accumulating amounts transferred from the highest order amount bank. The totalizer wheels 33, 34, and are mounted on a common axle or shaft 36, which is supported in the machine framework for axial or horizontal shifting movement to aline the difierent sets of totalizer wheels with the amount actuators 37, and said shaft is also supported for in-and-out shifting movement to engage and disengage the selected set of totalizer wheels with and from the amount actuators 37 in proper timing for the type of operation being performed.

The mechanism for imparting and controlling selecting movement and engagement and disengaging movement of the totalizers 33, 34, and 35, in the subject machine, is similar in every respect to that disclosed in the United States Patent No. 2,450,165, to which reference may be had for a more detailed description of this mechanism.

The totalizer shaft 36 (Fig. 3) has secured on its righthand end a shifting block 38, having a slot 39 engaged by a stud 40 in the forward end of a lever 41, the rear end of which fits in a slot in a stud 43 secured to the inside surface of the frame 19, and said lever 41 is pivoted on a pin 42, secured in said stud 43. The lever 41 carries a stud 44, which engages an angular shifting slot 45 in a bent-over extension of a shifting slide 46, slidably supported against the inside surface of the right frame 19 by means of alined slots (Figs. 2 and 3) therein, in cooperation with studs 47, secured in said frame 19.

A spring 48 (Figs. 2 and 3) urges the slide 46 rearwardly to normally maintain a front wall of a slot 49 therein in yielding contact with a shifting stud 50 carried by an arm 51 secured on a short shaft 52 journaled in a totalizer frame plate (not shown) secured to the main frame 19. Also secured on the shaft 52 is a shifting arm 53 having pivotally connected thereto a shifting link, not shown but similar in every respect to the link 336 shown in Figs. 18, 19, and 20 of the United States Patent No. 2,450,165, and functioning like said link and associated mechanism to shift the slide 46 back and forth to aline the different sets of totalizer wheels with the amount actuators 37.

The stud 50 (Fig. 2) coacts with two shoulders 86 and 87 formed on a shifting pawl 54 pivoted on a stud 55 carried by the slide 46 and urged counter-clockwise by a torsion spring 56 to normally maintain the bottom surface of said pawl in yielding contact with a stud 57 in a crank 58. The crank 58 is fixedly connected to a companion finger by a hub, said hub being rotatably supported on a stud 59 secured in the right frame 19. The downward tip of the finger 60 coacts with a stud 61 in a lever 62 free on a shaft 63 supported by the machine framework. Finished rearward surfaces 84 and 85 on the lever 62 coact with a roller 64 free on a stud 65 extending between a crank 66 and a lever 67 free on a shaft I 68 supported by the machine framework. A rearward extension of the lever 67 is pivotally connected by a link 69 to one arm of a bell crank 70 free on a shaft 71 support-2d by the machine framework. Another arm of the bell crank 70 is pivotally connected by a link 72 to a crank 73 free on the shaft 63,,said crank 73 in turn being pivotally connected by a link 74 to a differential beam 75 (Fig. 4) for the clerks keys 23 and 24. The beam 75 is connected by the usual latch mechanism (not shown) to a differential operating segment 76 pivotally supported on a differential shaft 77, in turn journaled in the machine framework. The differential segment 76 (Fig. 4) carries a stud 78, which engages a slot in a plate 79 extending downwardly from a clerks differential slide 30, hav ing, on its upper edge, right-angled projections 81, which coact with the lower ends of the stems of the clerks keys 23 and 24.

