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Publication numberUS3139292 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 30, 1964
Filing dateJun 12, 1961
Priority dateJun 12, 1961
Publication numberUS 3139292 A, US 3139292A, US-A-3139292, US3139292 A, US3139292A
InventorsPhillip Swyden
Original AssigneePhillip Swyden
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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v 1 Patented June 30, 1964 3,139,292 FORM GUIDE Phillip Swyden, 3362 N. Garrison, Tulsa, Okla. Filed June 12, 1961, Ser. No. 116,380 1 Claim. (Cl. 28229) This invention relates to a guide for use with automatic data processing business machines. More particularly, it relates to a guide for continuous business forms which are used in automatic data processing machines.

A typical automatic data processing business machine includes a feed mechanism contiguous with a platen and print wheel system through which a typical continuous business form is threaded and fed. An electro-mechanical system transfers information stored on punched cards, for example, to the form as it passes through. The distance between the feed drive system and the platen and printing portion is of necessity such distance that it is virtually impossible to print the first and sometimes second sheet of a given continuous form which are Wasted.

Accordingly, it is a primary object of this invention to provide a form guide which permits the first sheet of a continuous form to be printed upon and hence overcome the limitations of the machine.

Another object of this invention is to provide a guide for continuous forms for use in automatic data processing apparatus which can be easily attached and detached to the form without harm. Additionally, the form is firmly clasped and held to prevent unwanted movement during the threading, printing and feeding operations.

Another object of this invention is to provide a guide for continuous forms used in automatic data processing machines which is economical and reuseable for many operations.

These and other objects of this invention will become more apparent upon further reading of the specifications and claim when taken in conjunction with the following illustrations, of which:

FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of the form guide of this invention as used with a typical continuous form which is partially cut away.

FIGURE 2 is a diagrammatic elevation view depicting a typical installation for use of the form guide of this invention.

FIGURE 3 is an enlarged partial sectional view taken along the line 33 of FIGURE 1.

The form guide of this invention is represented generally by the numeral 10, and specifically includes a base portion 12 to which a flexible clasp or flap portion 16 is hingeably attached, such as by solvent welding or the like, along upper edge 14. The clasp portion 16 extends transversely between parallel guide edges 15 and 17. Pressure sensitive adhesive 18 is positioned at various intervals under the clasping portion 16 opposite which an opening 20 is provided in clasping portion 16 to prevent it from being held by the pressure sensitive material 18. The form guide is formed of a synthetic resin material typically thermoplastics, such as a clear vinyl or polyethylene. Although the preferred embodiment is to use a translucent form guide, this is not to be held as limiting the use or construction of the invention.

The important characteristics of the form guide include having a material of suflicient rigidity yet flexibility to withstand many uses with continuous automatic data processing machines and. further have the property of being able to hold the form to be used in starting the printing position.

The form guide includes pin feed holes 22 parallel and adjacent guide edges 15 and 17 respectively. These holes are adapted to match with the pin feed guide or drive system found in typical data processing machines for pulling the continuous form through the print system.

The continuous forms adaptable to use with the form guide of this invention include a multiplicity of blank areas 24 in which predetermined numerical or word information needs to be filled from heretofore gathered and stored information. The form likewise includes matching pin feed holes 26 for use with the pin feed drive system of the data processing machine. Although the simulated withholding tax statements are shown in the drawing, it is understood that other types of continuous accounting forms, checks, invoices, etc. are adaptable for use with the form guide of this invention.

A typical use and installation is best shown in FIGURE 2 wherein a continuous blank form 23 is folded and stored with the starting edge threaded within the data processing machine. As diagrammatically shown, such a machine includes a platen 30, juxtapositioned with respect to a multiplicity of print wheels 32 and inking ribbon 34 therebetween. A pin feed drive and guide system 36 of a tractor style as shown or cylindrical style, not shown, is likewise positioned with respect to the printing mechanism. Before the form 23 is threaded around the platen, the form guide of this invention is attached to the starting end of the continuous form by placing that end under the clasp-' ing portion 16 such that guide holes 26 are in alignment with guide holes 22 of the form guide. By application of slight pressure from the clasping portion 16, thepressure sensitive adhesive grasps the bottom side of the form to hold it with respect to the form guide. The combined continuous form 23 and form guide 10 are then threaded about the platen 30 and attached to pin feed mechanism 36 ready to begin the printing operation upon the first and succeeding forms.

The enlarged partial sectional view of FIGURE 3 describes an important feature of this invention. The interrelationship of pressure sensitive adhesive mass 18 and the clasp portion 16 with respect to opening 20 permits a firm gripping force to the first form to hold same in the print position. Albeit there is a wedging action of the normally downward spring force of clasp 16 with respect to any mass 18 and opening 20.

Although this invention has been described in relation to specific embodiment, it is understood that other modifi cations and changes can be made without departing from thespirit and the scope of the appended claim.

What is claimed:

A retaining guide for the starting end of a continuous form used in automatic data processing and printing machines of the type wherein parallel pin feed drive sprockets are spaced from transverse printing type comprising,

a unitary flexible back sheet defining a top end and parallel outer edges perpendicular to said end,

a multiplicity of pin feed drive openings adjacent said parallel edges to engage with said drive sprockets,

a clasping flap extending parallel to said top end and hingably attached to said back sheet to open away v 3 from Said top end to receive and retain said starting end under said flap,

at least two openings in said flap,

pressure sensitive adhesive portions on said back sheet exposed opposite said openings, and

said flap located from said top end such that said guide is retained in said machine to bridge that space between said drive sprockets and said printing type until at least one form has been printed.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Lorenz Oct. 3, 1939 Reid Oct. 31, 1950 FOREIGN PATENTS France Mar. 26, 1956

Patent Citations
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US2174753 *May 4, 1938Oct 3, 1939August LorenzDevice for introducing manifolding sheets into a typing machine
US2527764 *Dec 23, 1946Oct 31, 1950Reid Sr Vernon DTypewriter paper guide
FR1119030A * Title not available
Referenced by
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US4448558 *Jun 7, 1983May 15, 1984Weingarten Joseph LComputer printer paper support
US4636099 *Apr 24, 1985Jan 13, 1987Goldstone Ted ADocument holder with preprinted locating aid
US5057347 *Sep 21, 1989Oct 15, 1991Alvin William RApparatus and tape for splicing data processing webs and mounting material thereon
U.S. Classification462/5, 400/619
International ClassificationB41J11/26
Cooperative ClassificationB41J11/26
European ClassificationB41J11/26