The clerk's differential mechanism shown in Fig. 4 is provided with a differential operating lever 82, which rcciprocates first clockwise and then back to normal posi tion each machine operation to operate a differential drive plat-2 (not shown). mounted on the shaft 77 and connected by the usual differential latch mechanism to a beam plate (not shown) which pivotally supports the upper end of the beam 75. The differential slide 80 is in its forward, or zero; position when the machine is at rest, as shown in Fig. 4, and initial movement clockwise of the lever 32, through the latch mechanism, carries said slide fif -rearwardly in unison therewith until one of the projections 81 contacts the stem of the depressed key 23 or 24 to position said slide 80 and connected mechanism in accordance with the depressed clerks key. This stopping of the slide 8t) causes the latch to be disconnected from the lever 82, and thus said lever and its connected driving plate are free to complete their initial movement in a clockwise direction. Near the terminus of initial movement of the lever 82', a roller 83, carried thereby, engages an outer arcuate surface on the beam 75 and forces said, beam inwardly until an inner arcuate surface thereon contacts a hub supported on the shaft 77. This pc-sitions the beam 75 in accordance with the position of the slide 80, and said beam, through the link 74 and connected linkage, shown-in Fig. 2, positions the lever 67, the crank 66, and the roller 64- in accordance with the depressed clerks key 23 or 24.

Return movement counter-clockwise of the lever 82 (Fig. 4), near the end of machine operation, withdraws the roller 83 from the beam 75 and causes the latch mechanism to re-engage the plate driven by said lever 82 and restore the slide 80 and connected parts forwardly from set position to zero position. In this restoring movement, the beam plate, which pivotally supports the upper end of the beam 75, is also restored to zero position. However, as the beam 75 is free to pivot onthe beam plate, it and the mechanism connected thereto by the link 74 remain in set position at the end of machine operation and are moved directly from said set position to a new position during the next operation of the machine. The machine as at present constructed requires that one of the keys 23 or 24 be depressed in every operation, and it is therefore unnecessary to provide a zero latch device to retain the. slide 80 and connected mechanism in zero or home position.

As shown infull lines in Fig. 2,. the roller 64 is positionedunder influence of the A clerks key 23, and in this position it is; opposite the arcuate control surface 84. formed on the rear edge of the lever 62. Depression of the B clerks key 24 causes the differential mechanism to position the stud 65, as shown in dot-and-dash lines in Fig. 2, opposite the control surface 85 on the rear edge of the lever 62.

As is well known, the machine embodying the present invention is capable of single-item and multiple-item transactions, and, as is also well known, a multipleitem transaction comprises several preliminary item-entering operations, during which items are accumulated in the item totalizer (Fig. 3), and a final item total operation, in which the item totalizer 33 is cleared and the amount therein is transferred to either of the group totalizers 34 or 35, depending upon which of the selecting keys 23 or 24 is depressed.

At the beginning of the first item-entering operation of a multiple-item transaction, the arms 51 and 53 (Fig. 2) are operated in a counter-clockwise direction to shift the slide 46 forwardly, as shown here, to aline the item totalizer Wheels 33 with the amount actuators 37. During all of the item-entering operations, the arms 51 and 53 remain in their counter-clockwise position, as shown here, and consequently, in such operations, the slide 46 is not influenced by the keys 23 and 24 and therefore remains in the position shown in Figs. 2 and 3 to retain the item totalizer 33 in alinement with the amount actuators 37. As previously explained, depression of the A key 23 causes the roller 64 to be positioned opposite the surface 84 (Fig. 2), and consequently the lever 62 is positioned as shown here and, through the stud 61, the finger 6d, the crank 58, and the stud 57, positions the pawl 54 also as shown here, so that the shoulder 86 on its forward end is opposite the stud 50.

After all of the items have been entered, a final item total operation is performed, and during this operation the item totalizer is zeroized, after which clockwise movement is imparted to the arms 51 and 53 (Figs. 2 and 3), as fully explained in connection with Figs. 18, 19, and 20 of the United States Patent No. 2,450,165, causing the stud St? to engage the shoulder 86 and shift the slide 46 rearwardly the proper distance to cause the slot 45, in cooperation with the stud 44, to aline the A group totalizer wheels 34 with the amount actuators 37 to receive the total amount of the items cleared from the item totalizer 33.

As previously explained, depression of the B key 24 causes the roller 64 to be positioned opposite the surface 35, as shown in dot-and-dash lines (Fig. 2), and said roller coacts with said surface to cause the lever 62 to position the pawl 54 so that the forward shoulder 87 thereon is opposite the stud 50 in the arm 51. Afterward, clockwise movement of the arms 51 and 53, during an item total operation, causes the stud 50, in cooperation with the shoulder 87, to shift the slide 46 rearwardly a greater extent than said slide was shifted under influence of the A key 23, to aline the B group totalizer wheels 35 with the amount actuators 37, so that said wheels will receive the total amount of the items cleared from the item totalizer 33, in the beginning of said item total operation.

in single-item transactions, the slide 46 is positioned under influence of the keys 23 and 24 in exactly the same manner as explained in connection with item total operations, to cause the corresponding group totalizer 34 or 35 to be selected for engagement with the amount actuators 37 to receive the amount of the single-item transaction, which amount, in this case, is not entered in the item totalizer 33.

When the shoulder 86 on the pawl 54 (Fig. 2) is positioned opposite the stud 50, as explained above, there is considerable clearance between said shoulder and the forward wall of the slot 49 for said stud and, as a result, clockwise movement of the arms 51 and 53 frees the slide 46 to the action of the spring 48, which shifts said slide rearwardly prior to engagement of said stud 50 with said shoulder 86. This could result in overthrow of the slide 46, and, to prevent such an occurrence, a bent-over extension of the lever 62 carries a roller 88 (Figs. 2 and 3), which coacts with a rearward surface 89 on the slide 46 to positively stop said slide when it is positioned under control of the shoulder 86. When the shoulder 87 is positioned opposite the stud 50, said stud is more closely embraced between said shoulder and the forward wall of the slot 49, so in this instance there is somewhat less danger of overthrowing the slide 46. Nevertheless, the roller 88 coacts as before with the surface 89 to insure accurate positioning of said slide.

The shifting block 38 (Fig. 3), which, as previously explained, is secured to the totalizer shaft 36, has integral therewith four equally-spaced alining disks 90, forming three alining spaces, which coact with a stationary alining tooth 91, When the totalizer shaft 36 is moved inwardly to engage the selected set of totalizer wheels with the amount actuators 37, to accurately aline said selected set of totalizer wheels with said amount actuators, and to forestall any tendency of said wheels to shift out of alinement with said actuators at the time they are being actuated thereby.

It is believed that an adequate understanding of the operation of the machine embodying the present invention will have been obtained from a perusal of the foregoing description. However, a further brief description of operation will now be given, using the receipt shown in Fig. 5 as a basis for such description.

In Fig. 5 is shown a facsimile of a multiple-item receipt 92 prepared in a multiple-item transaction. This particular multiple-item transaction consisted of two itementering operations and a final cash total operation.

Preparatory to starting the transaction, the operator first makes sure that the operation control slide 30 (Fig. 1) is in Register position, after which the proper clerks key (in this case the A key 23) is depressed, the amount of the first item, $1.23, is set up on the amount keys 21, and operation of the machine is initiated by depression of the motor bar 28. During operation of the machine, the amount of the first item is entered in the item totalizer 33 and simultaneously printed upon the receipt 92. Likewise, the letter A is printed upon the receipt opposite the amount, to identify the clerk or department associated with this transaction.

Next, the second item of $2.34 is set up on the amount keys 21, after which the machine is again released for operation by depression of the motor bar 28. During this operation, the amount of the item is printed upon the receipt directly beneath the first item, and, as before, the letter A is printed opposite said item to identify the clerk or department associated with the transaction. Also, as before, the amount of the second item, $2.34, is entered in the item totalizer 33.

Inasmuch as there are no further items to be entered, the operator completes the transaction by first depressing the Cash Total key 22 (Fig. 1) and then depressing the motor bar 28 to initiate a cash total operation, during the first part of which the item totalizer is cleared of the total amount of the two items ($3.57) to set the amount differential actuators 91, the type wheels, and the indicators in accordance with said amount. In the latter part of the cash total operation, the mechanism shown in Figs. 2, 3, and 4 functions, as explained above, to shift the totalizer shaft 36 to aline the wheels of the A group totalizer 34 with the amount actuators, and said totalizer 34 is then engaged with and disengaged from the amount actuators in proper timing to enter therein the total amount of $3.57 cleared from the item totalizer. Also in the latter part of the cash total operation, the printing mechanism functions to print the total ($3.57) and the identifying letter A on the receipt 92.

A multiple-item transaction involving the B clerk or department would be performed in exactly the same man- 7 her, with the exception that the B key 24 would be used, instead of the A key 23, to control the selection of the B group totalizer 35 to receive the total amount of the transaction.

As explained before, the A and B keys 23 and 24 are stay-down keys, in that they are not released either automatically at the end of machine operation or manually by the release lever 27. The keys 23 and 24 are of flexible construction, in that the depression of the A key 23 releases the previously-depressed B key 24, and vice versa. However, there is a possibility that both of the keys 23 and 24 may be inadvertently depressed, and in this particular adaption it would be impossible to release these keys were it not for the release key 29, which is provided for such a condition and functions, when depressed, to release either or both of said keys. Also, it will be recalled, each clerks key 23 and 24 is provided with a corresponding lock 25 and 26, with which said keys may be locked against depression by unauthorized persons not in possession of a key to said corresponding lock 25 or 26.

In single-item transactions, in which only one item is involved, the proper clerks key 23 or 24 is first depressed, the amount of the item is set up on the amount keys 21, and the One Item Cash key 22 is depressed, after which operation of the machine is initiated by depression of the motor bar 28. During this single-item transaction or operation, the amount of the item is not entered in the item totalizer but is entered directly in the selected group totalizer, and therefore a single-item transaction is similar in many respects to the final cash total operation of a multiple-item transaction.

As explained before, multiple-item and single-item transactions are carried on in the machine with the total or operation control slide in Register position, as shown in Fig. 1. If it is desired to read the amount in either of the group totalizers, the control slide 30 is moved to Read Total position, after which the total in either of the group totalizers may be read by use of the corresponding key 23 or 24 to select said totalizers. Likewise, either of the group totalizers may be reset by moving the operation control slide 30 to Reset Total position and using the keys 23 and 24 to select the desired group totalizer for a resetting or zeroizing operation. Sometimes it is desired to use the machine as an adding machine, and this may be accomplished by moving the control slide to Adding position, which causes the machine to function as an ordinary adding machine. Moving the control slide 30 to Lock Register position locks the machine against operation of any kind. The key 31 is provided to lock the slide 38 against operation by unauthorized persons.

While the form of mechanism herein shown and described is admirably adapted to fulfill the objects primarily stated, it is to be understood that it is not intended to confine the invention to the one form or embodiment herein disclosed, for it is susceptible of embodiment in various other forms, all coming within the scope and spirit of the invention.

What is claimed is:

1. In a machine of the class described, having a plurality of sets of totalizers on a common axle, which is shiftable axially, and a single set of amount actuators to actuate the totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle to aline the diiferent sets of totalizers with the actuators; means to operate the slide in one direction to aline a particular totalizer with the actuators, and to operate said slide in another direction to aline the other sets of totalizers with the actuators; a posi tionable member on the slide to connect said slide to the shifting means for operation in said another direction and means to position the member to determine the extent of movement to be imparted to said slide in said another direction by the shifting means, to selectively aline said other totalizer with the actuators.

2. In a machine of the class described, having a single set of totalizer actuators and several sets of totalizers mounted on a common axle, which is shiftable axially to aline said sets of totalizers with said single set of actuators, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle to aline the dififerent sets of totalizers with the actuators; means to operate the slide in one direction to aline a particular totalizer with the actuators, said means also effective to operate the slide in another direction to aline the other totalizers with the actuators; positionable stop means to determine the extent of movement imparted to'the slide by the operating means in said another direction to selectively aline the other totalizers with the actuators; a positionable member mounted on the slide for connecting said slide to the operating means for operation in said another direction; and connections between the positionable memher and the positionable stop means whereby said stop means controls the positioning of the member to cause said slide to be moved into engagement with said stop means to selectively aline said other totalizers with the actuators.

3. In a machine of the character described, having an item totalizer and two group totalizers mounted on a common shiftable axle, and a plurality of denominational actuators for the totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle to aline the difierent totalizers with the actuators; operating means to move the slide in one direction to aline the item totalizer with the actuators, and to move said slide in another direction to aline the group totalizers with the actuators; a selecting key for each group totalizer; a stop element positionable under the control of the selecting keys and effective to terminate movement of said slide in said another direction, in accordance with the eifective selecting key, to aline the corresponding group totalizer with the actuators; a positionable member mounted on the slide for connecting said slide to the operating means for movement in said another direction thereby; and connections between the member and the stop element whereby said element positions said member in relation to the operating means to cause the slide to be moved into engagement with the stop member to aline the group totalizer corresponding to the effective selecting key with the amount actuators.

4. In a machine of the class described, having a plurality of totalizers mounted on a common shiftable axle, and a single set of denominational actuators for the totalizers, the combination of means including a positionable slide to shift the axle to aline the different sets of totalizers with the actuators; means to operate the slide; a selecting key for each totalizer; a stop element positionable under control of the selecting keys and eifective to stop the slide during different stages of its movement to aline the totalizer corresponding to the efiective selecting key with the actuators; and adjustable means mounted on the slide to connect the operating means to said slide, said adjustable means being adjustable under control of the stop means and in relation thereto to cause said slide to be moved into contact With said stop means to accurately and positively aline the selected totalizer with the amount actuators.

5. In a machine of the class described, having a plurality of totalizers mounted on a shiftable axle, and a single set of denominational actuators for the totalizers, the combination of means including a positionable slide to shift the axle to aline the different totalizers with the actuators; means to operate the slide; a selecting key for each totalizer; a stop element positionable under control of the selecting keys and effective to stop the slide in difierent extents of its movement to aline the totalizer corresponding to the effective selecting key with the ac tuators; means including a coupling member mounted on the slide to connect said slide to the operating means; and means to connect the coupling member to the stop element for operation thereby in accordance With the position of said stop element to control the degree of movement imparted to the slide by the operating means in accordance with the position of the stop element to insure positive and accurate engagement of the slide with the stop member.

6. In a machine of the character described, having a plurality of sets of totalizers mounted on a common shiftable axle, and a single set of actuators for the totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle horizontally, to aline the different sets of totalizers with the actuators; means having a fixed extent of movement to operate the slide; a positionable coupling member mounted on the slide, and having operating surfaces thereon corresponding to the different sets of totalizers, said surfaces coacting with the operating means during different stages of its movement to move the slide and the axle a corresponding extent to aline the corresponding totalizer set with the actuators; and means to selectively position the operating surfaces on the coupling member in coacting relationship with the operating means to determine which totalizer set will be alined with the actuators.

7. In a machine of the class described, having a plurality of sets of totalizers, mounted on a common shiftable axle, and having a single set of actuators for the totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle horizontally to aline the different sets of totalizers with the single set of actuators; means having a fixed extent of movement to operate the slide; a positionable coupling member mounted on the slide and having operating surfaces thereon corresponding to the different sets of totalizers, said surfaces engageable by the operating means at different stages of its movement to move the slide and the axle a corresponding extent to aline the corresponding totalizer set with the actuators; a selecting key for each totalizer; and connections between the selecting keys and the coupling member to selectively position the corresponding operating surface in engaging relationship with the operating means to cause the totalizer set corresponding to the effective selecting key to be alined with the actuators.

8. In a machine of the class described having a plurality of sets of totalizers mounted on a common shiftable axle and a single set of actuators for all the totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle horizontally to aline the different sets of totalizers with the single set of actuators; means having a fixed extent of movement to operate the slide; a positionable coupling member mounted on the slide and having operating surfaces thereon corresponding to the different sets of totalizers, said surfaces engageable by the operating means at different stages of its movement to operate the slide and the axle a corresponding extent to aline the corresponding totalizer set with the actuators; a selecting key for each totalizer; and means operating under control of the effective selecting key to position the corresponding operating surface in engaging relationship with the operating means to cause the totalizer set corresponding to the effective selecting key to be alined with the actuators.

9. In a machine of the character described, having two totalizers mounted on a shiftable shaft and a single set of actuators for the totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the shaft horizontally to aline either totalizer with the actuators; means having a fixed extent of movement to operate the slide; a coupling member mounted on the slide and having an operating surface for each totalizer, said surfaces engageable by the operating means to move the slide and the shaft the proper extent to aline the corresponding totalizer with the actuators; a selecting key for each totalizer; and means including an element positionable under control of the effective selecting key, and means to connect the element to the coupling member to position the control surface corresponding to said effective selecting key in engaging relationship with the operating means to cause the corresponding totalizer to be alined with the actuators.

10. In a machine of the character described, having a plurality of totalizers mounted on a shiftable axle, and denominational actuators for the totalizers, the combination of means including a positionable slide to shift the axle to aline the different totalizers with the actuators; means to operate the slide; a select-ing key for each totalizer; a stop element positionable under control of the selecting keys and effective to stop the slide in different stages of its movement to aline the totalizer corresponding to the effective selecting key with the actuators; a positionable coupling member mounted on the slide; an operating surface on the coupling member for each totalizer and engageable by the operating means to aline the corresponding totalizer with the actuators; and means to operatively connect the coupling member to the stop element to cause said stop element to position the operating surface corresponding to the effective selecting key in engaging relationship with the operating means to control the degree of movement imparted to the slide by said operating means in accordance with the position of the stop element.

11. In a machine of the class described, having two sets of totalizers on a common shiftable axle and one set of denominational actuators for the two sets of totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle to aline either set of totalizers with the actuators; means having a fixed extent of movement to operate the slide; a selecting key for each totalizer; a stop element positionable under control of the selecting keys and effective to stop the slide in different stages of its movement to aline the totalizer set correspond-ing to the effective key with the actuators; a positionable coupling member mounted on the slide; an operating surface on the coupling member corresponding to each totalizer and engageable by the operating means to aline the corresponding totalizer with the actuators; and means to operatively connect the coupling member to the stop element to cause said stop element to position the operating surface corresponding to the effective selecting key in coacting relationship with the operating means to control the degree of movement imparted to the slide by said operating means in accordance with the position of the stop element.

12. In a machine of the class described, having an item totalizer and two group totalizers on a common shiftable axle, and having one set of denominational actuators for all the totalizers, the combination of means including a slide to shift the axle to aline the different totalizers with the actuators; means to operate the slide in one direction to aline the item totalizer with the actuators, and to operate the slide in another direction to aline either group totalizer with the actuators; a selecting key for each group totalizer; a stop element positionable under control of the selecting keys and effective to stop the slide in different stages of its movement in said another direction, to aline the group totalizer corresponding to the effective selecting key with the actuators; a positionable coupling member mounted on the slide, said member having an operating surface thereon corresponding to each group totalizer and engageable by the operating means to aline the corresponding totalizer with the actuators; and means to connect the coupling member to the stop element for operation thereby, to position the operating surface corresponding to the effective selecting key in engaging relationship with the operating means to control the degree of movement imparted to the slide by said operating means in accordance with the position of the stop element.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification235/6, 235/60.0MT
Cooperative ClassificationG06C7/10